Body elements

The headline spec of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is a 16MP Micro Four Thirds 'Live MOS' sensor. The ISO range extends from 160 to 12,800.
The GX1's built-in flash uses a double-hinged design and sits well to the side of the lens axis. The flash head extends 24mm above the camera's top plate and has a Guide No. of 7.6m at ISO 160.

While not designed for this (do so at your own risk), the flash can be locked into place with the head pointing up for bounce flash, as shown on our photographic tests page.

Located beneath the hot shoe is the electronic port by which the optional LVF (Live Viewfinder) is connected to the camera. You are unable to attach both an external flash and LVF simultaneously.
The GX1 records Full HD movies with 1080/60i capture from 30p sensor output.

Sound recording comes courtesy of a pair of stereo microphones on the top plate. A choice of four microphone input levels can be made and a digital wind cut filter can be enabled in an Auto mode via the movie menu. But there's no option to use an external mic.
The camera controls on the top plate consist of a mode dial, power switch, shutter release, movie record and iAuto buttons.

The layout most closely resembles that of the GF1, with the exception of a drive mode switch whose functionality has been moved to the rear of the camera and the addition of an iAuto button which replaces the mode dial position it occupied on the GF1.

The GX1 provides no less than seven control points along the right side of the camera in addition to a 4-way controller.

The external Fn1 and Fn2 buttons are augmented by two additional onscreen Fn buttons, each of which can be configured to control any one of 27 separate camera functions. Should you be so inclined you can even assign the same functionality to multiple buttons.

A textured handgrip with a significantly higher profile than any GF-series model provides a firm, secure grip of the camera.
The LVF2 is a new optional viewfinder with a 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution. Much like the previous LVF1, the viewfinder can be tilted 90 degrees to accommodate low-camera angle shooting. The LVF2 has a new connector size and is not compatible with older G-series cameras.

You cannot connect an external flash and the LVF simultaneously.

The GX1's connector ports are located along the right side of the body and are covered by a flexible plastic flap. There is a remote socket, HDMI port and a mini USB slot that doubles as a monoaural AV output.

Unlike the GH-series cameras, the remote connector socket doesn't do double-duty as a microphone connector.
The GX1 ships with the same Li-ion DMW-BLD10 battery (7.3Wh) found in the G3 and GF2 models. The battery has a CIPA rating of 310 images when used with the 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom kit lens.

As with most previous G-series models, the SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible slot shares a compartment with the battery port.