Panasonic reveals latest addition to LUMIX G Series: The stylish and ultra-compact LUMIX DMC-GM1

Panasonic unveils its smallest ever Compact System Camera, combining outstanding image quality with compact style

17th Oct 2013

Sydney, 17 October 2013 – Panasonic has announced the launch of its smallest ever LUMIX G Series camera, the LUMIX DMC-GM1. Designed with both aesthetics and portability in mind, the premium DMC-GM1 will provide camera enthusiasts with the latest Compact System Camera (CSC) technology in an incredibly pocket-able package.

The standout feature of the DMC-GM1 is its exceptional image quality, coupled with a suite of innovative features, including a retractable interchangeable lens, built-in flash and Wi-Fi functionality.

Doug Campbell, Product Marketing Manager, LUMIX, Panasonic Australia, said: “The DMC-GM1 is an extremely exciting addition to the LUMIX G range. The design and functionality of the DMC-GM1 is truly groundbreaking in its offering and within such a compact size.”

“With its excellent performance, effortless operation and unique style, the DMC-GM1 will suit a much broader range of consumers – from camera and photography enthusiasts, to people looking to step up to a Compact System Camera, and to those looking for a more stylish yet high quality camera.”

The DMC-GM1 uses the same high-performance image sensor as its recently launched cousin, the DMC-GX7. The DMC-GM1 also similarly displays a highly mobile design, featuring the classic Rangefinder look and elegant aluminium dials.

The new DMC-GM1 also features Wi-Fi connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), offering flexible shooting and instant image sharing functionality using the free Panasonic Image App for iOS/Android smartphones/tablets.

Panasonic has redesigned a number of key features to achieve the DMC-GM1‟s ultra-compact form factor.

  • The shutter uses a motor instead of a spring, shaving a remarkable 80 per cent off the size compared to the DMC-GX7.
  • While conventional CSCs have a two-frame internal structure to support the sensor unit, the DMC-GM1 has a single magnesium alloy frame that maintains strength while reducing overall camera volume.
  • The circuit board has been redesigned to be 30 per cent smaller when compared with the already-compact DMC-GX7.
  • The newly-designed built-in flash has a space-saving design, using a sliding pantograph-style flash that pops up and down vertically.

The DMC-GM1 also debuts with a new kit lens, the LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA OIS that offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-64mm. This wide angle standard zoom lens has an amazingly compact profile, sturdy metal construction and a retractable design.

Panasonic currently offers the largest line-up of interchangeable lenses available in the CSC category, enabling users to maximise the capabilities of the DMC-GM1.

The DMC-GM1 will be available in Australia in December.

Pricing is RRP $999 for the camera which is sold as a kit with the LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA OIS lens. Colours available are silver and black with a silver lens, all black body and black lens, and silver and orange with a silver lens.

Key Features of the LUMIX DMC-GM1

High Image Quality

The DMC-GM1 inherits the same 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine found on the DMC-GX7, producing detailed and sharp images. It achieves higher resolution and higher sensitivity images with less noise thanks to enlarged photodiodes in each pixel and an on-chip lens design. Even images shot in low-light situations are stunningly sharp, and users can dial the ISO setting as high as 25,600.

The DMC-GM1 supports saving images in RAW, and comes bundled with Panasonic's SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.1 SE software to optimise the quality of images converted from RAW to JPEG. Compatibility with the UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed 1) SDXC/SDHC Memory Card allows faster data writing even in RAW recording mode.

Excellent Auto-Focus Performance

All LUMIX G cameras use Contrast AF for focusing, which boasts a higher accuracy than Phase Difference AF, especially when shooting with a bright lens and a wide aperture.

The rapid Light Speed AF makes blurry shots a thing of the past, enabling users to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. It supports high speed burst shooting at 5 frames per second and up to 40 frames per second using an electronic shutter.

AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting to capture moving subjects in continuous focus at 4 frames per secondi, while the Low Light AF offers precise focusing in dimly lit environments such as moonlight without the use of an AF lamp. The DMC-GM1 can even auto-focus at -4EV, which is as dark as a starry sky with no other light source.

Focusing photos is made easy on the 3” high resolution 1036K-dot monitor, which incorporates Panasonic technologies for high outdoor visibility, excellent colour reproduction and a wide viewing angle. Using the innovative Touch AF feature, users simply touch the LCD to focus and lock on the subject. Multi-touch gestures are also supported to enable users to set the focus more precisely by enlarging the touch point. Other features include Pinpoint AF, Picture-in-picture display and One-shot AF.

Further control over focusing can be achieved using Focus Peaking in MF and AF+MF mode, which highlights the areas in the frame that are in focus.

Smooth Video Recording

The DMC-GM1 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution Full-HD 1920 x 1080 50i videos in AVCHD or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) formatii. The camera also supports 1080/24p native mode with 24 Mbps in AVCHD format bringing an impressive cinematic feel to the footage. Thanks to improvements in sensor technology, the sensitivity, sharpness and clarity are also improved in motion images.

Users can enjoy full control over video recording, with P/A/S/M mode and Touch AF for rack focusing. AF tracking locks onto the subject and continues focusing as it moves. High quality sound can be recorded with Dolby® Digital. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind.

New Micro Four Thirds System Lens

Panasonic has designed the new LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA OIS (H-FS12032) for the DMC-GM1, with silver and black colour options to match the camera body.

The MEGA OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) feature makes it easy to shoot clear shots at the tele end or in low-lit situations by suppressing the blur caused by hand shake.

Comprised of eight lenses in seven groups, the new lens system adopts three aspherical lenses that results in a downsized lens unit that still maintains optical performance. The lens is made even more compact by using the fourth and fifth lens groups as the OIS lens unit. To power this lens group effectively, Panasonic has developed a dedicated actuator.

Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. Multi-coated lens elements minimise ghosts and flare to further enhance optical performance.

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and stepping motor, the new LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm lens is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the DMC-GM1‟s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for shooting both photos and videos. It's also compatible with the sensor drive at up to 240 frames per second to take full advantage of the DMC-GM1‟s high-speed auto-focus.

Popular Creative Controls

The DMC-GM1 incorporates 22 Creative Control modes, allowing users to apply a range of filters; as well as offering Time Lapse Shot, Stop Motion Animation and Clear Retouch. Stop Motion Animation enables animation enthusiasts to bring life to still subjects by producing a stop motion video in camera. With Time Lapse Shot, the photographer sets the start time, the interval and the number of pictures to shoot, and the camera automatically records the images. Clear Retouch allows the user to erase the unwanted part of a picture after shooting.

Intelligent Auto Mode and Scene Guide for Beginners

In iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, the camera does all the work, leaving the photographer free to capture key moments. New modes include Intelligent Handheld Nightshot, which combines a series of images for an attractive night scenery shot without using a tripod; and Intelligent High Dynamic Range, which shoots 6 consecutive images at different exposure levels to produce a single image with the optimum exposure, useful in difficult lighting situations.

For less experienced users, "Scene Guideiii" offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the one closest to the situation they are going to shoot and optimum parameters for shooting the scene will be automatically set.

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