Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Review

Overall 40
Imaging 9
Features 27
Size 78
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expands to 3200)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 124 x 90 x 45 mm
  • Weight: 385 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Panasonic GH2.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-GH1 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Jul 10, 2009. This model is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a Four Thirds (18.89 x 14.48 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Panasonic has replaced this product with their most recent model GH2.

In Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #176 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #932 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 772
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Af Tracking: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 has the following external dimensions 124 x 124 x 45 mm (48.82 x 35.43 x 17.72″) with the weight of 385 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 437g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 45mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 — 320 shots
Min: 250 shots
Average: 348 shots
Max: 540 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 — 45 mm
Min: 33 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 93 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 — 385 g
Min: 140 g
Average: 437 g
Max: 625 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 comes with Venus Engine HD processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (18.89 x 14.48 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 3200.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 features a 12.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 64 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 .

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DMC-GH1 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Lumix DMC-GH1 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 allows you to save files in AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-GH1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 provides a shooting life of 320, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 348 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-GH1 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 10. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (18.89 x 14.48 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Large Four Thirds(18.89 x 14.48 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (124 x 90 x 45 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 can be called a 77 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (772)
  • Small battery life (320 shots)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (18.89 x 14.48 mm) sensor
  • Big size (124 x 90 x 45 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 can be called a 69 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.6)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (18.89 x 14.48 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (772)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-GH1
Announced Jul 10, 2009
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 94
Focal Length Multiplier x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 10.5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 64
DxO Color Depth 21.6
DxO Dynamic Range 11.6
DxO Low Light ISO 772
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 18.89 x 14.48 mm
Sensor Area 273.53 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO 3,200
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 385 g
Physical Dimensions 124 x 90 x 45 mm
Battery Life 320 shots
Battery Type 320 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC
Storage Slots 1

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