HONEY, I SHRUNK THE CAM­ERA!

The world’s small­est mir­ror­less cam­era is a pint-sized pow­er­house, says

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Smartshopper New - LIM TSIAO HUI.

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).

ER­GONOMICS

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.

EF­FECTS

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.

PIC­TURE QUAL­ITY

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.

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Ac­tual size of the Pana­sonic DMC-GM1

Look what

snapped we with this cam­era

!

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