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Panasonic Lumix GH1 12.1 MP SLR with
Full-HD Movie Recording in AVCHD

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 camera with Lumix Vario 14-140mm f/4-5.8 zoom lens

March 3rd, 2009.

Panasonic today announced the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, a Four Thirds Micro System interchangeable lens camera that serves as a step up from the Panasonic G1 announced last year.

The Lumix G1H features a 12.1MP Live MOS sensor, the option of recording full HD 1080p (1920x1080) movies in the AVCHD format at 24 fps, and includes both an electronic viewfinder and a 3.0-inch high resolution 460K tilt / swivel LCD screen.

 

 

 


The Panasonic Lumix GH1 incorporates a similar compact design and many of the same features found in the Panasonic G1 including; a Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system, a built-in flash and a dedicated external hot shoe, and a 23-point AF system with face detection and subject tracking.

The main new stand out feature of the Panasonic LUMIX GH1 however, is that it provides cutting-edge video recording features, including the ability to record high-resolution full HD (1920 x 1080) video at 24 fps or smooth HD video (1280 x 720) movie at 60 fps using an AVCHD format. The AVCHD format provides the benefit of doubling the HD quality recording time compared with Motion JPEG.

Lumix GH1 dedicated movie recording button  

The LUMIX GH1 also hosts a dedicated video record button on the back of the camera which lets users instantly start recording videos, even while shooting still photos – removing the fear of potentially missing a must-see video moment.

A stereo microphone, featuring DolbyDigital Stereo Creator, located on the DMC-GH1's upper body records stereo audio that helps brings out the power of your HD movies. There is also a Wind Cut function that reduces noise on breezy days.

An optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1) is available which plugs into the side of the Lumix GH1 to provide a more advanced recording experience.

Using only 12.1-megapixel of the total 14.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor, the Lumix DMC-GH1 gives you the ability to shoot in multi-aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9, as well as a new 1:1 mode. The new mode provides unique, square-shaped photos. The 16:9 ratio is optimal for HDTV playback, while maintaining the same angle of view.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 available in Red, Black or Silver

The Panasonic Lumix GH1 SLR will be available in three body colours: Red, Black and Silver

The Lumix DMC-GH1 camera kit includes a new 10x Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 optical stabilized zoom lens

New High-Performance Kit Lens for the Panasonic Lumix GH1

The Panasonic Lumix GH1 kit comes supplied with the Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm / f4-5.8 O.I.S. zoom lens. This compact lens boasts a focal length of 28-280mm (35mm camera equivalent) and supports a continuous auto focus function that works for both photos and movies.

The aperture adjusts to each scene, letting you capture the kind of shallow depth of field movies that only a digital interchangeable lens camera can produce. Thanks to a silence design that helps suppress lens drive noise, the Lumix DMC-GH1 with its new kit lens records sounds with enhanced clarity.

The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) that's built into the LUMIX G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4-.5.8 lens detects and compensates for blurring caused by hand-shake.

It also works for zoom shots and macro shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake, and lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination, without a flash, to preserve the mood. With the DMC-GH1, you can select from one of three three stabilization modes to suits your needs.

Like the Panasonic G1 the Lumix GH1 accepts not only Micro Four Thirds System interchangeable lenses, but also conventional Four Thirds System lenses (when an optional adapter is mounted). This means that users can continue to use Four Thirds lenses they may already own.

Full-time Live View Viewfinder and Vari-Angle 3.0-inch 460,000-Dot Anti-Reflective LCD Monitor

The GH1 features a high-resolution 1,440,000-dot equivalent Live View Finder. The Lumix DMC-GH1 offers Full-time Live View whether you are viewing the LCD or using the electronic viewfinder.

The Panasonic Lumix GH1 camera's viewfinder system retains the flexibility of an optical viewfinder and can also display information about camera settings that the user can see without taking his or her eye from the subject.

Lumix GH1 LCD back view

The DMC-GH1's Live View Finder provides 0.7x magnification and 100% field of view with 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution.

A built-in eye sensor automatically switches on the viewfinder when the user looks into it, then switches it off for the LCD

The 60-frames-per-second Live View is made possible by the Live MOS sensor, which takes real-time signals directly from the image sensor and sends them continuously to the LCD screen.


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 features a large 3.0-inch and high resolution 460,000-dot LCD, that rotates 180º horizontally and 270º. The swivel / tilt LCD monitor provides a comfortable and practical view
for high-angle shots, like when you need to shoot over the heads of people at a parade, or for artistic low-angle shots, like when shooting at nearly ground level.
Panasonic Lumix GH1 swivel and tilt LCD monitor
 

Tthe wide-viewing angle of the LCD on the DMC-GH1 is handy both for shooting and for viewing the results together with family and friends. The camera's Intelligent LCD function automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to the shooting conditions. At the highest of these 11 steps, the LCD backlight becomes approximately 1.4 times brighter than normal.

Correction effects (including exposure compensation and white balance settings), can be previewed and adjusted on the LVF or LCD monitor before taking the shot.

A wide range of settings - like Movable Guidelines, a Real-Time Histogram, and auto and manual focus (AF/MF) functions available on the Panasonic DMC-GH1 can help you to compose your shots.

Full Time Contrast AF System

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 introduces a Contrast Auto Focus (AF) system that allows users to choose from a wide range of AF modes, including multipoint AF with up to 23 focus points, 1-area AF with a selectable focus point, Face Detection, and Tracking AF.

When 1-area AF is selected, the AF frame size can be changed from Spot to Extra Large in 4 steps by simply turning a dial. When the Direct 1-area AF Shift function is turned on, the Up, Down, Right and Left buttons are active, providing easy, intuitive operation.

* Lenses other than LUMIX G lenses cannot use the Tracking AF, AFc (Auto Focus Continuous) or Continuous AF functions. Also, when a lens that does not support the Contrast AF function is mounted, operation will automatically switch to manual focus.

iA Intelligent Mode for Both Still Images and HD Movie Recording

The Panasonic DMC-GH1 features the same iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode as the Panasonic Lumix compact models. For ease of use simply select iA Mode then point and shoot. 7 detection and correction functions are simultaneously activated to optimize the settings, so you can concentrate on capturing the subject.

On the DMC-GH1 the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode is also available in movie recording mode . iA Mode automatically and simultaneously activates 4 detection functions: MEGA O.I.S. to detect hand-shake, Face Detection AF/AE to detect faces in the frame, Intelligent Scene Selector to detect scene conditions, and Intelligent Exposure to detect the ambient light.

The Face Detection function of the Lumix DMC-GH1 has evolved with the new Face Recognition feature, which memorizes a specific person's face and automatically focuses on it. (Possible to register up to 6 faces)

The Face Detection function detects up to 15 faces in a scene at a time, making it convenient for group photos. Once the camera detects a face, Face Tracking follows it even when the subject moves around. Plus, the system is designed to keep on detecting if a face turns sideways to the camera.

Intelligent Exposure function

The Intelligent Exposure function on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 increases the exposure only in under-exposed areas by detecting the brightness level part-by-part in the picture. If the background includes the sky, which tends to be easily washed out, the camera automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed to keep the setting slightly under-exposed to prevent wash-out while brightening the darkened area by increasing the ISO only in that area.

If the background of an indoor portrait receives insufficient lighting from a flash and becomes dark, the ISO sensitivity is raised in only the low-lit area to make it brighter without causing graininess in the subject's face.

The setting automatically switches to standard in iA Mode. Also, in P/A/S/M Mode you can adjust the intended effect in three levels — high, standard or low. When there is strong backlighting, the background appears nice and bright, but the subject is dark. This function detects backlight condition and compensates it automatically in iA Mode.

Intelligent ISO Control function

You can set the ISO sensitivity to Auto, Intelligent ISO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or 3200. When the ISO sensitivity step is set to 1/3 EV, the number of ISO sensitivity setting options increases, allowing you to make fine adjustments and achieve the level of image quality you want.

Intelligent ISO Control in the Lumix DMC-GH1 detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions. When it detects subject motion, it automatically raises the ISO setting and increases the shutter speed to prevent motion blur. On the other hand, when the subject is still and no movement is detected, it takes natural photos with a low ISO setting.

Select either ISO 200, 400, 800 or 1600 as the maximum ISO sensitivity. The maximum sensitivity setting is applied to the Intelligent ISO Control and ISO AUTO functions. This ensures that you'll get the level of image quality you want by letting you set your own limit for ISO sensitivity.

Auto Scene and Manual Exposure Control Modes for Creative Control

The Scene Mode function on the DMC-GH1 lets you quickly select from Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, or Close-up Modes by simply using the mode dial. And each of these modes can be fine-tune selected to further match the shooting situation. Creative Mode also lets you adjust the aperture or shutter speed, for easy manual control. When pressing the Motion Picture button, the optimal Movie Scene Mode is automatically selected.

Lumix GH1 mode control dial  

My Color Mode makes it easy to customize color effects to match your intent. Color, brightness and saturation can be adjusted on an easy-to-understand operation screen in ±5 steps.

In Film Mode (selectable via dedicated button next to mode dial), you can choose from 6 color types and 3 monochrome types even when shooting movies.

When shooting in black and white, the contrast, sharpness, and noise reduction for each mode parameter can also be customized in 5 steps and stored in memory.

Two finely customized settings can be stored as 2 MY FILM settings, for easy recall and use. Multi-Film Mode allows you to produce up to 3 different images using different film modes in one go. Possible to produce both color and black & white photos simultaneously.

Consecutive Shooting and Auto Bracketing

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 lets you snap off unlimited consecutive shots at approx. 3 frames per second with full resolution. The DMC-GH1 also allows consecutive shots to be taken at up to 3 fps when shooting in RAW fle format.

The Auto Bracket function records several images at varied exposure levels in a compensation range of ±EV 2 in 1/3 EV or 2/3 EV steps. The GH1 will record up to 7 images with a single press of the shutter button. Then you can select your favorite photo from the different exposure settings.

Custom White Balance Control

The Panasonic DMC-GH1 offers white balance fine tuning adjustment settings for Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, or Halogen conditions. Fine tuning is also available when adjusting the Color Temperature Setting or White Balance Preset function. For point and shoot ease of use White Balance control can simply be left in Auto.

If desired you can adjust on the horizontal axis for amber to blue and the vertical axis for green to magenta. There is also a white balance bracketing feature, which allows you to automatically shoots 3 consecutive photos with slight changes to the white balance setting of each photo.

Built-in Auto Pop Up Flash and External Hot Shoe

Panasonic DMC-GH1 flash  

The DMC-GH1 features an automatic pop-up built-in flash with a guide number (GN) of 11.

You can adjust the flash intensity within a range of ± EV 2 in 1/3 EV steps. The Lumix GH1 offers 7 flash mode settings: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, and Forced Off.

For additional flash coverage, a number of optional external flash units are available for the Lumix DMC-GH1 that simply attach via the hot shoe on top of the camera. Dedicated external flashes include the Panasonic DMW-FL220, DMW-FL360 and the DMW-FL500.

Slideshow with Music and Transition Effects played back with HDMI connection

The DMC-GH1 can play a slideshow with music. Choose from 4 types of effect with music: Natural, Slow, Swing and Urban. Then, select the transition effect to match your music.

You can also use the optional RP-CDHM15 / CDHM30 mini HDMI cable to connect the camera to an HDTV for large-screen viewing. For musical slideshows created with the included PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.1 HD Edition, you can choose your favorite iTunes music file as background music.

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.1 HD Edition software

AVCHD movies can be transferred to a PC from an SDHC/SD Memory Card or via the USB cable to view or even edit them. You can also make a DVD disc from the AVCHD files by converting them to MPEG-2.

The software also lets you edit or organize a collection of photos with more ease and fun. It features a Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in the pictures stored in your PC to sort them by faces for you regardless of the camera type you used.

Through the interface, you can also enjoy slideshows with a variety of effects and music. Motion images can also be uploaded directly to YouTube™.


Panasonic Lumix GH1 top view


The Lumix DMC-GH1 incorporates an HDMI output terminal. When the GH1 is connected to an HDMI-compatible TV via an HDMI mini cable (purchased separately), you can easily set up and enjoy a slideshow or your movies.

When the Panasonic GH1 is connected to a VIERA TV that has VIERA Link capability, the TV's remote control unit can be used to run the slideshow.

 

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Dust Reduction System

The Dust Reduction System in the Lumix DMC-GH1 helps minimize any dust issues by placing a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the Live MOS sensor, between the low-pass filter and shutter.

Every time the camera is switched on, the filter vibrates around 50,000 times per second to repel dust and other particles without affecting the camera's internal mechanisms, helping maintain image quality.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Other Features:

Lumix DMC-GH1 camera controls

The My Menu tab automatically stores the five most recently used menu items, for quick, easy retrieval. The custom setting function can also be used to register a shortcut for a frequently used function; the function can then be activated by pressing the Fn (Down) button of the cursor key as seen above.

Panasonic Lumix GH1 in red  

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera Specifications
Camera effective pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Total pixels 14.0 Megapixels
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Image Sensor size Live MOS Sensor 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Color filter Primary color filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter
Recording file format Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.21), RAW, DPOF compatible
Still Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.21) + QuickTime
Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 (Multi-aspect recording except 1:1)
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File size (Pixels) Still Image[4:3] 4000 x 3000 (L), 2816 x 2112 (M), 2048 x 1536 (S)
[3:2] 4128 x 2752 (L), 2928 x 1952 (M), 2064 x 1376 (S)
[16:9] 4352 x 2448 (L), 3072 x 1728 (M), 1920 x 1080 (S)
[1:1] 2992 x 2992 (L), 2112 x 2112 (M), 1504 x 1504 (S)
Motion JPEG [4:3] QVGA: 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA: 640 x 480, 30fps
[16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480, 30fps
[HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps
AVCHD NTSC [Full HD] 1920 x 1080, 60i (sensor output is 24fps) (FHD: 17Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps)
AVCHD PAL [Full HD] 1920 x 1080, 50i (sensor output is 25fps) (FHD: 17Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps)
Viewfinder Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent)
Viewfinder Field of view Approx. 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35 mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Eye point Approx. 17.5 mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment -4.0 ~ +4.0 m-1
Focus system Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFs / AFc / MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing
AF detective range EV 0-18 (F3.5 lens, ISO 100)
AF assist lamp YES
AF lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode
Others Pre AF (Quick AF / Continuous AF), AF+MF, MF Assist (5x, 10x)
Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / Intelligent ISO
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV Step +/-3 EV
AE lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed
AE bracket 3, 5, 7 frames, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, +/-2 EV
White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
Shutter Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4 minutes)
Self timer 2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec, 3 images
Remote control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Still Image SCN mode Portrait (Normal / Soft Skin / Outdoor / Indoor / Creative) / Scenery (Normal / Nature / Architecture / Creative) / Sports (Normal / Outdoor / Indoor / Creative) / Close-up (Flower / Food / Objects / Creative) / Night Portrait (Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illuminations / Creative) / SCN (Sunset / Party / Baby 1, 2 / Pet)
Movie SCN mode Portrait / Scenery / Sports / Low Light / Close-up (Flower / Food / Objects / Macro) / SCN (Sunset / Party / Portrait)
(Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in Normal mode.)
Burst speed 3 frames/sec (High speed) or
2 frames/sec (Low speed)
Number of recordable images 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Built in flash TTL Built-in-Flash, GN11 equivalent (ISO 100 ·m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3 EV Step +/-2 EV
Flash synchronization 1st Curtain Sync., 2nd Curtain Sync.
Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500(Optional)
LCD monitor Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD
Monitor size Free-angle 3.0 inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
Monitor Pixels 460K dots
Monitor Field of view Approx. 100%
Brightness adjustment Auto, Power LCD, Manual (7 levels)
Live View (LV) Mode Digital zoom 2x, 4x
LV Extra optical zoom Max. 2x
(Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
LV Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns)
Real-time Histogram
Film mode: Color Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Nostalgic / Vibrant
Black and white Standard / Dynamic / Smooth
Others My Film1 / My Film2 / Multi Film
Playback mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / AVCHD / Motion JPEG / Face Recognition / Favorite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Resize, Trimming, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Print Set, Protect, Audio Dubbing
Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
Direct print PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable)
USB USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI mini HDMI TypeC (1.3a corresponding)
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Audio video output Stereo Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Remote / External microphone input φ2.5 mm stereo mini jack
Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: on/off
Speaker YES
OSD language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
Battery ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1250mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger / AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC, DC Cable is required)
Battery life CIPA Standard: Approx. 300 images (LCD)
LVF: Approx. 320 images
with LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 124 x 89.6 x 45.2 mm / 4.88 x 3.29 x 1.78 in
Weight Approx. 385 g / 13.58 oz (Body only)
Operating temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10% to 80%
Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.1 HD Edition
SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE
USB Driver
Standard accessories Battery Charger / AC Adapter, Battery Pack, Body Cap, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, DC Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM

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