Base / Tripod Mount
The G1 has a metal tripod mount, which should reduce concerns about stripping its thread. It's perfectly lined up with the lens but the camera is so small that you can give up on the idea of changing batteries with most tripod plates attached.
The G1's rather small flash has a Guide Number of just 10.5, rather than the 12 or 13 we're used to seeing on entry-level DSLRs. The G1's tiny kit lens means that, even though the flash doesn't pop up very far, there's little risk of it casting shadows into your photos unless you use the lens hood at the same time.
The G1 has a small orange lamp on its left shoulder, meaning you don't have to flip the flash to gain focus in low light. It's not the most discreet solution but it's less disturbing than having a strobing flash pointed at you.
The G1 includes a hot shoe that will work with the DMW- FL360, DMW-FL500 and new DMW-FL220 flash unit.
The G1 is the first camera to make use of the new, miniaturized Micro Four Thirds mount. Remove the lens and you'll be confronted with an exposed sensor - it's of the familiar Four Thirds size but rather disconcerting to see it in the nude. The focal plane shutter stays open until the point an exposure is made.
Shutter Release Sound
In some of our digital SLR reviews we now provide a sound recording of a continuous burst of shots. Below you can see waveforms of a recording made of the Panasonic G1 shooting continuously JPEG Normal for 30 seconds. The storage card used was a 8 GB SanDisk Extreme III SD card.
JPEG continuous, 30 seconds
Supplied In the Box
The G1 will initially be available as a kit with the Lumix G Vario 14 - 45 mm F3.5 - F5.6 ASPH.Mega O.I.S lens. The G1K kit, shown here, is the black version. The camera is also available in red or blue.
The DMC G1 kit is supplied as:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 body
- Lumix G Vario 14 - 45 mm F3.5 - F5.6 ASPH.Mega OIS lens
- BLB13PP Lithium-Ion battery pack
- DE-A49B battery charger
- AC cable
- Video cable
- USB connection cable
- Software CD
- Lens hood
- Lens cap
- Lens rear cap
- Lens storage bag
- Body cap