Friday, May 1, 2009

NYTimes reviews the Panasonic GH1

The Panasonic GH1 is a Micro 4/3rds camera that has had high expectations for a while. Tech guru David Pogue over at the NYTimes has reviewed the GH1 already and for the most part it seems very positive.

The GH1, which comes out at the end of May for $1500 with a lens, features 12MP (although the sensor is 14MP) images, 1080p HD video at 24p, 720p HD video, and stereo microphones (plus a headphone jack.) Pogue notes that Canon and Nikon were the first to offer HD video in digital SLR cameras and that now Panasonic has gone further with allowing for better auto-focusing while filming. Additionally, the Panasonic GH1 allows users to film clips for as long as they would like to. In contrast, the Canon and Nikon versions only permit filming for a certain amount of time.

However, the camera isn’t all perfect. Pogue notes that, “a lever around the mode dial makes it far too easy to turn on exposure bracketing. That’s where the exposure level varies three times in successive shots, ensuring that at least one of them will look right. Unfortunately, if you turn it on accidentally, then two of every three pictures you take will be over- or underexposed.”

Read more over at the NYTimes. Decide for yourself if the buy will be worth it for this summer’s travels.

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