Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Released October, 2013
  • 16 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm LiveMOS
  • 3" LCD
Panasonic is targeting the camera at enthusiasts who want something smaller than a dSLR but with comparable photo quality and folks ready to step up to better quality than you get from compact cameras and smartphones.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-GM1
8.4
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-GM1
5.3
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-GM1
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-GM1
9.2
Reviews from dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-GM1
8.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-GM1
660 ISO
Alpha A5000
1,089 ISO
EOS 7D Mark II
1,082 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GM1
4 fps
Alpha NEX-6
10 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Lumix DMC-GM1
230 photos
EOS 7D Mark II
670 photos
Alpha A5000
420 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Lumix DMC-GM1
22.3 bits
Nikon 1 J3
20.4 bits
Lumix DMC-GF6
20.7 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Lumix DMC-GM1
11.7 ev
Alpha NEX-6
13.1 ev
Alpha A5000
13.0 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

A new version of the Silkypix raw-processing software will ship at the same time as the camera, and Panasonic made a big deal of emphasizing the vastly improved noise-reduction algorithms.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
However, if you go bigger - not crazy-big, but big enough that you're not paying a premium for miniaturization - you can get some very nice ILCs with some more features and even bigger sensors.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
It's pretty easy to dismiss the tiny Pentax Q7 with its equally tiny sensor, but what about a camera roughly the same size with a Four Thirds sensor?
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Screen

In addition, the flash can tilt to bounce light while shooting.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
NoEVF n/a-inch 2.76 million dots 100% coverage 1.4x/0.7x. OLED EVF 0.5-inch 2.4 million dots 100% coverage 1.09x/0.73x. Optional EVF Tilting OLED 0.5-inch/2,359,000 dots 100 percent coverage ($449.99).
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Lens

Of course, standard MFT lenses will also work, though even the pancakes feel a bit bulky on the body.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Image quality

July 2013 When you consider that the GM1 has the RX100 II right in its crosshairs, I think it actually has a pretty good shot; it's a lot more stylish and can probably deliver on the speed and image quality.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Focus

It incorporates the same metering and autofocus systems as well.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type LiveMOS
Megapixels 16 MP
Resolution 4616 x 3464
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 125 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 23
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps
Battery life 230 photos
Continuous shooting 4 fps, JPEG

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,036 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 98.5 x 54.9 x 30.4 mm
Thickness 30.4 mm
Weight 204 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization None
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