Video Mode

Hit the red video button above the virtual shutter to start recording and the image changes to 16:9 aspect ratio.

The Panasonic CM1 is capable of recording 1080p full HD video at 30fps or 4K footage at a reduced frame rate of 15 fps. However, in the latter mode the image is pretty severely cropped. Photo Styles and iArt filters can be applied to your footage and some settings, like white balance or metering mode are honored when shooting video, but unfortunately you cannot record using manual focus. Instead, you can force the camera to refocus by hitting the AF button in the bottom right corner.

Exposure compensation can be set before you start recording - during recording the click-dial around the lens is used to control the digital zoom, which works smoothly. You cannot capture still images while video is recording. When shooting in one of the Auto modes, the camera automatically selects the best scene mode for your video scene.

The click dial controls digital zoom in video mode.
In the menu you'll find a dedicated video section.

Video sample 1: 1080p video in bright light

This video was shot handheld in good light using the CM1's 1080p 30 fps video mode. Exposure is decent and motion smooth, but we've seen better detail on full HD videos. Since focus is not continuous it's stable, but the lack of an optical image stabilization systems means that any camera shake is clearly noticeable in the footage.  

Video sample 2: 1080p video in low light

This video was shot handheld in low artificial light using the CM1's 1080p 30 fps video mode. Again, exposure is good. Some noise is visible but well under control. Some compression artifacts are noticeable around the light sources in the frame but the quality of the sound recording is decent.

Video sample 3: 4K video in bright light

The 4K video image offers noticeably better detail than the 1080p mode. On the downside it only records 15 frames per second which results in slightly jerky motion.