Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1 is the latest offering from Panasonic in the mirror-less four-thirds camera system. It is not just continuation of the G series of cameras being an extension in the line.
It has actually brought up once again the legacy of the highly acclaimed Lumix DMC-GF1, a favorite among the photographers who wanted a compact camera that can be carried anywhere with ease but give the result of a DSLR.
Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1 Features
Look and Feel
The Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1 bears the classic look of the older cameras but comes with a large grip to fit snugly into large hands. Still then, it looks classier than its closest competitor, the Sony NEX-7. The camera adds to the minimalist design of the earlier GF1 and makes bolder statements with the two-tone body designs and the sculpted grip.
The grip feels good in hand with its har rubber, leathery texture. The AF lamp has switched sides so that it does not get blocked accidentally when the hand goes for the shutter.
The hot shoe that had gone missing in the GF3 has returned on the Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1 and it is not only a holder for the flash but also the optional LVF2 viewfinder. It should be mentioned that Panasonic has left out the built-in viewfinder for the sake of compacting the size of the camera.
Keeping with the classic looks, the controls on the Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1 has brought back the physical mode dial but taken away the Intelligent Auto (iA) mode from this. The iA has been allotted a dedicated button which can be toggled on or off. This allows flexibility of switching between the desired setting and auto quickly depending on the situation.
The video mode too has a dedicated button to capture videos without turning the dial around. At the back the camera features a four-way mode dial and you can select all settings from the series of buttons placed on the top and back of the camera.
But you have another way to control your photography and that is by touch. The large LCD screen offers touch control for the camera which takes time to get accustomed. The buttons and touch control together offers a host of options which you can learn as you shoot.
Imaging and Video
The Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1 houses a 16 megapixel four-third CMOS sensor, up from the 12mp of the GF3. Together with the Venus Engine FHD processor, it gives relatively noiseless pictures in ISO range as high as ISO 3200. Shooting at ISO 12800 too was noiseless enough for web uses. On the whole the image quality was not bad with the camera offering crisp images in properly lit shots with minimal variation from the original tones.
The video capture is really great with the camera capturing movie in Full HD and stereo sound. But where one gets stumped is that the camera takes over all the controls except exposure compensation in the movie mode.
Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1 Price
The Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1 is available in various combination and prices ranging from £ 499 (body only) to £ 749 in UK or $699 (body only) to $950 with the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm (28 – 84mm in the 35mm format) / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens.