The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is a tiny Micro Four Thirds camera that can literally fit in the palm of your hand. It features the same 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor as the much larger GX7, and a high resolution 3-inch touchscreen LCD. The GM1 offers full manual controls, automatic and creative modes, 22 filter effects, time lapse, and stop motion modes. The shutter can be made nearly silent when you need to shoot discreetly. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi allows you to control the camera and share photos quickly and easily by connecting to a smart phone or tablet.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Camera Kit with 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Lens
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“ If you're happy using a touch screen, and if fewer dials and controls aren't a deal-breaker, then you should take a good look at this camera. It's a good (and convenient) companion to have at your side.”
- 16MP CMOS Four Thirds sensor
- ISO 200-25600 (extendable ISO 125)
- Up to 5 FPS continuous shooting (40 FPS with electronic shutter)
- 3-inch touch LCD with 1,036,000 dots
- 1080/60i/30p/24p HD video (AVCHD/MPEG-4) with PASM control
- Creative Control mode with 22 filter effects + PSAM
- Silent shutter mode
- Built-in pop-up flash
- Built-in WiFi
- Raw and Raw+JPEG
- SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4592 x 3448|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||23|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length multiplier||2×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/16000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||4.00 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|Continuous drive||5 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p), 1280 x 720p (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI Type D)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||230|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||204 g (0.45 lb / 7.20 oz)|
|Dimensions||99 x 55 x 30 mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.2″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The GM1 offers much of the features and image quality of its Lumix GX7 sibling in a much smaller, lighter package. A few concessions have been made to reduce the size so drastically, namely a lower-capacity battery, but it's an excellent option for casual shooting.
Street shooting, casual portraits, moderately low light.
Not So Good For
Fast action, telephoto shooting, very low light.
Great Little Camera
Took this mini marvel on vacation to Hawaii where I used it extensively. Very pleased with handling and performance. I agree with much of DP Review’s findings with a few exceptions. It certainly deserves the gold award... Mostly a GX1 user for the past two years, my comparisons are in relation to GX1. I rarely use video, have not done any RAW conversions so far (which are covered by DP), so won’t comment on any of these. Pro’s: very small size / weight; feature rich; fast and very quiet to ...
Just a couple of preliminary remarks on the GM1
I will try to do a more detailed review later. My first impressions are: (1) This camera is a tiny delight. It makes me smile just to see it sitting on the table waiting to be taken for a walk! (2) In use, the camera is just as small and compact as I imagined it would be and as it looked in the store.
What I expected
After a week of using this camera, I'm mostly pleased with it. IQ is great even with the kit lens, it feels quite solid despite its diminutive size, it does not lack at all in features an customizations. It also looks great IMO. My only qualms is that it does not allow USB charging - instead, you have to carry a bulky external charger, the menus are a bit fiddly (though the Q. menu mostly makes up for it), and the Wi-fi photo transfer for PC is bordering on useless.
Off camera flash test Panasonic GM1 with kitlens 12-32 f3.5-f5.6
The smallest MFT camera today is the Panasonic GM1. With a flash sync speed of 1/50 and no hotshoe it doesn't seem that good for off camera flash. Because I like this little cameras versatility and IQ and like a challenge I tested it to do exactly this. All images were shot with the kitlens 12-32 mm f3.5-f5.6, pop up flash and (except no 1 & 2 ) a Lumopro LP120 manual flash set to optical slave. No 1-6 are JPG's straight out of camera with Landscape photo style. NO 1 First I took a picture in ...
Do all fast lenses show bad CA on m43?
I've recently bought myself a Panny GM1 which I love, with the kit lens plus a 14-140 zoom, both of which I'm happy with. However, I've tried a couple of different faster primes now both of which have shown really bad CA on high(ish) contrast areas whenever they've been fully open. I've tried an Olympus 17mm f1.8 and a Panasonic 25mm f1.4 both of which show green and purple fringing. However, if I close them down to greater than f2.8 then the CA all but disappears, and is completely gone by f4. Are all m43 lenses like this and is it something I'm going to have to live with? b.t.w. I don't think it's acceptable to say that it can be taken out in PP since a lot of this CA shows in out of focus areas and mostly looks awful when dialled out in Panny's software or Lightroom (and I've tried Photoshop CS3 as well).
There are three common CA problems: (1) Lateral CA - Different colors have different focal lengths/magnifications. This is trivially corrected in post processing with no loss in quality. All Panasonic m43 cameras and a few Olympus cameras actually automatically correct for this both in JPG and RAW. Not improved by changing aperture. Doesn't sound like this is the problem you are having. (2) Longitudinal CA - Different colors focus at different distances. Very difficult to correct in post processing though LR does have a tool that works well in some situations and not so well in others. Improves rapidly with ... Continue Reading
I can confirm to have seen cases of 3. sometimes to an annoying degree, with the PL25. However, only wide open under super bright sunlight would this become evident, and only sometimes (although only once proves the culpability). I guess this is why many people claim to have never seen anything like this... Continue Reading
Thanks Ken, I've never noticed this before on my 1.6 crop canon with fast lenses but I guess the lens is being pushed a fair bit harder with the smaller sensor and double the number of pixels I had before. Just a bit disappointed that it's so visible. I mostly see it on tree/sky boundaries and first noticed when testing for accurate focus on the lens cap writing at wide open. That's why I was so surprised as I normally test this way and haven't noticed it before on fast lenses like the canon 135 f2 and 50 f1.8 I asked mainly because I wondered if I was behind the times and everyone just accepted this as a result of the much higher pixel density. thanks again one and all Continue Reading
GM1 - Is the time lapse useful with that small battery?
Since the Panasonic DMC-GM1 has been "gifted" with a relatively small and weak battery, how useful is the time lapse feature really? Can I for instance record a sequence that stretches over an entire day, or at least several hours? Does the camera power down between frames? Is there any way to connect an external power source for even longer sequences?
I'm surprised you didn't consider checking the online manual. It's really quite informative: * During recording standby, the power will turn off automatically if no operation is performed for a certain period. The Time Lapse Shot is continued even with the power turned off. When the recording start time arrives, the power turns on automatically. * During [Time Lapse Shot], you can replace the battery and the card, and then restart by turning on this unit. * We recommend that you use a sufficiently charged battery or an AC adaptor (optional) and a DC coupler (optional). Continue Reading
Good questions. I wonder how much using the electronic shutter helps...if at all. There is an economy mode and you can turn the brightness on the LCD down which should help too. Continue Reading
Can one use the GM-1 on a remote drone?
Is anyone familiar with that? Can one mount it on say something like this: http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-2 And can one get a live feed from the camera to ones iPhone while in flight? Thanks.
I remember someone posting a couple of days ago or so, saying that the GM1 was too heavy for drone use (with the chosen drone type the OP had used). You could try to search for the post in this forum. Continue Reading
Hmm. Thanks. Still it's a small camera and if one mounts say the 14mm pancake is should remain pretty light. Continue Reading
There was a post here in the last few days that someone had mounted a GM1 on a Phantom 2 but was only able to get 15 minutes of flight time. Do a search and I'm sure you'll find it. There was also a post on another site where someone had mounted a cam...I think a GH3 on a similar quad copter and lost the whole rig into the ocean. They got it off the ground, a short piece of video transmitted then lost control and down into the deep blue. Continue Reading
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|DIGITAL STILL CAMERA||1 (ONE) YEAR||1 (ONE) YEAR|
|CCD||6 (SIX) MONTHS||90 (NINETY) DAYS|
|RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK (IN EXCHANGE FOR DEFECTIVE BATTERY PACK)||90 (NINETY) DAYS||NOT APPLICABLE|