Base / Tripod Mount
Panasonic has done something Olympus claimed impossible; squeezing a built-in flash into a body this small (perhaps because there's a little extra room without the in-body IS). It's a cunning and rather complex design that lifts part of the top plate clear of the camera to reveal the small - but perfectly functional - flash. It has a Guide Number of just 6, rather than the 12 or 13 we're used to seeing on entry-level DSLRs, but it does the job for social snaps and fill-flash (and is a lot better than nothing). The flash is activated using the button on the rear of the camera (and flash mode controlled using the standard screen interface).
The GF1 has a small orange lamp on the front plate (to the left of the lens mount), 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 GF1 includes a hot shoe that will work with the dedicated Panasonic flash units (and third party flashes). The locking hot shoe cover also protects the small interface used to connect the optional electronic viewfinder.|
After the G1, GH1 and Olympus E-P1, the GF1 is now the fourth 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.
|The sensor is of conventional Four Thirds size but is left exposed when the lens is removed. Panasonic appears to have concluded that the low-pass filter assembly in front of the sensor is more resilient than the shutter mechanism.|
Supplied In the Box
The GF1 will initially be available as a kit with the LUMIX 14-45mm or 20mm F1.7 lenses, or as a body only. The camera is available in black, red or silver.
The DMC GF1 body is supplied as:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 body
- BLB13PP Lithium-Ion battery pack
- DE-A49C battery charger
- AC cable
- Video cable
- USB connection cable
- Software CD
- Body cap