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Red face Panasonic DMC-G1

The Panasonic stand at Photokina 2008 had a number of Panasonic DMC-G1 cameras in black, grape & blue/purple. This camera has a live mos sensor with 12.1 effective megapixels. The viewfinder is electronic with eye recognition which turns off the flip out screen its bright and if you didnt know you would think it is optical, the field of view is 100%. Autofocus is very fast and the standard 14-45mm F3.5/5.6 zoom small, the screen is 3 inch and rotates 180 degrees horizontally and 270 degrees vertically. It has mega O.I.S. shake detection, motion detection & light detection as well as face detection, scene detection and subject detection with AF tracking. Its smaller than the E-420 but feels heavier in the hand. It has the dust reduction system created by Olympus and it can do 1920x1080 photo recording with a mini HDMI out. The other lens on show was a 45-200mm 4/5.6 lens.
Personally I got more excited about this camera than the prototype Olympus compact type camera they had in a case, Panasonic also showed an adaptor to use regular four thirds lenses. It was the busiest section of the Panasonic stand while I was there.
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Thanks for the hands-on assesment. It's particularly encouraging to hear the EVF is almost on a par with optical view. Exciting times!
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Re: Panasonic DMC-G1

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The Panasonic stand at Photokina 2008 had a number of Panasonic DMC-G1 cameras in black, grape & blue/purple. This camera has a live mos sensor with 12.1 effective megapixels. The viewfinder is electronic with eye recognition which turns off the flip out screen its bright and if you didnt know you would think it is optical, the field of view is 100%. Autofocus is very fast and the standard 14-45mm F3.5/5.6 zoom small, the screen is 3 inch and rotates 180 degrees horizontally and 270 degrees vertically. It has mega O.I.S. shake detection, motion detection & light detection as well as face detection, scene detection and subject detection with AF tracking. Its smaller than the E-420 but feels heavier in the hand. It has the dust reduction system created by Olympus and it can do 1920x1080 photo recording with a mini HDMI out. The other lens on show was a 45-200mm 4/5.6 lens.
Personally I got more excited about this camera than the prototype Olympus compact type camera they had in a case, Panasonic also showed an adaptor to use regular four thirds lenses. It was the busiest section of the Panasonic stand while I was there.
Small correction - the G1 has no video recording mode. For that you will need to wait for the G HD, next year, see:

http://dpnow.com/5198.html

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Small correction - the G1 has no video recording mode. For that you will need to wait for the G HD, next year, see:

http://dpnow.com/5198.html

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Ian,

The G HD looks very interesting. However, is the Video Recording likely to be time limited like the C8080WZ ?

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The G HD looks very interesting. However, is the Video Recording likely to be time limited like the C8080WZ ?

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No, I don't think so. Panasonic is positioning the G HD as a full-feature HD camcorder, even to the point of producing lenses specifically optimised for video autofocus action (relatively smooth focus changes rather than the snap in and out focus that we expect from still cameras).

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No, I don't think so. Panasonic is positioning the G HD as a full-feature HD camcorder, even to the point of producing lenses specifically optimised for video autofocus action (relatively smooth focus changes rather than the snap in and out focus that we expect from still cameras).

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Thanks for the information Ian. If that is the case then the G HD is certainly going to be an interesting new development and one which, I suspect, may be of interest to many camera enthusiasts who have tried their hand at "movie photography" but didn't get on too well with it and, in any case, found difficulty adjusting to operating two entirely different camera types. I certainly fall into that category.

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Re: Panasonic DMC-G1

The Canon 5D II 1080P 30fps HD video looked very good on the Canon stand at Photokina this however is aimed at the pro wedding photographer who can then shoot HD video & pictures at the same time. I bought a Sony HDR-SR11E HD video camera in June which take stills as well but I agree that given the chip size this is never going to be as good as 4/3rds, APS-C or full frame 35mm. I guess the entry level price is going to be important for Panasonic (and Olympus if it gets into this arena also) as the Nikon D-90 is an amateur priced product. The simplicity of the controls maybe the winner for panasonic.

Ian I was referring to 1920x1080 HD photo recording as per the official leaflet from Panasonic on the DMC-G1 not HD video.
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The Canon 5D II 1080P 30fps HD video looked very good on the Canon stand at Photokina this however is aimed at the pro wedding photographer who can then shoot HD video & pictures at the same time. I bought a Sony HDR-SR11E HD video camera in June which take stills as well but I agree that given the chip size this is never going to be as good as 4/3rds, APS-C or full frame 35mm. I guess the entry level price is going to be important for Panasonic (and Olympus if it gets into this arena also) as the Nikon D-90 is an amateur priced product. The simplicity of the controls maybe the winner for panasonic.

Ian I was referring to 1920x1080 HD photo recording as per the official leaflet from Panasonic on the DMC-G1 not HD video.
Ah - OK. Not sure I see the point as I'd shoot at full res and then post process as required.

Of course you can shoot in 16:9 (or 3:2) as well as 4:3, so no cropping would be required.

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