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PanasonicLumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens
 
4.6

(based on 72 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (54)
  • Large clear LCD (48)
  • Image stabilization (43)
  • Good image quality (42)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (38)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (14)
  • Poor in low light (8)
  • Short battery life (7)

Best Uses

  • Travel (50)
  • Landscape/scenery (49)
  • Video (44)
  • Family photos (23)
  • Weddings (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (33), Semi-pro photographer (19), Pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

SWEEEEEET Video!

Shooting video for my church. I have the nikon lens adapter $30 on internet. Shooting with Nikon fixed 50mm. After one shot our creative director says this is the best footage we have...Read complete review

Shooting video for my church. I have the nikon lens adapter $30 on internet. Shooting with Nikon fixed 50mm. After one shot our creative director says this is the best footage we have ever had. They have some nice gear too! We are buying another this week. If all you want is a still camera go elsewhere.

The 6o fps 720p is priceless. Use cinema tools and conform footage to 24p and it looks like liquid it is so smooth. Also check out what twixtor (final cut plugin) can do to the slow motion. We are achieving almost perfect playback at 20% playback speed at 24fps. We apply a 50% process to the 24fps slowed from 60fps.

If you want artsy footage this is the piece of gear to own. The kit lens is okay (good for helicopter shots with o.i.s.) but you will want an aperture of 1.4 to 2 to really wake up the camera. I also have the H-H020 20mm F1.7 Lumix "Pancake" lens. Good for interviews and it allows auto focus. The Lens baby has been a ton of fun although the resulting footage would really be usable in a very narrow set of applications. Fisheye was a disappointment since the adapter cut the wideness in half, and my 11mm superwide turned into a 22mm which is not "superwide" useless.

Audio is not usuable for pro production but fine for home videos. Audio is however very handy to sync up footage with better quality audio from boom mic.

If you are on the fence... BUY THIS CAMERA!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Critical Look at GH1's Video

With the GH-1, Panasonic has succeeded in creating a digital "SLR" for people with tiny hands. The camera looks and feels in perfect proportion if you're a third grader...Read complete review

With the GH-1, Panasonic has succeeded in creating a digital "SLR" for people with tiny hands. The camera looks and feels in perfect proportion if you're a third grader or a very, very tiny adult. As a 6' 2" male, with average sized hands, it's very hard to pick-up or handle the GH-1 without inadvertently pressing a button.As a director/cinematographer who primarily works in TV, I purchased the GH-1 to shoot inconspicuous "B-Roll". We use larger cameras and multi-person crews to shoot in controlled situations, such as studios or planned locations. However, it's not unusual to need quick, available-light cutaways. For example, actors crossing a busy street with lots of out-of-focus pedestrians walking by. On a recent shoot in Washington DC, I needed to grab a 1080P cutaway of our actors walking near the steps of the US Capitol building. A quick and easy shot with the GH-1, a very paperwork intensive and costly cutaway though normal channels.My comments that follow relate to my personal GH-1 camera, serial # [...]The camera takes very good quality stills, but my comments relate to the camera's ability to shoot 24P 1080 HD video.Here's what I like about the GH-1's video capabilities...The Panasonic's Micro 4-3 is an excellent sized imager. It yields a depth-of-field that's almost like academy aperture 35mm motion picture film (with the top & bottom cut off to yield a 16 x 9 image.) It's a good, practical size compromise and more than twice as big as 2/3".The 14mm-140mm lens that's included with the camera is very sharp, but it's only an F4 (wide) to F5.6 (telephoto.) If you're shooting quality indoor or low-light cinematography, you'll want "bigger glass." What's great about the physical size of the sensor & mount is that almost any lens can be easily adapted to the GH-1. Without the space normally occupied by a mirror box, the flange distance between the lens mount and imager is shorter than any other 35mm SLR or 35mm movie camera. There are inexpensive adapters to allow Nikon, Canon, Arriflex, Minolta, Olympus... virtually any lens, including some C-mount models, to be adapted to the GH-1 without any loss in image quality or F-stop. Remember that adapted lenses need to have manual iris and manual focus control. As far as I know, this camera is the only one of its kind to incorporate a very high quality electronic viewfinder in addition to a good quality, articulating LCD screen. On all the Nikon and Canon D-SLR models, once you switch to the "liveview" or movie mode, the mirror flips up and only the LCD on the rear of the camera is usable. LCD's are hard to see in bright daylight, especially for critical focusing.Battery life on the GH-1 is amazing. I've walked all over Pittsburgh shooting scenes and never had to change the battery. The manual indicates less than 3 watts of power usage with the LCD active.The GH-1 does a pretty decent job of down-scaling the 12 MP imager to the 2.2 MP that are required for the 1080 HD format. There's a little problem with aliasing on vertical or diagonal lines, but it's not bad. Overall the color quality and ability to handle contrast and lighting extremes is very good.Three things I hate about the GH-1's HD video capabilities:1. The camera has a very, very poor implementation of the AVCHD codec. Panasonic in one of the owners of AVCHD, so there's no excuse for this. The camera inserts an "I" frame or key frame into the encoded video stream every 15 frames. If you have a locked down shot, you will see a slight change in the video twice every second. Static things like grass or other fine detail areas will appear to slightly twitch. It's visible but not as apparent in hand-held or scenes with camera motion.2. The VBR (variable bit rate) encoding simply cannot deal with rapid motion. A quick pan such as following a passing car will yield very digitized looking motion with tons of artifacts. To overcome items #1 & #2, you literally have to compose shots that have some motion, but not too much motion.3. Panasonic has elected to incorporate some form of digital noise reduction into the video signal path to minimize or eliminate grain or noise before encoding. Another huge problem... If you're shooting a scene with areas of minimal contrast or detail, the camera will simply blur that area together to form a continuous blur of color. This reduces the work load of the encoder, but yields a very "consumer quality" video signal. This effect only happens in low-contrast areas. A static scene of a forrest with reveal that the dark brown or gray of tree trunks have little or no detail. Similarly colored dark bricks on a building will be just a big soft patch of dark red. Imagine having low resolution in certain areas of your scene. You can not turn this noise reduction "blending" effect off.I wish that some excited reviewer had commented on these three video problems before I decided to purchase the camera. Hopefully, Panasonic is working to fix or minimize the problems with the AVCHD codec and video noise reduction as a future firmware update. Some blogs are organizing email campaigns to plead with Panasonic to address the pathetic AVCHD encoding and other video problems.Please note that I am very familiar with the AVCHD encoding used in Canon's older HF-10, HF-11 and newer HF-S10 and other inexpensive cameras. At the same 17mb/s data rate, I've never seen the problems indicated above. Possibly the Panasonic AVCHD encoder was jeopardized by having to encode in multiple formats. Also, the AVCHD format allows for 23.976fps video, not just 29.97fps. It's a lot easier and cleaner to encode true 24P (23.976) than a 29.97 interlaced signal with 3-2 pulldown.Other video related "things" that I wish I knew before purchase...I was surprised to find out that autofocus only works with Panasonic brand lenses. I purchased the expensive, extremely sharp, Olympus Zuiko 14mm-35mm F2 lens and Panasonic's DMW-MA1 4/3 to micro 4/3 adapter. The camera can control this $2,000 lens' iris, but despite all the gold contacts in the adapter, no autofocus. One slight plus is that the GH-1 will digitally zoom into the imager for easy manual focus whenever you turn the lens focus ring. (This focus assist effect does not happen when you're recording.)The stereo mic connector, which doubles as the remote control jack, is 3/32" of an inch, not the usual 1/8". Like the other DSLR's there is no method to monitor your audio recording in any way. No headphone jack and no LCD audio level indication. When using an external mic, always check any important shot for audio before you move on to another scene. I was pleasantly surprised that the GH-1 does a respectable job of controlling audio levels from an external mic without pumping or other audible compression effects. It's acceptable audio for B-Roll cutaway footage.The GH-1 will not output a signal on the HDMI connector or analog component connector while recording or setting up a shot. The GH-1 adjusts its iris in 1/3 f-stop steps. If you're using auto iris when shooting video, a pan from light to dark will yield distinct steps in brightness as the lens opens. When shooting video on the GH-1, I manually set my desired ASA (ISO) speed setting and set the shutter to 1/50. There is a button to the immediate left of the video record button that locks the iris until the button is pressed again. This is great when shooting rapid fire cutaways in changing light situations.The addition of HD video is what creates the huge demand and back log for cameras like the GH-1, Canon 7D and others. If only manufacturers would wake up and concentrate on a camera's video and audio capabilities and quality instead of thinking of video as secondary to still photography. Until that time they make great "home video" recordings.

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5.0

The Micro Four-Thirds system has arrived

By Randle P. McCoy

from Montreal, QC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Full HD Video
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet
  • Stereo Microphone
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Multi delete is tricky

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

This camera has the perfect weight and feels solid in your hand, especially with the 14-140 kit lens mounted. The photos it takes are stunning. My favorite feature is the option to select an aspect ratio. Shooting in 16x9 makes every photo feel like it's part of a bigger story! The price is very competitive, and considering the 10x zoom this camera/lens kit beat out any full-DSLR kit available for the same price.

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4.0

A Hybrid Worth Shooting With

By Channel Xiro

from New Britain CT

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Continuous mode's slow

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

Transitioning between digital stills and HD video is a breeze. Not a Canon but then again It's not really trying to be. A little slow with its continuous shooting, but then again, that's in comparison to more expensive cameras that I find the GH1 out preforms in other areas.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
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  • No

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5.0

Great Dual Purpose Camera

By AndyGJ

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

This is my first DSLR purchase, but I have owned several digital Point & Shoot cameras including a Super Zoom unit from Panasonic (FZ20). Several years ago I casually used a film SLR (Minolta) that I used until the age of digital cameras came about. I had set my sights on the GH2, but due to delayed availability I decided to go with the GH1.

Right out of the box I was very impressed with how much this camera can do. I purchased it for the ability to do both still pics and video since I have 4 active kids. They are both very impressive in many regards. I was able to video a 45 minute long event that my daughter was in at school, and even indoors from the middle of an auditorium, the sound and picture quality was excellent. You could see evey strand of hair on my daughter when zoomed in. The 14-140mm lens is awesome. I no longer have to take two units to every kids function. The GH2 gives a better benefit of being able to snap a still photo while using video, but the GH1 can export a photo from the video in the software but I have not tried this yet.

I have taken many low light/evening outdoor photos and some indoor as well and have adjusted the ISO to the higher 1600 and 3200 and still have very usable pictures. I know there is probably some noise in the photos that I can't see, but they seem very usable for my purposes. The camera seems to struggle with the auto focus in extremely low light and no flash, but the lens seems to focus so fast that when using the flash the pictures still come out crisp and clear from a reasonable distance.

Since I shoot a lot of sports for my kids, I know I will want the faster burst mode of the GH2 (5 FPS) versus the GH1 at 3 FPS. The GH2 has a faster focus that may be a benefit, but the GH1 seems so fast to me that I have not had any focus delay problems when shooting soccer or tennis events of my kids.

The video quality played back on my 56 inch Samsung TV is awesome, and I can download to a DVD for permanent capture with the included software. I purchased a 16GB card after starting with an 8GB. I find that the 16GB gives me plenty of room for enough video to fill up a DVD when downloading as well as the necessary space for all my still photo needs, so go with a 16GB card.

All in all, I could not be more pleased with this camera and will probably wait several months and upgrade to the GH2 if I feel I need the added features. I thought I would miss the touch screen, but I have quickly learned the control button and can get to whatever change I need in quick fashion. As for now, the GH1 is a Home Run in my book from an amature's perspective.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 10
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4.0

Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera

By RR

from Victoria, BC

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Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

      Camera takes good pictures. Still getting used to the menu system which is somewhat convoluted as to what is and is not affected by a given setting.

      Disappointed that the iA mode will not allow audio recording as most of my pictures are technical shots in the field of similar objects (up to 300+ per day) that require an audio recording to keep straight. That means P mode which requires extra input(time)for each picture.
      Lens when clicked into place has a little rotational slack. Not a lot, but just enough to feel. More of an annoyance that a problem.

      Other than that it seems to work well. I haven't made much use of the video yet so can't really comment.

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      • 6
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      • No

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      3.0

      Nice but not for me

      By KiminWNC

      from WNC

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Loud shutter

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

        The #1 reason I am not keeping the camera is the weight. The 2nd is my ability to get great photos.

        You can read grams etc but until you hang a just over 2lb camera (w.14-140 lens) around your neck and go walking in the park -coming from a pocketable P&S -it was just too heavy for me. In talking w. a friend she see's nothing wrong w. her 5lb SLR so it really is an individual thing.

        I also couldn't get as good a zoom or macro as my P&S. On outdoor shots I actually preferred my much cheaper older P&S.

        On indoor shots I liked the GH1 better and I loved the speed it powered on and AF.

        Changing how you zoom from pointer finger on a P&S, to turning the lens took just a short time to get used to. I didn't like to zoom that way on video because you move it more than when you finger zoom.

        I also like waist bags and the bags to fit it, really are too big for me to comfortably walk with it around my waist.

        Someone recommended a bridge camera to me and that is what I am now looking at. My a720is was an adv. P&S w. manual settings with the ability to add a tele or macro lens w. the adapter. I'm considering the Lumix FZ35 & FZ100, Sony HX1 and Nikon P100. All weigh about double that of my a720is but 1/2 of the GH1 w.lens PLUS they don't need to have additional lenses to get the zoom or marco shots. The weight and size should fall between the a720is and the GH1 and 2 of those have additional filters/lens etc like my canon does.

        I will hand it to B&H for their returns. I had never ordered from them before and I had to watch a youtube video to pack the camera back in the box but they are speedy and have great customer service. I hate to return anything and felt pretty bad about doing it but it was just too expensive of a camera not to love it - and I didn't.

        I will miss the speed but that's it. I want to still enjoy shooting and not have my neck or wrist hurt from the weight. I also know I never take my tripod -I'm just not that serious of a photographer. If I was going to go with an ILC THIS camera would've been the one. The only real disappointment that I hadn't read about beforehand was the loud sounding shutter. I'm used to a silent P&S.

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        • 8
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        • No

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        3.0

        Good, But Not Great.

        By Maz

        from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Highlight Clipping
        • Noisy At High ISO
        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

        I use my camera primarily for Travel and Family (Grandchildren). I bought the GH1 at a special clearance price as an upgrade to my FZ50, so my comments as based on using the FZ50 as the standard of comparison...for the type of work I do. I was expecting higher DR and better low light performance out of the GH1 compared with the FZ50. I have mixed feelings about my decision. I would guess at about a 2 to 3 stop improvement in DR and low light performance - but this is partly offset by 1 to 2 stop slower glass. I also sense that the GH1 lens is neither quite as bright nor quite as sharp as the Leica on the FZ50.
        It seems to me that a focal range of 18 - 180mm would have been a better choice than 14 -140mm. Wider than 18 or 20mm tends to distort perspective calling for more care in camera positioning or else correction in PP. OIS still allows 180 or 200mm be hand held in reasonable light. In short, I'm not sure I have got the improvement in IQ I paid for. Where I do see a big improvement is in the control set-up (or operation and handling) of the GH1. There are also big improvements in the LCD and EVF.
        In short, if I could go back, would I buy this camera again? Probably not. Would I recommend this camera to a friend? Maybe, given that the FZ50 is long discontinued - but only at a price of less than $1,000.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
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        • No

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        5.0

        reallly good

        By Freddie

        from Russia Moscow

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

          Very serious video with silent AF.
          Concerning foto - pretty smart automatic mode shooting. My kit lens 14-140mm is an optimum for hd video.
          The camera is excellent with fixes,imho.
          The biggest minus is a REC button, often being pushed.
          AF quite slow.
          IS-not bad.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
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          • No

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          4.0

          Excellent Sharp Video Quality

          By maanvision

          from Kuala Lumpur

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

              Only for Video Shooting...

              Easy Autofocus/Lock Focus on subject while recording..

              Need 2.8 lenses in low light situation. Overall no complaints...

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
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              • No

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              4.0

              Too small for its weight

              By Mtn hiking photographer

              from WI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                Regretfully, I have to return this camera (thank you B&H for your great policies). On paper I love it. The low noise was good as expected, and the features, speed and performance were too (low light focus being a bit marginal). The display & EVF are a bit frustrating in low light and manual focus, but I could live with that alone. The image quality was very good, but not as great right out of the camera, as I'd hoped.

                The killer for me was the weight vs. size and ergonomics. That wonderful lens that is incredible in so many respects, just add a lot of weight to an already heavy body & battery for its size.

                I'd rather not be changing between it and a 20mm pancake lens all the time just to address this. The weight would be okay if the body were bigger. It's just too small and the controls a bit too close and crowded to feel comfortable with. If you always use the LCD display or had it on a tripod often, things would be different.

                So if video was my primary need I'd love it, but my need is for landscapes and macros, and I prefer to use the nice view finder it has. In this scenario, my left hand and wrist actually became fatigued after operating the camera for extended periods of time. And surprisingly, I've found the LX5 "luxury P&S" is actually better at low light performance, image quality below 400ISO and macros. I've seen crisp, sharp JPEGs right out of the camera from a very nice, very fast lens (in comparison to those from the GH1).

                So for me, a DSLR or a nicer point and shoot make sense seem to make sense, but this best of both worlds just didn't work out. Hopefully the LX5 will tide me over for a couple years until the DSLR I'm waiting for comes out. Just my taste anyway.

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                5.0

                Good product

                By Smell More Roses

                from Calgary, AB

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                  Heard a lot about it. Finally I got one before a big trip to Africa. Tried it once and found a lot of intersting functions. Like it so far.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Lumix DMC-GH1 digital camera

                  By Jimmie Dog

                  from Flagstaff, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    I love the camera and the results. I use it for stills and HD video. My only complaint: There are buttons everywhere; it is hard to hold without inadvertantly hitting a control button.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 6
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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Nice DSLR Substitute for Non-Critical Im

                    By Switchdown

                    from Flagstaff AZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO
                    • Poor In Low Light
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    Nice camera, lots of good functions, lens is great though a little slow and shaky despite shake reduction at long end with moderate light--requires fast ASA for sharpness. ASA up to 400 really isn't bad, though, so it's definitely usable without a tripod for non-critical stuff. Video is rumored to be great, and I don't doubt it, though I haven't used it. Haven't tried the stereo mics so can't comment on quality.I got the camera to lighten my load for a European backpack trip. It's a little on the heavy side still, but I have to figure I can ditch my D80's 18-105 and 70-300mm and only lose a little reach--this lens goes from equiv. 28-280mm. I'd say its bulk is approx. 60% of a D80, and lighter than the D80 with a longer lens (plus you get wide angle w/one lens). I'm about to get a Nissin flash for the GH1, and that's lighter than the Nikon SB-600. I figure the whole package is close to 40oz as compared to 90oz with the Nikon, 2 lenses, flash, and bag of doodads.One big advantage of DSLRs like the Nikon is the amazing number of images you can get on one battery charge. With Nikon it's over 1000. With the GH1 it's more like 300. That requires extra batteries, which = extra weight and clutter. But it's not a huge issue. I'll see when I do the Europe trip and have to charge up where and when I can.Weight and bulk and battery aside, the images are close enough to DSLR level that I'm happy with them. I no longer do much pro photography, and what I do is mostly for newsletters (as opposed to more-critical books and magazines), and for those purposes this one works fine. I haven't tried it yet for bird photography, and I'm not certain it'll be quite as responsive. I did try multiple fire, and it took a dozen in rapid succession without slowing--I quit after that. I'll need a longer lens for most bird shots and worry a bit that the longer ones available for this camera are also a little slow, though not really much slower than the 400/5.6 I used for a book project (Western National Wildlife Refuges, 1996). Macro is also a problem still, as the lenses available at this point are expensive and limited. But for me, the lighter weight and smaller footprint make this a welcome relief to the hulking gear I've always had to carry, so I'll stay with this awhile. If it doesn't work, it's pretty easy to pick up a good used Nikon or Canon DSLR and lenses for not much cash, if you don't demand the latest, highest-dollar gear, which I don't. So wow...here I am writing a pretty positive review but also hedging on my commitment to this camera. I imagine that's a common quandary right now for many photographers. In a year or two we can all compare notes and decide whether this moderate downgrading of size and image quality is worth the lighter load. For now I'm more than satisfied with the GH1 and happy to get the Nikon off my back.

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                    5.0

                    A pleasure to use !

                    By Bruce

                    from Passumpsic, Vt.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • EASYTO CARRY
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • GREAT CONTROL PLACEMENT
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    The GH-1 is a joy to use, especially with the rather remarkable 14-140 lense. Your videos are dead quiet and that really adds to the pleasure of home clips. The stills with this lense are great also and the controls on the body are way ahead of everyone else, placement-wise! I use my GH-1 mostly for pleasure.
                    I only have one fault and that is my concern over the fact that mine was made in China and not Japan. I feel that the Japanese are more experienced in the electronics field and Panosonic should do all of their manufacturing in Japan at this time.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great value

                    By Colin

                    from St Albert, AB, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    I was interested in the lens, but the combo price was attractive so I got the kit instead. Both are excellent well made products. The 14-140 coverage eliminates the need for additional lenses in that range. The GH1 was the top of the line until the GH2 was released and the primary difference is the 12.1 vs 16mp sensor. But I can live with that and save $500. Nice complement to my GF1.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Low vision, lens mount, strap notes

                    By Helvetiaphile

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Loose lens fit
                    • Poor low light autofocus

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    I have very poor vision (20/70, farsighted). I find LCD screens a huge problem for which I need strong glasses. However, an EVF, with its diopter correction, allows me to both see the menus and compose a picture, so these are the only cameras I consider. In 2004 I bought a Minolta Dimage A2 which, at the time, had the first high quality EVF (1.4 megapixels). It was a joy but was getting long in the tooth. When I saw that Panasonic now had an advanced EVF with a ton of other features, I put it on my wish list and finally, at the end of its life, in October 2010, I bought it. I weighed paying the extra $500 for the GH2 but, unlike most other purchasers, will use it primarily for stills, so I couldn't justify the extra expense.
                    The viewfinder is truly superb, so if you have poor eyesight (down to at least 20/100) but no astigmatism, you should be delighted with this camera.
                    I was also intrigued by the capability of using an adapter to mount my old Minolta MC/MD lenses. I bought the only adapter on the market (though they are imprinted with several different names) and am pleased to report that it does work. However, of all my MD lenses, I will only use the 7.5mm fisheye, which will yield a 15mm angle of view. If I had a very high quality fast 50mm lens I might use it as a 100mm portrait lens, but the loss of the image stabilization when using non-micro-four-thirds lenses negates the extra speed.
                    It has been reported that the strap mounts on the plastic body can pull out due to the weight of the kit lens, sending the camera crashing to the ground. The only photo I can find on the Internet of this problem shows an entirely different model of camera, so I cannot confirm this. However, I have a sort of 'fix'. I took a short length of 30# fishing line and ran it through the strap holes on the two mounts and across the front of the camera below the flash. It is unobtrusive and doesn't interfere with operation. IF one of the mounts pulls out the body will of course have to be repaired, but at least the fishing line will prevent its falling, so the camera can continue to be used and the lens will be unharmed.
                    Sadly, the reports of a loose fit between the kit lens and the body are true. It doesn't affect photos, but is unnerving. When you zoom, and the zoom ring requires considerable force to rotate, the lens rotates just enough to click against its stop, which would be audible on video. I cannot say whether this is a defect in the lens or the body, but I can say that my adapter mentioned above fits without this problem, so perhaps the lens is at fault. I don't care quite enough to call the Panasonic service center, but if you are considering the GH2 you might want to research this to see if they have fixed the problem.
                    I am happy with the quality of the stills, which are infinitely better than those from my Panasonic FS-20. Autofocus in low light using the focus assist lamp only works with very well-defined subjects at close proximity, so this is a job for the excellent manual focus system. That is the only deficiency I have noted.
                    I'm not into video so it's not so important to me that there is no camcorder-like servo zoom. If I were taking home movie-quality videos I'd definitely prefer a camcorder.

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                    5.0

                    Great deal, great camera

                    By Pierre

                    from Montreal, QC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Sharpness

                    Cons

                    • Somewhat bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Flower photography
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    I bought this camera after the GH2 was announced, because of the great reviews it had received last year, because the enhancements to the camera in its next version, as far as I can tell from the internet, do not concern me all that much and because the price had gone down dramatically. I thought I was getting a cheap camera to complement my Olympus E-P1. Boy was I wrong.

                    With the kit lens, the quality of the resolution that I get far surpasses anything I've ever had in my digital cameras, and since 1997, I've had quite a few of those. The Silkypix software - though curiously translated from the Japanese - lets me create throughly amazing pictures (at least to my taste). In fact, the GH1 is now my principal camera, the one I take along, with only the kit lens, anytime I go out for a walk or a drive.

                    It is a bit to bulky for carrying along when I ride my horse, so that is about the only times when I still use the Olympus.

                    Oh, did I mention the autofocus? Or the actually usable manual focus? No excuse for out of focus with this camera.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Got Exactly What I Wanted!!

                    By Pharoah

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    I bought the Panasonic GH1 as a tool for our video production company. I haven't been disappointed by the quality of the camera. [...] I would recommend this product to anybody interested in a great camera with HD capabilities.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera

                    By Wes Hang Glider Pilot

                    from Anna, Texas

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    I love the new camera. It was exactly what I wanted. Great HD video and good pictures.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Not perfect, but not bad

                    By GR

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    Overall the GH1 is a nice lightweight alternative to lugging around a DSLR with long lenses. If you are a pixel peeper and don't care about video, then get something with a bigger sensor unless you absolutely can't live with much weight in your kit. It won't equal the current 1.5x crop sensors or come anywhere close to the full frame sensors in dynamic range or high ISO performance, but it offers an incredibly light kit when paired with the long telephoto zooms, especially compared to any of the 80-400 lens or larger for the aforementioned DSLRs. I'd love for it to equal my D300, which it just can't do, but it does offer pretty good HD video while the D300 can't do video at all.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    As good as its hype

                    By Ever Enthusiastic

                    from NSW, Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • HD video capability
                    • Interchangeable lens
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO

                    Best Uses

                    • Candid action shots
                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens:

                    We purchased the GH1 to improve still & video image quality and to allow us to capture action photo opportunities that we could not with our existing digital camera. That camera had slow auto focus and limited zoom capability. The GH1 meets our camera requirements.

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                    • No

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