Great when shooting RAW in well lit situations. Otherwise...
9 December 2011
Summary: I have mixed feelings about this camera. I traded my E-PL1 for a GH1 because I like the built-in EVF, control dials and the flip LCD. I use it primarily for stills. Despite the higher DxOMark scores of the GH1, I feel like the E-PL1 produces better image quality and greater dynamic range. The GH1 is great for well lit situations, but outdoors, skies tend to get blown out when you expose for the subject.
Summary: Great camera. Small and light. Good camera to replace the regular SLR. Great image quality using the 20mm f1.7 panasonic lens. Better then the hot GF1 especially when used in 3:2 mode iso 10M pixel you stll have 12M pixel. If the handle is a little smaller that will be perfect. O e catch is video has time limit and it will stop on you even you have planty of memory left on the SD card.
Great little camera, video works great with old lenses (with adapters).
18 July 2011
Summary: A great little camera. An excellent starting point for someone interested in DSLR/DIY film-making. Once hacked the sensor gives an amazing image. With the use of adapters for using older lenses, you can kit up a very diverse visual capture device. Add rigging and proper sound and you've got a great setup! The only drawback I've had with the camera is the files it creates.
Summary: I've used this camera for about 9 months now. I could talk endlessly about pros & cons, but they're mostly been covered in other reviews. Instead, here are my top suggestions to any new GH1 user: 1) Remove the neck-strap links from the lugs on the camera body. They make noise (bad for video), plus they torque the lugs, which (according to other reviews) has caused some lug failures.
Summary: If you're looking for a camera capable of high quality photos and also with great video capabilities, then the GH1 should be on your shopping list. It focuses reasonably fast, has more features and controls than some entry-level DSLR's, makes good-looking HD video with continuous auto-focus, and captures high quality sound. The newer GH2 is slightly better in terms of video quality and ergonomics, but I don't feel it justifies the much higher price.
Summary: This review is for the GH1 in shooting video. Stills-wise, it is very good but doesn't compare to the Nikon cameras and lenses we use for production stills so we've rarely used it for photography. As a cinematographer and director making broadcast documentaries, I picked up a GH1 a few months ago as a 'suicide camera' - a lock off camera to use in dangerous industrial areas where we didn't care if it survived or not.
Summary: Cameras are still at a stage where size matters. I own full frame Canon and the images are stunning but the body and lenses fill a large backpack and weigh a lot. For an easy walking around camera I have a Canon G10 which fits in my pocket but is limited to one lens and the images, though surprisingly good in the right circumstances, are not comparable to the big camera. The G10 is almost useless for shooting children or moving subjects.
Summary: Before this camera I have mainly used just point and shoots and was looking for a step up. This camera is pretty much everything I hoped for. With the single exception that the 1080p HD video is only good in some situations. At recording at 17 mbps it too little information to record lots of quick movements in full detail. Thus in those situations you get some blurring.
Summary: I really think Panasonic has hit upon something quite amazing with this "hybrid" camera, though whether or not the video/still capabilities will be worth it to you will depend on how you want to shoot. This is my first DSLR-like camera, but the transition has been nearly seamless after owning several point and shoots, consumer-grade camcorders, and a film SLR over the years.
Summary: With the GH1, Panasonic has succeeded in creating a digital "SLR" for people with tiny hands. The camera looks and feels in perfect proportion if you're a third grader or a very, very tiny adult. As a 6' 2" male, with average sized hands, it's very hard to pick-up or handle the GH1 without inadvertently pressing a button. As a director/cinematographer who primarily works in TV, I purchased the GH1 to shoot inconspicuous "B-Roll".