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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Compact System Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is a relatively fast, mid-size compact system camera that combines the manual override and customizing options that photography enthusiasts demand with the touch-screen controls and wide variety of automatic modes that appeal to relative beginners who want more than a point-and-shoot model can offer. The touch-enabled LCD screen controls many shooting settings without the need to push a button.

The GX1 stores still images in both JPEG and RAW formats, records 1080p/60i full-HD video, and can captures still images from video. It has a built-in, pop-up flash plus a hot shoe (outlet) for power attachments like an external flash.

Prices

(Prices as of 01/2/2013)
GX1        One-lens kit One-lens kit Two-lens bundle Source
(Camera body only)   (14-42mm lens)   (14-42mm premium x series power zoom lens)   (14-42mm & 45-175mm power zoom lenses, 8GB SD card, bag)  
$700$800$950MSRP
$800Costco
$450$500$699Amazon
$449$469B&H Photo Video
$449$449$699Adorama Camera

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$43 Replacement battery (replacement charger $36)
$150-$300+External flash
$190-$225Optional external electronic viewfinder

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 2.67"
Width: 4.58"
Depth: 1.55"
Weight11.22-17.04 oz.
ColorsBlack, silver
Included in BoxBattery charger, body cap, lens cap, lens rear cap, USB cable, shoulder strap, software (PHOTOfunSTUDIO 7.0 HD edition, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, LoiLoScope trail version, USB driver)
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels16.0 MP
Sensor17.3x12.0mm Live MOS sensor (average size for this class of camera)
ViewfinderOptional external electronic live viewfinder ($190-$225)
Monitor3" TFT LCD with touch panel (about 460k dots) and brightness adjustment
Video1080/60i full HD video recording
FlashBuilt-in, pop-up TTL flash; hot shoe (power outlet) for external flash
Shutter Speed60 seconds to 1/4000, bulb (up to about 2 minutes)
SensitivityAuto/Intelligent ISO 160-12800
Exposure ModesProgram AE, aperture priority AE, shutter priority AE, manual, auto
Continuous ShootingUp to 9 images at a speed of 2-20 frames per second (depending on settings) for RAW images; unlimited for JPEGs
Compatible LensesLumix G Micro System (14 interchangeable lenses available in January 2013); any micro four thirds mount lens
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, about 300-340 images per charge
Other FeaturesTouch zoom when using power zoom lenses; 2x or 4x digital zoom
8 creative control settings, still or movie (expressive, retro, high key, low key, sepia, high dynamic, toy effect, mini
17 still image scene modes
11 movie scene modes
Records in JPEG, RAW and MPO (with 3D lens) formats
2- and 10-second (3 images) self-timer delay
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at Shop.Panasonic.com.

Sample Lenses

1. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm lens$200
2. Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. lens (long telephoto/zoom)$230
3. Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 Aspheric G-series lens$355
4. Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 lens$605-$800
5. Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 Aspheric MEGA OIS lens$720
6. Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f4.0-5.8 lens (10X optical zoom)$850
(List as of 01/2/2013)

What People Are Saying:

Critics generally like the Panasonic Lumix GX1 as a sturdy, mid-sized camera with a good range of options and manual controls that makes it a nice step up from a point-and-shoot camera without the bulk, heft and expense of a digital SLR camera. Several critics note that the GX1 comes without a viewfinder, although there is an optional electronic viewfinder ($190-$225) that attaches to the hot shoe outlet. Consumer Reports says the GX1X has a relatively long battery life and rates this model very good for image quality, video quality, ease of use and LUCD quality, but only good (a somewhat mediocre ranking) for flash photos.
  • CNET: "The GX1 may not have retro-tastic looks, but it's a well-designed, really good ILC that's got a lot to offer advanced shooters, as long as you're not trying to capture sports. Definitely try out the power zoom lens before committing to that kit, though."
  • Gizmodo.com: "The GX1 is a sturdy shooter with flexible controls. This is no point-and-shoot camera: It fills up your hands like an old rangefinder. ... What really sets this camera apart, as I mentioned before, is how easy it is to use. Any settings adjustment is always just a quick tap away."
  • CameraLabs.com: "Panasonic's Lumix GX1 is a highly satisfying compact system camera for enthusiasts, especially when equipped with the company's 14-42mm power zoom lens. It's small but well-built and comfortable to hold, and feels responsive too with snappy AF and minimal shutter lag."