Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 manages to deliver some of the best photo quality to date provided by this manufacturer but the problems with JPEG processing are still there, while the noise profile still cannot match the NEX-5N. In an environment where there’s good light, you can take JPEGs up to approximately ISO 400 without having to worry about significant detail degradation. Raw pictures will look great up to ISO 800 while the color reproduction is excellent. As far as the video quality is concerned, the 1080/30p MP4 files look good, being pleasantly saturated and sharp enough.
It has a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and 2x focal-length multiplier. The sensitivity range is from ISO 160 up to ISO 12,800 and has a 23-area contrast AF. It features optical image stabilization and the 3-inch LCD touchscreen display is fixed. The battery is rated to last for 310 shots (CIPA rating) while the dimensions of the digital camera are 4.6 x 2.7 x 1.6, with a curb weight of 11.3 ounces.
The body is going to cost you about $699.99 and if you add X PZ 14-42mm lens it will be $949.99, while with the standard 14-42mm lens it is going to set you back $799.99.
Launched earlier this month, the design of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is quite nice, but you should know that it is somewhat bigger than other competitors in this segment. It has a nice-size grip and thumb rest that makes is quite comfortable to hold & shoot with one hand.
The flash of the camera is pretty much the same as the one in the GF3 model and you can hold tilted back to bounce the light, while the hot shoe doubles as a mount if you are willing to get the optional electronic viewfinder. The controls are pretty much standard, with the mode dial that has the regular set of PASM modes, along with two additional slots for four custom settings groups, Creative Control special effects modes and scene modes. You will also notice an iA intelligent auto override button for jumping fast in and out of auto mode, along with a video record button.
At the back you’ll find two programmable function buttons, another button for switching between manual and autofocus, plus a jog dial for doing mode-specific adjustments. Thanks to the PZ lenses, you have the possibility to zoom by using the touch screen display at two different fixed and one variable speed.
The feature set of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is solid but there isn’t something that makes it stand out from the rest of the crowd. However, we should tell HDR shooters that it offers a 7-shot exposure bracket with a 6-stop range.