A New Form Factor Joins the Mirrorless Fray
Panasonic Hosts Regional Launch in Singapore
Last month, Panasonic Malaysia held a regional launch for its highly compact mirrorless camera, the LUMIX GM1. Being a regional event, no expense was spared as the company hosted a fashion show in conjunction with the launch. Officiating the event was Ichiro Kitao, Director, DSC Business Division, AVC Networks Co.
The Panasonic LUMIX GM1 is the company’s latest mirrorless camera that is launched just months after the flagship LUMIX GX7. The GM1 is equipped with a 16MP sensor, which is the same as the one featured in the GX7. It has very miniscule dimensions – 98.5 x 54.9 x 30.4mm, effectively making it the world’s smallest mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. ISO performance ranges from ISO 125 (extended) to 25,600.
When it comes to video, the LUMIX GM1 is capable of Full HD recording at 60i. It records in AVCHD and MP4 file formats with stereo sound, giving you the ability to record great quality videos. When shooting video, the full-time Autofocus and tracking Autofocus comes into play for videos that are consistently sharp.
For those who like to add creative filters to their photos, you won’t have to upload your photos to a PC to use these filters, because this camera comes with a total of 22 filter effects, including Time Lapse, Stop Motion Animation and Clear Retouch.
This camera will be launched with a new 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that’s specially designed to complement the camera’s diminutive form factor. Other features include a 3-inch touchscreen that has a resolution of 1,036-dots. Similar to Samsung’s NX series cameras, a large majority of functions on this camera is accessed via the touchscreen.
In terms of build quality, you won’t have to worry because this camera comes with a magnesium
alloy frame that feels incredibly solid. There are three dials at the top of this camera: one to change the Mode, one is the power button, and one is an Autofocus Mode dial with a customizable Function button.
One thing to take note of is that this camera has a rather limited battery life. It is rated to be able to shoot up to 230 images (CIPA standard) on a full battery charge. This camera also comes with an integrated flash that’s rated to be GN5.6 equivalent (ISO 200.m) and GN4.0 equivalent (ISO 100.m). Another thing that may interest you is that this camera comes with integrated Wi-Fi functions. When connected to a smartphone or other supported mobile devices, you will be able to operate the GM1 remotely, which is great when taking group shots. This event report can also be found on hardwarezone.com.my at
The entire lineup of fashion models who were present at the event.
Ichiro Kitao, Director, DSC Business Division, AVC Networks Co., delivering the opening speech.
With such a petite form factor, the LUMIX GM1 fits on the palm of your hand!
The Panasonic LUMIX GM1 pictured with the optional grip.