Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 16MP Camera Body with 14-42mm Premium X Power Zoom Lens, 17.3x13mm Image Sensor, 3.0" Touch Enabled LCD, Black

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About Panasonic DMC-GX1

The Panasonic DMC-GX1 16MP Camera with 14-42 Power Zoom Lens (Black) records 1920 x 1080 full-HD video with stereo sound in AVCHD format which is superior in both compression efficiency and friendliness with AV equipment for playback. Advanced AF system including practical full-time AF and tracking AF is available in video recording so that every photographer can enjoy high quality video recording with minimum ease.

As a camera from the new premium line of LUMIX G Micro System, the external design of the camera has been developed with no compromising on grip, dial, coating - everything to detail. The hot shoe on the top lets you attach the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2) of approx. 1.4x (approx. 0.7x), 1,440,000-dot equivalent, 100% field of view. It is now compatible with UHS-I standard for the SDXC/SDHC Memory Card taking its advantage to extend performance.

Panasonic DMC-GX1 Features

  • The 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor plays a big role in high quality image rendering. With the dedicated circuit which reads out signals with minimum noise, the level of noise is significantly suppressed by more than 66%
  • Taking full advantage of the Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine, images to be shot in low-lit situations at max. 12800 high ISO sensitivity setting is stunningly clear with highly sharp resolution
  • In addition to the high-speed signal processing with its 3 CPUs, the image processor Venus Engine boasts its excellent performance with an adoption of noise reduction technology for even higher quality of image
  • By adopting the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the DMC-GX1 features mirrorless structure that eliminates the mirror box and optical viewfinder unit
  • The Intelligent D-range Control offers even more natural looking by optimizing the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully including the blue color of the sky
  • With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas - outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas - are automatically detected the most effective way according to the area
  • As a camera from the new premium GX line of LUMIX G Micro System, the external design of the camera has been developed with no compromising in every detail
  • The Level Gauge lets the camera detect the horizontal / vertical angle of view with its internal level working with the acceleration sensor. Photos shot in a portrait aspect will be automatically displayed vertically whatever lens is used
  • In spite of its compact size, the DMC-GX1's built-in flash has a light intensity that is equivalent to GN7.6 & you can adjust the intensity within a range of ±EV 2 in 1/3 EV steps. It also lets you use 1st curtain sync
  • Meticulous attention was paid to operating ease when designing the DMC-GX1. The body design allows you to freely customize their settings. The DMC-GX1 provides uncompromising performance and delivers the ultimate in intuitive operating and shooting
  • The DMC-GX1 gives you smooth, free, touch-control shooting. When recording, you can operate the auto focus and shutter release at the same time with just a touch
  • The DMC-GX1 has a 3.0-inch 3:2 460,000-dot LCD with a 100% field of view. And a wide-viewing angle that lets you frame your shot in a variety of ways for both shooting and viewing
  • Both the LCD and the optional DMW-LVF2 (Live View Finder) give you a Full-time Live View of what you're shooting with a field of view of approx. 100%
  • The Dust Reduction System in the DMC-GX1 helps eliminate this possibility by placing the Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the Live MOS sensor, between the low-pass filter and shutter. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively
  • The DMC-GX1 features the approx. 0.09 second of ultra high-speed Light Speed AF which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by the synchronization of the lens and the sensor at 120 fps
  • Compared with the phase-difference system AF, the contrast AF of the DMC-GX1 boasts higher accuracy even in shooting at small F value
  • The DMC-GX1 is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format
  • The DMC-GX1 can record videos in MP4 format. This format is suitable for editing videos on a computer or uploading those to websites
  • You can use the Creative Control and Photo Style for shooting videos. It renders highly unique expressions by matching the colors to your subject and surroundings
  • In the iA Plus Mode and the Creative Control, the range of defocus can be adjusted by just moving the slider with your finger
  • You can manually choose from 6 color types to get even more detailed image settings, or to match the shooting situation
  • You can equip the DMC-GX1 with an optional 1,440,000-dot equivalent Live View Finder (LVF) DMW-LVF2 featuring a magnification of approximately 1.4x (0.7x) and 100% field of view
  • In the iA Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose your shot and capture the moment. You just press, aim and shoot
  • The compact 3D-capable interchangeable lens, LUMIX G 12.5mm / F12, allows easier handling and instant 3D shooting with cameras without a special structure for 3D shooting
  • Photos or videos recorded in AVCHD on the SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV

Panasonic DMC-GX1 Specifications

Recording Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
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
16.68 Megapixels
Camera Effective Pixels
16.0 Megapixels
Color Filter
Primary color filter
Dust Reduction System
Supersonic wave filter
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW
MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image Quality
RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
File Size (Pixels): Still Image 1
[4:3] 4,592 x 3,448 (L) [16M], 3,232x2,424 (M) [8M], 2,272x1,704 (S) [4M], 1,824x1,368 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
[3:2] 4,576x3,056 (L) [14M], 3,232x2,160 (M) [7M], 2,272x1,520 (S) [3.5M], 1,824x1,216 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
File Size (Pixels): Still Image 2
[16:9] 4,576x2,576 (L) [11.5M], 3,232 x 1,824(M) [6M], 1,920x1,080 (S) [2M], 1,824x1,024 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
[1:1] 3,424x3,424 (L) [11.5M], 2,416x2,416 (M) [6M], 1,712x1,712 (S) [3M], 1,712x1,712 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
File Size (Pixels): Motion Image-MP4
NTSC: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 30fps (sensor output is 30p) (Approx. 20Mbps), [HD] 1,280 x 720, 30fps (sensor output is 30p) (Approx. 10Mbps), [VGA] 640 x 480, 30fps (sensor output is 30p) (Approx. 4Mbps)

PAL: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 25fps (sensor output is 25p) (Approx. 20Mbps), [HD] 1,280 x 720, 25fps (sensor output is 25p) (Approx. 10Mbps), [VGA] 640 x 480, 25fps (sensor output is 25p) (Approx. 4Mbps)
File Size (Pixels): Motion Image-AVCHD
NTSC: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH: 17 Mbps), [HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) (SH: 17 Mbps)
PAL: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 50i (sensor output is 25p) (FSH: 17 Mbps), [HD] 1,280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p) (SH: 17 Mbps)
Continuous Recordable Time(Motion Image)
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 140 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 150 min with H-H014
Actual Recordable Time (Motion Image)
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 65 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 70 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 75 min with H-H014
Focus type
Contrast AF system
Focus Mode
AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF Mode
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Touch (1-area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint)
AF Detective Range
EV 0 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF Assist Lamp
AF Lock
Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock or shutter button halfway pressed in AFS mode
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, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure Mode
Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual / Auto
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ±5 EV
AE Lock
Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock
AE Bracket
3, 5, 7 frames, in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, ±3 EV
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White Balance Adjustment
Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color Temperature Setting
2,500 K - 10,000 K in 100 K
White Balance Bracket
3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
Shutter type
Focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
Still Images: 1/4,000 - 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 120 seconds)
Motion Image: 1/16,000 - 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16,000 - 1/25 (PAL)
Self Timer
10 sec, 3 images / 2 sec / 10 sec
Remote Control
Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
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
Video SCN Mode
Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Flower / Food / Objects / Low-light / Party / Sunset
(Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Video Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Video SCN mode is recorded in mode suitable for the recording situation.)
Creative Control
(Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / High Dynamic / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect
Burst Speed
SH: 20 frames/sec, H: 4.2 frames/sec (When AFS mode), M: 3 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of Recordable Images
9 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, GN7.6 equivalent (ISO160 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
1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Flash Synchronization
1st Curtain Sync., 2nd Curtain Sync.
Hot Shoe
TTL Auto with FL220 / FL360 / FL500 (Optional)
LCD Monitor type
TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor Size
3.0 inch (7.5 cm) / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
460,000 dots
Field of View
Approx. 100%
Monitor Adjustment
Brightness (7 levels), Contrast and Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels)
Live View Functions
Guide Lines (3 patterns)
Real-time Histogram
Additional Zoom Operation
Touch Zoom (when use power zoom lenses)
H-PS14042 lens and H-PS45175 lens
Digital Zoom
2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion
Still image: Max. 2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Motion image: Max. 4.8x (Magnification ratio depends on the recording quality and aspect ratio.)
Level Gauge
Yes (Built-in 3 shaft accelerometer sensor)
Direction detection function
Function Button (Fn1, Fn2, Fn3, Fn4)
One Push AE / Preview / Level Gauge / Focus Area Set / Photo Style / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / Metering Mode / Flash / Flash Adjust. / I. Resolution / I. Dynamic / EX. Tele Conv. / Digital Zoom / Stabilizer / Sensitivity / White Balance / AF Mode / Drive Mode / Motion Pic. Set / Picture Mode / Histogram / Guide Line / Rec Area
Custom Menu: C1, C2-1/2/3
Yes (Registering personal menu settings)
Playback Mode
Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / Video / 3D Play / Category / Favorite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Favorite, Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
Image Protection
Single / Multi, Single in Burst Group / Multi in Burst Group, Cancel
Image Erase
Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
Direct Print
PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout and Date settings are selectable)
USB 2.0 High Speed
mini HDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Linear PCM
Audio Video Output
Monaural Type, NTSC / PAL, NTSC only for North America
Remote socket
Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Auto
Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
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, Greek, Vietnamese
Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1,010mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Approx. 310 images with H-PS14042
Operating Temperature
0Deg.C to 40Deg.C (32Deg.F to 104Deg.F)
Operating Humidity
10%RH to 80%RH
Lens Construction
9 elements in 8 groups (4 Aspherical lenses, 2 ED lenses)
Nano Surface Coating
Lens: Mount
Micro Four Thirds mount
Lens: Focal Length
f = 14 mm to 42 mm (35 mm camera equivalent 28 mm to 84 mm)
Lens: Aperture Type
7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Lens: Aperture
F3.5 (Wide) - F5.6 (Tele)
Lens: Minimum Aperture
Lens: Closest Focusing Distance
0.2 m / 0.66 ft (14-20 mm), 0.3 m / 0.98 ft (21-42 mm)
Lens: Maximum Magnification
Approx. 0.17x / 0.34x (35 mm camera equivalent)
Lens: Diagonal Angle of View
75deg. (W) - 29deg. (T)
Lens: Filter Size
Dia.37 mm / 1.5 inch
Lens: Max. Diameter
61 mm / 2.4 inch
Lens: Overall Length
Approx. 26.8mm / 1.1 in
Dimensions (W x H x D)
116.3 x 67.8 x 39.4 mm / 4.58 x 2.67 x 1.55 inch (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 413g / 14.59 oz (SD card, Battery, H-PS14042 lens included)
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Compact Powerful Camera

It's great and very suprisely camera that in the compact body have a lot of features such as fast auto focus and AWB, excellent HD video and a full manual control of everything. Power zoom lens is excellent for it size and is most suitable for kit camera but not enough for creative pictures. And the very nice bonus that this camera can work with all old manual focus lenses with suitable adapter on the manual operation.

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The best pocket size camera w/interchangeable lens


The best pocket size camera with interchangeable lens I could find. Can't beat the large sensor and great quality lenses.


Very disappointing.


I currently own a Fuji X100 that I purchased about a year after it was released and I love it. But currently I was seeking something that I could experiment different lenses on. So I went after the Lumix GX1, good price and had amazing reviews when it was released. Good construction, decent LCD, snappy enough... but the image quality is very very disappointing for today's standards. From what I recall, the X100 was released around the same time, and it's IQ is leaps ahead. So I returned it 2 days later and now I'm saving up to get something more recent.


awesome compact camera!


I purchased this camera to have a pocket sized option for times when bringing a full sized camera is impossible. Also intend to use this for street photography, as it is much less obvious compared to an SLR. Considering the size and cost of this camera, its overall capability is a pleasant surprise. If I really want to pick apart the performance, I can say that while high ISO performance is very good, I don't really like the way that Panasonic has chosen to mask noise (smears detail and color, rather than emphasizing chroma noise and "graininess" like some older cameras), I also find myself inadvertently activating buttons on the back of the camera that fall under my right thumb... Another mild annoyance is that it is very easy to change the point of focus by touching the screen, this can be deactivated, but if you choose to use this very nifty option, be aware that you will probably move the focus point unintentionally on a regular basis. Overall, I would rate this as a very powerful photographic tool, with potential to make images that rival DSLRs from a few years back, in a form factor that is much easier to bring along where ever you go. In terms of control, I prefer dedicated function buttons and knobs/wheels over menus and programmable hot keys, but I feel like this camera strikes a nice balance between keeping the camera small and allowing advanced users to take control.


solid camera


I am impressed with this camera, especially how easy it is to use. I use this as an alternative to my DSLR (and comparable if not better than my Canon T2i). I purchased this with the 20mm 1.7 - didn't bother getting the kit lens. Focuses well (I prefer using one-area focus instead of 23-area because it is much more accurate and specifically focuses on what you want focused). Great price on this camera. LCD resolution isn't the greatest compared to many cameras and smart phone.




Great deal and great camera. Perfect for my 20mm m43 lens!


Great price for such a good camera


As a Olympus user, Panasonic GX1 is my first non Olympus 4/3 and m4/3 camera. the holding and two way rear dial is better than all e-pen series not even touch screen for such low price at first glance. It need more time to find surprising of this camera.


Awesome Camera, Cheap Price!


Got an awesome new GX1 for less than most P&S. What can be better than Adoramas awesome pricing?


An Awesome Experience with GX1


GX1 is truly remarkable. It focuses so quick and sharp. Its hybrid feature, manual and touch screen, is very helpful in controlling its functions. The body built is so compact and light for its kind. There are more nice things to say about this awesome machine. Try one and you'll surely enjoy it. I recommend to get familiar with its functions so as to get the best quality photo you truly desire. I love this mirrorless camera. If you are thinking of a travel lens, I would recommend Panasonic 14-45mm instead of the 14-42mm. I highly recommend this product to photo enthusiasts!


Excellent camera!


Excellent all purpose camera in small compact form factor without the DSLR bulk. Fast focusing and nice image quality. High build quality--does not feel cheap. Quite a bargain at current end-of-cycle pricing.


Lumix Camera


Super sharp images and great HD video! Very satisfied with this camera.


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