HONEY, I SHRUNK THE CAMERA!
The world’s smallest mirrorless camera is a pint-sized powerhouse, says
WHAT IT IS
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is a tiny mirrorless camera – it’s the size of a name card, just 2cm thick and 274g. The 16-megapixel, Wi-Fi enabled gadget with both auto and manual functions is handy as a pointand-shoot, but don’t expect to fit it into your jeans pocket – its zoom lens is non-retractable (although interchangeable with compatible Lumix lenses).
It took me a while to get used to the size. Because it’s small, it doesn’t feel as secure as a bulkier camera. Users with bigger hands (like Hubby) will benefit from attaching a hand grip (DMW-HGR1, sold separately) to it. Even with my smaller hands, my thumb kept accidentally activating the controls on the side of the 3-inch screen. It’s really light, but has a solid build so it feels less like a toy.
NAVIGATING THE MENU
The touch screen makes navigation a cinch, but you can use the buttons, too. A swipe lets you scroll through the photo or effects gallery, while a light tap on the screen lets you do common tasks like deleting photos and selecting filters.
SHOOTING WITH IT
Impressive speed. Autofocus was quick and there was hardly any lag between photos – I got clear shots of my rambunctious kids.
Sans flash, it’s usually hard to get nice indoor snaps with my smartphone or compact camera, but it was a breeze with this gadget. I could adjust the ISO and exposure, and my shots turned out sharp and bright. For really dark settings, there’s a built-in flash that’s easily activated with a push of a lever.
A good range of 22 effects to choose from, most of which are interesting, and 17 of them can be applied to videos recorded by the camera. My favourite was Toy Pop, which enhances the contrast of photos to make them look edgier.
I had less use for Scene Guide – a set of 23 situations like Handheld Night Shot, Silky Skin and Appetizing Food. It was too much of a hassle to scroll through the options, but budding photographers might find it useful as a learning tool.
It took great shots for all occasions. Whether it was a cafe brunch, a birthday celebration in the office, a River Safari outing, kids at play or close-ups of furry caterpillars, colours were realistic, and skin tone, natural-looking.
Actual size of the Panasonic DMC-GM1
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