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Panasonic India DMC GF 1 – Unboxed and Reviewed

Today we are really excited, as this is our first Micro Four Thirds review camera and i have been waiting for it for a long time. This was announced in India sometime back but no stock was available. We finally managed to get our hands on this device. from the looks of it feels like a great investment!

The Micro Four Thirds is a system which offers great performance shooting almost as good as the top of the line SLR cameras in a compact and lightweight body.

How do they manage it? Well, this camera features a mirror less design, which puts the sensor right behind the lens removing the need for the large body for mirror placement. What this also does is double the focal length of existing lenses giving you far more versatility than an average SLR camera.

Watch the Video Unboxing and preview below.

Stay tuned for a Full review

Check out the unboxing and mini review below(after the break when the video is uploaded )

PART 1

PART II

Technical Specs
Model Number: DMC-GF1
Camera Format: SLD
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 10.1 oz (285 g)
Weight With Batteries? No
Weight Includes Kit Lens? No
Size: 4.7 x 2.8 x 1.4 in.
(119 x 71 x 36 mm)
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: N-MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic
Total Megapixels: 13.1
Effective Megapixels: 12.1
Sensor Format: Four Thirds
Sensor Size (dia.): 0.85″
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor-shift Stabilized: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4000 x 3000 (12.0 MP, 4:3),
4000 x 2672 (10.7 MP, Other),
4000 x 2248 (9.0 MP, 16:9),
2816 x 2112 (5.9 MP, 4:3),
2816 x 1880 (5.3 MP, Other),
2816 x 1584 (4.5 MP, 16:9),
2992 x 2992 (9.0 MP, Other),
2112 x 2112 (4.5 MP, Other),
2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP, 4:3),
2048 x 1360 (2.8 MP, 3:2),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1504 x 1504 (2.3 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF v2.21), RAW
Video Capture
Movie Mode: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1280×720, 848×480, 640×480, 320×240
Movie Frame Rate: 60/30, 30, 30, 30
Movie Audio: Yes
Movie File Format: AVCHD Lite, Motion JPEG
Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount
Kit Lens: Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 LUMIX G VARIO ASPH. MEGA OIS
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 – 90 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.21x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (W) / f/5.6 (T) – f/22
Normal Focus Range: 30 cm to Infinity
11.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:
Optical Image Stablization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x
Filter Thread: 52mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast detection with Face detect, AF tracking, 23-area, 1 area
Face Detection: Yes
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Electronic Viewfinder
Electronic Viewfinder:
Electronic Viewfinder Type: Optional EVF mounted in flash hotshoe
Display
LCD Viewfinder: Yes
LCD Size (inches): 3.0
LCD Resolution (pixels): 460,000
Articulating LCD: Yes
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
Exposure
ISO Settings: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Intelligent ISO
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1, White Set 2, Color Temperature Setting
Shutter Speed Range: 60 – 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 144-zone Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot
Program AE: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Sports, Party, Baby 1/2, Pet, Food, Travel Date
Self Timer: 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse:
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 6 m / 20 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exp Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC
Memory Included (MB):
File System: FAT32
DCF Compliant: Yes
Connectivity
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Built-In Wi-fi: No
Computer/Printer: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional DMW-RSL1 cable remote
Other Connection: Remote socket, mini HDMI
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary 7.2v 1250mAh
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary 7.2v 1250mAh Lithium-ion rechargea
Battery Charger Included: Yes
CIPA Rating: 380
Software
Included Software: PhotofunStudio HD, SILKYPIX Developer Studio, USB Driver
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: “Ultra-portable, stylish, interchangeable lens camera”. Micro Four Thirds lens mount, built-in flash, flash hot-shoe, optional EVF, Intelligent Auto, HD movies, HDMI output.



10 comments
sohaib
sohaib

what is the price for this camera ?? and also can u pls suggest me cheapest SLR or Semi SLR with manual focus and the defocus feature

shruti kRathi
shruti kRathi

ohk this looks like a good investment !!! are u going to review any other lenses that can be attached to it ?

Bharat Nagpal
Bharat Nagpal

@shruti kRathi: It's an excellent camera, will have a full review shortly, there are other lenses on the way check back soon :)

Vaibhav
Vaibhav

Nikon is set to announce 3 P&S cameras day after tomorrow. The EVIL camera may be a part of that. It will interesting to see how that compares to the Panny reviewed above and the Sony NEX series. Not to forget, the D90 successor, D7000 will be launched within 2 weeks.

smallberry
smallberry

@Bharat Nagpal: Damn didn't realize this one was of that caliber. My bad. If I had $5000 I'd buy a car :D.

Bharat Nagpal
Bharat Nagpal

@smallberry: 2.5 L only gets u a top of the line NANO . haha lets end this

smallberry
smallberry

This thing looks sweet. I've been looking to make a move from my old P&S. How is it priced?

Bharat Nagpal
Bharat Nagpal

@smallberry: Its a premium priced camera. Above 50k in India. but if you have peeps in the US the same is available there for upwards of 800$ . No white in USA either.

smallberry
smallberry

Yeow that's gonna make a dent. At that price I might look at a Leica as well. I'm a sucker for that logo.

Bharat Nagpal
Bharat Nagpal

@smallberry: a similar Leica starts at 5000$ now thats a dent