Top of camera controls
The top right of the camera is, apart from the movie mode icon on the model dial, identical to the G1. It will also be very familiar to users of Panasonic's L10 DSLR - the cluster of controls is very similar, and it's nice to see some levers (for the power switch and drive mode) - they give the camera a traditional feel. Aside from the main mode dial there's also two buttons that are used to bring up on-screen menus. In the top right corner of the camera rear you can see a new addition to the GH1 - the motion picture button. You can press it any time, no matter what shooting mode you are in, to start/stop video recording.
Intelligent Auto Mode
When recording video in Intelligent Auto Mode the camera will select set the most appropriate settings for subject and light conditions automatically. This includes all of the above 'intelligent' features.
|P|| Programmed Auto (Flexible)
The Program AE on the GH1 has 'program shift' functionality. This means that you can select one of a variety of equal exposures by turning the front command dial left or right. Minimum shutter speed is 60 seconds, top speed is 1/4000 second.
• 1/160 F3.2 (turn CCW a click)
When recording video in 'P' mode aperture and shutter speed are selected automatically.
|A||Aperture Priority Auto
In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the shutter speed for the exposure (depending on metered value; metering mode, ISO). Aperture is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and the LCD monitor, turn the front dial to select different apertures. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the shutter speed, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will blink.
• Range depends on lens max. and min. apertures, in 1/3 EV or 1.0 steps
When recording video in 'A' mode aperture and shutter speed are selected automatically.
|S||Shutter Priority Auto
In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture for the exposure (depending on metered value; metering mode, ISO). Shutter speed is displayed in the viewfinder and the LCD monitor, turn the front dial to select different shutter speeds. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the aperture.
• 60 seconds - 1/4000 sec (in 1/3 or 1 EV steps)
When recording video in 'S' mode aperture and shutter speed are selected automatically.
Full Manual Exposure
When recording video in 'M' mode aperture and shutter speed are selected automatically.
Creative Motion Picture mode
Advanced Scene mode : Portrait
When recording video in this mode the camera will use the selected Portrait settings.
Advanced Scene mode : Scenery
When recording video in this mode the camera will use the selected Scenery settings.
Advanced Scene mode : Sports
When recording video in this mode the camera will use the selected Sports settings.
Advanced Scene mode : Close Up
When recording video in this mode the camera will use the selected Close-up settings.
Advanced Scene mode : Night Portrait
When recording video in this mode the camera will use the selected Night portrait settings.
When recording video in this mode the camera will use the selected Scene mode settings.
My Color Mode
You can also record video in My Color mode.
Buttons / Switches
Options / description
|ON/OFF||Main Power Switch
• Single shot
• Continuous drive
Activates the Quick Menu, which allows you to select and change any of the settings shown as on-screen icons.
Used to change exposure settings and navigate menus. In play mode turning the dial changes magnification and activates the thumbnail views.
The left shoulder of the camera is home to the focus mode dial (which we can't help but feel isn't the best use of this space; for most photographers it would probably be more useful to control ISO or even shutter speeds on this dial) plus the flash release and a switch for manually flipping between the screen and viewfinder.
Buttons / switches
|Focus mode dial
• Auto Focus Single-shot
• Auto Focus Continuous
• Manual Focus
Press this button to release the pop-up flash.
Lens barrel controls (MEGA O.I.S.)
On the side of the GH1's kit lens is the OIS on/off switch. The lens uses the same moving lens element optical stabilization as Panasonic's compact Lumix cameras and offers three modes (changed using the Quick Menu):
- Mode 1 (IS operates continuously)
- Mode 2 (IS operates only when the shutter is depressed
- Mode 3 (vertical correction only: panning mode)
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