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First introduced as a prototype at Photokina 2008, the Lumix DMC-GH1 is a Micro Four Thirds camera by Panasonic.

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Pros

stereo microphone for video recording

7 agree

auto-focus can be used while recording video

7 agree

1080p video with silent auto-focus - does not interfere with sound recording (but requires special lenses)

6 agree

Full HDTV 1080/24p video recording

6 agree

light-weight camera, useful for 1080p recording by hand

5 agree

1080p video with seamless aperture adjustment

5 agree

Multi-angle swing and tilt LCD monitor- good for photos and indispensable for video

5 agree

Decent wide range Vario 14-140mm lens

3 agree

face recognition for photo and video: remembers name and birth date of person

2 agree

Both automatic and fully controllable Full HD video: easy control of aperture and exposure and other settings

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intelligent autofocus for video to follow faces or animals

2 agree

smart eye finder that allows preview with individual settings (aperture, exposure time, ...)

2 agree

Different body colours

1 agrees

firmware can be hacked for improved HD video quality

1 agrees

Very user friendly, a great camera for beginners wanting to take a big step up from normal compact cameras.

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Cons

double the price of the standard DMC-G1

4 agree

no improvement over the DMC-G1 if video is unimportant

4 agree

only 1080p24. 1080p30 or 1080p60 would be nicer

4 agree

1080p has bad compression artefacts.

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First introduced as a prototype at Photokina 2008, the Lumix DMC-GH1 is a Micro Four Thirds camera by Panasonic, and their first with full HD video capabilities. Following the well received DMC-G1, the DMC-GH1 shares the same body and interfaces as the earlier model, and thus owners of the original would feel at home with the DMC-GH1 almost instantly. The device however does vary from the original - with the largest distinction being a completely different 14MP sensor and video functionality. Of course, to accommodate the devices new 1080/60p video mode several small changes have been made - a stereo microphone built-in to the flash mount, a video mode selection on the mode dial, and a red record button. The camera's I/O has also been improved to accomodate the video mode - including a mini-HDMI and mic-in jack. The camera will be available in June for $1500 with an included LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens.

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