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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K Kit
16-megapixel digital camera with 14-42mm image stabilizing lens
Item # 133GX1KK | MFR # DMC-GX1KK
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Our take on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K Kit by Crutchfield's Woody Sherman
Your mission: document everything
You're well into hour seven of today's college tour with your high school senior daughter. You've been running the camera all day, taking snapshots and movies and it's still going strong. With all the thoughtful automatic features on the Panasonic Lumix GX1, you'd think you'd be flirting with a drained battery, but this camera sips power at a civilized rate.
That's not all that makes this a perfect choice for a run-and-gun assignment. The touchscreen interface, in combination with the lightning-quick Contrast Detection autofocus, gives you the ability to lock in and compose a sudden photo opportunity in an instant. Heads up! Incoming football.
Glass from a good family
This GX1 comes with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) zoom lens. It's a great choice for day-in, day-out snapshots while on the move. And while it's no slouch when it comes to serving up detailed, crisp images, remember this is a Micro Four Thirds-standard camera. That means compatibility with one of the deepest lineups of fine lenses in the world today.
Meet your advisor
If you're new to the world of interchangeable lens compact cameras, the GX1 has a welcome mat as comprehensive as a freshman orientation Intelligent Auto (iA) modes take care of the details like exposure, focus tracking, face recognition, and scene selection leaving you free to scan the scene for the next image. When you're trying to capture the feel of an institution in one frantic day, that's important.
Independent study options
Of course, most of those features can be controlled manually as well, through carefully thought-out controls and the touchscreen interface. And you have a wealth of creative options at your disposal: Scene modes to optimize the camera settings to your surroundings. Creative Control filters, like "Toy Effect" or "Retro." Photo Style options allow you to specify how your camera will handle colors and noise reduction.
For additional stability, control, and comfort, the GX1 can host an optional high-resolution electronic viewfinder, the DMW-LVF2, via a special electronic port on the back of the camera.
What's in the Box:
- DMC-GX1 camera body (black) with attached body cap
- H-FS014042 LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega O.I.S. lens (with front and rear lens caps installed)
- Lens hood (H-FS014042)
- DMW-BLD10PP Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V/1010mAh)
- DE-A93B Battery charger (8.4V/0.65A)
- Battery charger UL Note
- Adjustable neck strap
- 39" USB cable (with Type A USB connection on one end and a proprietary connector on the other end)
- Panasonic LUMIX CD-ROM software disc
- Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
- Basic Owner's Manual (English/Spanish)
- Basic Owner's Manual (Portuguese)
- Worldwide warranty registration/Service centers sheet
- Panasonic Product Registration card
- 16-megapixel effective recording
- Four Thirds-type Live MOS image sensor (17.3 x 13.0 mm)
- LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 O.I.S. Lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 28-84mm)
- 3X optical zoom
- supplied lens includes optical image stabilization to help keep images and movies blur-free
- high-def movie mode with stereo sound
- 3" (460,000 dot) LCD touchscreen with automatic brightness level adjustment
- optional high-resolution (1,440,000-dot) LVF-2 electronic viewfinder attaches via electronic port below hot shoe on rear
- full-time live view mode for LCD screen and viewfinder lets you instantly see the effects of exposure and white balance settings
- built-in dust reduction system to keep image sensor clean
- 23-area autofocus for accurate, high-speed focusing
- face detection autofocus with face recognition
- built-in pop-up flash
- LCD screen level gauge aids image composition
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- compatible with Micro Four Thirds Mount lenses
- compatible with standard Four Thirds mount lenses (optional adapter required)
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- continuous shooting mode: up to 20 frames per second in lowest resolution, 4.2 frames per second in high resolution (up to 9 RAW frames, unlimited JPEG frames)
- shutter speed range: 60-1/4,000 seconds, bulb (up to approximately 2 minutes)
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 160-12800
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
- auto exposure bracketing: 3, 5, or 7 frames
- white balance bracketing: up to 3 frames, in both blue/amber axis and magenta/green axis
- 11 preset scene modes for movies
- 8 Creative Control filters including Toy Effect
- flash sync at less than 1/160 second
File Formats and Storage:
- still image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG (Fine), RAW+JPEG (Standard), MPO (for 3D lens recording, fine and standard)
- top JPEG resolutions (pixels): 4,592 x 3,448 (4:3); 4,576 x 3,056 (3:2); 4,576 x 2,576 (16:9); 3,424 x 3,423 (1:1)
- high-definition AVCHD movie files with stereo sound
- 1,920 x 1,080 resolution at 60 interlaced frames per second (sensor output is 30p)
- 1,280 x 720 resolution at 60 progressive frames per second (sensor output is 30p)
- MP4 files up to 1,920 x 1,080 at 30 frames per second with stereo sound, 720p and VGA also available
- records photos and video onto optional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB interface
- mini HDMI output (cable not included)
- audio (monaural)/video out (NTSC/PAL)
- input for optional Panasonic wired remote control
- 4-15/16"W x 2-7/8"H x 1-9/16"D (without lens)
- weight (with included lens and battery): 16.96 oz.
- 14-42mm image stabilizing Panasonic lens
- rechargeable DMW-BLD10 lithium ion battery
- battery charger
- shoulder strap
- body cap, front and rear lens caps
- USB and audio/video cable
- software CD-ROM
Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||28-84mm|
|Sensor Size||4/3" Live MOS|
|Highest Resolution||4592 x 3448|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||16.96|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year, 6 mos CCD|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year, 90 days CCD|
Overview: The Panasonic DMC-GX1 is a digital SLR camera that will accept interchangeable lenses with the Micro Four Thirds mount. The camera kit comes with the LUMIX G Vario 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/Mega O.I.S. lens (H-FS014042).
Recording Media: The DMC-GX1 records images onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The camera is compatible with SD cards from 8 MB to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards from 48 GB to 64 GB. For recording movies, cards with a "Class 6" or higher speed class are recommended.
Note: The camera comes with no memory cards, and does not have built-in internal memory.
14-42mm Lens: This camera kit comes with the LUMIX G Vario 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/Mega O.I.S. lens. The lens has a Micro Four Thirds mount and comes with a "flower-shaped" lens hood. Its 14-42mm focal length is equivalent to 28mm to 84mm in 35mm film photography. The focusing distance is 0.99' to infinity. The GX1 can accept other Lumix lenses with the Micro Four Thirds mount.
Extended Tele Conversion/Digital Zoom: The 14-42mm focal length of the supplied lens gives it an optical zoom of approximately 3x. The camera's Extended Tele Conversion can increase the zoom by a maximum of 2x when taking still images and 3.6x when recording movies. The digital zoom can be set to 2x or 4x in the menu.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 4/3" (17.3mm x 13mm) Live MOS image sensor with approximately 16.68-million total pixels and 16-million effective pixels.
Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG and RAW formats. The camera can also record HD movies (1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720) in AVCHD and MP4, as well as Standard Definition movies (640 x 480) in MP4. These movies can be played back on your HDTV using HDMI or on non-HDTVs using an optional AV cable.
Image Quality: You can set the image quality as follows:
- Fine: Low compression; gives priority to picture quality
- Standard: High compression; gives priority to the number of recordable pictures
- RAW: Uncompressed; must be processed on a PC
- RAW + Standard: In addition to the RAW (uncompressed) image, the camera takes a standard equivalent JPEG image simultaneously
- RAW + Fine: In addition to the RAW (uncompressed) image, the camera takes a fine equivalent JPEG image simultaneously
- MPO: 3D photo (requires use of optional 3D lens)
- MPO + Fine: In addition to the 3D image, the camera takes a fine equivalent JPEG image simultaneously
- MPO + Standard: In addition to the 3D image, the camera takes a standard equivalent JPEG image simultaneously
Image Resolution/Compression: You can change the resolution and compression settings to suit the purpose of the image you're about to shoot. You can choose from the following resolutions for still images:
|4:3 Aspect Ratio||3:2 Aspect Ratio||16:9 Aspect Ratio||1:1 Aspect Ratio|
|4592 x 3448
3232 x 2424
2272 x 1704
|4576 x 3056
3232 x 2160
2272 x 1520
|4576 x 2576
3232 x 1824
1920 x 1080
|3424 x 3424
2416 x 2416
1712 x 1712
3D Photos: The GX1 is capable of taking 3D photos when the optional H-FT012 3D lens (item # 133HFT012). You can record 3D photos in 4:3 (1824 x 1368), 16:9 (1824 x 1024), 3:2 (1824 x 1024), or 1:1 (1712 x 1712) aspect ratios. In addition, the camera can record a 2D JPEG image in fine or standard image quality along with the 3D image. A 3D image can only be played back on a 3D compatible TV. You can connect the camera directly to the TV via HDMI cable, or insert an SD card containing 3D images into the 3D compatible TV.
Motion Pictures: In addition, you can shoot motion pictures in AVCHD in 16:9 aspect ratio, and MP4 in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, at the following resolutions and frame rates:
- FSH: 1920 x 1080 (60i recording, 17 Mbps)
- SH: 1280 x 720 (60p recording, 17 Mbps)
- FHD: 1920 x 1080, 30 fps
- HD: 1280 x 720, 30 fps
- VGA: 640 x 480, 30 fps
Optical Image Stabilizer: O.I.S. technology helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots. Gyrosensors built into the lens detect hand-shake, and the O.I.S. lens shifts to compensate, to give you clear blur-free shots. You can turn on the O.I.S. in the shooting menu, by choosing from the following modes:
- Normal: Vertical and horizontal shake are compensated for.
- Panning: Camera shake is corrected for up/down movements; ideal for panning
- Off: Stabilizer does not work. This can only be selected when using a lens without the O.I.S. switch
Battery: The GX1 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (DMW-BLD10PP). When used with the supplied 14-42mm lens, you get approximately 150 minutes of recording time, or about 300 images. When recording movies, the actual recordable time (including starting/stopping, and turning on/off) is approximately 65 minutes. Playback time using the LCD monitor is approximately 240 minutes. The battery takes approximately 120 minutes to fully charge with the supplied DE-A93B battery charger. You can also operate the camera on standard household current when the optional DMW-DCC9 DC cable is used with the optional DMW-AC8 AC adapter.
Touch Panel LCD Monitor: The DMC-GX1 has a 3" TFT color touch panel LCD monitor featuring approximately 460,000 dots. It has approximately 100% field of view. Touch settings include Touch Screen, Touch Tab, and Touch AF. The camera also has an input for an Optional Live Viewfinder (DMW-LVF2).
Microphone: The DMC-GX1 has a built-in stereo microphone on the top of the camera. It is used to record audio when shooting movies, or adding audio to still images already recording. Wind noise can be reduced when recording by using the Wind Cut feature. There is no input for an optional external microphone.
Pop-up Flash: The GX1 has a pop-up flash with a range of approximately 3.29' to 22.4' when the supplied 14-42mm lens is used. An optional external flash, such as the DMW-FL360 (133FL360), can be attached to the camera's hot shoe. Available flash modes include:
- Auto: The flash is automatically activated when the recording conditions make it necessary.
- Auto/Red-eye Reduction: A pre-flash is activated before the main flash to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
- Forced Flash On: The flash is activated every time regardless of the recording conditions.
- Forced Flash On/Red-eye Reduction: The flash is activated every time with a pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
- Slow Sync: When taking pictures against a dark background landscape, this feature will slow the shutter speed when the flash is activated to make the background appear brighter.
- Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction: Same as Slow Sync, but with pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
- Forced Flash Off: Flash is not activated regardless of the recording conditions.
Recording Modes: Using the top-mounted mode dial, you can choose from the following recording modes:
- Intelligent Auto: the camera sets the most appropriate settings to match the subject and recording conditions. Recommended for beginners.
- Program AE: the camera automatically sets the shutter speed and the aperture value according to the brightness of the subject
- Aperture-priority AE: the shutter speed is automatically determined by the aperture value you set
- Shutter-priority AE: the aperture value is automatically determined by the shutter speed you set
- Manual Exposure: the exposure is adjusted by the aperture value and the shutter speed, which are manually adjusted
- Custom Modes (C1, C2): allows you to take pictures with previously selected settings
- Scene Modes: Allows you to take pictures using a setting that matches the scene being recorded: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Architecture, Sports, Peripheral Defocus, Flower, Food, Objects, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations, Baby1/Baby2, Pet, Party, and Sunset
- Creative Control Mode: Allows you to take pictures while checking the image effect: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Toy Effect, or Miniature Effect.
Note: With the mode dial in any of the above positions, you can immediately switch to record motion pictures by pressing the red Motion Picture button on the top panel.
Self Timer: The self timer is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording still images. The delay time for single shots can be set to 10 seconds or 2 seconds. You can also set the self timer to take 3 pictures after a 10 second delay. The second and third picture are taken in two second intervals after the first.
Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -5 EV to +5 EV (-3 EV to +3 EV for motion pictures) in 1/3-step increments.
Auto Bracket: In this mode, a maximum of 7 pictures are automatically recorded by each press of the shutter button according to the compensation range of the exposure. You can choose from the following:
- Settings: Single or burst
- Steps: 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV
- Number of pictures: 3, 5, or 7
- Sequences: [0 / - / +] or [- / 0 / +]
Burst Mode: In the Burst Mode, pictures are taken continuously while the shutter button is pressed:
|Burst Setting||Pictures per second||RAW Files||Maximum Number of Frames||Live View|
|Super High Speed||20*||No||40||No|
|High Speed||4.2||9||Capacity of card||No|
|Middle Speed||3||9||Capacity of card||Yes|
|Low Speed||2||9||Capacity of card||Yes|
* At Super High Speed, the picture size is fixed to Small at all aspects.
White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance modes:
- Auto: automatically adjusts the white balance
- Daylight: for recording outdoors on a bright day
- Cloudy: for recording under a cloudy or shaded area sky
- Shade: for recording outdoors in the shade on a bright day
- Incandescent: for recording under incandescent lighting
- Flash: for taking a picture with flash only
- White Set 1, 2: for using a stored white balance setting taken manually
- Preset Color Temperature: for using a preset color temperature
- Fine Adjustment: you can finely adjust the white balance toward Amber, Blue, Green, or Magenta
- White Balance Bracketing: The bracket setting is based on the adjustment values for the WB Fine Adjustment. Three pictures with different colors are automatically recorded when the shutter button is pressed once.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO sensitivity represents the sensitivity to light in values. If you set the ISO sensitivity higher, the camera becomes more suitable for recording in dark places. When setting to Auto, the ISO sensitivity is automatically adjusted from ISO160 to ISO1600 according to the brightness. In the intelligent ISO setting, the camera will automatically set the optimal ISO sensitivity, according to the movement of the subject and the surrounding brightness. In the Preset ISO mode, you can select a setting between 160 and 12800 in 1 EV or 1/3 EV increments.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
- Multiple: camera measures the most suitable exposure by judging the allocation of brightness on the whole screen automatically
- Center Weighted: used to focus on the subject on the center of the screen and measure the whole screen evenly
- Spot: camera measures the subject in the spot metering target
Focus Modes: You can select one of the following focusing modes:
- AFS (Auto Focus Single): Focus set automatically when shutter button is pressed halfway, and remains fixed while pressed halfway.
- AFF (Auto Focus Flexible): Same as AFS, except that if the subject moves while the button is pressed halfway, the focus is corrected to match the movement automatically.
- AFC (Auto Focus Continuous): While the shutter button is pressed halfway, focusing is constantly performed to match the movement of the subject. Subject movement is predicted.
- MF (Manual Focus): You can focus manually by rotating the focus ring on the lens.
Auto Focus Modes: When one of the Auto Focus modes is selected, you can also apply the following:
- Face Detection: Camera automatically detects a person's face, adjusting the exposure and focus to fit the face, regardless of what portion of the picture it is in. (maximum of 15 areas)
- AF Tracking (Dynamic Tracking): Focus and exposure can be adjusted to a specified subject. Focus and exposure will follow the subject, even if it moves.
- 23-area Focusing: Up to 23 points for each AF area can be focused. This is effective when the subject isn't in the center of the screen.
- 1-area Focusing: Camera focuses on the subject in AF area on the center of the screen. Position and size of AF area can be changed.
Slide Show: Images can be played back in slide show fashion. You can set the duration between images at 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, or 5 sec. You can also set on or off the repeat mode, music, and audio.
Calendar Playback: You can display pictures by recording date using the calendar playback function. If there are multiple pictures with the same recording date, the first picture recorded on that date is displayed.
Playback Zoom: You can view the picture at the original size, or enlarge the picture to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Using the arrow buttons, you can move the position of the zoomed picture in the monitor.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD screen for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. Auto Review lets you choose one of the following settings: Off, 1 second, 3 seconds, 5 seconds, or Hold.
Resizing Pictures: This function is useful if you want to reduce the file size of the picture in cases when it needs to be attached to an e-mail or uploaded to a website. Once an image is resized, you can choose to keep the original image. You can set up to 100 pictures to be resized at one time.
Cropping Pictures: This function lets you crop unnecessary parts of the recorded picture. Motion pictures, pictures with audio, pictures with text stamps, and RAW images (include RAW + Standard and RAW + Fine) cannot be cropped.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is the standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.
Lens Hood: In bright sunlight or backlight, the lens hood will minimize lens flare and ghosting. The lens hood cuts off excess lighting and improves the picture quality.
HDMI: The GX1 has a mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting the camera to an HDMI-compatible TV. A mini-HDMI to full-size HDMI cable is necessary to connect the camera to an HDMI-compatible TV. If connected to a VIERA Link-compatible Panasonic TV, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control. The unit is compatible with VIERA Link Ver. 5.
Digital/AV Out: This proprietary jack allows you to connect the camera to your computer with the supplied USB cable. You can also connect the camera to a TV or other A/V device using the supplied audio/video cable.
Remote/Mic: A 2.5mm sub-mini jack is provided for use with an optional remote control. With the optional DMW-RSL1 remote shutter release you can avoid camera shake when using a tripod, and allows you to to keep the shutter pressed fully when taking pictures in the Bulb or Burst mode.
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 7.0 HD Edition (Windows XP/Vista/7 only): This software allows you to acquire pictures to the PC, and categorize the acquired pictures by their recording date or the model name of the camera used. You can also resize pictures, add effects, and load AVCHD movies to burn to DVD. Compatible with:
- Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit) or SP1
- Windows Vista (32-bit) or SP1/SP2
- Windows XP (32-bit) or SP2/SP3
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE: This is software to edit RAW format images. Using RAW files recorded on this camera allows images to be edited with a higher quality and saved in a format (JPEG, TIFF) that can be displayed on a PC. Compatible with: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP; Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5, v10.6, or v10.7.
Super LoiLoScope 30 Day Full Trial Version: Super LoiLoScope is a video editing software that draws out the full power of your PC. You can incorporate your music, picture, and video files to create videos to share with friends and family by burning it to a DVD, uploading it to websites, or simply share your videos via email. Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP.
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