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Panasonic DMC-GH1

Ilse Jurrien
PMA 2018 Report
Thursday 5th, March 2009
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Panasonic introduces the Lumix DMC-GH1 as a new member of the Lumix G Micro System of new generation interchangeable lens system cameras. Fully compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the Lumix G Micro System combines a downsized body with advanced functions that achieve both easy operation and comfort. The new DMC-GH1 is called a Creative HD Hybrid because it records not only high-quality photos but also high definition 1080/24p or smooth 720/60p HD (High Definition) movies in AVCHD format. Continuous AF can be used while recording movies, to further boost operating ease.

Panasonic DMC GH1

Panasonic DMC-GH1 system camera
Taking advantage of its system camera design, the Panasonic DMC-GH1 features the potential for unlimited photo expression by allowing the use of different lenses for specific shooting situations and subjects. High-quality sound recording with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator and a host of other creative options, including manual settings, lend the Panasonic Lumix GH1 even greater versatility.

12.1 Megapixel Panasonic Lumix GH1
Supporting the DMC-GH1's powerful full-HD movie recording function is a newly developed 12.1-megapixel high-speed Live MOS sensor and the Venus Engine HD image processor, which features two CPUs for outstanding processing capability. The new Lumix G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S., which is a versatile 10x zoom interchangeable lens, was designed for movie recording by including a silent and continuous auto focusing function and seamless aperture adjustment. The Panasonic Lumix GH1 also features D-SLR photo quality. Its newly developed Live MOS sensor renders images with minimal noise even when using high ISO sensitivity. The multi-aspect ratio function of the sensor allows photos to be taken using a 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, all with the same angle of view.

Panasonic GH1 - iA mode
In addition to its high levels of performance for both photos and movies, the Lumix DMC-GH1 incorporates the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, a hallmark of Lumix cameras that now includes Face Recognition, a function that "remembers" faces once the faces are registered. When a familiar face appears in the frame, the camera will prioritize the focus and exposure to capture it beautifully. This clever function makes it easy to get sharp and clear photos of special subjects in a group of people. iA mode is also available in movie recording. It automatically selects the most suitable scene mode and helps to correct hand-shake, focus and brightness problems - making it a one-stop solution for capturing beautiful photos and movies.

Panasonic GH1 Lumix G Micro System camera
Operating ease is an important element of the Lumix G Micro System identity, and it is highly evident in the Panasonic GH1. For example, the external design of the Lumix GH1 helps to prevent missed shooting opportunities for both photo and movie recording. To start recording a movie during shooting photos, the user simply presses a special, separate movie recording button. Most of the settings used for photo shooting carry over to movie recording without requiring any additional setting. A choice of body colors makes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 also highly attractive. Users can select authentic black, active red (which was very popular in the DMC-G1), or glamorous gold - and all three colors have a special textured finish. Panasonic hopes to bring the fun of both photos and movies to as many people as possible with the Lumix DMC-GH1, an unprecedented system camera that satisfies even the needs of professionals and advanced amateurs while offering easy operation for entry-level users.

Panasonic DMC GH1

Panasonic Lumix GH1 full-HD movie recording
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful full-HD movies. In addition to Motion JPEG images, the Lumix GH1 can record high-resolution full-HD 1920 x 1080 movies at 24 fps or smooth HD 1280 x 720 movies at 60 fps in AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format. The AVCHD format features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than the conventional Motion JPEG. A special, separate button on the back lets the user instantly start recording movies while shooting photos without any having to make any extra settings. There are always two options to record spur-of-the-moment scenes - high-quality photos or movies. The user can simply choose the one that saves precious memories most beautifully.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm kit lens
The Lumix G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. kit lens boasts a focal length of 28-280mm (35mm camera equivalent) and supports the continuous AF function of the contrast AF system for both photos and movies. Panasonic considers this function to be indispensable for movie recording from a practical point of view. This lens is also designed for movie recording use by minimizing the mechanical sound generated by the continuous AF/AE action.

Panasonic DMC GH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 - Four Thirds lenses
In addition to Lumix G lenses, the Lumix GH1 and Lumix G Micro System can use any interchangeable lens that complies with the Four Thirds standard via an optional mount adapter. This gives the user access to the entire range of Four Thirds lenses. And a stream of new Micro Four Thirds lenses will be announced in the future, providing a large, diverse line of high-performance lenses for the user's photographic toolbox. With the Lumix G Micro System and the growing assortment of lenses becoming available, the expressive possibilities are unlimited. The Lumix DMC-GH1 system camera offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 accessories
External Flash: DMW-FL220(GN22) / DMW-FL360(GN36) / DMW-FL500(GN50)
PL Filter: DMW-LPL62
ND Filter: DMW-LND62 NEW
MC Protector: DMW-LMCH62
Mount Adapter: DMW-MA1
Stereo Microphone: DMW-MS1 NEW
Battery Pack: DMW-BLB13
Soft Case: DMW-CG2 NEW
Soft Bag: DMW-BAG1
Shoulder Strap (Stylish) DMW-SSTG1-A/C/R/K NEW
Shoulder Strap (Woven) DMW-SSTG2-W
Shoulder Strap (Leather) DMW-SSTG3-T
Remote Shutter: DMW-RSL1

Panasonic Lumix GH1 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix GH1 test sample, we will publish a picture gallery with high resolution photos, followed by an extended Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1review.

Panasonic DMC GH1

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