Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Review

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

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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 review
By: Mat Gallagher, What Digital Camera (Jun 29, 2009)

The GH1 is an exceptional camera, but more than anything it is an exceptional video camera. In terms of still imaging it has some improvements on the previous G1 model, though these are not significant enough on their own to justify the huge price difference.

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DCRP Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Jun 3, 2009)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is a compact, interchangeable lens camera that does double-duty: it takes photos and high definition video. Unlike most "hybrid" devices, the GH1 pulls both off quite well, though it's not without its issues. The GH1 takes good quality photos, offers a second-to-none live view experience, and has a host of automatic and manual controls. On the video side, you can...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 review

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GH1 is one of the most complete cameras we’ve tested, and one that achieves a number of ambitious goals. Unlike many rivals where features like Live View and video recording are often compromised and feel bolted-on to satisfy marketing demands, they’re core and very capable parts of the GH1’s specification. Then there’s things like the screen which is not just...

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