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Panasonic Newsroom TOPPress ReleasePanasonic Introduces New LUMIX DMC-GF1


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Headquarters News

Sep 2, 2009

Panasonic Introduces New LUMIX DMC-GF1

World's smallest and lightest system camera with built-in flash for creative photography and HD movie recording

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic today announced that it has introduced its newest addition to its LUMIX G Micro System line-up of advanced digital interchangeable lens system cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The new LUMIX DMC-GF1 debuts as the world's smallest and lightest system camera with built-in flash*. The DMC-GF1 features an elegant, compact flat body and combines great performance with ultimate operating and shooting ease. Furthermore, it effectively optimizes the advantages of a system camera to assure outstanding image quality. The new camera is capable of recording vivid still shots, as well as smooth, beautiful motion pictures. It also features the advanced AVCHD Lite movie for recording extended HD movies, networking with other AV devices and recording in the Motion JPEG format for greater compatibility with PCs.

The DMC-GF1 comes with unique functions that include exposure meter, aperture preview and shutter speed preview through the live view. A number of accessories, including the Live View Finder that provides full-time live view, make photography a lot more fun, while expanding the user's artistic capabilities. The camera comes in four attractive body colors: true black, active red, sleek silver, and clean white. Experienced photographers will find the GF1 an ideal everyday camera, while those new to system cameras will see that it gives them the potential to explore realms of photography far beyond the limits of compact cameras.

The DMC-GF1 does not contain the pentaprism found on other standard interchangeable lens cameras. This mirror-less structure allows for an extremely thin neo-classic body design and significantly reduces the size of the G1 by 35% and its weight by 26%. Despite its size, the GF1 comes equipped with a built-in flash and boasts a large, 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle and full 460,000-dot resolution. The Intelligent LCD offers extremely fine, automatic backlight control in combination with high resolution for outstanding viewing in sunny outdoor or dim indoor situations.

Panasonic has succeeded in raising the level of image quality for all LUMIX G Micro System cameras to rival or even surpass that of D-SLR cameras. The 4/3-type 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor in the GF1 offers the best of both worlds - the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor. It can deliver up to 60 frames-per-second Full-time Live View images, while reproducing images with fine detail and rich gradation. The sophisticated LSI separates chromatic noise from luminance noise and applies noise reduction to each, so users can capture beautiful images, even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels.

The DMC-GF1 also features My Color mode with a total of seven preset effects - Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, and Silhouette while inheriting the previous Custom mode that lets users manually set the color, brightness and saturation levels. With the Live View function, users can see how these settings will affect the photo even before they shoot.

The DMC-GF1 can record 1280 x 720 high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite that features long recording time and high compatibility with audio-visual equipment. The action starts at a press of a button while most of the settings for photo recording are managed. Movie recording formats include HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720, QVGA, VGA and WVGA. Beginners can record excellent movies, because the popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available for motion image recording. Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) helps prevent handshake when using high-powered zoom, while Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion so it always turns out beautifully. Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change. Finally, Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality.

The contrast AF system in the DMC-GF1 features the industry's high-speed (approx. 0.3 sec with a Lumix G standard zoom lens H-FS014045.) Users can choose from multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas, 1-area AF with a selectable focus area, Face Detection, and AF Tracking. The DMC-GF1 also has a Quick AF function that begins focusing as soon as the user aims the camera to enable quicker focusing. Continuous AF keeps the subject in focus at all times.

The DMC-GF1 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers and yet is easy for beginners to use, thanks to its improved iA mode. With Face Recognition*, up to six faces can be registered, and up to three can be simultaneously recognized to show their names once registered. When the familiar face appears in the frame again, the camera displays the name of that person and prioritizes focus and exposure so that the face is bright and in sharp focus. In addition to these advanced functions, the iA mode includes fundamental functions users need in a good digital still camera, including MEGA O.I.S., which helps prevent blurring from hand-shake, and Intelligent ISO Control, which reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves as the shot is taken. Intelligent Exposure optimizes the exposure for each part of an image to prevent blocked shadows and blown highlights and ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully. It now features an automatic backlight compensation function that activates whenever the camera detects that the subject is in backlight. Intelligent Scene Selector automatically detects the four most common shooting situations - Portrait, Scenery, Close-up and Low-light - and switches to the appropriate Scene mode. The user can activate all of these functions simply by selecting iA mode.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.77 trillion yen (US$78.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2009. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.


*For a system camera with a built-in flash as of September 2, 2009

  • AVCHD Lite motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD cannot be played on a device that does not support the AVCHD standard.
  • Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds, and Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union and other countries.
  • "AVCHD" and the "AVCHD" logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
  • AVCHD is a new standard for recording HD signals onto memory cards, DVD discs, and hard disks. It uses the H.264 standard to achieve more than twice the compression of conventional MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards.
  • AVCHD motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD disc cannot be played from a device that does not support the AVCHD standard. A disc containing AVCHD-recorded images cannot be inserted into a device that does not support the AVCHD standard. The disc cannot be played on such a device, and it may not be possible to remove the disc once inserted.
  • Lenses other than LUMIX G lenses cannot use the AF Tracking, AFc (Auto Focus Continuous) or Continuous AF functions. Also, when a lens that does not support the Contrast AF function is mounted, operation will automatically switch to manual focus. Confirm the operation information of compatible lenses at Customer support http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc (English).
  • The SDHC Memory Card can be used only if the SDHC logo is indicated on the equipment or in the operation manual. It cannot be used with equipment that supports only the SD Memory Card.
  • Some functions may not work when lenses other than the included lens are used. Please refer to Panasonic's website etc., for the latest information.
  • Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
  • Design, functions, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

DMC-GF1 Specifications
K-Black, R-Red, S-Silver, W-White

TYPE Type Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSOR Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 13.1 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Color filter Primary color filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter
RECORDING SYSTEM Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21), RAW, DPOF compatible
Still Image with Audio: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21) + QuickTime
Motion Image: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File size(Pixels) Still Image [4:3] 4000 x 3000(L), 2816 x 2112(M), 2048 x 1536(S)
[3:2] 4000 x 2672(L), 2816 x 1880(M), 2048 x 1360(S)
[16:9] 4000 x 2248(L), 2816 x 1584(M), 1920 x 1080(S)
[1:1] 2992 x 2992(L), 2112 x 2112(M), 1504 x 1504(S)
Motion Image Motion JPEG [4:3] QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps
[16:9] WVGA : 848 x 480, 30fps
[HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps
AVCHD Lite NTSC [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30fps)(SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps)
PAL [HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25fps)(SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps)
Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 210 min with H-H020 / Approx. 170 min with H-FS014045
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 210 min with H-H020 / Approx. 170 min with H-FS014045
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 110 min with H-H020 / Approx. 100 min with H-FS014045
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 110 min with H-H020 / Approx. 100 min with H-FS014045
FOCUS Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS/AFC/MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing
AF detective range EV 0-18 (F3.5 lens, ISO 100)
AF assist lamp YES
AF lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode
Others Pre AF(Quick AF/Continuous AF),AF+MF, MF Assist(5x, 10x)
EXPOSURE CONTROL Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple/Center Weighted/Spot
Metering range EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / Intelligent ISO
Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±3EV
AE lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed
AE bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±2 EV
WHITE BALANCE White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
SHUTTER Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4minutes)
Self timer 2sec / 10sec / 10sec, 3 images
Remote control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
SCENE MODE Still Image SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illuminations / Baby 1,2 / Pet / Party / Sunset
Movie SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Flower / Food / Objects / Low Light / Party / Sunset
(Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in Normal mode or other related mode.)
MY COLOR MODE My Color Mode Expressive / Retro / Pure / Elegant / Monochrome / Dynamic Art / Silhouette / Custom(Color / Brightness / Saturation / adjustable)
BURST SHOOTING Burst speed 3 frames/sec (High speed) or 2 frames/sec (Low speed)
Number of recordable images 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
BUILT-IN-FLASH Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.0 equivalent (ISO 100•m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV Step ±2EV
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500(Optional)
LCD MONITOR Type Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD
Monitor size 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels 460K dots
Field of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels)
LCD mode Off / Auto Power LCD / Power LCD
LIVE VIEW Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra optical zoom Max.2x
(Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns)
Real-time Histogram
FILM MODE Color Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Nostalgic / Vibrant
Black and white Standard / Dynamic / Smooth
Others My Film1 / My Film2 / Multi Film
PLAYBACK Playback mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow, Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / AVCHD Lite / Motion JPEG / Category / Favorite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Resize, Trimming, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Print Set, Protect, Audio Dubbing
IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
PRINT Direct print PictBridge compatible(Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable )
INTERFACE USB USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI miniHDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Dolby® Digital Creator
Audio video output Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Remote φ2.5mm.
Built-in microphone Monaural, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High
External microphone terminal NO
Speaker YES
LANGUAGE OSD language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese(Traditional), Chinese(Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
POWER Battery ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1250mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger/AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC, DC Cable is required)
Battery life CIPA Standard* :
Approx. 380 images(LCD), Approx. 430 images(optional LVF) with H-H020
Approx. 350 images(LCD), Approx. 400 images(optional LVF) with H-FS014045
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT Dimensions (W x H x D) 119 x 71 x 36.3mm / 4.69 x 2.80 x 1.43 in
Weight Approx. 285g / 10.05 oz (Body only)
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT Operating temperature 0ºC to 40ºC (32ºF to 104ºF)
Operating humidity 10% to 80%
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 HD Edition
SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE
USB Driver
Standard accessories Battery Charger/AC Adapter, Battery Pack, Body Cap,
AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM

*Shooting conditions: 23°C with 50% humidity; LCD on; Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (512MB); Using the supplied battery; Using the supplied lens; Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on (When the optical image stabilizer is set to [Mode1]); Recording once every 30 seconds with full fl ash every second recording; Turning the camera off every 10 recordings; The number of recordable images decreases in Auto Power LCD mode or Power LCD mode. CIPA is an abbreviation of "Camera & Imaging Products Association".

  • Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds, and Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union and other countries.
  • The "AVCHD" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. The "AVCHD Lite" is a subset of the "AVCHD format" for HD digital video cameras with HD video recording restricted to 720P. The new "AVCHD Lite" Logo and the "AVCHD Lite" License are restricted to devices within the AVCHD Video Camera category. Digital cameras have been added to the AVCHD Video Camera category.
  • The "AVCHD Lite" and the "AVCHD Lite" logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
  • AVCHD Lite motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD disc cannot be played from a device that does not support the AVCHD standard.
  • Lenses other than LUMIX G lenses cannot use the AF Tracking, AFc (Auto Focus Continuous) or Continuous AF functions. Also, when a lens that does not support the Contrast AF function is mounted, operation will automatically switch to manual focus. Confirm the operation information of compatible lenses at Customer support http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc (English).
  • The SDHC Memory Card can be used only if the SDHC logo is indicated on the equipment or in the operation manual. It cannot be used with equipment that supports only the SD Memory Card.
  • Some functions may not work when lenses other than the included lens are used. Please refer to Panasonic's website etc., for the latest information.
  • The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.
  • Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
  • Design, functions, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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