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Panasonic Lumix G1 -- An Invincible Camera

Panasonic is an international brand name for Japanese electronic products formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. With this brand name, the company sells plasma and LCD display panels, DVD recorders and players, vacuum cleaners, digital cameras and much more. With several amazing products in line, Panasonic has come up with a new revolution in technology through its new smaller and simple Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera called Panasonic Lumix G1.

Panasonic Lumix G1 comes with a new compact format called the Micro Four Thirds. Micro Four Third uses a 18 x 13.5 mm sensor. The size of the camera will be 124x83.6x45.2mm. Panasonic Lumix G1 comes with a 12.1 Megapixels live MOS sensor. The sensor size is 17.3x13.0mm. The image aspect ratio is 4:3 with an image size of 4000x3000 pixels. We can easily remove the mirror box, prism and optical viewfinder, which get coupled with a smaller lens mount. The Panasonic G1 image stabilization is lens based with impressive mega O.I.S at the left side of the lens barrel.

The lens mount has been reduced in size by 6mm from the standard four third sizes. It has a 23 focus point high-speed contrast detection AF system which includes face detection and tracking modes. This camera has a standard filter size of 52mm. This camera has a small dial for switching the focus system between single shot, continuous and manual focus which gets placed at the left. The ISO sensitivity ranges at 100 to 3200. It has a built-in flash and it contains a supersonic wave filter dust reduction.

We can access the macro feature on the command dial but the interchangeable lens cannot set the lens for macro work. It bears the same focusing ability like the other modes. The macro mode adjusts only the shutter speed and aperture. The shutter speed will be 60sec to 1/4000sec. The aperture range varies from f/3.5 to f/22 (wide), f/5.6 to f/22 (tele). It includes a self timer for delayed shutter release.

At the front of the Panasonic Lumix G1, it contains small focus-assist, self-timer indicator lamp, lens release button, lens mount, rubberized hand-grip and the front control dial. The top deck of this camera contains two switches that surround the mode dial. One to power up the camera and the other to set the drive mode. The flaws of this camera will be its viewfinder which is noisy and jerky at low light. It has an uneven flash coverage at wide angle.

This camera uses contrast-detect autofocus. After a full power flash this camera makes itself ready to flash again in 1.4 seconds. This camera features 3 Frames per second at high speed and 2 Frames per second at low speed. It will capture a shot at 0.37 second at wide angle and a little bit faster at 0.36 second at telephoto. This camera uses a Li-Ion battery. Panasonic Lumix G1 weighs 385g. With nice color rendition and best viewfinder, Panasonic Lumix G1 is compact and user friendly.

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 07:49:52 +0000

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