So many weeks back I got myself a new camera. It was the awesome Panasonic Lumix GM1. I posted unboxing photos and video of it so if you are curious how it teleported from the box to my hands, click here now.
Since the day I got it, I have been bringing it around with me everywhere I go. It’s so small and good as a mirrorless micro four third camera that I cannot leave home without it. Straight out of the box, the GM1 comes with a 12-32mm kit lens, which is super wide and awesome. Oh btw, here are some specs of the GM1, in case you are still wondering what the heck is this thing. LOL
– 16MP Live MOS sensor
– Built-in Wi-Fi (no NFC)
– 3.0-inch, 1036K dot touch-sensitive LCD
– 1080 HD video recording at 60i/30p
– Built-in pop-up flash
– 1/16,000 maximum shutter speed (with all-electronic shutter)
– Focus peaking
– Picture-in-picture magnification for manual focus
– Micro HDMI output
– Magnesium-alloy shell with aluminum top and bottom plates
Since this is part 1 of the review, I will start from first impressions and moving on to the basic features. Part 2 will include sample photos, 2 of the most amazing things on the GM1 + a full review video. So better wait for it!
When I showed the camera to my friends, everyone’s reaction was “SURE OR NOT! SO SMALL?” It is indeed really small. With the dimensions of 9.8cm long and 5.5cm tall, this is really a tiny gem packed with many great features. It is also quite light (actually if you are using the kitlens, the whole thing is still very light until you plug in the 20mm f1.7 lens.. that lens is super heavy… more about that in PART 2).
To further proven the fact that the GM1 is small, I often put it side by side with an iPhone. You can roughly imagine how small it is from the photo above. Ok let’s move on.
The GM1 has 5 focusing modes;
– Face detection: it knows where the faces are in the photo and will keep focusing on them, making sure everyone is happy at the end cos their faces will be sharp in the photo.
– AF tracking: you can define what to focus on and the GM1 will track that subject as long as it is still in frame. Great for capturing moving objects.
– 23-Area: use this mode if you like to manually select any area in the frame to focus on using the directonal pad.
– 1-Area: my favorite… I use it everyday.. I touch the screen where I want to focus, just like using a camera phone.
– Pinpoint: you can tap on any area and it zooms in to show you the exact area in focus before snapping the photo.
In the settings menu, you will find lots of features like time lapse, stop motion, HDR and many more. One of the most important feature for me is SILENT MODE. Fuah.. once this is switched on, there is no shutter sound, no focusing sound, no video playback sound. Basically the camera will be as quiet as Mr.Bean. (Mr. Bean doesn’t talk.. hence he is quiet.. geddit?)
Before I end part 1 of the Lumix GM1 review, I can tell you that the camera does fit in your pocket if you are wearing bermudas and slacks. It does not fit if you are wearing jeans, sweatpants or anything tight or body fitting. So it is recommended to just carry a tiny bag with you.
OK til then, stay tuned as PART 2 review will cover things like sample photos, 2 of the most amazing things on the GM1, a full review video + BATTERY LIFE!