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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Announced

Panasonic has announced the ultra compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, the GM1.

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Lumix GM1

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix GM1, an ultra compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, which is launched with a new pancake 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 (24-64mm equivalent) zoom lens with Mega Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The camera body is smaller than the Pentax Q7, despite having a larger Micro Four Thirds sensor, and features a silent shutter, as well as a 3inch touch screen. An optional hand-grip will be available for the camera. The Panasonic Lumix GM1 and 12-32mm lens is due for release in December.

Read our Panasonic Lumix GM1 Hands-On Review with Sample Photos

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Features

  • 16 megapixel live MOS sensor
  • 3inch touch-screen, 1036k dots
  • Silent shutter
  • ISO200-25600, extended ISO125
  • FullHD video, 60i, 50i, 24p, stereo sound
  • Built in pop-up flash
  • Built in Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Focus peaking
  • Magnesium alloy frame
Panasonic Lumix DMC GM1 (2)

From Panasonic: The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera with large Digital Live MOS Sensor is based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The new GM series boasts not just its outstandingly compact profile but its highfunctional performance for ultimate picture quality.

The DMC-GM1 realizes high-quality image recording with real-to-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Taking full advantage of 16.00-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine, images are rendered with highly sharp resolution even shot in low-lit situations and at max. 25600 high ISO sensitivity can be selected.

The Contrast AF System of DMC-GM1 excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signal between the camera and the lens at max. 240 fps. A variety of extensive AF functions including Low Light AF, Pinpoint AF and One-shot AF enhances usability to comply with wide-ranging shooting situations. The touch-control system integrated in the 3.0-inch large approx.1036K-dot high resolution monitor immediately lets users to set focus to the subject by just touching it on the screen and you can even release the shutter. It is free and easy to enlarge the target point with fingertips to set precise focus.

Panasonic Lumix DMC GM1 (3)

The DMC-GM1 also features full HD 1920 x 1080, 60i (60 Hz) / 50i (50 Hz) high quality video recording in AVCHD and MP4* with stereo sound. The practical full-time AF and tracking AF is available in video recording, too. The cinema-like 24p video with the bit rate of max. 24 Mbps or P/A/S/M mode provide richly expressive afterimage with overwhelming image quality.

The DMC-GM1 incorporates popular Creative Control mode with a total of 22 fascinating filter effects in addition to Time Lapse Shot, Stop Motion Animation or Clear Retouch. The Stop Motion Animation allows producing unique stop motion video and the Clear Retouch function enables to erase unwanted part of a picture after shooting - both operations completes with ease in camera.

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone / tablet to expand shooting flexibility. It is also possible to use a smartphone / tablet as a multi-capable remote shutter with a monitor. With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically sent to the smartphone / tablet right after shooting. On the other hand, both photo and video can be archived to the registered digital equipment such as PC automatically via the wireless access point (router) at home.

Panasonic Lumix DMC GM1 (4)

There are a lot of ingenious inventions that let DMC-GM1 accomplish this marvelous downsizing. The unit mechanism of shutter is redesigned to newly integrate a motor instead of spring, which allows removal of charging structure inside the unit and resulting in approx.80%** reduction in its unit's size. The conventional digital single lens mirrorless camera has a structure that settles a frame to support the sensor unit over the main unit frame. However, by adopting the magnesium alloy for the main unit, the DMC-GM1 allows direct attachment of the sensor unit to reduce parts.

Despite its ultra compact profile, the DMC-GM1 is equipped with built-in flash (GN5.6 ISO200m / GN4.0 ISO100m) which is enough useful for daily snapshots. This is made possible by an adoption of newly developed sliding pantograph-type flash that vertically pops up and down. By optimizing the layout of electronic components with high density mounting, the circuit board is able to have a cutout saving approx.30%** in space for the sensor unit to fit into. This also helps achieve total volume reduction of internal content.

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Lens PA170014

The DMC-GM1 comes equipped with decently designed parts including three-strand aluminum dial or high quality artificial leather grip. Especially the combination with the newly released digital interchangeable lens LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS12032) makes perfect match which even satisfies trend-sensitive users to carry around stylishly. On the other hand, the DMC-GM1 allows attachment of Hand Grip DMW-HGR1 (black/silver, sold separately***) to enhance strength of gripping.

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Accessories
Panasonic Lumix GM1 Accessories

Packing high photographic performance in sleek, ultra-compact body, the DMC-GM1 is offered in stylish black, traditional silver, noble white and classical orange. There are moments in life deserves to be captured - the DMC-GM1 turns every user across genders, across generations into a life artist.

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4592
Pixels (H)3448
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1036k dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/16000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity125 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)230shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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ChrisV 15 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 1:01PM
You can really see the press release is translated from the Japanese - possibly by software with advice from Jeffrey Archer.

I reckon this is a very interesting camera though - not something I was expecting. First truly pocketable m4/3 - wasn't sure that was even possible.

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