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Brisbane To Sydney and Back In A Day With The Panasonic Lumix GM1

23 November, 2013
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If you are only catching up now with my little adventures this week, you may not just realise that I flew to Sydney and back in just one day for the preview of the brand new Panasonic Lumix GM1. I was soooo excited.  I have been toying with moving from using my iPhone for my day to day picture taking to something of better quality, but I was lost!  Lost in a sea of DSLR’s that just do not work for a busy Mum like me.  What I needed was something small, sleek, tough and functional.

Enter the Lumix GM1, on a fine Sydney spring day.

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The Boronia Tea House on Military Road, which hosted the preview was the perfect setting to try out the soon to be released smallest ever interchangeable lens camera.

This camera clearly steps in between the smart phone you have in your hand and the cumbersome DSLR you would love to be able to use to capture your family, but never have it there at the ready when moments happen.  Making it the perfect camera for families and bloggers.

It is incredibly easy to use, even for a novice like me.  I love the Scene Guides for a fast point and shot option perfect to the situation I wish to photograph.  The ability to simply touch the viewfinder to focus on the correct part of your shot makes it so easy to take an amazing photograph. The option to interchange lens on this camera certainly allows for the more advanced novice photographer to grab amazing shots without  moving to a larger DSLR.

This weekend I have spent a fair bit of time familiarising myself with the GM1.  The thing that I really like about it is that you can throw yourself deep into shooting on different settings to achieve the desired shot you are after OR  you can head to iA OR Scene Guide and not worry yourself with settings.

The only thing that had me confused and wondering if I had a faulty camera, was the flash not working.  A quick read of the operating instructions told me the flash doesn’t work on silent mode.  Which makes perfect sense!  How can you get the perfect stalker shot with a flash going off?!

This is a little of what Panasonic have to say about their new baby.

Wi-Fi Connectivity By simply downloading the free Panasonic Image App, the GM1 can be connected to smartphones and tablets, allowing users to shoot and share right then and there.  This means users can share their high-quality, creative images via email or on social networks.

Intelligent Auto Mode and Scene Guide For Beginners In iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, the camera does all the work, leaving the photographer free to capture key moments.  For less experienced users, ‘Scene Guide’ offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers.  Users can choose the one closest to the situation they are going to shoot and optimum parameters for shooting the scene will be automatically set.

High Image Quality The Lumix GM1 has a 16 megapixel live MOS sensor and Venus Engine resulting in higher resolution and higher sensitivity images.  This means even images shot in low light situations are amazingly sharp, and users can dial the ISO setting as high as 25,600.

Smooth Video Recording The DMC-GM1 records stunningly smooth, high resolution  Full HD videos in AVCHD or MP4 format. High quality sound can be recorded with Dolby Digital and a Wind Cut Function to block out most of the noise from background wind.

Popular Creative Controls The Lumix GM1 has 22 creative control modes, allowing users to apply a range of filters;as well as offering Time Lapse Shot, Stop Motion Animiation and Clear Retouch, making for perfect pictures ready to share.

New Micro Four Thirds System Lens

The DMC-GM1 also debuts with a new kit lens, the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm/f3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGE OIS that offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-64mm.  This wide angle standard zoom lens has an amazingly compact profile, sturdy metal construction and a retractable design.

The DMC-GM1 will be available in Australia in December.  Pricing is RRP $999 for the camera which is sold as a kit with the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm/f3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGE OIS lens. 

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  • Katie charles24 November, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I noticed that little diddy hanging off your neck like a trendy piece of costume jewellery. I am wanting a new camera to capture our pending new addition and my partner’s campdrafting and other adventures. Not knowing much about cameras i wondered if I needed a digital slr – I need something with fast shutter speed cause nobody around here sits still enough for me to focus the iPhone.
    How is it at night? I’ve always struggled with digital cameras at night.
    This time I want they camera I buy to capture tiny details, make us look fantastic ( including removal of any spots, double chins or VPL) & be tough as shit. Is that too much to ask?

    • Mrs MMM24 November, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      I have been exactly the same Katie. The right camera was really eluding me. I was given a Canon Powershot for my birthday last year and have used it only once. It was small but quality was ordinary.

      After only a few days with this little camera I think it is perfect for the novice/amateur photographer. As for night time shooting… I completely had the wrong settings for our night time lawn bowls on Friday and was very frustrated. However, last night for the wedding we were at, I chose a scene guide and they turned out well. Definitely one to have a look and play with Katie 🙂

  • Pier-Yves Menkhoff26 November, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Dear Mummy,
    You are right. The DMC-GM1 is marvelous.
    Please, take a look here >

    Have a nice day.

    • Mrs MMM26 November, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      Love this Pier-Yves, this is such a great camera for taking videos.

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