Lumix DMC-GM1 is the smallest mirrorless camera on the market, especially when used with collapsible 12-32mm kit lens or with Panasonic and Olympus pancake prime lenses. Despite that, it is a full featured interchangeable lens camera stuffed with loads of features and some of them are really unique like 1/16000 shutter speed, completely silent operation, time-lapse and stop-motion video and many more. It uses micro 4/3 lens mount what means it accept around 40 lenses from Panasonic and Olympus with full auto-focus support.
- Announced: 2013.
- Type: Mirrorless
- Dimensions: 99 x 55 x 30 mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.2″)
- Weight: 204g (with battery)
- Sensor: 4/3 CMOS, 16 MP (4592 x 3448 pixels)
- ISO range: 200 – 25600
- Image stabilization: No
- Dust and moisture protection: No
- Flash: Built-in pop-up flash
- Continuous shooting: 5 fps
- LCD screen: 3″, 1,036,000 dots, tilt-able, touch sensitive
- Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Battery: Li-Ion
- Video: 1920 x 1080 @ 24p, 1280 x 720 @ 60p
- Connectors: USB 2.0, micro HDMI, Wi-Fi built-in
CONSTRUCTION AND HANDLING
As mentioned before, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is the smallest mirrorless camera on the market. It can fit in almost any pocket and only lens makes it bigger than classic compact cameras with fixed lens. It comes with 12-32mm collapsible lens which is really tiny and comparable to Panasonic and Olympus pancakes in size. It even rivals Sony DSC-RX100M2 in size what is magnificent since it has larger sensor and interchangeable lens.
It is available in three color combinations: all black, black and silver and silver and orange. Build quality is excellent: GM1 has magnesium-alloy shell and aluminum top and bottom plates.
There are relatively few of external controls since the camera can be controlled via touch LCD. If you do not like touch interface it can be turned off and controlled via buttons but it will require a lot of presses to get to some options. Buttons are quite small and not particularly usable for users with large palms and fingers but this is to be expected from a camera this small. They also have very short travel when pressed and this is a problem for anyone using the camera; I regularly accidentally pushed a multi-way controller when actually only rotating control dial. It is something GM1 users will simply have to get used to.
GM1 still has external mode dial what is a time-saver compared to some Sony NEX cameras where a simple change from aperture to shutter priority mode requires entering and navigating the menu system.
Pop-up flash unit is built-in. It has a small range of 4m but it can be tilted upward to mimic bounce. Due to the short range, bounce is useful only in closed environments with low ceiling; still it is a feature that will allow you to get lighting quality very few cameras could (for example there is not a single one DSLR on the market with a built-in flash that can be bounced). Kudos to Panasonic for that.