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Panasonic unveils tiny Lumix DMC-GM1 ILC and compact 12-32mm lens

By dpreview staff on Oct 17, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
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One of the original promises of the Micro Four Thirds system was to permit the design of small mirrorless cameras. Today Panasonic released its Lumix DMC-GM1, a tiny camera which can literally fit in the palm of your hand. Don't be fooled, though: it shares the same 16 megapixel sensor as the GX7 and also offers silent shooting at shutter speeds as high as 1/16000 sec, Wi-Fi, and 1080/60i video recording. The DMC-GM1 ships with the 12-32mm lens described below for $749.99. If you want a little more to hold on to, Panasonic will sell a metal grip for $99.

The GM1 is joined by a new 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Lumix G Vario lens, which is equivalent to 24-64mm when attached to a Micro Four Thirds camera. The lens can 'collapse' down to nearly the size of a pancake lens when the camera is not in use. It will be available separately for $349.99.

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Press Release:

Stay in Style with an Ultra Compact DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) Camera

New Stylish LUMIX GM Series Performance Upgrades its Cool Factor

Panasonic is proud to announce the new fashionable compact line GM series to its LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras. The new DMC-GM1 boasts not just its iconic and stylish compact profile; it boasts high functional performance with large Digital Live MOS Sensor based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The Lumix GM1 provides the perfect balance of style and photographic hybrid performance on-the-go with outstanding image quality.

True-to-life detail
Whether you’re searching for that artistic shot that encapsulates your city or looking to express your own personality and style, you demand a camera that captures your vision with absolute clarity and precision. The LUMIX GM1’s 16 megapixel sensor delivers with a modern hybrid approach to image capture with both high quality HD movies and dynamic photos, and all with the simple press of a button.

A fashionable compact for your lifestyle
The LUMIX GM1 represents the most compact and fashion forward looking LUMIX G camera to date. Ground-breaking micro technology design has enabled Panasonic to pack the very latest imaging technology into the camera’s compact metallic alloy frame. Not only does this give the LUMIX GM1 an elegant look and feel, but the camera easily fits into your pocket and can be incorporated into day-to-day activities of any style-conscious enthusiast. Plus with many interchangeable micro lenses to choose from, creative options are nearly limitless.

Reflecting the sophisticated engineering beneath the surface, the LUMIX GM1’s exterior offers a refined, classic style with aluminum dials and brushed metal, so you can be sure that the LUMIX GM1 will complement your style, whatever the occasion. 

Share your creations
WiFi connectivity enables the LUMIX GM1 to easily connect with smartphones and tablets. Whether you’re sharing a shot of your friend’s outfit before a night out, or updating your photography portfolio with your new favorite landscape, the LUMIX GM1 allows you to post images and video online as soon as they’ve been taken.

Coupled with the Panasonic Image App, which is available free of charge for Android and iOS operating systems from their respective app stores, wireless connectivity also enables Remote Shooting, allowing you to use your smartphone or tablet to act as a remote control for the LUMIX GM1 – ideal for taking group shots, or in situations where it isn’t practical to shoot directly from your camera.

Total control and limitless creativity
The ideal camera for perfectionists and enthusiast photographers alike, the LUMIX GM1 offers a choice of full manual control, intelligent assistance for easy shooting, and a host of creative features. 

A three-inch touch screen makes it easy to frame the perfect shot, set the focus and even trigger the shutter with a single touch. The LUMIX GM1 also features intelligent auto modes, providing point-and-shoot ease-of-use that doesn’t compromise on image quality. 

A range of 22 creative filters also allow you to add a personal touch to any image, transforming your favorite pictures into stylistic works of art. You can even create your own Time Lapse Shot or Stop-motion Animation to display your creativity.

When discretion is demanded, the silent shutter feature enables you to make the camera nearly silent and capture images in places such as during concerts or exhibitions where photographs are not allowed to be taken due to distracting ‘clicks’.

Ready when you are
You never want to miss that fleeting moment of inspiration. That’s why the LUMIX GM1 is built for speed and mobility. With the camera’s Light Speed autofocus, it will be ready and waiting to capture that perfect photo opportunity with stunning accuracy. Low-light autofocus will also provide outstanding speed in extreme low-light conditions, so you can continue to express your creativity when you only have the stars and streetlights to rely on. 

You can explore the full range of LUMIX G lenses with the new LUMIX G App for iPad, available via the iTunes App Store. The app lets you discover and explore the world of Panasonic LUMIX G Micro System Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 specifications

MSRP$749.99 with 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 lens
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution4592 x 3448
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
ISOAuto, 200-25600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationUnknown
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • RAW
  • RAW + Fine
  • RAW + Standard
  • Fine
  • Standard
  • MPO + Fine
  • MPO + Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points23
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,036,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child's Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range4.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p), 1280 x 720p (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI Type D)
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)230
Weight (inc. batteries)204 g (0.45 lb / 7.20 oz)
Dimensions99 x 55 x 30 mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.2)
Other features

Panasonic Lumix G 12-32 F3.5-5.6 lens specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length12–32 mm
Image stabilisationYes (Mega OIS)
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Special elements / coatings3 aspherical, 1 ED
Minimum focus0.20 m (7.87)
Maximum magnification0.13×
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualNo
Focus methodExtending front
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Weight70 g (0.15 lb)
Diameter56 mm (2.2)
Length24 mm (0.94)
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Filter thread37 mm
Hood suppliedNo
Tripod collarNo
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Total comments: 54
By Davidgilmour (6 months ago)

Panasonic is trying to be the new Fuji with same price, same design but doesn't have same IQ and will never get those Fuji colours.

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By yabokkie (6 months ago)

never liked the vulgar colors of Fujicolor and Fujichrome, but other qualities of late Fujifilm products were quite good, better than Kodak and Agfa.

By CNY_AP (6 months ago)

The 4/3rds cameras are plenty good enough in every way now, but when I look at the lenses, none "wow me". Canon and Nikon for example have certain lenses that everyone loves, not sure if 4/3rds has any/many such lenses now. The 12mm prime lens seems like a very good lens, and is light enough to carry on my R/C airplane, but $800 is a lot of "dough".

By yabokkie (6 months ago)

the best lenses from Pana, Oly, and Fuji are okay ones (so-so to good) in standards of other makers, if sold at half prices.

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By Eskilsson (6 months ago)

I want the lens. The first affordable 12 mm from Panasonic./should be around 350 usd) But, when I think about it...................I want the camera as well....

By RoJack725 (6 months ago)

The electronic shutter goes up to 1/16000/sec. Very impressive. But, will this camera still exhibit the problems with distortion and errors due to rolling shutter?

This appears to be a major issue with cameras that use similar mechanisms.

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By ManuelVilardeMacedo (6 months ago)


By joe6pack (6 months ago)

Looks like this is the M43's answer to SELP1650

By peevee1 (6 months ago)

Panasonic had pancake 14-42 powerzoom before SELP1650. That is a next step down in size and weight, to Fuji XF1 level or so (actually GM1 is even smaller in height and width, even smaller than RX100).

By rtogog (6 months ago)

Only the height of GM1 Lumix win over Sony RX-100, but you need 2 pockets each for the body and lens. The small size of this camera is actually not appropriate, such as visual manipulation. The part of the lens mount on camera side deliberately fused with color, texture and shape of the lens. Pls, check when the lens is detached from the body.

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By peevee1 (6 months ago)

Width too (99mm GM1 vs 102mm RX100). Depth with the lens is obviously bigger than RX100 (unless it is Olympus 15mm bodycap "lens" :) ).

By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

If the lens is a killer at 12mm it's worth the money.

Sir Nick of High Point
By Sir Nick of High Point (6 months ago)

Someone please make this same camera, and drop the mode dial in favor of shutter a speed dial + A.

By yabokkie (6 months ago)

I'd suggest a coaxial dial design that one can move the outer dial for shutter speed or aperture settings depending on the position of the inner one.

the inner dial will move along with the outer when a center button is pressed.

By tkbslc (6 months ago)

Glad to see more of the newer kit lenses starting at 24mm equivalent.

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By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (6 months ago)

I want that lens!!

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (6 months ago)

Wow, an F5.6 lens and interlaced video. Oh well, thanks anyhow, Panny.

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By tkbslc (6 months ago)

Were you expecting an f2.8 pancake kit zoom?

By yabokkie (6 months ago)

> an f/2.8 pancake kit zoom?
sounds a good idea, may be twice as big (volume) as 12-32.

for primes, f/2 still cannot be called any fast for 4/3" cameras, though some may be willing to accept small aperture f/2 for compactness and low price (much lower price than but not as fast as, for example, EF-M 22/2).

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By Sosua (6 months ago)

You could always chuck a 100gram 20mm pancake on it for a tiny F1.7 300gram combo....

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By audijam (6 months ago)

USB 2.0 is not good.....sigh

By Gesture (6 months ago)

Wonderful camera, but should be no more than $425 with kit lens. The pricing on all these new cameras will just drive consumers to smartphones even more so.

Le James
By Le James (6 months ago)

GM1 is a Mirrorless Camera.
The targeted consumers are the professional photographers and people who wants to upgrade from compacts.
Hence, those people will definitely be prepared to pay a higher price for a Mirrorless Camera.

In that case, I don't see how the price of the GM1 will cause its targeted consumers to downgrade to a smartphone.

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Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (6 months ago)

This is an excellent point. I am a Canon DSLR shooter right now, and I'd like to get a smaller kit going, but I'm having a hard time justifying the pricing. The saying goes that the best camera is the one you have with you. For most folks that would be a smartphone with the highest quality camera available.

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By yabokkie (6 months ago)

think Canon developers were half-hearted when they designed EOS M, knowing the new dual-pixel AF sensor was coming soon, but their lenses are quite good.

I suggest just get a cheap EOS M with the lenses, bear with it for a while waiting for a dual-pixel AF EOS M2.

By TEBnewyork (6 months ago)

Any info on when it will be released?

Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (6 months ago)

can anyone explain how dpreview has missed announcement of 15mm f/1.7 lens?

By yabokkie (6 months ago)

Pana 15/1.7 is more like an "official rumor."

Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (6 months ago)

Very, very nice but WAY too expensive. And is this goodbye to the GF series?

By rikyxxx (6 months ago)

Wow, 1/16000 silent shuter!!!

Isn't awkward that Sony and Panasonic, two companies w/o a "photographic history", try (and succeed) to innovate more than Canon, Nikon and Pentax?

Erik Magnuson
By Erik Magnuson (6 months ago)

Nikon has been offering a 1/16000 electronic speed on the 1 series for a couple of years now. The real issue is if it avoids the motion artifacts with current panasonic electronic shutter implementations.

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By RichRMA (6 months ago)

Hey! Look at it! Is Nikon going to sue them too?

By spidermoon (6 months ago)

I'm sure that Appetizing food and cute dessert are a dream for food porn lovers, but i prefer HDR and panorama modes.

Greg Lovern
By Greg Lovern (6 months ago)

This is amazing. I love miniaturization.

If I'm reading correctly, it's smaller than the Pentax Q7 in all dimensions even though the sensor is much larger. And it appears to have the same very good new sensor as the latest Olympus micro 4/3 bodies like the OM-D and EP-5.

If it turns out to be all it looks like it should be, it really spanks Pentax (as a longtime and current Pentax user I believe I'm allowed to say that when warranted).

I'd love to see a side-by-side picture of this GM1 and the Q7.

By peevee1 (6 months ago)

It is probably not the same sensor, GX7 seems to have new Panasonic sensor which is better than their old ones but still a tiny little bit worse than the Sony one in OM-D etc (but imperceptibly so without instrumentation).

By bluevellet (6 months ago)

It's the same sensor as in the GX7. Good one, yet slightly behind the Sony-made sensor in current Oly cameras.

By Raist3d (6 months ago)

Greg- it looks very interesting but keep in mind some lens sizes (vs Q7). The 06 equivalent would be the Panasonic 35-100 which is significantly bigger.

(not saying again, this isn't an interesting offering). Also hopefully the ergonomics are there because the Q7 handles great.

By logbi77 (6 months ago)

Also keep in mind that in some few lens+camera combos, the GM1 isn't actually that much bigger than the Q7.

Q7 vs GM1 8.5mm f/1.9 prime vs 20mm f/1.7 and 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 vs 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

The GM1 + 20mm combo isn't that much bigger, while the GM1 + 12-32mm combo is smaller although 2/3 of a stop slower than the 5-15mm lens, the bigger sensor of the GM1 will offset the faster aperture advantage of the Q7.

Admittedly, on the telephoto side, the Q7 will be smaller with the 15-45mm f/2.8 lens than the 35-100mm f/2.8 lens but Panasonic is planning to release a 35-100mm that will be presumably smaller and presumably a smaller aperture as well. Although how small, is still a question mark for now.

The Pentax fisheye lens is really small too, so that's another combo for the Pentax where it is actually smaller.

By zodiacfml (6 months ago)

Nice, but too expensive compared to EPM2. This should have been a fixed lens before we can compare it to an Rx100.

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By mrmiguel (6 months ago)

Just because the RX100 is $749 doesn't mean this should be. The collapsible design of the RX100 is still better, as is the lens brightness.

By SHood (6 months ago)

But a Leica Summilux 15mm f1.7 is coming in 2014. This lens and body would make an interesting combination for those not interested in a zoom.

By caver3d (6 months ago)

The RX100 and RX100 II use the Sony 1" sensor. The 4/3 sensor in the GM1 is significantly larger, and is identical to that in the new GX7. IQ and DR are better. That alone justifies competitive pricing against the Sony. A compact ILC? Yep, such a camera is superior to a "collapsible" single zoom lens as in the Sony.

NAwlins Contrarian
By NAwlins Contrarian (6 months ago)

Caver3d, although the RX100's sensor is somewhat smaller than the GM-1's, the net effect of the two sensor-and-lens combinations (pairing the 12-32mm with the GM-1) is that, AT ALL OF THEIR SHARED FOCAL LENGTHS, the Sony will provide shallower depth of field and more light on the sensor. (At the 12-32mm's longest focal length, 64mm equivalent, the Sony's maximum aperture is f/3.5 or f/4) Both are interesting cameras. Which would you rather have, the equivalent of a fixed 28-100mm f/4.9-13 (RX100) or an interchangeable 24-64mm f/7-11 equivalent?

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By thx1138 (6 months ago)

Shouldn't that be minimum shutter speed 1/16000, not maximum shutter speed which is 60s. Actually you have them interchanged in the specs.

By RadPhoto (6 months ago)


By Hugo808 (6 months ago)


By noegd (6 months ago)

Strictly speaking,
1/16000 should be minimum exposure time, and 60s maximum exposure time.
A speed is normally measured in m/s or km/h (and resolution in dpi), but we all understood what was meant ;-)

By spidermoon (6 months ago)

maybe, but photographers are not very aware of reality :)

By liviutza (6 months ago)

Nope :). 1/16000 is the exposure time at which the shutter moves the fastest, so when 'speed' comes into language I would say it is properly characterized in the above presentation.

By tokugawa (6 months ago)

Maximum speed = fastest, and 1/16000 is faster than 60s for instance.

If you run 10km in 1/16000s you have "higher speed" than someone who runs the same distance in 60s.

By peevee1 (6 months ago)

Shutter does not "move fastest: at 1/16000 because shutter does not move at all - it is electronic. ;)
Moreover, where shutter actually moves, it moves at the same speed - the time value shown is the DIFFERENCE between opening and closing shutters.
It is exposure time, plain and simple. All those archaic terms - "shutter speed" (actual speed makes sense for flash sync but it is not what is meant), "fast lens" - which should mean a lens with fast autofocus nowadays but it is not what is meant - are just misleading.

By yabokkie (6 months ago)

> shutter moves the fastest

the speed (in mm/sec for example) of the mechanical shutter should be the same. this speed affects x-sync that a 1/250 shutter moves faster than 1/200 one, and it's 1/50 for GM.

the exposure time is controlled by the time interval (distance) between shutter blades. narrower the window, less the exposure time, and larger the error (so it's expected that the shutter speed of GM not stable, and it may be fun to play with the slow shutter shooting moving subjects).

By ManuelVilardeMacedo (6 months ago)

Yes. It's the shortest exposure time available. We're measuring exposure time, not the speed at which the curtains move.

By yabokkie (6 months ago)

sorry it says "single curtain" shutter,
the exact behavior I don't know.

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