PANA­SONIC LUMIX DMC-GM1K

Im­pres­sive set of movie cap­ture op­tions in a tiny body. Most ex­pen­sive of the three, and per­for­mance is not sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter to jus­tify the dif­fer­ence.

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Of the three, the DMC-GM1K feels the most like a full-fledged DSLR. Shoot­ing modes are ac­ces­si­ble via a top dial, as is a se­lec­tor for Fo­cus Modes. The Fn1 func­tion but­ton can be set to one of 35 func­tions, and the delete but­ton opens Quick Menu in shoot­ing mode, which al­lows you to ad­just all your shoot­ing pa­ram­e­ters via touch.

The body it­self feels solidly built, with faux leather stick­ers over the front of the cam­era and where the thumb would rest. We ac­tu­ally found that these didn’t help as much, but over­all the cam­era is just about the right size – small enough to be pock­etable, yet large enough to sit nicely in the hand. At 204g (in­clud­ing bat­tery and SD card) the DMC-GM1K has a nice heft to it when you add the kit lens, and the cam­era just feels like it’s built to take a few knocks.

For the large part, the DMC-GM1K has the best de­signed body – with phys­i­cal switches and tex­tured di­als that you can eas­ily feel for. For some rea­son though, the video record but­ton de­fies this con­ven­tion, be­ing noth­ing more than a soft but­ton that’s a lit­tle too deep within its re­cess to be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. You could use the shut­ter but­ton to start video record­ing in Video mode, but be­ing in that mode means you can’t use the shut­ter to take still im­ages while you’re cap­tur­ing video.

When it comes to video op­tions, the DMC-GM1K sim­ply has it all. There’s op­tions for mic level ad­just­ments, on­screen dis­play of mic lev­els, wind cut set­tings, the abil­ity to record in Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) 60p, a silent mode and a built-in tele­con­verter mode, which ex­tends the range of your video zoom with­out no­tice­able im­age degra­da­tion. When en­abled, only a por­tion of the 4,592 x 3,448 sen­sor is used, re­sult­ing in an ef­fec­tive crop of the im­age cap­tured.

We found Pana­sonic’s Im­age app to be the most fully fea­tured, as you can pretty much ad­just all the cam­era set­tings right from your smart de­vice. It’s also the most se­cure, re­quir­ing you to en­ter a pass­word the first time you con­nect. Man­ual fo­cus is avail­able via the app if you so please, and more im­por­tantly, the me­ter­ing is dis­played on­screen (al­beit with a slight lag as the cam­era ad­justs).

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