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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Key Features
  • 12.1 Megapixels
  • 3.0" Live View LCD
  • Compact Micro Four Thirds Design
  • Live View Autofocus + Face Detection
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.

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Panasonic DMC-GF1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Stylish, Compact Design
  • 3High Quality Imaging
  • 4Intelligent Exposure (iA) Mode
  • 5Creative Control Options
  • 6HD Video Recording
  • 7Expandability Options

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.

Panasonic DMC-GF1 Specs

Camera TypeMicro Four Thirds Digital Camera
Imaging
ResolutionEffective: 13.1MP, Recorded: 12.1MP
Sensor17.3 x 13.0mm CMOS
Bit Depth12-bit
File FormatsRAW, JPEG, AVCHD Lite, Motion JPEG
File SizeNot Specified By Manufacturer
Color SpacessRGB, Adobe RGB
Image StabilizationBody: No
Crop Factor2x
Optics
Lens14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 (35mm film equivalent: 28-90mm)
ZoomManual Two-Touch
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Focus TypeAutofocus and Manual Focus
Focus Range14-45mm Lens: 11.8" (0.30 m) - infinity
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount14-45mm Lens: 52mm
Shooting Controls
SensitivityISO 100-3200
Shutter Speeds1/4000 - 60 sec, bulb
MeteringMulti Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot
Exposure ModesAuto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, Flash, White Set 1, White Set 2, Color Temperature
Mirror Lock-UpN/A
Burst CapabilityUp to 3fps
Self Timer10 seconds or 2 seconds
Interval RecordingN/A
Remote ControlDMW-RSL1 Remote (optional)
Flash
Built-in FlashYes
Effective Flash RangeNot Specified By Manufacturer
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Dedicated Flash SystemPanasonic FL Series
Max Sync SpeedLess than 1/160 sec
Memory
Built-in MemoryNo
Memory Card TypeSD/SDHC
Still Images per GBNot Specified By Manufacturer
A/V Recording
Video RecordingYes
Video ResolutionAVCHD Lite: 1280 x 720 @ 60fps
QuickTime: 1280 x 720 @ 30fps, 848 x 480 @ 30fps, 640 x 480 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps
Video Clip LengthUp to 110 min
Audio RecordingMono Audio with Video
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder TypeOptional DMW-LVF1 Electronic Live View Finder
Viewfinder CoverageNot Specified By Manufacturer
Display3.0" LCD
Connectivity/System Requirements
ConnectivityDedicated USB 2.0, HDMI (Type C)
System & Software RequirementsWindows XP, Vista
Mac OS X (10.4 or later)
Environmental
Operating/Storage TemperatureOperating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
WeatherproofingNot Rated
DurabilityNot Rated
Power
Battery TypeID-Security Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Power AdapterYes (included)
Physical
Dimensions4.69 x 2.80 x 1.43" (119 x 71 x 36.3mm) body only
Weight10.05 oz (285g) body only

Panasonic DMC-GF1 Reviews

Best compact cam?

By Sang
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-07-30

The 4/3 sensor with this 20 1.7 is a match made in heaven! Great image quality, low light ability. Somewhat responsive shutter, flexible control of functions. Its designed for people who knows how to handle a dslr so beginners may not get all the benefits.

GREAT CAMERA !

By Abstract5
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-01-19

it is the best camera! with 20mm lens, it is even greater!

Excellent Camera, Excellent Price A++

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-01-17

This is to replace my Leica M6 and R4s, love the style and compactness. Cant wait for more lens' to come around in the M4/3 mount

Great camera for the serious amateur

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-01-13

The size belies the features available to the user. Easy to use and has great ISO range.

Right size and quality

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-05-14

I bought this camera as an upgrade to a Cannon point and shoot. I needed to take higher quality photos for documentation purposes. I also wanted to use it for travel photography. I selected this model because I liked the size and features. It also had a classic look and feel. I find the newer, higher end SRLs too bloated for my taste. So far, I have mostly used the auto magic settings for short urban trips. For outdoor photography I have been playing with exposures and other pre set features. At this point, the camera has more features than my experience level can comment on. I wanted a camera that could extend my abilities, and I plan to work through the features over time to learn more. The quality is really amazing. It has been a big step up from my point and shoot. The screen on the back is large and clear. The video feature is easy to use an shoots really great quality video. I forgot to set the preset format for video and it took me a while to figure out how to convert the default video format to play on my Apple TV. I changed the default format so I can more easily do video conversions. The buttons and features are easy to use but I admit that the display has so many icons that I honestly forget what each represents. More time with the manual. Also, something I still need to figure out is why the shutter clicks super fast sometimes, but other times seems to take a while. I need to spend more time on the manual. Overall, totally happy with my purchase, and looking forward to growing into the camera over time.

An oldie but a goodie...

By jcayce
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-02-08

I do not think that the GF2 is a replacement (better not be!) for the GF1. The GF1 leans more towards the prosumer market while the GF2 has given in to consumer demand for touch screens and less buttons/knobs/switches. The mfg. quality of the GF1 is Leica level, the reputation that camera already has is unparallel, and the amount of control the user has in the field is overwhelming. The GF1 is an icon of the micro four-thirds movement and if you can get your hands on one now you should.

I love my new camera

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-01-27

This is finally the camera of my dreams. I've always been partial to SLR camera's and have had others. The problem with the others were that they were so heavy that I usually ended up taking my small point and shoot. I really love photography, and was not getting what I wanted with either my point and shoot or my big SLR. So after an exhaustive study, I bought the Luminix GF1 and it's perfect. Besides the wonderful picture quality, the camera is made so well, that everything seems to work easily and smoothly. I still have a lot to learn about the camera but I've had it for a short period of time and already have gotten some wonderful photographs.

Light and quick

By llan23
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-01-27

I was looking for something lighter and smaller than my 40d. The gf1 is a great camera to bring with me anywhere. It can go into my jacket pocket when paired with the 20 mm pancake lens. The focus is a lot quicker than I expected and the menu is easy to follow. The q menu makes it very easy to change settings at anytime.

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