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The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is designed to fill the gap left by the GF1, as the GF2, and GF3 were announced, more serious photographers were missing the more advanced controls found on the GF1, the GX1 is designed to be Panasonic's answer to this seeming lack. With a larger hand grip, and higher resolution 16 megapixel sensor from the Panasonic Lumix G3, it should meet the needs of advanced photographers. Read our full Panasonic Lumix GX1 review.
- 16mp Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor
- 3inch 3:2 Touch screen
- ISO160 to ISO12800
- 4.2fps shooting at full resolution, 9 RAW, unlimited JPEG
- 20fps at 4 megapixels
- Remote socket
- Upto 340 shot battery life with 14mm lens
- Electronic level
- Rubber grip
Panasonic has also announced a new LVF2 Viewfinder with 1.44million pixels, the view through this looks good, and is quite large with a diopter adjustment dial underneath. The viewfinder can be tilted.
Handling - A large front rubberised hand grip is at the front with a thumb grip on the back. A focus assist lamp is on the right, and the pop up flash can be tilted upwards for bounce flash.
Menus - Not much has changed here, but the menus are now black to match the colour design of the X lens range. Each section is still colour coded, and the menu items are spread over several pages, as you can see in the walkthrough video below.
Battery life - The camera's battery life is rated at between 300 to 340 shots depending on lens used with the camera, with the 14mm Panasonic lens giving the best performance. We used a number of lenses, and took over 190 shots with the battery showing around 50% life left.
Speed - While we didn't put the camera through our usual in house speed tests, we used the camera with a number of lenses and found focusing was very rapid, with the camera's shutter response also very rapid. The continuous shooting at full resolution was around 4fps as expected, and shooting at the 20fps mode reduces the image size to 4 megapixels, as well as switching the camera to an electronic shutter. If you do use long exposures such as a 10 second exposure, the camera will spend another 10 seconds shooting a dark frame to reduce noise from the image, delaying the next shot.
Panasonic Lumix GX1 Other sample images
1/60 sec | f/4.7 | 26.0 mm | ISO 200 - Pre-production
1/60 sec | f/3.5 | 14.0 mm | ISO 320 - Pre-production
1/80 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 1250 - Pre-production
1/60 sec | f/3.5 | 14.0 mm | ISO 1250 - Pre-production
1/60 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 1600 - Pre-production
1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 160 - Pre-production
Portrait Flash 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 160 - Pre-production
Lumix 10 sec | f/10.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 160 - Pre-production
Zoom! 10 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160 - Pre-production
10 sec | f/22.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160 - Pre-production
10 sec | f/9.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160 - Pre-production
Sample photos - There is a slight magenta cast on photos of people, particularly when not using flash, but as this is a pre-production model, we can excuse them for this, as the final version should hopefully have resolved this.
Panasonic Lumix GX1 ISO test images
1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 160
1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 200
1/40 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 400
1/80 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 800
1/160 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 1600
1/250 sec | f/6.3 | 42.0 mm | ISO 3200
1/250 sec | f/8.0 | 42.0 mm | ISO 6400
1/500 sec | f/9.0 | 42.0 mm | ISO 12800
ISO shots - here you can see the full ISO range of the camera, from ISO160 to ISO12800, although please note this is a pre-production model.
Panasonic Lumix GX1 Digital filters
Sepia 1/320 sec | f/6.3 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Toy Camera 1/250 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Expressive 1/320 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
High Dynamic 1/400 sec | f/7.1 | 14.0 mm | ISO 640
High Key 1/160 sec | f/4.5 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Low-key 1/400 sec | f/7.1 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Miniature 1/320 sec | f/6.3 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Retro 1/320 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Natural 1/320 sec | f/6.3 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Vivid 1/320 sec | f/6.3 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Mono 1/320 sec | f/6.3 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Scenery 1/320 sec | f/6.3 | 14.0 mm | ISO 160
Digital Filters - effects and colour options - the GX1 adds two new digital filters: Lo-Key and Toy Camera bringing the total number of filters up to 9, with a number of colour options also available.
Video: Full HD Sample Video, an example using the power zoom lens to zoom in and out can be viewed on our youtube channel.
Value for MoneyThe Panasonic Lumix GX1 with the standard kit lens or body only offers quite good value for money as a premium metal bodied camera, and would certainly make quite a tempting upgrade options for owners of older Micro Four Thirds cameras. LUMIX GX1 – Body only will be available from mid December, Panasonic eShop £499.99, LUMIX GX1K – with the H-FS014042 lens, (Standard Kit lens) will be available from mid December, Panasonic eShop £599.99, LUMIX GX1X – with the H-PS14042 lens (compact 14-42mm X lens) will be available from mid January, Panasonic eShop £729.99.
Read our full Panasonic Lumix GX1 review.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 ProsLarge solid rubberised grip on the front
Solid build quality and stylish design
Quicker continuous shooting 4.2fps
Full HD Video
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 ConsHigh kit price with X lens
Panasonic Lumix GX1 Specifications
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS Sensor|
|Sensor Size||Micro / Four Thirds|
|Sensor Size (width)||17.3mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||13mm|
|Screen resolution||460k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||160 - 12800|
|Viewfinder Resolution||No Data|
|Video FPS||30fps, 25fps|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion 7.2v, 1010mAh|
|Box Contents||Battery Charger, Body Cap(DMC-GX1K and DMC-GX1 only), USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM * Body cap not included for DMC-GX1X kit and DMC-GX1W kit ** Lens rear cap of H-H014 lens not included for DMC-GX1W Kit|