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With a traditional looking design, the latest addition to Panasonic’s Lumix CSC range the GM1 is, arguably, the firm’s slickest camera yet. It has the same 16-Mpix-resolution sensor as the larger, rangefinder-style GX7, and although housed in a tiny aluminum shell it features a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, plenty of manual control and an electronic shutter capable of 1/16000th max shutter speed and 40fps burst. Read on to find out how this super-compact model performs.
Micro four-thirds cameras are by and large already quite small but the GM1 must rate as one of the smallest, and with its new shorter-range 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 pancake-type (retractable) zoom this camera will fit a coat pocket. The body shape is arguably reminiscent of a Leica, at least from the front, sides and top. It even has its own screw-on handgrip with baseplate, as a $100 option.
Apart from the small size and low weight of just 204g (7.20 oz) it features a similar 16-Mpix Live MOS type sensor with sensitivity of ISO 200-25,600 as the firm’s high-end GX7. But it lacks that model’s stabilized platform, and there’s no phase-detect AF option. However, low light detection using the contrast detection AF system ranges from an impressively low Ev -4 to 18.
A high-speed shutter option of up to 1/16,000th at up to an impressive 40fps at full resolution is due to an electronic gating option; otherwise using both mechanical curtains the maximum shutter speed is a more modest 1/4000th sec with a 5fps burst mode. While it lacks the option for an EVF (or optical finder) the rear LCD is a large 3-inch high-resolution touch screen panel though it’s a fixed design, as you might expect in a small camera like this. Full HD (1920 x 1080i) video recording is possible in various shooting modes and in both NTSC (60/30/24p) and PAL (50/25/24p) regions, using both AVCHD and MP4 formats (albeit, with some limitations).