Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Camera Kit with 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Lens

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78% Gold Award
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, 200-25600
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (2)
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 23
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,036,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 4.00 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p), 1280 x 720p (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI Type D)
Wireless Built-In
Remote control No
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
78 %
Overall Score

The GM1 offers many 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.

Good For

Street shooting, casual portraits, moderately low light.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

4.18734 out of 5 stars
  • Alan Ernst, Dec 25, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • Hen3ry, Jan 10, 2014 GMT:
    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.

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  • Haim Hadar, Jan 27, 2014 GMT:
    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.

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  • LifeIsMyLens, Feb 14, 2014 GMT:
    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 ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Mirrorless under 1000?

Hello everyone, I am a begginer photographer but planning to learn more and get better. I have been reading for almost two weeks review topics on cameras and things like this but i still cannot decide what camera to buy as my first. Hopefully some input from experienced people will help me. My maximum budget is around 800-900$ however that will be quite an effort for me, so im trying to get best quality for the money, wouldnt mind spending around 500$ instead. So what am i looking for? 1. My main interests are landscape & street photography with just a bit of architecture and portrait. So thinking a lens covering a 20-40mm focal will be enough for me. I do not plan to buy more lenses at least not in the near future, because of portability but also money issues. I want a mirrorless instead of a point and shoot mostly because of the bigger sensor to have better IQ but also to give me the opportunity to learn in the future, use manual settings etc. 2. Image quality is very important ...

VVolfshen asked
3 months ago

ANSWERS

There's a very good reason that higher quality cameras include some type of viewfinder. In order to capture a sharply focused image, you have to start with a camera that's stable, or motionless. Using a good tripod is one method of providing a stable base. An alternative is to find a way to brace the camera against a stationary object; the side of a building for instance. One of the least stable bases that can be used is to hold the camera in your hands then push your arms out so that you can see the image you want to shoot in a rear LCD screen. The better option than that is to hold the camera close in to your body, and tuck your arms against your sides to avoid unwanted arm movement that will result in a blurred image. To get the best possible image, the camera should be set at its base ISO setting. Then the shutter speed needs to be fast enough to minimize any movement (camera shake) that might be happening. A fast shutter speed requires a wide aperture that permits the lens to ... Continue Reading

wyldberi answered
3 months ago

at the Olympus E-pm2 two lens kit.  About $400.00 USD. Tedolph Continue Reading

tedolf answered
3 months ago

Great IQ but not with the kitlens. No you won't need a prime. But like above the kit is rubbish. So you will need the 16-70. Which is very expensive. Great little camera with pretty much all the bells and whistles. IQ not on sony/Fuji levels though. The nex has a better LCD screen and an slightly older 16mp sensor. Trading blows really. Best sony option.the sony Kit lens should be thrown away anyway. The fujifilm is one of the best in high iso tests. The kit lens is faster and sharper then the competition. This is NOT an issue. Yup there are many quirks. Stupid translations. Laggy viewfinder poor LCD screen and old school handling. It certainly ain't for everybody but it's images are very rewarding. Totally different animal. It's tiny and will be with you everywhere. The kit lens is great but limited in range. You can't shoot any action since it relies on electronic shutter to freeze motion. Which leads to rolling shutter in stills. That said nothing at similar size can rival it's ... Continue Reading

BarnET answered
3 months ago

QUESTION

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?

laban77 asked
9 months ago

ANSWERS

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

Demon Cleaner answered
9 months ago

Hi, sorry for dragging up an old thread but I stumbled on this one a couple of weeks ago when I started thinking about doing time lapse with my GM1 and didn't really find any satisfactory answers. I have since done a few time lapse sessions so hopefully if another potential GM1 owner stumbles onto this thread they can get some use out of it. Most reviews put the battery life at about 240 shots for this camera. I guess that's under "normal" non-time lapse conditions with lots of chimping and probably some flash usage. This morning I went out to do some time lapse and got about 1,650 frames (at 3 second intervals) from a full charge. I shot until the battery drained completely. This included a handful of re-frames plus building and watching about 30 seconds worth of video on-camera (so a reasonable amount of I/O). This is enough for a little over a minute of footage (25 fps, 1,650 frames gives you 66 seconds of footage). Not bad, but not amazing. The good news is that if you buy ... Continue Reading

iamaelephant answered
5 months ago

Just a quick update, I did another shoot and got just over 1,900 shots on a charge. That was with 5 re-frames, no building videos, dimmed LCD and right at the start I deleted about 2,000 shots from my SD card (so a little bit of additional I/O). 3 second interval, about 1/5th of the shots used the electronic shutter. I think you could easily get over 2,000 shots if you used electronic shutter and were careful about how you reframed. Continue Reading

iamaelephant answered
5 months ago

QUESTION

Lens for Pana GM1

Has anyone tried the GM1 with the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42? Compared to the standard 12 to 32mm kit lens, it would be 25g heavier, 5mm wider diameter, and 3mm longer, it might be worth it for the longer focal length (28 to 84mm vs. 24 to 64mm equivalent), particularly for portraits. Don't know if I could find the body/14-42 lens combination for the same price as the standard kit though.

Buena Vista asked
12 days ago

ANSWERS

If you find the long end of the 12-32mm a little constricting it might be worth looking into the current 14-42mm kit lens - still a decent match for the GM1 in size, great quality (though perhaps the 12-32mm has the edge) and gives you that bit more on the long end. The 14-42PZ doesn't really have the greatest reputation, acceptable if uninspiring quality, very short but still wider than the GM1, and it has OIS and the power zoom feature if that is of use. Personally I am not too sure why you would choose it over the 12-32mm (as a kit) or 14-42mm (easily available secondhand) which both have the edge in quality and are notably cheaper, unless the PZ or some other feature really swings it for you. Other options I would have a look into if you want more length would be the 45mm f1.8 and the new (compact) 35-100mm which both look to be good matches. Continue Reading

Narcosynthesis answered
12 days ago

I dont have either, but I can tell you you will not find the GM1 with the 14-42 PZ as a kit.  To me the 12-32 has that 12 mm wide end, which is much more useful than 14mm. It is true the 12-32 is a little limiting on the long end, but it is a sweet little lens, very nice for general photography.  If you are really interested in portraits, you may do better with a dedicated prime such as the Oly 45mm, or a zoom such as the 45-150, or the new 35-100 made for the GM1. My two cents anyway. Continue Reading

Chas2 answered
12 days ago

I have both the 12-32 and 14-42 PZ. My 12-32 is clearly the better lens of the two optically (though the 14-42 is fine as well). The 14-42 PZ is valued by some who are into video because of the power zoom (I do the occasional video but hardly ever ever zoom in the middle of a clip). A better option for what you say you want to do with it may be to get the 12-32 as a kit, plus the 45/1.8. I often carry those two plus the 20/1.7 for indoors and low light, which gives me lots of options in an amazingly small and light kit that fits in a couple of coat pockets or backpack side pocket. If you don't want to change lenses, you'll be happier with something like the LX100, Canon G7X, Sony RX100, etc. Continue Reading

misolo answered
12 days ago

Warranty Information

"If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company or Panasonic Puerto Rico, Inc. (collectively referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, or (b) replace it with a new or refurbished product. The decision to repair or replace will be made by the warrantor."

PRODUCT OR PART NAME PARTS LABOR
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


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