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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 5.70 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "When Panasonic launched the first Micro Four Thirds camera, the DMC-G1, in September last year the lack of a video recording capability was a surprise to consumers and reviewers alike. After all this feature is usually available on even the cheapest digital compact cameras and there was no apparent technological reason for its omission on the G1. ...

... The GH1 offers the same ease-of-use and solid image quality as its sister model G1. On top top of that you get the best implementation of a HD video mode that we have yet seen on a large sensor camera. You pay a fairly hefty premium for this feature, but for anyone who is planning to make good use of the camera's motion picture capabilities, the GH1 has to be highly recommended."

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PhotoReview 9.00  07-03-09 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Like some of the most recent DSLRs, Panasonic's new DMC-GH1 offers the added benefit of high-definition video capture - but also provides stereo sound recording. First shown at Photokina 2008, the GH1 is based on Panasonic's first Micro Four Thirds System (MFT) camera, the DMC-G1, and offers most of the same features for still capture. ...

... The main problem Panasonic can expect when trying to sell this camera is the total price of the package. Although living up to its promise of providing good still and video capabilities in a small and lightweight package, when compared to current DSLR models - and to the immanent Olympus Pen E-P1, the GH1 faces obstacles. ..."

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Digital Camera Info 7.86  03-09-09 Read Full Review
First Impressions (Summary): "Notably missing from the G1... is any movie mode at all. Now, with the announcement of the GH1, that lapse is being addressed in style, with 1080i video at 24 frames per second, and 720p video at 60 frames per second.

... The fact that the 1080 mode is interlaced, and runs at 24 rather than 30 frames per second, indicates that even with a new sensor, the CCD system can't move data as quickly as a true consumer HD camcorder (yes, 24 frames per second does look more film-like, but many shooters prefer the smoother movement of 30 frames per second, or at least having that option). ..."

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DCResource 6.40  06-03-09 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The DMC-GH1 is essentially the same camera as the G1, with one big difference: it records movies in high definition, with its new 14 - 140 mm kit lens allowing for continuous autofocus while you're doing so. For those of you who have tried taking video on a digital SLR, you know how big of an advancement this is. ...

If you're looking for a compact, interchangeable lens camera that can record movies in Full HD, then then Panasonic DMC-GH1 is the only game in town (yes, the Canon EOS-5D Mark II can do it too, but it's not in the same class). The GH1 is both a very capable digital still camera, and its video recording abilities are impressive, as well. ..."

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LetsGoDigital 5.80  03-07-09 Read Full Review
Hands-on Preview: "The arrival of a new GH1 of Panasonic did not exactly come as a surprise, while at the Photokina 2008 we already saw an early prototype of the Panasonic GH1 showcased behind glass Panasonic's press event. ...The official introduction of the Panasonic LUMIX GH1 is now a fact, and certainly creates high expectations. The Panasonic GH1 will take video capture with a DSLR to a different level. ...

... it is possible to manually adjust exposure while filming. Shutter speeds and apertures can be set to preference, thus providing the possibility of creative filming with the Panasonic GH1. ..."

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NYTimes 5.78  04-30-09 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... The Panasonic GH1 blows all of those compromises off the map. The video length is limited only by the capacity of your memory card; an 8-gigabyte card, for example, can hold about 60 minutes of video. (It's compressed in the AVCHD format, which requires a fast computer to edit.) And it's the real deal: 1080p high-definition video. Especially in good light, the footage looks jaw-droppingly good, ...

... In the end, though, $1,500 doesn't seem that bad when you consider what you're getting: the world’s first S.L.R. (well, pseudo-S.L.R.) that captures full high-definition video - and keeps it all in focus. ..."

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Camera Labs 5.00  03-13-09 Read Full Review
Preview (Summary): "At first glance, the resolution appears to be the same 12.1 Megapixels, but look a little closer and you'll discover the Lumix GH1 actually employs a new sensor –- not just to equip it with the ability to record video, but to also support multiple aspect ratios with the same angle of view. The Lumix GH1's sensor actually sports 14 Megapixels in total, but like the Lumix LX3 and TZ5 before it, the camera uses varying portions of the sensor depending on the selected aspect ratio. ...

Of course the big questions are how well the movie modes work in practice, whether the new sensor involves compromises, and how keenly Panasonic prices the GH1 - not to mention the price at which it'll settle from online stores. As always, time will tell and we’ll be here to reveal all once final production samples become available."

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Imaging-Resource -----  06-10-09 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Like the G1, the Panasonic GH1 is technically a non-SLR digital camera that uses an interchangeable lens design. By eliminating the mirror box and pentaprism arrangement, the Panasonic G-series fulfills the size promise of Micro Four Thirds, allowing both smaller body and smaller lens designs. Into this compact body, the Panasonic GH1 fits a 12.1-megapixel image sensor, a 60 frames-per-second electronic viewfinder with 800x600 gapless pixel resolution, a 3.0-inch tilt/swivel LCD display, and HD video capture. ...

... Indeed, the Panasonic GH1 offers a more complete video mode than any digital SLR or digital camera on the market, offering complete control over video exposure, from Program, through Shutter and Aperture priority, to full Manual exposure control. ..."

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