Panasonic GX1 Review

 
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Model Name: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor:  
Successor: Panasonic GX7
GX1 vs GX7
General
Model Number: GX1
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: No
Retail Price: $949.95
Street Price:  
Date Available: 2011-12-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 14.8 oz (420 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.6 x 2.7 x 1.6 in.
(116 x 68 x 39 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic
Effective Megapixels: 16.0
Sensor Format: 4/3
Sensor size: 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 3.77 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 55
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 20.8
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 10.6
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 703
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4592 x 3448 (15.8 MP, 4:3),
4576 x 3056 (14.0 MP, 3:2),
4576 x 2576 (11.8 MP, 16:9),
3424 x 3424 (11.7 MP, 1:1),
3232 x 2424 (7.8 MP, 4:3),
3232 x 2160 (7.0 MP, 3:2),
3232 x 1824 (5.9 MP, Other),
2416 x 2416 (5.8 MP, 1:1),
2272 x 1704 (3.9 MP, 4:3),
2272 x 1520 (3.5 MP, Other),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1712 x 1712 (2.9 MP, 1:1)
Image File Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 4.1
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60i/50i/30p/25p)
1280x720 (60p/50p/30p/25p)
640x480 (30p/25p)
Movie File Format: AVCHD, MP4
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: No
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Lens: Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S.
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 84 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (wide) / f.5.6 (tele) - f/22
Normal Focus Range: 20 cm to Infinity
7.9 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 37.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: 2x or 4x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection: Face detection, AF Tracking, 23-area-focusing, 1-area-focusing, Pinpoint Touch (1- area-focusing in Face detection, AF Tracking, Multi-area-focusing, 1-area-focusing, Pinpoint)
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder:  
Viewfinder Type: Optional DMC-LVF2 EVF; 1.44M dot eq,. 100% coverage, 0.71x magnification (35mm eq.)
Focus Peaking: Yes
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.36x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 0.71x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 460,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 12800
Minimum ISO (native): 160
ISO Settings: Auto, Intelligent ISO, 160 to 12800 in 1 or 1/3 EV steps
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1/2, Color Temperature Setting (2,500-10,000K in 100K steps)
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 144-zone Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Peripheral Defocus, Flower, Food, Objects, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illiminatioms, Baby 1/2, Pet, Party, Sunset
Self Timer: 2, 10, 10 (3 images) seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Guide Number: 6.0 m / 19.7 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent; GN 7.6m (ISO 160)
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: RAW, RAW + JPEG
Movie File Format: AVCHD, MP4
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional DMW-RSL1 cable remote
Connections (extended): Mini HDMI (Type-C), 2.5mm remote socket, combined AV/USB connector
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.56
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.53
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): 12
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 4.1
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): Unlimited
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.26
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.082
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.48
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.072
Shutter Lag (notes): Wide-area AF lag = 0.260s
Startup Time: 1.4
Play -> Record Time: 0.6
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 5.8
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary DMW-BLD10 (7.2V, 1010mAh)
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary DMW-BLD10 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 310
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: PHOTOfunSTUDIO HD Edition 7.0, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, Super LoiloScope (trial), USB Driver
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 3-inch 460K Touchscreen LCD, Full HD movies, Accessory Port, Hot-shoe, Built-in Flash, Level Gauge, iA and iA Plus modes, UHS-I compatible. Available in black or silver.


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