The LUMIX GX1 Finds the Perfect Balance of Size and Performance Making it the Ideal Everyday Digital Camera for Professionals and Photo Enthusiasts Alike
SECAUCUS, NJ (November 7, 2011) Panasonic today announces its latest Compact System Camera (CSC), the LUMIX DMC-GX1, which joins Panasonics award-winning LUMIX G Series of digital cameras, which are acclaimed for their high image quality with small and compact body and lenses. The new LUMIX GX1 features a 16.01-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine, helping to ensure real-to-life images through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Even in low-light situations and at maximum 12800 high ISO sensitivity, the LUMIX GX1 can produce stunning photos and videos, and because of its compact size it can be easily carried for daily use.
Panasonic expects the LUMIX GX1 to please a lot of photo enthusiasts who have been eager for a technology upgrade comparable to the LUMIX DMC-GF1, which continues to be a very popular digital camera with dedicated followers who appreciate the compact size, yet high quality of photos and video, said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. The LUMIX GX1 is an extremely flexible and capable digital camera with fast AF speeds and outstanding image quality. Plus with a built-in flash and a hot shoe allowing for accessories like an external view finder, the GX1 is a powerful compact system camera that is small enough to be a photographers everyday camera choice.
The LUMIX GX1, like all the models in Panasonics LUMIX G Series of CSC, adopts Contrast AF for its focus system, so focusing is controlled by the image sensor. When compared with the Phase difference system AF, Contrast AF achieves higher accuracy especially when shooting with a bright lens with small F value. For instance, the accuracy of Contrast AF is approximately 90% while Phase difference AF is approximately 60% at F1.4. Additionally, with the precise Contrast AF system, the LUMIX GX1 achieves high resolution through an optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction, thus producing lifelike image rendering and highly precise Auto Exposure and white balance. To further advance the Contrast AF, the LUMIX GX1　incorporates full-area focusing, making it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view. With the LUMIX GX1s 3.0-inch touch LCD screen, frame composition is intuitive and easy.
The LUMIX GX1 features an ultra high-speed Light Speed AF*, which means it can Auto Focus in approximately 0.09 second. This is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by the synchronizing the lens and sensor at 120 fps. Plus, the newly-added focus mode AFF (AF Flexible) locks on the focus when the shutter button is half-pressed, however, if the subject moves, the focusing is reset to get the best results. Combined with the Touch AF control, setting and focusing on the subject is incredibly easy and quick.
The touch-control system of the LUMIX GX1 lets users set the focus on the subject by simply touching it on the large, 460,000-dot wide-viewing angle LCD. Users can even release the shutter by touching the screen. Once locked on the subject with a touch, the LUMIX GX1 tracks the subject, even when it moves, using the AF tracking function. With a touch on the screen, users can select the part and the size of the AF area, choosing from 1-area AF, Multi-area AF with 23 AF areas and Pinpoint AF, which allows extremely precise focus setting.
Despite its compact size, the LUMIX GX1 is extremely intuitive to operate, with an optimized layout of control buttons, a mode dial and dedicated function buttons. Users can customize the two external buttons and two menus tabs to settings they most frequently use so they are easily accessible. In addition, a total of four custom setting patterns can be stored to the cameras model dial one on C1 and three on C2. Furthermore, the LUMIX GX1 was designed to enhance its ergonomics, with a grip that fits naturally and comfortably in the hand, despite its flat profile and compact design. Plus, the LUMIX GX1 has a more tactile texture and the mode dial is easy to turn and features print that is easy to read and wont easily wear.
The LUMIX GX1 can record 1920 x 1080 at 60i, with sensor output of 30p, full-High Definition videos in the AVCHD format which excels in both compression efficiency and compatibility with AV equipment for playback. In addition to the practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets users enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Just by pointing at the subject, the focus is shifted so it stands out. With a dedicated video record button on the top, users can instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without any having to make any extra setting adjustments. Along with the full-HD video capabilities, the LUMIX GX1 also features high-quality sound, recorded with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without having to convert the files.
Other features of the new Panasonic LUMIX GX1 compact system camera include:
A new Level Gauge, which lets the camera detect the horizontal/vertical angle of view with its internal level working with the sensor. In addition, photos shot in portrait aspect will be automatically displayed vertically, regardless of which lens is used.
One Push AE adjusts exposure with a single press of the Fn (Function) button when it is over/under exposed, which is especially useful when shooting outdoors with open aperture or indoors with fast shutter speed.
Dust Reduction System helps to eliminate dust or foreign matter getting inside the LUMIX GX1 when lenses are being changed. By placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor that vibrates vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.
Zoom operation can be controlled with touch control when either of Panasonics new LUMIX X Power Zoom lenses are attached. And the zoom speed can also be adjusted in two steps for more precise control.
Popular iA and iA Plus modes for beginners looking for automatic shooting in both still and video modes.
Increased energy consumption and an approximately 11%** longer battery life when compared to the LUMIX DMC-G3, which also uses the same battery pack DMW-BLD10.
The LUMIX G Series is a robust system of bodies and lenses, featuring a total of 14 Micro Four Thirds lenses including the new power zoom X lens standard zoom lens, telephoto zoom lens, single focal length lens, wide-angle lens, fish-eye lens, macro lens, and even a 3D lens to fit a variety of shooting scenarios and occasions.
The Micro Four Thirds System products are joining todays Four Thirds System products to provide customers with even higher levels of performance in a digital interchangeable lens camera. In addition to LUMIX G lenses, the LUMIX DMC-GX1 can use any interchangeable lens that complies with the Four Thirds System standard via an optional mount adapter for the unlimited number of lens properties. The LUMIX GX1 system camera offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style, including: external flashes, PL filters, ND filters, MC protectors, remote shutter, zoom level, battery packs, AC adaptor, DC coupler, straps, cases, bags and more. Plus, with the LUMIX GX1s hot shoe on the top, users can attach the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2), with approximately 1.4x and 1,440,000-dot equivalent, 100% field of view.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 will be available in black and silver bodies in mid-December and in the following kit options: DMC-GX1-X with the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $949.99; the DMC-GX1-K with the 14-42 standard zoom for an SRP of $799.99; and the DMC-GX1, body only for an SRP of $699.99.
* The time for focusing on the subject is measured with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) to move the lens position to 2m from the infinity position. The zoom is positioned at its widest end. Panasonic measurement method
**Based on a CIPA Standard.
Panasonic Unveils a New Premium Line Up to its ILC series -
The New Interchangeable Lens System Camera DMC-GX1
17 November 2011, SINGAPORE- Panasonic is pleased to announce a new addition to its range of interchangeable lens system cameras from the LUMIX G Micro System range - the premium mirror-less interchangeable lens camera, DMC-GX1.
Engineered to deliver high image quality, the DMC-GX1 sports a 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine, delivering beautifully clear and sharp images. It captures life-like details with excellent resolution through image rendering and colour reproduction even when images are captured in low-light settings.
The DMC-GX1 is built to make capturing fast moving subjects a breeze. It comes with a Precision Contrast AF (Auto Focus) system that has a 0.09 second Light Speed AF.* Consecutive shooting is shot at an impressive 4.2 fps in 16.0-megapixel full resolution, allowing every swift moment, every facial expression to be caught on film to produce a memorable picture. The camera includes a newly added focus mode, AFF (AF Flexible). It locks on the subject when the shutter button is half-pressed, and the focus will reset if the subject moves again, to achieve better results.
As a camera from the new premium line of LUMIX G Micro System, the aesthetic design of the camera has been developed with no compromise on function, namely its grip, dial, and coating. The hot shoe on the top lets you attach the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2). Despite its outstanding compactness, the operation on the camera is smooth and easy with optimum layout of control buttons and the mode dial, turn-and-press dial and dedicated function buttons. It also comes with Level Gauge which lets the camera detect the horizontal/vertical angle of view with its internal level working with the acceleration sensor. Photos shot in portrait mode will be automatically displayed vertically.
Video-recording is made easy as it records in 1920 x 1080 full-HD video with stereo sound in AVCHD format which is superior in both compression efficiency and compatibility with AV equipment for playback. Its advanced AF system includes practical full-time AF and also a tracking AF. This allows even beginners to shoot high quality videos with ease.
Users are also free to express their creativity through the DMC-GX1’s Artistic Color Control Functions and iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus mode, where users are free to enhance their photos with creative filters such as: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect and newly added Low Key and Toy Effect mode.
TYPE Digital interchangeable lens system camera Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC/SDXC memory cards) Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio) Lens mount Micro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSOR Live MOS Sensor Total pixels 16.68 Megapixels Camera effective pixels 16.0 Megapixels Color filter Primary color filter Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter
RECORDING SYSTEM Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2 ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch) Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard) Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File size(Pixels) Still Image [4:3] 4592x3448(L) / 3232x2424(M) / 2272x1704(S) / 1824x1368(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) [3:2] 4576x3056(L) / 3232x2160(M) / 2272x1520(S) / 1824x1216(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) [16:9] 4576x2576(L) / 3232x1824(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1824x1024(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) [1:1] 3424 x 3423 (L) / 2416 x 2416 (M) / 1712 x 1712 (S) / 1712x1712(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
File size(Pixels) Video [MP4 - NTSC]
[Full HD] 1920 x 1080, 30fps (sensor output is 30p) (Approx.20Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps (sensor output is 30p) (Approx.10Mbps)
[VGA] 640x480, 30fps (sensor output is 30p) (Approx.4Mbps)
[MP4 - PAL]
[Full HD] 1920 x 1080, 25fps (sensor output is 25p) (Approx.20Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 25fps (sensor output is 25p) (Approx.10Mbps)
[VGA] 640x480, 25fps (sensor output is 25p) (Approx.4Mbps)
[AVCHD* - NTSC]
[Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH:17Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p)（SH:17Mbps)
[AVCHD* - PAL]
[Full HD] 1920×1080, 50i (sensor output is 25p) (FSH:17Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p)（SH:17Mbps)
Continuous recordable time (Motion images)
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 150 min with H-H014
Actual recordable time (Motion images)
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 70 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 65 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 75 min with H-H014
FOCUS Contrast AF system Focus mode AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/Pinpoint Touch (1- area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint) AF detective range EV 0 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent) AF assist lamp yes AF lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFS mode Others Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
EXPOSURE CONTROL Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot Metering range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent) Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Auto ISO sensitivity(Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step) Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±5EV AE lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock AE bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, ±3 EV
WHITE BALANCE Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/ amber axis or in magenta/ green axis
SHUTTER Focal-plane shutter Shutter speed
Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes)
Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16000 ~ 1/25 (PAL) Self timer 10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec Remote control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
SCENE MODE Still Image SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illiminatioms / Baby 1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset Movie SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Flower / Food / Objects / Low-light / Party / Sunset (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in mode suitable for the recording situation.)
CREATIVE CONTROL (Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Low key / Sepia / High Dyamic / Toy effect / Miniature effect
BURST SHOOTING Burst speed SH: 20 frames/sec, H: 4.2 frames/sec (When AFS mode), M: 3 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View) Number of recordable images 9 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) / Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) / (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
BUILT-IN-FLASH TTL Built-in-Flash, GN7.6 equivalent (ISO 160 ・m), Built-in Pop-up Flash mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second Flash output adjustment 1/3EV Step ±2EV Flash synchronization 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL220 / FL360 / FL500 (Optional)
LCD MONITOR TFT LCD with Touch panel Monitor size 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle Pixels 460K dots Field of view Approx. 100% Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Contrast and Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels) LIVE VIEW functions Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram
ZOOM Touch Zoom (when use power zoom lenses*) *H-PS14042 lens and H-PS45175 lens Digital zoom 2x, 4x
EXTRA TELE CONVERSION
Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Motion image: Max.4.8x (Magnification ratio depends on the recording quality and aspect ratio.)
LEVEL GAUGE Yes (Built-in 3 shaft accelerometer sensor)
DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION Yes
FUNCTION BUTTON Fn1, Fn2, Fn3*, Fn4* *Fn3 and Fn4 are Touch icons on LCD monitor
ONE PUSH AE /PREVIEW / LEVEL GAUGE / FOCUS AREA SET / PHOTO STYLE / ASPECT RATIO / PICTURE SIZE / QUALITY / METERING MODE / FLASH / FLASH ADJUST. / I.RESOLUTION / I.DYNAMIC / EX. TELE CONV. / DIGITAL ZOOM / STABILIZER / SENSITIVITY / WHITE BALANCE / AF MODE /DRIVE MODE / MOTION PIC. SET / PICTURE MODE / HISTOGRAM / GUIDE LINE / REC AREA
CUSTOM MENU C1, C2-1/2/3
Yes (Registering Personal Menu Settings)
PLAYBACK MODE Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/Video/3D Play/Category/Favorite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Favorite, Print set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
IMAGE PROTECTION Single / Multi, Single in Burst Group / Multi in Burst Group, Cancel IMAGE ERASE Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
Direct print PictBridge compatible（Print size, Layout, Date setting are selectable ）
INTERFACE USB USB 2.0 High Speed HDMI miniHDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Linear PCM Audio video output Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market. Remote Remote socket Microphone
Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Auto
Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4 Speaker Monaural
OSD language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1010mAh) (Included) Battery Charger Battery life (CIPA standard)
Approx. 310 images with H-PS14042
Approx. 300 images with H-FS014042
Approx. 340 images with H-H014
Dimensions (W x H x D) 116.3 x 67.8 x 39.4 mm / 4.58 x 2.67 x 1.55 inch　(excluding protrusions) Weight
Approx. 318g / 11.22 oz （SD card, Battery, Body)
Approx. 272g / 9.59 oz （Body only)
Approx. 373g / 13.16 oz （SD card, Battery, H-H014 lens included）
Approx. 413g / 14.59 oz (SD card, Battery, H-PS14042 lens included)
Approx. 483g / 17.04 oz (SD card, Battery, H-FS014042 lens included)
Operating temperature 0℃ to 40℃ (32°F to 104°F) Operating humidity 10% RH to 80％ RH
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Battery Charger, Body Cap, Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 7.0 HD Edition / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE / LoiLoScope (trial version) / USB Driver
* Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher