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  • Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

    Just got back from the launch of the Panasonic Lumix GM1 - it's only the size of a playing card and is the smallest-yet Micro Four Thirds camera. It shares much of the key componentry of the GX7, including the latest Venus Engine image processor and Panasonic 16MP sensor, but not the sensor-shift IS system. It's a premium build camera with a magnesium alloy body but it's not environmentally-sealed.

    This is what it looks like in one of my grubby mits:



    That's the orange version - which will be available exclusively from Dixons travel shops (airports) in the UK. Elsewhere in the UK there is an all black version and a black and silver top version will be available in other countries.

    To quickly summarise, the GM1 is heavily targeted at young photographers who need a fashion statement camera combined with high image quality and small size. It's £629 with the all-new 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 collapsible kit zoom lens. This has been made with space-saving in mind and there is no manual focus ring but it does incorporate Mega OIS.

    Panasonic is developing a couple of new lenses with the GM1 in mind, including a smaller and lighter 35-100 (no other specifications were available) plus a 15mm f/1.7 for next year.

    Look out for a more in-depth hands-on report from me later including some sample images.

    Questions are welcome of course and I will do my best to answer them

    Ian
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    Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

    I have to say it is quite amazing what they have achieved on the miniaturisation front!

    I'm assuming the 12-32 uses a parking mechanism like the Oly 14-42? If so what happens when you go from 32 down to 12mm? is there a click to stop you collapsing the lens by accident as there doesn't appear to be an unlock catch as per the Oly.

    Also, any idea if you can manually focus the lens on Oly bodies seeing as there's no focus ring? I understand MF is achieved via the screen on the GM1.

    Any idea of the lens price separately?

    PS, that orange colour reminds me of the Oly m43 example body they showed before the EP1 came out!
    E1, EP3, GX1, 14-54 mkII, 70-300mm, m9-18, m14-42, m40-150, m20 1.7, m45 1.8, FL36 & various OM glass. flickr

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    • #3
      Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

      Originally posted by timg View Post
      I have to say it is quite amazing what they have achieved on the miniaturisation front!

      I'm assuming the 12-32 uses a parking mechanism like the Oly 14-42? If so what happens when you go from 32 down to 12mm? is there a click to stop you collapsing the lens by accident as there doesn't appear to be an unlock catch as per the Oly.

      Also, any idea if you can manually focus the lens on Oly bodies seeing as there's no focus ring? I understand MF is achieved via the screen on the GM1.

      Any idea of the lens price separately?

      PS, that orange colour reminds me of the Oly m43 example body they showed before the EP1 came out!
      I know what you mean about the orange colour

      There is a 'detent' feel in the zoom ring as you turn it that signals that the lens is about to be collapsed - it works quite well especially as the there is no manual focus ring.

      As far as I can see you can't focus manually with this lens on Olympus bodies but I will try to get that verified.

      I must admit that as a fashion-oblivious 52-year old I am outside of my comfort zone with the GM1. It's aimed at the cool and trendy set, mainly 22-40 year olds, 50/50 male and female, who have some disposable income and value a camera both as some tech jewelry but also as a high quality image maker.

      But I am certain that the camera is a delight to behold and although you rely heavily on the touch-screen as there is simply no space for too many buttons, it's fairly easy to use.

      Ian
      Founder/editor
      Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
      Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
      Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
      Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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      • #4
        Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

        To me, it seems much like an oly pm-2 sort of camera. But perhaps this is much smaller than the pm-2 with 14-42 ? Is there anything else that makes it different, apart from a different buttonlayout?

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        • #5
          Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

          Originally posted by Joergen View Post
          To me, it seems much like an oly pm-2 sort of camera. But perhaps this is much smaller than the pm-2 with 14-42 ? Is there anything else that makes it different, apart from a different buttonlayout?
          It is considerably smaller and has a magnesium alloy body. The 12-32 lens is designed specifically for it although you can use it on any other Micro Four Thirds body of course. It can also reach 1/16000th second shutter speed in a special mode that involves both the mechanical and sensor shutters. Wifi is standard (although no NFC).

          Ian
          Founder/editor
          Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
          Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
          Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
          Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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          • #6
            Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

            Originally posted by Ian View Post
            There is a 'detent' feel in the zoom ring as you turn it that signals that the lens is about to be collapsed - it works quite well especially as the there is no manual focus ring.

            As far as I can see you can't focus manually with this lens on Olympus bodies but I will try to get that verified.
            Thanks Ian, I'm not likely to buy the body but the 12-32 could be a replacement for the 14-42 as the rumour mill says it's the sharpest kit lens to date... obviously that and price remain to be seen!

            I'm trying to remember the last time I used manual focus on the 14-42, I'm not sure how much of an issue it would be...

            Originally posted by Ian View Post
            I must admit that as a fashion-oblivious 52-year old I am outside of my comfort zone with the GM1. It's aimed at the cool and trendy set, mainly 22-40 year olds, 50/50 male and female, who have some disposable income and value a camera both as some tech jewelry but also as a high quality image maker.
            I'm bearing down on 40 so rapidly heading out of their target demographic!

            It's a shame they couldn't fit in a hot shoe/accessory port and perhaps another dial around the shutter, I'm sure it would have appealed more to the enthusiast crowd if they had...
            E1, EP3, GX1, 14-54 mkII, 70-300mm, m9-18, m14-42, m40-150, m20 1.7, m45 1.8, FL36 & various OM glass. flickr

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            • #7
              Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

              I can see this camera appealing to discreet street shooters and anyone who wants a pocketable camera with a large sensor. All black sounds fine but I wouldn't want the orange version for three reasons:-

              1) It's hideous.

              2) It would immediately identify me as a Dixons' customer and I like to appear a little more discerning than that.

              3) It's hideous.
              View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

              John

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              • #8
                Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

                It's not hideous in real life - it's gorgeous

                Ian
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                • #9
                  Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

                  Originally posted by Ian View Post
                  It's not hideous in real life - it's gorgeous

                  Ian
                  I'll trust your judgement on that, Ian. Sometimes you have to see things in reality to appreciate them properly, but I still find it easier to imagine myself discreetly slipping an all black version into my shirt pocket - is it really that small?
                  View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

                  John

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                  • #10
                    Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

                    Of course, how a camera looks or its colour shouldn't be a major influence on whether to purchase or not, but I must admit to hankering after an Olympus XZ-10 in BROWN ever since it was released.
                    View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

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                    • #11
                      Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

                      Don't know what the fuss about small cameras is. I can get my E-M1 plus 75mm mZuiko into my gilet pocket. OK, it looks like I've got an excited Jack Russell in there, but it fits in.
                      Stephen - www.flickr.com/photos/argyllphotos
                      Olympus OM-D E-M1, E-M5, Zenza Bronica, and an ever-changing nest of lenses

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                      • #12
                        Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

                        I can get my EM-5 with 17mm in the palm of my hand and the 75mm, 12mm and 45mm in the other, but then I can't use any of them 'cos my hands are full !

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                        • #13
                          Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

                          Originally posted by StephenL View Post
                          Don't know what the fuss about small cameras is. I can get my E-M1 plus 75mm mZuiko into my gilet pocket. OK, it looks like I've got an excited Jack Russell in there, but it fits in.
                          Only Dibnah? Not a grouse or two as well? Oh, forgot, you emigrated didn't you?!

                          Ian
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                          Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                          Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                          Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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                          • #14
                            Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

                            Originally posted by Ian View Post
                            Only Dibnah? Not a grouse or two as well? Oh, forgot, you emigrated didn't you?!

                            Ian
                            We have pheasant (and peasant) on the estate here, I'll have you know.
                            Stephen - www.flickr.com/photos/argyllphotos
                            Olympus OM-D E-M1, E-M5, Zenza Bronica, and an ever-changing nest of lenses

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                            • #15
                              Re: Enter the style-factor Panasonic Lumix GM1

                              Any idea how this compares, size-wise, to the GF5? I would love an upgrade to my pocket cam!
                              ~Reggie

                              Nikon D3s | D500 | Nikkor 300mm f/4 PF | Tamron 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 | 70-200 f/2.8 G2 | Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art | 500mm f/4 Sport

                              Panasonic GX8 | GF3 | 20 f/1.7 II | 12-35 f/2.8

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