Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic has taken a major leap by producing a digicam such as Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 that is stacking along, few very enviable capabilities and capacities like, the world's lightest and smallest digicam that is blended with fitted-in flash and HD Movie.

Entirely in conformity with the classicist wisdom - what is it, they prefer for a gizmo that gives a glossy look, enhanced idiosyncrasies and a widget that offers the rate - that isn't induced to drain the wallet and never seizes the smile from their faces.

So if any camera meets this benchmark and additionally lending some unique features to its users that prove a sought after widget.  This is also true for Lumix DMC-GF1, for offering two unique features like lightest and smallest, as the users are keenly looking for the cute and compact digicams nowadays. Do you agree with me, of course you may have agreed by now.

It has been noted that many widgets appear straddled on the line, where people either look for a compact camera, or looking for a superior and versatile DSLR. Yet few punters show their propensity for a widget with enhanced features and few look for a gizmo that is offered on an economical yet with reasonable features.

GF1 series is great in the case of its two rare features, like thinnest and smallest, yet it is still behind in the case of E-P1 that is still center of attraction for E-P1 brand-fans.  For this reason, Panasonic is getting pressed by this E-P1 brand.

During a show that held in Germany, Panasonic lend a brief tour with a pre-manufacturing Lumix GF1, thus at that event, the first snaps and video looming from GF1 - were lending the performance and usefulness of Panasonic's Micro Four Third feature. You can cast a cursory view over it and see how this digicam has made its niche in the marketplaces of Germany.

Significant Specs and Trivia Basic Features

Camera Type: Digital interchangeable lens system camera

Recording media: SD memory card, SDHC memory card

Image sensor size: 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)

Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount

Image Sensor

Type Live MOS Sensor

Total pixels 13.1 Megapixels

Camera effective pixels 12.1 Megapixels

Colour filter Primary colour filter

Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter

Recording System

Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21), RAW, DPOF compatible / Still Image with Audio: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21) + QuickTime / Motion Image: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG

Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1

File size(Pixels)

Still Image [4:3] 4000 x 3000(L), 2816 x 2112(M), 2048 x 1536(S) / [3:2] 4000 x 2672(L), 2816 x 1880(M), 2048 x 1360(S) / [16:9] 4000 x 2248(L), 2816 x 1584(M), 1920 x 1080(S) / [1:1] 2992 x 2992(L), 2112 x 2112(M), 1504 x 1504(S)

Motion Image Motion JPEG / [4:3] QVGA: 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA: 640 x 480, 30fps / [16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480, 30fps / [HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps / AVCHD Lite / NTSC:[HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30fps)(SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps) / PAL:[HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25fps)(SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps)

Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 210 min with H-H020 / Approx. 170 min with H-FS014045 / Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 210 min with H-H020 / Approx. 170 min with H-FS014045

Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 110 min with H-H020 / Approx. 100 min with H-FS014045 / Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 110 min with H-H020 / Approx. 100 min with H-FS014045

Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard

Colour space sRGB, Adobe RGB

Auto Focus

Type Contrast AF system

Focusing mode AFS/AFC/MF

AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing

AF detective range EV 0-18 (F3.5 lens, ISO 100)

AF assist lamp yes

AF lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode

Others Pre AF(Quick AF/Continuous AF),AF+MF, MF Assist(5x, 10x)

Exposure Control

Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system

Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple/Center Weighted/Spot

Metering range EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)

Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual

ISO sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / Intelligent ISO

Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±3EV

AE lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed

AE bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±2 EV

White Balance

White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 / Color temperature setting

White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias

Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K

White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis

Shutter System

Type Focal-plane shutter

Shutter speed Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4minutes)

Self timer 2sec / 10sec / 10sec, 3 images

Remote control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)

Scene Mode

Movie SCN mode Portrait/Soft Skin/Scenery/Architecture/Sports/Flower/Food/Objects/Low Light/Party/Sunset / (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in Normal mode or other related mode.)

Still Image SCN mode Portrait/Soft Skin/Scenery/Architecture/Sports/Peripheral Defocus/Flower/Food/Objects/Night Portrait/Night Scenery/Illuminations/Baby 1,2/Pet/Party/Sunset

Burst Shooting

Burst speed 3 frames/sec (High speed) or 2 frames/sec (Low speed)

Number of recordable images 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) / Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) / (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)

Built-In-Flash

Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.0 equivalent (ISO 100 ·m), Built-in Pop-up

Built-in flash(Mode) Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off

X-Sync(Synchronization) speed Less than 1/160 second

Flash output adjustment 1/3EV Step ±2EV

Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.

Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500(Optional)

LCD Monitor

Type: Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD

Monitor size: 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle

Pixels: 460K dots

Filed of view Approx. 100%

Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Color (7levels)

LCD mode Off / Auto Power LCD / Power LCD

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Live View

Digital zoom 2x, 4x

Extra optical zoom Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)

Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram

Film Mode

Colour Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Nostalgic / Vibrant

Black and white Standard / Dynamic / Smooth

Others My Film1 / My Film2 / Multi Film

Playback

Playback mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow, Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/AVCHD Lite/Motion JPEG/Category/Favorite), / Title Edit, Text Stamp, Resize, Trimming, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Print Set, Protect, Audio Dubbing

Protection / Erase

Protection Single / Multi or Cancel

Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite

Direct Print

Print PictBridge compatible(Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable )

Interface

HDMI miniHDMI TypeC Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system) Audio: Dolby® Digital Creator

USB USB 2.0 High Speed

Speaker YES

Audio video output Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.

External microphone terminal NO

Built-in microphone Monaural, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High

Remote f2.5mm.

General Data Power

Battery ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1250mAh) (Included) / Battery Charger/AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC, DC Cable is required)

Battery life Still Images CIPA Standard: Approx. 380 images(LCD) with LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH. Motion Images Approx. 210 minutes (LCD) Recording time capacity in AVCHD SH mode

Dimensions [mm]: Width 119.0, Height 71.0, depth 36.3

Weight Approx:. 285g / 10.05 oz (Body only)

Operating Condition

Operating temperature 0? to 40? (32°F to 104°F)

Operating humidity 10% to 80%

Standard Accessories

Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 HD Edition / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE / USB Driver

Standard accessories Battery Charger/AC Adapter, Battery Pack, Body Cap, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM

Interchangeable Lens-1

Lens Construction 7 elements in 5 groups (2 Aspherical lenses)

Mount Micro Four Thirds mount

Optical Image Stabilizer No

Focal Length f=20mm (35mm camera equivalent 40mm)

Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm

Aperture F1.7

Minimum Aperture F16

Closest Focusing Distance 0.2m / 0.66ft

Maximum magnification Approx. 0.13x / 0.25x (35mm camera equivalent)

Diagonal Angle of View 57°

More Data

Filter Size f46mm / 1.81 in

Max. Diameter f63mm / 2.48 in

Overall Length Approx. 25.5mm / 1.00 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)

Weight [g] Approx. 100g

Weight [oz] 3.53oz

Standard Accessory Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag

Interchangeable Lens-2

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(added 04 Sep 2009) / 3187 views

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