|Panasonic DMC-GH1K 12.1 MP Digital Camera w/ 14-140mm Lens Black|
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|It brings a gentle, soft focus to both photos and movies and enhances every single shot with the beauty of HD. Its kit lens also provides continuous auto focusing for both photos and movies, creating a next-generation interchangeable lens system camera. The GH1 realizes creative images that exceed even your loftiest expectations.The GH1 gives you more creative freedom. It lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture any way you like when shooting movies. This gives you a wider range of expressive possibilities to explore in your movie making.The GH1 features an enhanced version of LUMIX's clever iA mode that includes Face Recognition, a function that "remembers" registered faces. When there's a familiar face in the frame, it optimizes the focus and exposure so that the face is in sharp focus and bright. This newly evolved technology makes it easy to get beautiful photos of a loved one in a group of people.|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens|
|Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Sensor Size||13.0 x 17.3mm|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||ASPH 14-140mm|
|Focal Length Range||14mm - 140mm|
|Lens Filter Size||62 mm|
|Lens System Features||Aspherical Lens, ED Glass|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Lens Construction||13 group(s) / 17 element(s)|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||28 - 280mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 0-18 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||3200|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off, Forced On, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic, Optical|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||100%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-4 to +4|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x microphone|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||AVCHD, MJPEG, Motion JPEG, QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||DCF, DPOF 1.1, EXIF 2.21, JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, AF Tracking, Audio Recording, Automatic Brightness Adjustment, Automatic Face Tracking, Built-In Speaker, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Image Rotation, Face Detection, Full-time Live View, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Interchangeable Lenses, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Resizing an Image, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Tripod Mount|
|Shooting Programs||Baby1, Baby2, Close-up, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Pet, Portrait mode, Scenery, Sports mode, Sunset|
|Special Effects||Black & White|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Colour Temperature Adjust, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Halogen (Preset), Shade (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 frames per second|
Interchangeable lenses; comfortable to use; well constructed; excellent low-ISO photo quality; very nice 720p video; fast autofocus; 10X zoom kit lens; flip-and-twist LCD; mic input.
Expensive; middling high ISO sensitivity image quality for the price; slow kit lens; EVF implementation makes burst shooting difficult.
If you're willing to pay a premium to be on the cutting edge of digital photography and video, and as long as you don't shoot sports or in dark venues, then you'll likely love the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1. But if you're simply attracted by the not-to-be-underestimated flexibility of interchangeable lenses with autofocus and depth-of-field control for video, wait for the price to fall a few hundred bucks.
Average review score based on 19 user reviews
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My main interest was for the excellent film quality video recording ability. The fact that it is micro43 allows me to use many different kind of lenses with an inexpnsive adapter. Nikon, Konica, C-mount etc lenses can be used. If you like B&W the built in Dynamic B&W setting gives amazing pictures. And what you see is what you get because you see that style in the viewfinder or 3" screen. After using the smaller GH-1 compared to aconventional DX body camera like a Nikon, you will REALLY appreciate ther size and weight. There is no going back to those big bulky cameras, when the quality and Panasonic's excellent Engineering. The new GH-2 is out. As well as a new GF-2 in February. There are a lot of choices, but I would definitely recommend the GH-1 as well as Panasonics other Micro 43 cameras. The sensor is smaller than a DX or Full frame, but with technology it doesn't really matter any more. Conventional cameras with Mirrors and Optical view finders are a thing of the past. Adds unnecesaary weight and bulk. And you don't get a true preview of what the sensor sees. Mirrorless is the future. The GH-1 is mirrorless and has two very useful LCD displays for composition.
I have had this camera for only about a week, but I absolutely love it. I bought it to replace a Canon PowerShot G2 (About 8 years old). The GH1 had all the features I wanted in a camera; dSLR quality and speed, interchangeable lenses, HD video recording, articulating screen, etc. But not only does it have all those features, it excels in every one of them. So far I haven't found anything I don't like about the camera, and I think this one could easily last me another 8 years, if it had to.
+ Ergonimics are very nice if your hands aren't too huge
+ Electronic viewfinder is perfect for manual focus lenses since you can zoom in the viewfinder
+ Good resolution
+ Great video
+ Useable high iso for less critical applications
+ can use all m4/3 lenses
+ huge selection of adaptable lenses
+ swiveling lcd very useful and well executed
+ the 14-140 has great image stabilization and fast auto focus, so I'd wager that other panasonic lenses perform well too
- High iso not as good as larger sensors
- AF lens selection might be relatively limited compared to more established formats (but it's not too bad)
- 1080 "sucks" without the hack, but I haven't used 1080 myself, so I can't say much more about it)
I love this camera and I don't have many bad things to say about it, but I also love having a camera with better iso performance, so this camera goes perfectly with a nikon D90 or D5000 or a pentax k-x (or similar). But for video and well lit situations, it's hard to beat this camera for manual focus and being able to see a good image preview straight from the viewfinder.
The only camera I would consider replacing the combo of this and my D90 with is the nikon D7000 since its video feature isn't cripled like the D90's and it has great high iso performance.
I love everything about this camera but never would have bought it if not for Tester 13's wonderful work with the video hack. I'm a video guy and need it for shooting b roll which it's excellent for. People actually don't take it seriously until they see the results, which is perfect for documentary work.
Auto focus is a knob and not a button.
Audio is not good enough for pro work/requires separate recorder and slate
Kit lens is amazing but it's F4 so doesn't work so well in the dark
Lens adapters for Nikon primes are cheap but no image stabilization so it really needs tripod
Rolling shutter so flashes will split the frame and straight lines will lean when panning
More res than 5d or 7d but nowhere near as good in low light
Can max out the bit rate at 80 but not stable beyond 44
Hack it to use 3rd party batteries, but beware they are not all made the same and can cause problems
I'm very stoked on the Japanese version I got. It's red and ugly and I love it because people think I'm using a crappy tourist camera so they don't pay attention which is perfect. Very stealth. Would definitely buy from that guy again, cause even though the shipping got messed up he fixed it right away. Hope that Tester13 can crack the GH2 because I would love to tap focus with the touch screen. In the meant time get this one while you can for the video and you won't be sorry.
I bought this camera to be my urban walk around and family snap shooter. It is relatively small, has the articulated screen that allows you to shoot more candidly, has the 4/3rd's sensor, fairly low noise up to 1200 ISO and shoots RAW. The reason I purchased the GH1 instead of the G1 is simply to get the 14-120mm lens (which will soon be available by itself). I don't shoot a lot of video--in fact haven't even tried it yet on the GH1.
Overall, I like the ergonomics and build quality of this camera, but I noticed that a number of settings are easily bumped and changed when using a wrist strap--maybe I just need to be more careful. The screen is bright, focus snaps to faster than anticipated, and the 14-120mm lens is competent at all focal lengths. What really shines is image stabilization: it's in the camera body and allowed me to shoot sharply at 1/15! Image files are typically pleasing, though you've got to be careful with blown highlights (auto exposure is on the + side of the scale) and auto WB in RAW usually needs a little warming. Files converted to B&W are in my opinion the real strength of this camera.
The camera's biggest negative is the way My Menu is handled: rather than letting you choose what menu items to keep in My Menu, it automatically keeps the last 5 or so that you used. This doesn't sound like a big deal, but when you are shooting against time reloading a card and the format option has disappeared from My Menu, it is really irritating to go find it in the main menus.
The on camera flash--which I'm not usually a fan of--works better than I anticipated for fill.
This is a fun camera to work with and is capable of taking everything from snaps to shots that might end up on my website.