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 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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Movie / video mode
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Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
78 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

Street shooting, casual portraits, moderately low light.

Not So Good For

Fast action, telephoto shooting, very low light.

User Reviews

4.15909 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

GX1 or GM1

Hello everyone, Hope you are well. I am thinking of getting purchasing of these panasonic bodies. I will mostly be using the 12-32mm lens and maybe get a 45mm or 75mm olympus lens at some point. Here in UK, the cheapest I can get a GX1 body for about £170 or a GM1 body for about £290. Is GM1 worth the extra money if we dont count the smaller physical size? GX7 is out of consideration due to higher price range. I was wondering if anyone who has experience with these two bodies can help. Also is there any disadvantage of the shutter in GM1? Some reviews seem to have reported a skewed effect in some photos. I would appreciate if you can shed some light on that too. Many thanks, much appreciated.

mfahim27753 asked
14 days ago

ANSWERS

I have both and use them regularly. They are both very good cameras. The GM1 is my preferred choice as it has noticeably better image quality and is a more capable camera in several other ways. What I particularly like is the quiet shutter (even the mechanical shutter is much quieter than that on the GX1, even though the GX1 is very quiet compared to a DSLR). The electronic shutter is totally silent at full aperture (but you can hear a very faint click when the aperture blades close at other apertures). I have never been bothered by skewing of images, but I rarely photograph very high speed action shots. However, the electronic shutter can show banding under some forms of artificial lighting (fluorescent tubes and some LEDs) at shutter speeds faster than 1/100s. I also like the small size, although I have to hold the GM1 differently from other cameras as it is too small to get a really firm grip on it in the usual way. This is not a problem once you get used to it. The controls on ... Continue Reading

Tom Axford answered
14 days ago

GM1 has MUCH better native color rendition than the GX1, and since it uses an electronic first curtain, it does not get shutter shock, where the GX1 may. These are very different cameras in terms of external flash capability and the ability to put an external EVF on the GX1 (via hotshoe), and not being able to use either on the GM1. This is not a big deal for some, and it is for others. You can use the regular shutter up to 1/500s in the GM1, but over that it goes to all electronic shutter. It does have a faster sensor read time than earlier Panasonic e-shutter cameras, so it reduces the likelihood of that skewed effect. I have the GM1 and like it a great deal, where I never liked the GX1 (bought one when they came out and did not care for it, so it went back). If you can live with the no-evf option, and no hotshoe, then I would absolutely get the GM1 over the GX1. -J Continue Reading

jalywol answered
14 days ago

I`d not bother with a GX1, it`s a G3 minus the viewfinder stuffed into a GF1-alike body - you can get a real G3 which isn`t much bigger and they can be had for £100 (main reason is the G3 isn`t the coolest looking camera on earth) and have the viewfinder, twisty screen etc . big benefit is Video , they`ve hacked the G3 to a stable 50 Megabits (capable of 170 Megabits but I`d not trust it) , though even if you`re not into vids the cam is THE M43 bargain IMO , even the JPGs are pretty good for its age and it rocks in RAW, AF speed wise even in low light isn`t far behind the fastest mirrorless cams (it was the G3 and GH2 which put M43 on the map for AF speed) .. The GM1 is for those who want an RX100 sized cam with interchangeable lenses without the vast penalty the Pentax Q gives but is less practical to a full size M43 cam due to its size - aren`t there any 16Mp Olys in that price range ? (EPM2 is worth looking into as is the EPL5, better handling than the GM1 had have IBIS) .. Continue Reading

AdamT answered
14 days 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
6 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
6 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
2 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
2 months ago

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
8 days 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
6 days ago

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

tedolf answered
7 days 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
7 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
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