Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
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.
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (18.89 x 14.48 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, (3200 with boost)|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Min shutter speed||60 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|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″)|
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.