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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 266 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and portability. The lens and responsiveness also get good feedback, but the low light performance and color get mixed reviews. Some have doubts about the memory and flash.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Panasonic DMC-GH1 Review


In late 2008,Panasonic launched the Lumix DMC-G1, the worlds first Micro 4/3 dSLR system. Shortly thereafter, the highly anticipated Lumix DMC-GH1 was introduced, which is basically an updated G1 that adds one feature that was missing from its...

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Panasonic's Lumix Handles Video and Still Shots Li...


The Lumix GH1 captures Pantone-precise colors and Ginsu-sharp details for both video and stills. Whatever you shoot, it offers the same bucketful of

Image-stabilized 10X zoom lens. Video mode has autofocus to track fast action. Offers 1080p HD video resolution at 24 frames per second for the most detail, or 720p at 30 fps for smoother motion. Swiveling 3-inch LCD is great for setting up shots

Menus with 1980s arcade-type graphics can be hard to navigate — six clicks just to delete all the pictures. Pricey

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1


The 12-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 ($1500 kit with a stabilized 14-140mm Micro Four Thirds lens as of 8/20/2009) is a unique digital camera that supports interchangeable lenses. Although it looks like a DSLR, the Micro Four Thirds system it uses...

Smooth, vibrant HD video ; Beginner-friendly menus and controls

Expensive, with proprietary lenses ; Disappointing low-light performance

If shooting HD video is a priority, the beginner-friendly GH1 is a great option. But it's pricey, and it's not quite a DSLR.


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The Lumix GH1 is the first micro four-thirds camera to offer the extensive camcorder-style controls and continuous auto focus that video-enabled SLRs to date have lacked.

If you're not looking for video recording capabilities, there's no good reason to choose the Panasonic Lumix GH1 over the far less expensive G1 introduced last year. The two cameras are nearly identical in feature set, and while the GH1 has a new image...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Review


When Panasonic announced the DMC-G1 in September 2008, the industry saw its first real innovation for a long time: an electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens camera with a large (Four Thirds size) imaging sensor. Panasonic had managed to overcome a...

JPEG output shows impressive detail at base ISO ; Good resolution, even slightly more in RAW ; Good balance between noise reduction and detail retention at higher ISOs ; Good control over high ISO noise reduction ; Smaller dimensions and lighter than...

Comparatively steep tone curve (JPEG) can lead to highlight clipping ; Relatively small amount of RAW headroom ; Fairly low powered flash (but good flash metering) ; Electronic viewfinder difficult to use in low light (noisy image and greatly reduced...

Expensive compared to most comparable SLRs, the key to the GH1's appeal is its class-leading HD movie capture. The fact that it has the best sensor of any Micro Four Thirds camera is just the icing on the cake. Somewhat niche? Sure, but it makes most...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1


The 12.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 ($1,499.95 direct with Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 lens) isn't just a solid D-SLRit's also a darn good HD camcorder. In a well-lit environment, the camera can produce high-quality still images, but it...

Simple to use. Comfortable. Produces high-quality still images and HD video in well-lit conditions. Best implementation of video recording in a D-SLR to date. Supports a wide variety of HD recording formats. Numerous buttons allow quick access to features

Expensive. Images and video are noticeably noisy in low-light conditions. Electronic viewfinder. Noticeable shutter lag. Limited number of lenses available. LCD and EVF show heavy motion blur ; Watch the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 in action

You can find less-expensive D-SLRs that take better photos in any lighting condition, but the Panasonic DMC-GH1 is the only one that both is easy to use and offers a full-featured HD camcorder.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1K


More than any other camera I've reviewed lately, my opinion formation about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 inevitably comes back to price. It's fast, but not as fast as other cameras that cost a lot less. It has great photo quality, but its high ISO...

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...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 First Impressions Digital Camera Review


The first Micro Four Thirds camera, the Lumix G1 introduced by Panasonic at Photokina 2008, was an exciting development in many ways, but surprisingly lacked a movie mode, even though video recording is supported by the Micro Four Thirds spec. At PMA...

We were very impressed with Panasonic's original Micro Four Thirds format camera, the Lumix G1 — in fact, we awarded it our 2008 Select award for Most Innovative Camera. The Lumix GH1 offers nearly the same basic feature set plus the video recording...

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Panasonic's HD wonder Lumix DMC-GH1 gets previewed


We're still picking up our jaws (and eyeballs) off the floor at Panasonic's announcement of the many wonders the new Lumix DMC-GH1 has in store for us, but some lucky folks out there on the internet have actually handled the new camera and have a ...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 / FH20


Released in January 2010 alongside the Lumix FS33, the Panasonic Lumix FS30 is an affordable 14 Megapixel super-zoom with an 8x optical zoom and 2.7 inch LCD screen. The pricier FS33 shares all the FS30 specifications, but features a 3 inch...

8x stabilized optical zoom ; Dedicated Intelligent Auto mode button ; Fast and accurate scene recognition ; Good low light performance

Dated styling with switches ; Poor flash performance ; Poor menu design ; No zoom while filming video

A 14 megapixel sensor, 8x optical zoom and HD video recording capabilities are features that you'd normally expect to have to dig deep into your pocket for, so there's no question the Panasonic Lumix FS30 / FH20 represents excellent value for money.

Product Specifications

With the GH1, shooting incredible photos is only part of the fun. You can also shoot beautiful, richly detailed movies in Full HD at 24 frames per second, or smooth HD movies at 60 frames per second in AVCHD format with continuous auto focus. The GH1 gives you more creative freedom. It lets you adjust the aperture and shutter speed any way you like when shooting movies. Aperture control is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances and you want them each to stand out. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to movies, which is especially effective when shooting fast-moving subjects. Creative movie mode gives you a wider range of expression to explore, and lets you shoot movies with full manual control. The GH1 also comes with the high-quality stereo sound of Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, the global standard for superior audio recording. The stereo microphone on the upper body records dynamic, true-to life stereo sounds that bring out all the power of your HD movies.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Baby1 / Baby2 / Close-up / Night portrait / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/4.0-5.8
Lens for SD:Panasonic 14-140mm lens
Max Focal Length:140mm
Min Focal Length:14mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Live MOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic