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Real-world samples added to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 first impressions

By dpreview staff on Nov 4, 2013 at 19:10 GMT
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We've just updated our first impressions review of the Panasonic Lumix GM1 with a gallery of real-world sample images. Panasonic's latest G-series camera underscores the 'Micro' in Micro Four Thirds as one of the smallest interchangeable lens cameras ever brought to market. Despite its size, it still offers a 16 megapixel Four Thirds sensor, 3.0-inch touch screen, and full suite of manual exposure controls. Does its image quality in the field measure up? See for yourself.

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 real world samples - Published 4th November 2013
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Total comments: 46
deechnz
By deechnz (2 months ago)

Just tried out the constant preview on my newly arrived GM1. When set to "on" and I change either aperture or SS, there is a clicking noise which sounds like it's coming from the lens. Do other people also find this? Is it some mechanism necessary to create the constant preview each time I change an exposure setting? Is it creating extra wear on the camera which it otherwise wouldn't if I didn't turn constant preview on?

0 upvotes
Richt2000
By Richt2000 (5 months ago)

Goodbye RX100 amazing though you are.
Hello GM1+12-32 and 45/1.8

0 upvotes
Battersea
By Battersea (5 months ago)

Nice images, especially at higher ISO. I'm moderately impressed.

1 upvote
photo perzon
By photo perzon (5 months ago)

I love it

0 upvotes
bloodycape
By bloodycape (5 months ago)

This camera is really tempting, but my only concern is maximum shutter speed of 1/50 when using the flash(would have like at least 1/240, but even 1/100 could have possibly worked. Maybe the GM2, GF7(if they made it a little smaller) or similar mode from Olympus would offer it.

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eivissa1
By eivissa1 (5 months ago)

Do you really need flash with this camera?

2 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

Thank you preview for posting high ISO pics in more real world conditions where they would be used, instead of the 1/1000th shutter speeds at F4.0 from a couple years. It is much appreciated, as a street night shooter I am.

This is looking pretty promising.

2 upvotes
tipple
By tipple (5 months ago)

Very impressive high iso pics. Good colors without over saturation. Looks like Panasonic has a winner in this category.

10 upvotes
Lab D
By Lab D (5 months ago)

Maybe Richard can answer this. It is true that much of the size reduction is due to the smaller shutter mechanism and that if/when Panasonic goes with only an electric shutter weight and possibly size might be reduced even more?

0 upvotes
Allison Johnson
By Allison Johnson (5 months ago)

Richard may have more to say but it seems to me that the camera can't get any smaller because of the lens mount. As it is, the body is only slightly taller than the mount itself. I can't see an all electronic shutter making a noticeable difference weight-wise either, the new shutter unit in the GM1 is pretty light as it is.

5 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

It's already the size of a Pentax Q7, how small do you want it to be? Any smaller and handling will suffer.

10 upvotes
monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (5 months ago)

Lab, I suppose you might be thinking how small could it be made if it had a fixed lens? RX100 size with m43 sensor would be amazing but would surely dent lens sales.

0 upvotes
Kevin Purcell
By Kevin Purcell (5 months ago)

I don't think most people would want the body any smaller (it's around Canon S95 size but thicker). Plus the LCD and controls on the back pretty much set the lower usable size.

They probably could make it thinner with a fixed lens and leaf shutter rather than focal plane shutter. A fixed prime lens would be very pocketable but perhaps not much different in size to the Ricoh GR or GRD4 (with a larger shutter).

The rear question is how much thinner that hypothetical camera would be than the GM1 + 20mm or 14mm pancake prime. Perhaps half an inch (12mm)? Is it worth it? I suspect Panasonic think not.

4 upvotes
rtogog
By rtogog (5 months ago)

To match beautifully with this Lumix GM1. Panasonic should updated their pancake lenses, as their lenses are aim for Lumix G series which is bigger in size. I would like to have updated existing fixed lens with focal lens (20,14 or smaller) to keep it small.

1 upvote
rpm40
By rpm40 (5 months ago)

I would love to see a camera that falls somewhere between the rx100 and the Ricoh GR- an m4/3 sensor, fixed standard zoom that is fast at wide angle, relatively pocketable.

I think models like this affirm the idea that Panasonic won't make it soon, as it would conflict with their m4/3 plans, but we can always hope!

0 upvotes
brudy
By brudy (5 months ago)

Finally the promise of size/IQ/price for m43 comes true.

4 upvotes
Lab D
By Lab D (5 months ago)

I can't believe how small the thing is! Imagine carring it in one pocket with a couple pancake lenses in another. With the 20mm F/1.7 it would be a great P&S camera to compliment a different micro four thirds camera.

12 upvotes
Digitall
By Digitall (5 months ago)

My point too.

0 upvotes
rpm40
By rpm40 (5 months ago)

It's tempting. This thing with a 20mm and 45mm would make a super tiny kit.

0 upvotes
M0P03
By M0P03 (5 months ago)

It can't be great without image stab.

2 upvotes
four under
By four under (5 months ago)

It could be to me.

2 upvotes
hydrospanner
By hydrospanner (5 months ago)

Yes, because there were clearly no great cameras until the advent of digital and IS.

12 upvotes
rpm40
By rpm40 (5 months ago)

... and yet most interchangeable lens cameras sold get by without it..

2 upvotes
oluv
By oluv (5 months ago)

an image stab that introduces its own blurring as seen on the E-P5? no thanks...

2 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (5 months ago)

Would like to see Olympus do the same concept, even with a 24mm-90mm equivalent fixed lens.

2 upvotes
Digitall
By Digitall (5 months ago)

I assume that Olympus will counteract this model soon(2014)

2 upvotes
rpm40
By rpm40 (5 months ago)

The body could be a good deal bigger and it would still seem more pocketable as long as the lens retracted flush (or almost).

The rx100 is probably close to the limits of camera size to sensor size when a zoom lens is involved, but seeing things like the Ricoh GR keep giving me hope that an m4/3 fixed lens camera similar to the rx100 will be possible soon. Just make it longer and taller if needed to get it thinner! Plenty of people are slipping 5 inch smartphones in their jeans.

3 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (5 months ago)

I cant wait for it to get a Red Dot and cost three times as much!
Also for the GM-2 with hotshoe and matching 30mm OVF.
Maybe use the tripod mount for an OVF and shoot sideways or upside down?
Perhaps Bluetooth EVF Google Glass?

6 upvotes
vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (5 months ago)

It's hard to judge sharpness because I am using a lousy monitor. The color reproduction is very nice though.

0 upvotes
HB 101
By HB 101 (5 months ago)

Nice samples.

1 upvote
Jogger
By Jogger (5 months ago)

It seems like most of the highlights are blown out with very visible clipping.

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

These are JPEGs, and all cameras can clip very bright highlights. But I'm not seeing an unusually high amount of clipping.

12 upvotes
Inlined
By Inlined (5 months ago)

I got an expression that most of 12-32 lens sample shots are blurry at the right side. The left side is mostly fine. What is this? Is it something that manufacturer can fix/replace?

And a tiny question: does this camera support "constant preview" on/off mode like GX7?

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Allison Johnson
By Allison Johnson (5 months ago)

We'll take a look at that lens. And yes the GM1 has an on/off mode for constant preview.

2 upvotes
oluv
By oluv (5 months ago)

so far only 12mm seems affected. the 20mm shot is perfectly sharp.

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deechnz
By deechnz (2 months ago)

I just got my GM1 and tried the constant preview. When I have it turned on and change either the aperture or SS, there is a clicking noise which sounds like it's coming from the lens. Do other people find this? Is it normal?

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (5 months ago)

Nice work. Good set of varied pics. It looks like a first class compact camera. Good enough for me even....

3 upvotes
photo perzon
By photo perzon (5 months ago)

Pm2 looks better at same weight and half cost

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (5 months ago)

The GM1 is much smaller, though.

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marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

Doesn't the E-PM2 have the 4:3 aspect ratio on the 16:9 LCD like the E-PL5? I have to admit, I didn't care for that at all.

I think the GM1 has a nicer LCD panel. IQ should be essentially the same, more or less.

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photo perzon
By photo perzon (5 months ago)

Not impressed yet

0 upvotes
palinode
By palinode (5 months ago)

Really? I was prepared to be unimpressed until I saw some of the image samples. This seems like a wonderful m4/3 camera - tiny size, choice of excellent lenses, a sensor that appears to do a better job with noise than my GH3 & EM5, and at a pretty decent price. What do you think the M1 needs to put it over the top? Better styling? IQ? Stabilization?

6 upvotes
yslee1
By yslee1 (5 months ago)

Judging by the fanbase here, an Olympus logo.

3 upvotes
rpm40
By rpm40 (5 months ago)

I would have liked a hotshoe, and I think the dial on top for focus mode is a wasted opportunity. If those were both sorted, I'd have a hard time keeping the credit card in my pocket, but as is, it tempers my enthusiasm. Maybe nit picky, but I have no urgent need to upgrade.

0 upvotes
SWSF14
By SWSF14 (5 months ago)

Obviously not the type of camera that you'd even consider. Just. Move. On.

1 upvote
Digitall
By Digitall (5 months ago)

This would be my "pocket" camera today, if I bought one now.

5 upvotes
Total comments: 46