Bursting at the seams with features and functions, the silver Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body wants to take what you think you know about Micro Four Thirds shooting, and turn it on its ear. The GX1 camera body boasts a number of built-in capabilities, not to mention compatibility with numerous lenses, including a 3D interchangeable lens. Additionally, in-camera editing and various other modes for producing professional-looking pictures, enhance the face value of this remarkable little machine.
The GX1 embodies the hallmarks of a Micro Four Thirds camera - a compact body (thanks to its mirror-less design), stellar resolution with the 16.0Mp Live MOS Sensor, and the aforementioned multiple lens compatibility with LUMIX G and Leica DG lenses. Additionally, the Venus Engine provides for fast processing of files, noise reduction, and smooth operation of the camera's many modes. The GX1 also boasts a sleek design with easy to operate dials and buttons. Other design considerations include the 3.0" touch enabled LCD, the built-in flash, and the right-side grip.
The shooting functions of the GX1 are centered around the ultra high-speed, ultra-precise autofocus options. They allow you to take accurate, in-focus photos, without having to manually focus, with an emphasis on motion photography. This is evidenced with the 0.09 second Light Speed AF which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by syncing the lens and the sensor at 120 frames per second. High-precision Contrast AF grants high accuracy, even when shooting at small F value, because focusing is controlled by the image sensor. Additionally, you can use Full-area Focusing with Touch AF, which allows you to set focus on any point in the field of view using the touch screen LCD. Other AF features include Pinpoint AF options, Touch AF in video recording, a flexible AF/MF mode button on the camera, and high-speed consecutive shooting.
Like its predecessors in the Micro Four Thirds genre, the GX1 also captures high def video. Boasting 1920 x 1080 HD video in the AVCHD (MPEG4/H.264) format, the camera produces movies that look great on HDTVs, HD monitors, and the like. Within the video features the camera can do a number of useful, fun, and creative things. One such example is its ability to capture 11.5Mp stills from video. Others include high quality sound with the Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, Touch AF for video recording, multiple creative controls and photo style options - including miniature effect, and Intelligent Auto Mode, which takes the guesswork out of capturing video. Of course, the in-camera editing options and the included software allow for manipulation, sharing, and more.
Numerous other features give you a creative edge when shooting with the GX1. These in-camera features and functions help you take normal snapshots and turn them into unique works of art! The aforementioned Creative Control mode works with still photos as well as video. Enjoy the options within this feature, including Expressive, for a pop art style, Retro, for the appearance of a tarnished photo, Sepia, for an antique look, and Toy Effect, which creates the same type of vignetting produced by a toy camera. Other options are available with this feature too. Additional functions of the camera include Touch Defocus Control, for artful focusing, and Photo Style, for manually choosing from 6 color types, among others.
- High-grade lens and precision AF: Natural and high resolution images with digital dedicated lenses and high-speed and precise contrast AF
- Inheriting the Leica philosophy: High resolution (MTF); No distortion; No ghosts or flaring
- Optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction for life-like rendering: Natural and life-like images from low to high sensitivity setting, with intelligent NR control
- High precision AE and WB with Live Light Metering for faithful color reproduction: Optimal exposure and accurate white balance from low to high contrast, with Live TTL direct metering
- One: Panasonic crafted a mode dial that is supremely easy to grip and turn. Additionally, the characters are laser printed, making them easy to see and able to stand up to the test of time.
- Two: The ergonomically designed grip fits the DMC-GX1's flat profile, yet is easy to hold. Its tactile feel offers the shooter comfort thanks to its resin construction
- Three: Optimum layout of control buttons and the mode dial, turn-and-press dial, and dedicated function buttons make the operation of the DMC-GX1 smooth and easy
Flow of the Dust Reduction System: 1. Power off 2. When the camera is turned on, the filter vibrates to shake off dirt and dust 3. The dirt and dust adhere to the absorption part to prevent it from appearing in the sensor image
Still Picture Priorities
- Images will be recorded with the set picture size and quality
- Up to 8 still images can be recorded in the video recording mode
- The screen will go dark while recording images. A still image will be recorded in the video during that period, and audio is not recorded
- Images will be recorded with a picture size of [S] (2Mp)
- Up to 30 still images can be recorded in video recording
- Only JPEG images are recorded when quality is set to RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard or RAW. (When set to RAW still images will be recorded in Fine quality)
Mic Level Adjustment The DMC-GX1 lets you adjust the audio input level in four steps
Wind Cut The Wind Cut function is available to block out most of the noise from background wind. This gives you higher quality sound when taking images on breezy days
Color types include: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, and Portrait
Shading Compensation The shading function on the DMC-GX1 corrects vignetting to give you clear images with uniform brightness overall
Exposure Meter Guide: The One Push AE adjusts exposure with a single press of the Fn (Function) button when it is over/under exposure. It is especially useful for shooting outdoors with an open aperture or indoors with a fast shutter speed Finely Detailed White Balance Setting: The DMC-GX1's 2-axis adjustment feature gives you a finer white balance adjustment for Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, or Flash conditions. It can also be used when adjusting the Color Temperature Setting or White Set function. You can adjust with a reference to the horizontal axis for amber to blue and the vertical axis for green to magenta. You can recall the adjustment conditions quickly by pressing the WB button White Balance Bracket: The white balance bracket function shots 3 consecutive photos with slight changes to the white balance setting of each photo in both the horizontal (amber to blue) and vertical (green to magenta) axis, by simply pressing the shutter once Auto Bracket: The Auto Bracket function records several photos at varied exposure levels in a compensation range of +/- EV 3 in 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, or 1 EV steps. The DMC-GX1 will record up to 7 images with a single press of the shutter button Movable Guide Lines: With the DMC-GX1 you can move the guide lines according to the subject's position. This is handy when you want to take extra care in framing, especially when using a tripod Movable Histogram: The histogram display makes it possible to check exposure and contrast in real-time. With the DMC-GX1, you can freely move the histogram to a position where it will not block the subject on the screen Exposure Compensation +/-5 EV: You can adjust the exposure compensation within a range of +/- EV 5 in 1/3 EV steps. In P/A/S modes you can retrieve the exposure compensation value and manually adjust it directly Long Shutter Noise Reduction: The camera automatically removes noise generated when taking photos at slow shutter speeds, such as nighttime shooting, always giving you beautiful images ISO Limit Setting: The maximum sensitivity setting is applied to the Intelligent ISO Control and ISO AUTO functions. This ensures that you'll get the level of image quality you want by letting you set your own limit for ISO sensitivity ISO Sensitivity Setting: You can set the ISO sensitivity to Auto, Intelligent ISO, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 or 12800. When the ISO sensitivity step is set to 1/3 EV the number of ISO sensitivity setting options increases, allowing you to make fine adjustments and achieve the level of image quality you want
You can also enjoy slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library for background music - burning it onto a DVD disc in MPEG2. It is easy to create an edited short video just by selecting the photos and video clips you like with Short Movie Story function. Photos and videos can be uploaded to Facebook or YouTube via the same interface
Video Scene Mode: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Flower, Food, Objects, Lowlight, Party, Sunset