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Panasonic Adds Flat, Compact DMC-GF1 Camera to Lumix Line

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 digital camera

Panasonic has added the DMC-GF1 to its Lumix G Micro System line of digital interchangeable lens cameras. This model, more compact than its predecessors, has 12.1-megapixel resolution, HD video capabilities and a body that is one-third of the size of previous GF1 models.

In HD mode, the GF1 records in 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution. Video clips can also be shot in Lite movie mode when recording extended lengths of film. In Lite recording mode, users can select from three levels of motion image quality: SH (17 Mbps), H (13 Mbps) and L (9 Mbps). The wind-cut function works to reduce background noise.

Unlike Panasonic's previous interchangeable lens cameras, the GF1 does not contain the pentaprism viewfinder. Having a mirrorless structure reduced the GF1 35 percent in volume and 26 percent in weight.

Artistic filters offered with the GF1 include eight "my color" modes – expressive, retro, pure, elegant, monochrome, dynamic art, silhouette and custom mode. In film mode, users can set the contrast, sharpness and saturation levels for each.

The GF1 also provides 16 scene recognition modes, including a new Peripheral Defocus mode that keeps the subject in sharp focus while gently softening the area around it.

The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode helps correct exposure, aperture and shutter speed while previewing on a 3-inch Intelligent LCD screen.

In addition to Lumix G lenses, the Lumix DMC-GF1 and Lumix G Micro System can use any interchangeable lens that complies with the Four Thirds standard via an optional DMW-MA1 mount adapter, as well as Leica M/R lenses via the optional DMW-MA2M or MA3R mount adapters, giving the user access to a huge range of compatible lenses.

The DMC-GF1 retails for an estimated $899.

Additional Info

  • Company: Panasonic
  • Company Phone #: 800-833-9626