PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GM1 VIDEO RECORDING
Video recording is possible in AVCHD or MP4 file format. You can select 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480 resolutions, but only 1280 x 720 will give you 50p (60p for NTSC) frame rate. 3.5mm microphone input is not present so you will need to rely on built-in stereo microphone.
GM1 has an option to record time-lapse videos as well as stop motion animation. Videos can be produced in-camera without the need for editing software on PC.
Movie quality is excellent what is expected from Panasonic. Videos are very clean and sharp without compression artifacts and visibly better than the ones from Olympus who shares the micro 4/3 lens mount.
Night recording samples:
Stop motion sample:
PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GM1 REVIEW CONCLUSION
I could rank cameras I tested in three major categories: those who disappointed me (would not buy them or recommend them), those that are good but simply do not feel right for me or my style of photography, and those I would use myself. I’m glad to say Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 belongs to the last category; among the cameras I would rather not return after review.
It has some shortcoming but as a whole I found it to be very portable device stuffed with usable features and great image quality. Even with the kit lens this is a very capable camera good enough to be the only camera you have in your system. It is astonishing we have cameras of this quality today in a body not bigger what used to be cheap compact cameras 5-6 years ago.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is best used when you want to travel light and have the camera at any time with you. Landscape, street or general walk around and travel photography is where this camera gives its best. Kit lens is more than good enough and most users will not need to upgrade it; those that do will want to try some of Panasonic and Olympus primes which will keep the overall small camera size. Those of you interested in portraiture or pets might want to try using this camera with an excellent Olympus 45mm F/1.8 lens: it will outdo any compact on the market including advanced cameras like Sony RX100M2. There are other similarly small mirrorless cameras (Olympus PEN Mini or Sony NEX) but I tried them all and think none of them feels and works as fluid and elegant as Panasonic GM1.
PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GM1 PROS:
- Image quality
- LCD viewing quality with touch-control
- Built-in flash with bounce option
- Really small size makes it extremely portable
- Dead silent operation
- Full electronic shutter with 1/16000 shutter speed
- Video quality
- Time lapse and stop-motion videos
- Collapsible kit lens of surprising mechanical and optical quality
- AF point size selection
- Built-in Wi-Fi
PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GM1 CONS:
- No 60p video
- Small buttons with short travel
- Too small for users with bigger hands and fingers
- Battery life
PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GM1 PHOTO EXAMPLES
All from RAW, converted to taste in ACR 8.4
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