Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 12.1 Megapixels
  • 3.0" Live View LCD
  • Compact Micro Four Thirds Design
  • Live View Autofocus + Face Detection
  • HD Video Recording
  • Advanced Dust Reduction Technology
  • Built-in Flash
  • 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • My Color + Film Mode
  • Optional Electronic Viewfinder
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Panasonic DMC-GF1 Overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 offers the speed and customization of a SLR system camera in a compact and highly portable form factor. Boasting a professional 12.1 megapixel imaging sensor, the DMC-GF1 captures photos and HD video with stunning detail and life-like color. The camera is the first Micro Four Thirds offering from Panasonic without an integrated electronic viewfinder. This all new, minimalist design further reduces the overall size and weight of the camera body, allowing for easy transport and handling. Photos and video are composed and reviewed on the camera's bright, 3.0" 460,000-dot LCD screen. Optimized with automatic backlight control, the screen is easy to view under even the most challenging lighting conditions.

Despite its small size, the DMC-GF1 is packed with the very latest in photo and video imaging features. Panasonic's new My Color Mode offers 7 preset imaging effects and allows users to customize color, brightness, and saturation on the fly. Nine prescribed Film Modes offer further control of visual aesthetics. Using AVCHD Lite compression, the DMC-GF1 captures smooth 720p HD video at 60 frames per second. The camera can also record HD video as a Motion JPEG file for drag-and-drop compatibility with many popular nonlinear editing systems. The body supports autofocus during video recording and Movie Program Mode allows for selective depth-of-field control.

Additional features of the DMC-GF1include a built-in pop-up flash, contrast detection autofocus, integrated dust reduction technology, and high ISO 3200 sensitivity. Optional accessories such as the tilting DMW-LVF1 Live View Finder and DMW-MA1APP Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds Lens Adapter further the camera's capabilities. Boasting retro style and the latest in photo and video features, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 brings the best of power and portability to the Micro Four Thirds System.

This kit includes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera and 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens.

Stylish, Compact Design
The DMC-GF1 does away with the pentaprism found on other standard interchangeable lens cameras. This mirror-less structure helped Panasonic achieve an artistically flat, neo-classic body design that dramatically reduces both size and weight.
High Quality Imaging
A 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor coupled with advanced Venus Engine HD processing offers superior photo and video quality. These advanced technologies make it possible to read 4 channels of data simultaneously and allow the DMC-GF1 to deliver 60 frames-per-second Live View images. Photos and video are faithfully reproduced with fine detail and rich color gradation.
Intelligent Exposure (iA) Mode
Panasonic's newly developed Intelligent Exposure (iA) Mode simplifies face detection autofocus, AF tracking for moving subjects, scene mode selection, and ISO to make great pictures as simple as point-and-shoot. Concentrate on the subject in front of you - let the camera do the rest.
Creative Control Options
Along with manual and automatic exposure control, the DMC-GF1 features Color Mode. In addition to 7 preset effects (Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, and Silhouette), users can customize color, brightness, and saturation settings in real time. Nine unique Film Modes further extend control of visual aesthetics.
HD Video Recording
The DMC-GF1 can record 1280 x 720 HD video with AVCHD Lite compression to conserve memory card space. Users can enjoy taking maximum advantage of advanced lens options and the camera's large sensor size for high-quality motion-picture recording. Capture starts at the touch of a dedicated button. HD, QVGA, VGA, and WVGA recording options offer drag-and-drop file compatibility with PCs and many nonlinear editing systems.
Expandability Options
Micro Four Thirds System products are joining today's Four Thirds System products to provide higher levels of interchangeable lens system performance. Four Thirds standard lens can be adapted to the DMC-GF1 via an optional mount adaptor. This gives users access to a large range of quality optics.

The hot shoe atop the camera allows for an optional flash or tilting DMW-LVF1 Live View Finder to be added.

In the Box
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • ID-Security Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Battery Charger / AC Adapter
  • Neck Strap
  • AC Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Dedicated USB 2.0 Cable
  • Dedicated A/V Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Panasonic U.S.A. Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic DMC-GF1 Specs

    Camera Type Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
    Imaging
    Resolution Effective: 13.1MP, Recorded: 12.1MP
    Sensor 17.3 x 13.0mm CMOS
    Bit Depth 12-bit
    File Formats RAW, JPEG, AVCHD Lite, Motion JPEG
    File Size Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
    Image Stabilization Body: No
    Crop Factor 2x
    Optics
    Lens 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 (35mm film equivalent: 28-90mm)
    Zoom Manual Two-Touch
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Focus Type Autofocus and Manual Focus
    Focus Range 14-45mm Lens: 11.8" (0.30 m) - infinity
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount 14-45mm Lens: 52mm
    Shooting Controls
    Sensitivity ISO 100-3200
    Shutter Speeds 1/4000 - 60 sec, bulb

    Bulb exposure is limited to 4 minutes.

    Metering Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot
    Exposure Modes Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene
    White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, Flash, White Set 1, White Set 2, Color Temperature
    Mirror Lock-Up N/A
    Burst Capability Up to 3fps
    Self Timer 10 seconds or 2 seconds
    Interval Recording N/A
    Remote Control DMW-RSL1 Remote (optional)
    Flash
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Effective Flash Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Dedicated Flash System Panasonic FL Series
    Max Sync Speed Less than 1/160 sec
    Memory
    Built-in Memory No
    Memory Card Type SD/SDHC

    Class 6 cards are recommended for HD Video Capture.

    Still Images per GB Not Specified By Manufacturer
    A/V Recording
    Video Recording Yes
    Video Resolution AVCHD Lite: 1280 x 720 @ 60fps
    QuickTime: 1280 x 720 @ 30fps, 848 x 480 @ 30fps, 640 x 480 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps
    Video Clip Length Up to 110 min
    Audio Recording Mono Audio with Video
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Optional DMW-LVF1 Electronic Live View Finder
    Viewfinder Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Display 3.0" LCD
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity Dedicated USB 2.0, HDMI (Type C)
    System & Software Requirements Windows XP, Vista
    Mac OS X (10.4 or later)
    Environmental
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
    Weatherproofing Not Rated
    Durability Not Rated
    Power
    Battery Type ID-Security Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
    Power Adapter Yes (included)
    Physical
    Dimensions 4.69 x 2.80 x 1.43" (119 x 71 x 36.3mm) body only
    Weight 10.05 oz (285g) body only

    Panasonic DMC-GF1 Reviews

    Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 86.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from just love it I don't even feel its weight on my neck with a sweater/coat on. It's light enough to be always in my backpack. Image quality is good, video quality is also pretty good but not as smooth as from Canon 7D. I picked Panasonic instead of Olympus E-P1 because according to @ the lense is better and auto-focus is noticeably faster.I wish, I could turn off preview completely because sometime it stands in the way. This class of cameras was really overdue, every time I had to recommend a camera to friends who are not really into photography, I had to explain about compacts and DSLRs and they had to make a difficult choice. Now this became really easy, GF-1 is the best of two worlds.
    Date published: 2009-11-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lumix GF1 Comments This is a well reviewed products so here are only some user suggestions. Camera is a fabulous crossover product between a dSLR and a hi-end compact. It will bring back the joy of photography if you are an enthusiast. However a few things to consider. The flash is really very weak - even compared to compacts and the flash jpegs are very mediocre. Overall jpeg quality is subdued and most users will like bumping the effect to dynamic Get the 20mm 1.7 package and then buy the zooms as needed -- I did the reverse and have regretted it since. That lens completely changes how you use this camera and its a must have accessory.
    Date published: 2010-08-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Choice if a DSLR Seems Too Big This is a great camera for someone who wants control over his photos but needs something smaller than a full DSLR. You have a lot of control over settings, it takes high quality photos and HD video. There's no comparison to a point and shoot; the decision you're making it between this and a DSLR. If I were looking to point out its flaws it would be that it is noisy at high ISO compared to a DSLR, and that shooting through an LCD rather than a viewfinder can be limiting at times. But those shortcomings are offset by the relative freedom you gain by having a smaller camera, because its more likely to be with you when you need it.
    Date published: 2010-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lumix GF-1 w/ 14-45mm Lens + 45-200 lens I currently own a GF-1 with the 20mm F/1.7 ASPH 'pancake lens'. I liked the camera/lens so much, that I purchased another one, this time as an outfit - GF-1, 14-45, 45-200, (again, from B+H). The 14-45mm OIS is just an awesome, sharp, compact lens, and the 45-200 OIS, well, just makes this a very versatile kit with its 90-400mm reach. Further, since it has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), I can hand-hold it and not necessarily have to carry a tripod with me every time. No, it's not a FF DSLR, but that's not what it was designed for. However, pound for pound, ounce for ounce, I think that it is one of the best out there
    Date published: 2010-06-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Feelings The quality of the construction is self-evident. The camera feels solid, purposeful, ready for action. I had the chance to borrow it for an extended time and there are tons of things to like about it --especially the lack of shutter lag and the solid click it makes when it take the photo. Nevertheless, I don't think I would buy it in its present incarnation: When you start adding the viewfinder, lenses, etc., the camera really swells up in size. To be honest, I found my trusty Rebel XT to be as compact as the GF1. So the advantage that the GF1 has, vanished. I will definitely consider it when Lumix takes the next step: a built in viewfinder to imitate the M Series.
    Date published: 2010-02-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from GF1 4/3rds a winner I bought this camera to take as my travel camera. I travel a fair bit for work and while i may not have dedicated time for shooting, I try to get out and walk around. So I was in Hong Kong and Japan last week and got to test out the system. The image quality is outstanding. The high iso noise is in between what i got with my LX-3 and canon 5DII. I can be confident that a well exposed iso 800 shot will turn out well. Sometimes I run the image through Nik software. Iso 1600 can be usable depending on the shot but I really try to avoid if possible. THe one negative is the controls are not nearly as good as what i had on my Ricoh GX200 but a bit improved over the LX3. I do not like to have to go back to the menu for specific changes. I generally shoot in AV mode and having the same wheel for EV and aperture is not optimal. Now that i am purchasing other lenses, 20/1.7, 7-14 and 45-200mm, and an external flash (the internal flash is blocked by the lens hood and really poorly designed in terms of its position), the system is not as portable as I really wanted but still quite a bit less weight and size than a comparable DSLR system. Overall, great optics in a small package.
    Date published: 2009-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works with Leica M lenses. I will use this fine camera in West Africa where I have been photographing for forty years. I have used a variety of good cameras over the years, starting with Leica CL, Minolta CLE, Leica M4 and Leica M6. Most recently I have used Nikon D1X, Nikon D200, Lumix DMC-L1 and a few others. I enjoyed the Leicas because they produced excellent images in a camera that I could control completely. The cameras never let me down, and over 4000 of the photos I took are in the collection of the Smithsonian and hundreds have been published internationally. I bought the DMC-GF1 because I wanted an excellent digital camera that would permit me to drag my old M lenses (35mm., 50mm f/2, 90mm, 135mm, and 28/35/50 Tri Elmar) out of my old camera bag and use them again. The good news it that they work just fine with the Novoflex M to Micro 4/3 adapter. Everything works as advertised, the images are sharp and clear and bright. The bad news is that the images are not one bit better in quality than the photos I take with the 14-45mm. kit lens or the 14-140mm Micro 4/3 Lumix lens I purchased last week. The photos with the Lumix lenses are just as sharp, bright, and clear as the Leica M photos, and I don't have to take the time to focus manually the Lumix lenses that I must take with the M lenses. The M lenses require very careful focus using either the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder. It can be done, but I find that if I am not focused at or near infinity in good bright light a significant number of my photos are out of focus. Yes, zone focusing is a good strategy, but who wants to use a 1930s technique in 2009? Because I take photos in West Africa of people and objects that are always moving, frequently moving fast, I am sure that my efforts to use the M lenses and focus manually will be very frustrating compared to using the Panasonic lenses that focus very fast and very accurately. I will take one or two of the M lenses with me on my next trip, but I doubt I will use them very often. I guess I had hoped that the photos with Leica M lenses would be so much better than those with the Lumix lenses that I would be willing to put up with manual focus. They are not. I love the size, look and feel of the DMC-GF1. It is compact, smaller than a Leica M, light, and unobtrusive. The Lumix 14-140 f./4-5.8 is much heavier and larger than the 14-45mm. kit lens, but it still is reasonably compact and an excellent lens. It is easy to carry in my camera bag without feeling like my right shoulder is about to collapse from the weight (the D1X is enormously heavy). The GF1 is VERY clever. The layout of controls is just fine, the view finder are fine, the focus and shutter release are fast, and most important the images are excellent. 90% of my work with the images is on-line, so I do not need 25MP. When I do print a photo the 8x10 or 11x17 glossies come out beautifully. I recommend this camera to anyone who wants a small, compact, well designed and made camera that is unobtrusive, easy to carry, and produces excellent photographs.
    Date published: 2009-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Choice for Quality and Portability I've only owned the camera for a few days now, but so far I'm both happy and impressed. The auto focusing is snappy and pretty much spot on. In addition to producing beautiful photos, the video output is sharp and the sound quality good. Some may not like the AVCHD Lite video files, but I love them. I can translate them with Handbrake if I need to, and Windows 7 seems to have no problem with MTS files straight-up (either playing or editing in the latest incarnation of Movie Maker). One of the nice things about AVCHD video files is that you can shoot longer videos at smaller file sizes. The kit zoom works well, and has garnered better reviews than other big brand DSLR kits. I can't wait for the 20mm f1.7 pancake lens. One of the small features I like about this camera is that I can turn the LCD completely off when shooting photos; not only is this good for candids and time exposures, but it also conserves battery.
    Date published: 2009-10-26
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