|Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 review : During the Photokina 2008 where visitors were able to meet the G1 for the first time, the attentive camera enthusiast could already sneak in a first glimpse of the GH1. A prototype was taking cover in the back of the booth. Due to the visible built-in stereo microphone, it soon became clear that we could expect something truly special from this type of Panasonic Micro Four Thirds system camera. Six months later, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 was officially announced and became the world's first system camera with High Definition video and continuous AF support.
Panasonic DMC-GH1 video lens
The fact that the Panasonic GH1 supports video did not really come as a surprise to the connoisseurs among us, since there were already several DSLR cameras with (HD) video support at that time. However, the fact that the Panasonic DMC-GH1 contains a lens specifically designed for video, soon proved to be a significant difference. Other than that, the GH1 is quite similar to the G1, and it will thus not be a surprise to see that the test results show many similarities too.
Panasonic Lumix GH1 image sensor
Besides the distinction of HD video with stereo sound capability, the Panasonic Lumix GH1 differs from the G1 in more ways. For example; a newly developed image sensor with support for up to 4 different formats while maintaining the same angle of view. The face detection provides the GH1 with an advanced portrait function. Moreover, an external microphone can be connected; a detail that lets you lift the overall quality of HD video recordings to a higher level both easily and swiftly.
Panasonic GH1 allround system camera
With the availability of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, we seem to get one step closer to what could be called a versatile camera system. The image quality of a DSLR, the possibility of interchangeable lenses and expanded HD video support with continuous AF. Especially the latter, the continuous focus while recording HD video, is characteristic for the GH1. At this moment, no other DSLR or Micro Four Thirds camera offers this kind of possibility.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 review including a DIWA Labs test
We were able to use the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 in our office for a long period of time. In addition, the Panasonic GH1 was extensively technically tested in our DIWA Lab that is run by Kai Thon, Technical Test Manager DIWA Awards. The Panasonic GH1 is now available worldwide in black, red and white (depending on the region). Our findings can be read in the following Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 review.
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"Compared to the LUMIX G1 camera, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH1 features two VENUS Engine HD image processors. This is required in order to be able to process large amounts of data. Additionally, the Panasonic LUMIX GH1 camera has an improved Live MOS sensor onboard. The following Panasonic LUMIX GH1 test photos were taken in Renkum, the Netherlands."
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