Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Announced Mar 3, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Mar 3, 2009

HD video capable version of the innovative DMC-G1 mirrorless interchangeable lens system camera. The GH1’s 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor can record up to 1080/24p or 720/60p high definition videos, with continuous AF and a built-in Dolby Digital Stereo Creator for quality sound recording. This is further supported by Panasonic’s designed-for-video Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm kit lens. The camera includes a new Face Recognition feature that remembers individual faces, and offers four different aspect ratios with the same angle of view using a system similar to that in the company's DMC-LX3 compact. Pricey but unique alternative to a digital SLR.

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Review, Jul 10, 2009
Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (18.89 x 14.48 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, (3200 with boost)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format AVCHD
Storage types SD/SDHC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 385 g (0.85 lb / 13.58 oz)
Dimensions 124 x 90 x 45 mm (4.88 x 3.54 x 1.77)
GPS None

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Our review

Expensive compared to most comparable SLRs, the key to the GH1's appeal is its class-leading HD movie capture. The fact that it has the best sensor of any Micro Four Thirds camera is just the icing on the cake. Somewhat niche? Sure, but it makes most other SLR movie modes look like toys.

Good for: Serious HD movie making with a high quality SLR thrown in for good measure.

Not so good for: Everyday photography needs: it's too expensive.

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Highly Recommended
72%
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