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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1: Review

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 belongs within the range of digital cameras Lumix G Micro System and is the winner of the prestigious TIPA Awards 2012 in the category Best Advanced Compact System Camera. The extremely sturdy and stylish device is a compact camera with the interchangeable lens system with Live MOS sensor with 16 MP Supersonic Wave Filter and Venus Engine technology.

The camera is equipped with an advanced Precise Contrast AF system with high-speed touch control via the 3-inch TFT LCD screen and a resolution of 460K pixels. Besides the presence of manual controls easy and intuitive, it is also equipped with many features shooting-assist that greatly facilitate the end user.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1: Design

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 camera body is equipped with an extremely compact and versatile that returns a solidity and robustness absolutely unique aspects that have contributed to make it the winner of the TIPA Awards 2012. This feeling of strength is generated by the quality of the materials (resin and elastomer) which increase the comfort of use.

Despite its light weight of the device and equivalent to 318 grams (with battery and SD card) the ergonomics of the camera is definitely not compromised. On the back to the camera body is also a beautiful place TFT Touch LCD 3-inch with a resolution of 460K pixels, field of view of approximately 100% and manual adjustment of brightness, contrast and saturation.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1: Features and Functionality

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is a compact camera with interchangeable lens-mount Micro Four Thirds has a 16MP Live MOS sensor and a dust reduction system Supersonic Wave which, in combination with the dedicated circuit, allows to reduce the level of noise of about 66%.

The camera has a light sensitivity very interesting since it allows you to set the ISO up to 12800 (other values ​​160/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400), in addition to sensitivity and Intelligent Auto. From the tests carried out by the same Panasonic, you are experiencing very interesting details, such as the significant improvement of about 200% of the signal / noise ratio compared to the standard 12.1 MP sensor, while the performances of the sensor are always improved by about 6dB using ISO 3200 and a maximum of 9dB with ISO 6400. These improvements can be seen on the photographs that ends are practically noise-free and flawless, even in the most demanding shooting conditions.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Great system focuses the camera on the type contrast AF with three different modes of focus: AF (single), AFF (flexible), AFC (continuous) and MF. The system of focus in contrast, in contrast to the phase difference, which guarantees a superior accuracy mainly targets the use of very bright and low value-focal.

The fast automatic mode Light Speed ​​AF (0.09 sec) is made possible by synchronizing the lens and sensor at 120 fps, also the end user will be able to adjust the settings and focus on your subject very quickly thanks to the solution as the Touch AF and others (Quick AF, Continuous AF, MF AF, Touch Shutter and Touch MF Assist).

The camera possesses ergonomics extremely convenient and has a layout of keys optimal due to the presence of a mode dial customizable keys. Two external and two menu keys also customizable with a number of customizable settings and presets equal to 4. The device is also equipped with a level indicator to detect the angle of view in the horizontal/vertical thanks for the presence of an internal bubble in combination with a built-in accelerometer.

On the side, there is a built-in flash Flash TTL, GN 7.6 equivalent (ISO 160 m)-type pop-up window that allows various automatic modes: Auto, Auto red-eye, always on, always on, red-eye reduction, slow sync, red eye reduction and off. To use an external flash is a hot shoe, which allows the use, through the same contact is also possible to use the viewfinder Live View Finder DMW-LVF2 (obviously optional).

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 also to reach Full HD 1920×1080 video in a format AVHCD which then can then be displayed on an external display through the door miniHDMI TypeC present on the same camera (in addition to port miniHDMI is also a port NTSC / PAL and a USB 2.0 High Speed).


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is a beautiful compact camera with interchangeable lens made with excellent materials, highly ergonomic and highly advanced features and performance. To confirm the quality of this device recognition TIPS Awards 2012 in the category Best Advanced Compact System Camera.

The advanced AF system with extremely high speed and accuracy with touch control help to make this device absolutely satisfy even very demanding of users as well as can be used by the user less experienced (with a bit more difficult of course). The device is priced very much in line with the features supplied with it and with competitors in the same market segment. Definitely a good buy.

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PROS : Shooting-assist functions, ISO up to 12800; Light Speed ​​AF (0.09 s), manual controls, Live MOS sensor, Full HD Video, Optics interchangeable Venus Engine; advanced AF system; Touch Control.

CONS : Battery Pack.

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