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PPE 2013: Hands-on with Panasonic's newest cameras

By dpreview staff on Oct 25, 2013 at 17:00 GMT
PPE 2013: Hands-on with Panasonic's newest cameras
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PPE 2013: Hands-on with Panasonic's newest cameras

We're at Photo Plus Expo in New York, having meetings and learning about all the new products that have recently been announced (and some which are still under wraps). Panasonic's new GM1 is one of the hottest new cameras at this year's show, inheriting a lot of technology from the GX7, and yesterday afternoon we stopped by the stand to get our hands on the gear. 

The 16MP GM1 is a truly tiny camera, barely taller than its Micro Four Thirds lens-mount. Our eyes were caught by this attractive orange leather version on Panasonic's stand.

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Total comments: 37
jeffharris
By jeffharris (6 months ago)

You have to remove the grip to change the battery, too.

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John McCormack
By John McCormack (6 months ago)

I don't get the GM1 - for an amateur at least. Yes, it's small with a big sensor, but the kit lens is slow and short in reach. There's no hot shoe. To get a faster lens jumps the price up to or over $1,000, I think. Nice for a professional's second camera. I'll stick to the 1/1.7 cameras until or unless the price on the GM1 falls in the next six months.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (6 months ago)

I'm an amateur and I sincerely "get it" - if you already own M43 lenses. Paired with an Oly 45 mm & Panny 25 mm you have one hell of an event snapper, which allows you to stay a part of the event ;-) as opposed to the guy lugging gear.

I'm getting one in about 6 months time. The price should be lower by then.

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (6 months ago)

Basic GX7 User's manual at:

https://concierge.panasonic.ca/pcs//viewing/ALL/DMC-GX7CP/OI/vqt5a95/vqt5a95.pdf

GX7 "Advanced Features" Manual:

http://tda.panasonic-europe-service.com/docs/2z526d389az3z39ac3z656ez706466z22z82a6166caafcaed2c0394becccf429c3019ff042/tsn3/data/ALL/DMCGX7EB/OI/911693/vqt5b27.pdf

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sh10453
By sh10453 (6 months ago)

All the details ....

http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/pressrelease/gm1_fs12032/

and a 30-minute review here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkI8psIh4U

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utomo99
By utomo99 (6 months ago)

Panasonic, please create RX 100 competitor. This is not small enough. if Sony can make small things, why not panasonic ? use big sensor, small body, start from 24mm and use fast lens. and many people will buy it

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ivey3721
By ivey3721 (6 months ago)

"please create RX 100 competitor"......
"use BIG sensor, SMALL body, start from 24MM and use FAST lens".
Hopefully you know what you are talking about.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (6 months ago)

but why???
just because it doesn't have a panasonic label, you won't buy it?
what are you, a panasonic shareholder? employee? no?
then go out and buy the sony rx100ii!
it exists! what more do you want?

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Vlad S
By Vlad S (6 months ago)

It's funny how much it reminds the Olympus EP concept from 2008: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2008/09/22/olympus_micro_four_thirds

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matty_boy
By matty_boy (6 months ago)

I'm just a nobody who had a whine about DPReview not being that active, but things really seem to have picked up in the last few days and its articles like this i really want to see more of. Keep up the good work, loving all these recent articles

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (6 months ago)

new cameras were released ;)

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Dennis
By Dennis (6 months ago)

I saw it (GM1) yesterday at the Expo. It's very tiny. But although the controls looked nice, they were also tiny/fiddly for my tastes. And that's coming from someone who's carry camera is the RX100. The little dial on the back reminds me of the S90 - not much for your thumb to move.

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WT21
By WT21 (6 months ago)

It's a very sweet looking camera. Pretty nice controls for that size, too. And the best part? It'll be selling for less than $300 within a year, if past Panasonic camera body prices are any indication.

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DenWil
By DenWil (6 months ago)

"Hand's On" seems a bit of an exaggeration - maybe a five year old. If it was not for the theft prevention device attached to the base no grown man has a chance.

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monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (6 months ago)

You're absolutely right. I once had a compact camera: within a few seconds it had fallen from my massive manly hands and smashed on the floor. Dozens of tiny phones have likewise been destroyed and my office floor is covered in bits of smashed calculators that were just too small for me to hold onto.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (6 months ago)

Are you a monkey brain or something ...

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (6 months ago)

@monkeybrain: take that hammer....

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PrebenR
By PrebenR (6 months ago)

Reminds me of the first mFT prototype from Olympus in 2008.

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RoJack725
By RoJack725 (6 months ago)

This looks like a wonderful light-travel cam. Does anyone know if the optional grip has its own thread for a tripod mount? In other words, would one have to remove the optional grip to mount to a tripod?

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Mike Ronesia
By Mike Ronesia (6 months ago)

No mount, so you'd have to remove it.

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jeffharris
By jeffharris (6 months ago)

You have to remove the grip to change the battery, too.

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Thomas Kachadurian
By Thomas Kachadurian (6 months ago)

Orange? Really? Does it have to be Orange?

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HelloToe
By HelloToe (6 months ago)

No, in fact, it does not. It also comes in a black version and a silver version.

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Mike Ronesia
By Mike Ronesia (6 months ago)

I really like the orange and might buy it just for that.

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (6 months ago)

That orange one looks great- it's non-north-American though right?

4 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (6 months ago)

its for hipsters

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (6 months ago)

Or simply for people who like orange/tan.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (6 months ago)

available on amazon worldwide! ;-)
ebay too.

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rdscibilia
By rdscibilia (6 months ago)

What about comparing this to the EOS M.

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danpolley
By danpolley (6 months ago)

No comparison, the Panasonic actually works :>)

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JmaverickPro
By JmaverickPro (6 months ago)

And so does the EOS M?

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Winston Loo
By Winston Loo (6 months ago)

EOS M? Whats that.? Oh .. the slow focusing camera that Canon announced. meh

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rdscibilia
By rdscibilia (6 months ago)

Iit's the small APS-C camera I bought for $299--and you didn't.

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Oleg Vinokurov
By Oleg Vinokurov (6 months ago)

Eos m is slow like a turtle and doesn't have such big choice of quite small lenses.

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rdscibilia
By rdscibilia (6 months ago)

Not that slow--i have one--same size and half the price, with a bigger sensor. I am not saying it is a perfect camera, just that it deserves to be compared with this group of compacts.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (6 months ago)

eosm? seriously? why? just make this look good?;)

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peter42y
By peter42y (6 months ago)

EOS-M is a wonderful camera. And the turtle flash is not so slow after the firmware upgrade. EOS-M was maligned. That was nice for th people who bought one. they got a wonderful nice, incredible camera for the price of a point and shoot. I have one,yes.

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