The rather wonderful Panasonic GM1 + 45-175mm X lens. Pictures on The Big Screen.




























It's VERY small, smaller than a lot of mobile phones and it takes incredibly good pictures, comparable with much more expensive and much larger cameras. It's easy to use, fast, responsive and truly a 'pocket rocket.' It's the rather wonderful GM1. If you want a go anywhere, unobtrusive and virtually anonymous camera with interchangeable lenses, look no further. I can't think of anything else that has this size to quality ratio. And I include the Sony RX100 in that.

When I bought it, I wondered how long I would keep it, but it's still here and I'm still using it. Last time was a couple of days ago fitted with my 45-175mm X zoom as a telephoto complement to my Nokia 1020 (see pictures above). The zoom is incredibly useful and very underrated. It is in fact very good for both stills and video. It's nice to handle, light, small and makes a nice pair with the 14-42mm zoom. The camera and the lens is gear that doesn't get many peoples attention these days, but both are testament to Panasonic's ability to produce high quality gear with small footprints and relatively low prices.

No good whatsoever of course for those who carry cameras to impress other photographers. No one will be looking enviously in your direction if you carry this combination around. Which is, of course, a perfect situation for me, since I can get on with the important business of creating pictures.

So a great little camera, but one that could be improved. Because some cameras are great as cameras but less than useful as picture creating devices. This below is by no means as good as the GM1 for image quality.


 It's a Samsung Galaxy 2 camera. But then it has this.


Due to my iPad editing my wife Ann and I have decided to stop fighting over who gets to use it and buy an extra one. An iPad Mini. Yesterday we went to have a look at some tablets just to make sure and decided that the iPad has most of what we want and more importantly we know how to use it. So we did a bit of 'showrooming' at PC World and promptly bought it from Amazon significantly cheaper. While doing this I played with the above Samsung. It actually looks and feels very good, but the killer feature is that screen. It's just fantastic. As I've mentioned before all digital cameras should have this.

I used to be very 'sniffy' about using a live view screen to shoot pictures with, but that was before I encountered the wonders of the Nokia 1020. And the Samsung is equally big and clear. So again I've ordered one from Amazon. Now I don't like doing this but everybody else charges £340 or thereabouts for it here in the UK and Amazon charge £250. So a no-brainer really. And yes they may well take over the retailing world and have us all by the bollards, but I'll take advantage when I can at the moment. 

Now from the samples I've seen the Samsung isn't going to blow me away with the sharpness and clarity of it's images, but it will make a nice 'amateur' inconspicuous set with the Nokia. And since I'm going to torture and filter the files within an inch of their lives, it probably doesn't matter much. Anyway I thought I'd give it a try. Will report back when it arrives.

Just to say that I haven't given up on my non-phone cameras either. Far from it, as I'm actually using them in conjunction with my Nokia. And thanks again to Amazon, this time having them in stock before anybody else, I've got a Fuji 18-135mm on the way. So for those of you who thought I'd given up on Fuji, think again. I've decided that rather than decide what to sell and what to keep, at the moment I'm keeping everything. I think the Samsung is my 13th. camera and the Fuji lens, well I've stopped counting! Anyway, some new gear to use and make pictures with. 

And no, my 'ennui' with the photographic internet and it's nerdy gear related ethos hasn't diminished any, I just think I can get some great stuff with the Fuji zoom. After all I'm filtering everything into extinction anyway these days, so I can indulge myself in what I use rather without bothering about the minutae of performance parameters. 



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Sometimes the picture comes to you - Adventures at a folk festival with a Panasonic GM1 and a Nokia 1020.



Last Saturday I happened upon a folk festival going on in a town I visit often, Warwick. The place was full of people in odd looking costumes. If you don't know what Morris Dancng is all about (and it's very English) have a look here.

So I was taking pictures of all these goings on.




I was sitting on a seat thinking everything had happened before I got there and I didn't even know that the event was happening, when I heard drums in the distance. And then a parade of different groups of performers started passing me. 



All of a sudden the above group broke ranks, ran towards me and posed, so that I could take the picture at the top of this post. I turned the camera (my Nokia 1020) round, and showed them the picture. They shouted 'Hooray' and went back into formation. 

The whole thing took a few seconds and felt like it was choreographed, which it obviously wasn't. Afterwards I wondered if that would have happened if I was using a camera other than my Nokia. I also wondered why all my favourite pictures of the past few weeks are taken with this phone. It's not as though I'm using it exclusively, I'm not. For this day I took out my GM1 + 45mm Olympus lens as well.




I have to say that by using the touch screen that combination worked incredibly well and seriously quickly in a crowded, fast moving environment. However it doesn't seem to have quite the magic powers that the Nokia has.

So a couple of 'amateur' cameras working superbly in a difficult environment. Demonstrating, if it wasn't obvious already, that there are times when small light and unobtrusive does the job just as well, if not better, than 'proper' photographic gear. All in all a nice afternoon and all the better for the appearance of the unexpected. 

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Is the Panasonic GM1 a 'better' camera than the Sony A7r??
















All above - Sony A7r and 16-50mm APS-C zoom lens


                                                                                                                                                     

All below - Panasonic GM1 and 12-32mm zoom lens











This post started off with me having a look at the Sony 16-50mm kit lens for the a6000, moved on to a comparison with the Panasonic 12-32mm and ended up as yet another frustrating experience with Sony cameras.

I thought to get an idea of just how good the 16-50mm is I would try it on my A7r in APS-C crop mode. This gives round about the same size file as the a6000 (slightly smaller) and the lack of an AA filter would give some indication as to how sharp it is. Well it's OK. There's a somewhat 'plastic' look to the files. And after using my Zeiss 35mm and 55mm lenses on the a6000 yesterday it was somewhat of a disappointment. Which is, I suppose, how it should be considering the price difference. There are some 100% crops above so you can see what it's like. 

I then thought, OK not great for stills, but how about for video? I can put the A7r in APS-C crop mode and use it to shoot some footage. And here's the first frustration. For whatever reason Sony have decided to make their highest quality video options AVCHD. Now this is for viewing video footage on TV's. There is no MP4 option except for the 'stretched' 1440 x 1080. WHY? Panasonic used to have this AVCHD option only, but they've changed that now. Is this to sell Sony TV's? Who knows but it's very irritating. Now you may have noticed that there are four YouTube clips for the Sony and that's because I can't edit the 50p 28 Mbit/s in iMovie because it won't read them. So in order to show the quality of the footage I had to upload each clip separately to YouTube.

Knowing this is what I what I was going to have to do I had to lock the tripod down firmly and gently press the record button so as not to vibrate the camera to record a smooth clip. Now I would have liked to use my iPad to remote control the camera, but of course I can't because the mickey-mouse Smart (Smart!!!!) Remote control app doesn't let me shoot video. In actual fact it doesn't let me do much at all and is pretty much a waste of time as far as I'm concerned.

Now I've tried really hard to like my Sony cameras, I really have, but I can't. While I appreciate the quality of the sensors and the still image files that are generated, I'm pretty much unimpressed by everything else. The half-hearted attempt at a lens range, the distinctly mediocre quality of many of those lenses, the fact that they put consumer type features in cameras that should be aimed at professionals and enthusiasts and the fact that the whole implementation of the e-series both NEX/Alpha and FE seems half-hearted, rushed out when not properly developed and seems to satisfy neither beginners or those of us who want to use those great sensors to do some serious work. 

There's an interview with Brian Smith, heavy-duty celeb photographer who uses the Sony A7/A7r, on MirrorLessons. In it he writes this - 'It took me two months how to figure out how to set the Control wheel to adjust flexible focus point.' And to me that's typical of Sony. They seem to make things hard that should be easy and I always get the impression that their cameras aren't designed by photographers. I've always though of Sony as a company who listen to what people want and try to provide it. A mirrorless, small 35mm / 'Full-Frame' camera being an obvious example. But then they always seem to go and spoil it by making these cameras frustrating to use. 

Another typical Sony move is the A7s. It shoots 4K video. Well actually it does and it doesn't. Because you have to buy a seriously expensive recording device to capture it. Sony's reason for this? Recording to an internal card makes the camera overheat. So why not wait until they solve that? No, this is Sony. Get it in the shops as quickly as possible. Panasonic seem to be able to record 4K video onto an SD card without the camera catching fire, so why can't Sony?

Speaking of Panasonic it's time to move on to my attention grabbing headline. Is the Panasonic GM1 a 'better' camera than the Sony A7r?? Well in terms of video yes it is. Just look at this.



The quality of the footage this tiny camera produces is spectacular. It's ridiculously sharp and I've done nothing to increase that. It just looks so much better than anything I've been able to get from my A7 or A7r no matter what lenses or codec I use. It also produces MP4 files I can edit with and I can remote control it for stills and video with my iPad. Plus it's obvious to me that the cheap and cheerful 12-32mm lens is sharper than the cheap and cheerful 16-50mm Sony lens. Plus of course I have a pretty good range of m4/3 lenses to choose from. Then there are the 'extras'. Pin point auto-focus and the EX. TELE CONV option which lets me pick out a 1920 X 1080 frame for video which turns my 12-32mm into a telephoto zoom. And of course for stills, there is the electronic shutter. 

So OK, you might agree that the Panasonic has it nailed for video, but surely the Sony is better for stills? Well yes and no. The A7r sensor is amazing. 36MP of resolution and with the right lens in front of it, simply the best I've ever used. But I've still never sold a picture that's used all those 36MP's, so just exactly how useful are they for me? And to be honest I still prefer the look of my m4/3 files to those that come out of my Sony's. And yes I know I can edit them, but that all takes time and shooting the amount of pictures that I do, the time taken per image is important to me. I do have to say however that the A7r jpgs. are superb, but then the time I save using them is somewhat eroded by the fact that since it's a 35mm sized sensor it's much more prone to dust spots and I've already got some I have to clone out. Plus there are worrying reports that some places won't clean the A7 and A7r sensors because they are somewhat fragile and prone to scratching. Someone on Google+ recently told a horrific tale about that. In any case I can get files from my GM1 that will easily print up to A3 and even beyond.

So what about noise you might ask? Well neither the A7 or A7r are particularly great at that anyway. Plus in a previous post - http://soundimageplus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/fuji-x-better-than-m43-for-noise-at.html - I found that for the rare occasions I need to work in low light I can now get some pretty decent results from my m4/3 Panasonics.

Now for the most part all of this is about the A7r (and A7) I haven't had the a6000 long enough to make any real judgements as yet. The video implementation is still the same however, but there is that amazing AF, which I'll certainly be able to put to good use. But going back to the Sony FE's there are three reasons I keep them around and I have to concede, use them a lot and that is resolution, resolution and resolution. It's those MP's on those big sensors that keep me using the A7 and A7r. And I'm sure will mean I use them in the future. But am I alone in thinking that they should and could be so much better in operational terms? 

Snapshooters and facebookaholics don't want or need 36MP. The A7r is a camera for people who are VERY serious about the quality of their images and there is no denying that it delivers on that score. At least if you keep the ISO settings within limits it does. And whether or not the size of the images I create with it help me sell pictures or not, it is undeniably a pleasure to view the files. But I can't shake the feeling that when I'm out with the A7r (and the A7) it's harder work than it needs be and I certainly enjoy myself less than when I'm out shooting with my m4/3 or Fuji X cameras. The A7r for all it's resolution virtues isn't a camera that puts a smile on my face and I'm more liable to be cursing it when I'm using it than thinking how great it is. 

The GM1 on the other hand has been one of the great surprises of my camera buying addiction. I always assumed that I would have sold it by now (I only bought it so as to get the 12-32mm lens cheaper) but it's still here and I still enjoy using it. It's actually my number one camera for video as I think the footage looks marginally sharper than my GX7. In any case it's a lot better for video than I can get from my Sony's and easier to work with. 

Now this is obviously all personal taste and personal requirements. I can appreciate and understand that are probably those for whom the A7r is the perfect camera, or close to it. I can imagine those who shoot tripod mounted landscape photographs in wilderness areas really appreciate the incredible quality in such a small light package. But I shoot in a variety of situations and I often find the layout and menus of the A7r a handicap rather than a help and if I want to work unobtrusively and quietly then the GM1 is worth it's weight in gold in those situations.

So is the Is the Panasonic GM1 a 'better' camera than the Sony A7r?? Well for me in terms of video the answer is a resounding yes. For stills? Well no, but in many situations I find myself in, it's more useful and in all situations it's a lot easier and more enjoyable to work with.

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Fuji X better than m4/3 for noise at higher ISO's - Myth or reality?



By accidentally applying the wrong preset to a m4/3 file I was editing I found that an image I had shot at ISO 1600 was actually less noisy than I was expecting. Hmmmm... I thought. That's interesting. Plus there has always been this feeling nagging away at me that while Fuji X raw files are less noisy at high ISO's, particularly with the OOC jpgs. they are softer, unless I use Photo Ninja or Iridient Developer. But then using either of those does make the files they process look noisier both in terms of luminance noise and colour noise.

Now I'm VERY interested in the Panasonic GH4. Every example of test shots and video footage I see makes me think that this could be a special camera, particularly since my plan is to shoot a lot more video in the future. However, almost every comparison and opinion (including mine) is that the Fuji X is much better at handling high ISO noise than m4/3 cameras. And certainly comparing like for like, using the same settings, that is what I have found. But then I got to thinking, what about if I don't compare like for like? What about if I used the settings I have come up with to get very clean, sharp m4/3 files at low ISO's and adjust them to see if I could come up with some settings that 'equalised' the results between my Fuji X and m4/3 cameras with regard to the noise / sharpness equation. So I did some test shots.


Above are two ISO 1600 jpgs. from my Fuji X100s and Panasonic GM1 + 17mm f/1.8 lens. Clearly the GM1 file is noisier, but also sharper.


In the example above I sharpened the Fuji file which worked, but it is noisier.


Next, I reversed the procedure. The Fuji file is as before the OOC jpg. but this time I applied noise reduction in Photoshop to the GM1 file. As you can see, it's softer certainly but in terms of noise and the overall look not that dissimilar to the X100s.

Then I had a look at some raw files.


Above is a comparison of identically processed raw files. The GM1 file is clearly a lot noisier, but again it's sharper.


My final comparison was with the Fuji raw file left as it came out of Adobe Camera Raw, but with noise reduction applied to the GM1 file. This brings the two cameras much closer together. I still see a cleaner result from the Fuji X camera, but with very careful processing and the application of Photoshop noise reduction this is better than I would have thought. The GM1 file does loose a degree of sharpness, but in reproduction terms for the markets that I sell to, this is negligible. 

Encouraged by this I had a look at some files I shot in museum last summer. I haven't done anything with most of them since I had some refused by a picture library as being too noisy. Even using a Nikon f/1.8 prime fitted to my GH3 with a Metabones speed booster I was still shooting wide-open at ISO 1600. The raw files and the OOC jpgs. for that matter are pretty noisy, but applying what I had discovered above, I got a much cleaner, though softer, result.


There is no doubt that the Fuji X-Trans is better for this kind of work. It's obviously easier and quicker and works 'straight out of the box'. But it wouldn't be difficult to set up a one click preset for getting decent high ISO results from my m4/3 cameras. I just have to get the settings right. 

There is however the fact that Fuji are using in-camera software and post-processing 'background' presets to keep the high ISO noise down. And to my mind this is more important that the fancy sensor array they have come up with. m4/3 and Panasonic in particular have always prioritised image sharpness over low noise and it's not that difficult to come up with some settings that produce similar results to what happens with my Fuji files. To what degree this can be achieved however needs more testing.

What I'm now interested in doing is seeing if I can get results that I'm happy with, using my m4/3 cameras, at what are becoming my preferred settings for my Fuji cameras. I.E. ISO 400 > 800. These are settings I've always avoided with my m4/3 cameras, but I want to see if it's possible to work this way with those. I'll report back when I've done that.

As ever I have to issue my usual disclaimer that this is under no circumstances intended to be some kind of definitive, objective analysis of how these different cameras perform. This is limited to what I shoot, how I shoot and what I shoot with and is something that I'm experimenting with to see if I can get better results from my gear. What I want from a file is not necessarily what others want. So please bear that in mind. 


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Panasonic GX7 and GM1 cameras - Heatwave - Website launch - Lots of editing - The old 'size matters' dilemma.



All above - Panasonic GM1 12-32mm lens





All above - Panasonic GX7 14-42mm and 45-175mm lenses

You may have noticed that recently I've missed a day or two posting, my posts are down to mostly one a day and they are shorter. Currently I'm in a pretty hectic period. I'm doing lots of editing, we are experiencing a mini heatwave so I'm out shooting a lot and as I've been writing for some time I'm in the process of setting up a new business. This is supposed to be launching very soon and the website(s) are going live. I've been heavily involved in sorting those out, setting up all the social media add-ons that are essential for start-up businesses these days and generally involved in discussions back and forth. The fact that this business is not just me, but involves eight people, four countries, three continents and different time zones means I'm not getting a lot of sleep currently. However, I've pretty much finished what I need to do urgently and I have a hiatus just waiting until this is unleashed onto an unsuspecting world before the whole frenetic round of emails, and skype calls starts again. You will of course be the first to know when this sees the light and day. It's been a while since I started something up from scratch like this and while I'm very excited at the possibilities, it does involve a lot of work.

I have managed to get out however. The bottom set of pictures was taken a few days ago when some beautiful light appeared after a day of rain and the top set was taken yesterday when I got out on my bike for a much needed burst of exercise on a very hot day. Both sets of pictures were taken with my small m4/3 cameras and lenses and very nice they are too. I've always liked the GX7 and the GM1 is proving to be a 'pocket rocket'. However, my burst of m4/3 activity may be coming to a temporary end. Firstly, I got an email from Fuji saying my TCL-X100 tele conversion lens for my X100s was in stock and I've just had an email saying it's on it's way. Though with my recent experiences of lost deliveries I'll believe that only when I'm holding it in my hands. So when (if?) that arrives I'll be trying that out. Looking forward to it. 

The other reason is that for my aforementioned business venture, I still have to decide what to do regarding my gear. The m4/3 cameras are great for my stock photography, but I'm going to be back into a situation where I'm working with customers face to face again. Like the situations before when I was shooting weddings, events and commercial work, I'm the 'Pro Photographer' and my expectation is that I will be 'required' to look like one. It's the old dilemma regarding gear, that those who don't live on the photographic internet tend to regard bigger, heavier DSLR cameras and lenses (or cameras and lenses that look like that) as the tools that a 'professional' photographer would use. Plus what I'm doing involves shooting video. And while I'm getting great results using this -

 
for the sake of appearances I may end up using this.


Since, if the business takes off, people will be paying me to to do a job and in fact to be demonstrating my competence and abilities throughout our encounters. And while I'm fully aware that the size of photographers equipment is no indicator of the size of their talent, there are lot's of people who think exactly that. 

And there is a difference between shooting stock photography on my own and working with clients who know me, have used me before and trust that whatever I bring to a job it will be appropriate and working with people that I'm only going to be meeting once for a few hours, which is what this new venture will involve. So, since I'm not going to be returning to an actual DSLR, that leaves the choice between my Fuji X-T1 or Sony FE cameras. Since, as I've discussed before the Sony's are more suitable for video and despite the odd codecs, easier to work with, I suspect that I'll be going with them. One of the reasons I have so much gear sitting on the shelf is that I've been waiting to see how this business idea evolved and whether in fact it would evolve at all. However, it does seem to be going to happen, though counting my chickens is something I gave up doing ages ago, but I'll will probably have to some kind of a decision.

Interesting that when push comes to shove I have no hesitation in choosing a DSLR (or in this case a DSLR lookalike) But then I suspect as a professional photographer I'm far from alone in doing that.

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More with the Panasonic GM1 - 12-32mm and 45-175mm lenses

















In preparation for my new workshop / tour business venture, which is launching very soon, I went out with the Panasonic GM1 again. This time with 12-32mm and 45-175mm lenses, as I wanted to be inconspicuous. And it really is a great camera if you don't want to be noticed. Absolutely nobody took any notice of me.

It really is an amazing little camera and fitted with the two small zoom lenses it makes an incredible 'miniature' package. Outdoors, in good light, it is unsurpassed by any other system for any kind of quality / size comparison. With it's interchangeable lens capabilities it's way more versatile than the Sony RX's. Plus I can switch to stabilised hand held video any time I like and get superb HD footage. 

I've been critical of cameras like this in the past, but then nothing has ever been this good in the past, so I have some excuse. It is still a somewhat strange experience for me using it and it certainly has a street / camera / posing cred ratio of absolute zero. This camera won't get you admiring looks and you'll just be assumed to be some kind of tourist happy snapper using it. But the anonymity that provides is also one of it's great virtues. With it's silent shutter and incredibly fast responsiveness this is surely the real deal for 'street photographers.'

So if you are interested in candid / documentary / reportage photography and you would benefit from being as 'invisible' as possible then you might want to give it a try. But for those who like to pretend that they are candid / documentary / reportage photographers because they feel that gives them some kind of kudos, then I wouldn't bother. No-one will turn their heads when you use one of these.

An absolutely brilliant camera. 

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The Panasonic GM1 - My camera of the year!!!

 All images - Panasonic GM1 12-32mm lens

Nobody will be more surprised than me to learn that the Panasonic GM1 is currently in pole position to be the 'Soundimageplus camera of the year'.

It's too small, too light, has no viewfinder and in terms of my preferences and prejudices is pretty much a 'non-camera'  as far as I'm concerned. An 'electronic matchbox.' And yet I can't stop using it and being constantly impressed at how good it is. The video footage it produces is incredibly good and makes a mockery of what much larger and more expensive cameras produce on that front, but the stills are also pretty nifty too. 

I'm spared the embarrassment of admitting to carrying a camera in my pocket by the rather nice and very useful leather carrying case, but it really is a take anywhere camera. Unobtrusive, silent and capable of being used as a 'notebook' camera that everybody probably thinks is a phone from a distance. 

The pictures above were taken when I was out shopping and though normally I never carry a camera with me when I'm doing that, this time I decided to take the GM1 and got some admittedly unremarkable but useful 'urban landscape' shots. I still have no idea whether I will keep it long term, but I'm not inclined to sell it currently. 

It occurs to me that this and the GH4 are the last two camera releases from Panasonic. Now if that doesn't make them one of the most interesting and innovative camera manufacturers out there, then I don't know what does.

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Plus the Soundimageplus blog is 100% independent. No-one sends me gear to review and I have no relationship with any manufacturer or retail outlet. I buy all the gear I use and write about. The advertisements that appear on this site are generated by Google and I have no control over the content, which differs from country to country. I do make a small income from them, which covers expenses and some small recompense for the time I take to write this, but no more than that. If you like what you read and would like to help me to continue to keep buying stuff to write about then clicking on a few adds will earn me a few fractions of a penny. It will cost you nothing and you don't have to buy anything to contribute a (very!) small amount to my coffers.  

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Panasonic GM1 14-42mm X Power Zoom - Crazy Good!!

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Plus the Soundimageplus blog is 100% independent. No-one sends me gear to review and I have no relationship with any manufacturer or retail outlet. I buy all the gear I use and write about. The advertisements that appear on this site are generated by Google and I have no control over the content, which differs from country to country. I do make a small income from them, which covers expenses and some small recompense for the time I take to write this, but no more than that. If you like what you read and would like to help me to continue to keep buying stuff to write about then clicking on a few adds will earn me a few fractions of a penny. It will cost you nothing and you don't have to buy anything to contribute a (very!) small amount to my coffers.  

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Panasonic GM1 - Bits and pieces.

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Slow Motion cat with 12-32mm lens. As you can see
walking forward in the frame looks better than
walking across it.



Iridient Developer produces really sharp GM1 files from raw.


The GM1 also produces decent jpgs. I would consider using.


No EVF? No problem!! Carry Speed VF-4 LCD Loupe

Also doubles as a sun shade.

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Is the Panasonic GM1 the best outdoors small camera I've ever used?

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Everything shot on Panasonic GM1 - 12-32mm lens - 
Full Auto








Out on my bike, a few stills, a couple of clips of HD video, one held held. Everything on full auto. Upsize the pictures, upload to a picture library, video on YouTube. Painless. High quality in something not much bigger than a matchbox. Easy to use, yet capable of producing files for large-scale reproduction. Access to a large range of quality lenses, touch screen that works flawlessly, wi-fi enabled remote capabilities. Shoot a pro job with one, pretend you used a serious DSLR, nobody spots the difference.

A few posts ago I wrote that this might be the camera than 'converts' me to using something this small. And it may well be the one. I like it and what it produces way more than I thought I would. If I want simple, quick, easy and something that lets me concentrate on shooting pictures rather than fiddling with menus and controls, this is the one I'll pick up now. It's almost a non-camera. It's a box that takes pictures and shoots video. Most of the time I only need to know where the shutter and video buttons are. The camera takes care of the rest. Files that are quick and easy to edit, yet don't compomise in terms of IQ. Can it really be this simple? Is the Panasonic GM1 the best outdoors small camera I've ever used?

You bet it is.







Yes I had one. I don't like the stills quality though. The video was excellent with great stabilisation however. Ultimately it's the small(er) sensor and the amount of pixels they cram on it that puts me off. The pictures are also a bit 'flat' and with rather more luminance noise than I would like.

The real problem I have with it however is the fixed lens. I can use literally 1000's of lenses on the GM1, in addition to the superb Panasonic and Olympus ranges. The question I always ask about any Sony camera is 'What top quality Sony lenses can I use on it' The answer is usually 'Not Many'.




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Manual Focus with Wi-Fi - Panasonic GM1 Nikon Series E 100mm - iPad tethered

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The Nikon Series E 100mm f/2.8 lens I have isn't the sharpest I own. In fact it's got stuff growing inside it! However under the right circumstances and at the right apertures it produces nice results. Even nicer when mounted on a tripod and focused manually using the iPad screen with focus peaking and triggered remotely. This is better than using either the live view screen or the EVF as the image is larger and clearer. The above outfit is so light that I carry it around in one hand with the iPad in my other and can position it, frame the shot and take the picture or shoot the video very easily. So not only is this useful technology, it's useful light technology. 







I've uploaded the images to the blog slightly larger than usual so you see that they are actually quite crisp. I used f/11 mostly which of course means slow shutter speeds at ISO 125 which these are shot at. However using my 3-legged image stabilisation aid, my tripod, the GM1's electronic shutter and triggering that shutter from my iPad any source of camera shake, movement and vibration is completely eliminated. 

Somebody mentioned in a Google+ comment that this is a bit like using a view camera with a large glass screen. And in a lot of ways, even with all the technology involved it is. I must admit I'm becoming quite addicted to seeing the image so large and clear on my iPad screen. It allows me to see both the point of focus and the depth of field I'm getting at the selected aperture better than either screen or EVF. Plus the fact that I'm physically detached from the camera and able to make adjustments is an added bonus. The camera doesn't move so again the whole process is advantageous to producing sharp images.


Shooting video there are advantages also. The footage above is exactly what came off the camera. Completely unedited. I haven't even trimmed the clips at the beginning or the end because there is no vibration caused when pressing the video button. Some of this is shot wide open on the Nikon and as you can see it's slightly soft. I could come up with some BS about how it's 'dreamy' and has a certain quality I like blah blah..... But it's just soft. However the last two clips are shot with the lens stopped down and they are sharper. Plus with a bit of editing and some added contrast to compensate for the flat light, the lens would be capable of some decent results.

Now all of this very small camera, tripod, wi-fi, iPad stuff is completely unexpected. I can't say I was planning this and only tried it out for the first time a couple of days ago. I also can't say I was expecting much, but I've been very pleased with how it has turned out. Apart from anything else it's helping me produce stills and video that requires a lot less editing than my hand-held stuff. The large iPad image makes it very clear whether an image is decently composed, focused correctly and with the appropriate depth of field setting. The Panasonic image app is also so good and so clear and easy to use that it's a further help to the process.  

I certainly would have never thought that this small camera could be so versatile and produce such pleasing results. As I wrote yesterday I've decided to keep it for a while at least and have just ordered some more batteries for it. 

So I have in essence a portable tethered system. One that I can carry around when walking short distances and be able to get superb results from stills and video. And I have the choice of the GM1 or GX7 cameras to do this with. I only have three AF lenses for the cameras currently - Olympus 17mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8 and Panasonic 12-32mm and these are all small and light as well. Now I'm in no hurry to rush out and buy more lenses because I'm getting some great results from those. 

Finally all of this does bring home to me that the quality of the images we can produce depends much of the time not on the actual cameras and lenses we use but the way that we use them. Also the way that we prepare to use them as well. Tripods make lenses look sharper than any IS system, as does selecting the apertures that give the optimum results for any given lens. I doubt anyone would believe the outfit I'm shooting these images on and certainly from their quality clients and the people who buy my pictures would never guess what the camera / lens combination looked like, nor I imagine how much it cost.

It isn't of course an outfit that is able to handle all aspects of photographic work. Obviously this is completey useless for sports and most kinds of high pressure, react quickly situations. But for situations where I as a photographer have a degree of control then this tablet control can be a really significant help. Tablets, iPad's etc. are smaller and less 'static' than computers, including laptops and larger, better quality and easier to operate than phones. Ideal for the location photographer really. There is also the situation that I can review the images on my iPad screen with them still on the card in the camera. Obviously a much better way of seeing if the images are 'right' than using the screen or having to transfer them to a computer. The only drawback I can see is using it in bright sunlight how long the charge in my iPad will last. I can replace the batteries in my camera but I need to charge up my iPad. I'll have to look into some options so that I can charge it up in the car.

I'm really hoping for some sun today so I can go out and test how it works in 'the real world' and in conditions that I shoot most of my pictures. I'll post the results when I'm able to do that.

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Panasonic GM1 - 12-32mm - really rather good

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All images and video - 
Panasonic GM1 and 12-32mm zoom lens
 Video hand held throughout - OIS in the lens
Image Stabilisation added in iMovie

I really had no idea that I would like the Panasonic GM1 and 12-32mm zoom lens so much. It really isn't 'my kind of camera.' However, it produces superb quality for both stills and video and it's fast, responsive and a pleasure to use. Added to the fact that I can remotely control it with my iPad, it's a really versatile camera that produces top class still images and video footage. From it's size and form factor few non-photographers would ever imagine it could be so, but it's easily good enough to cover a range of professional jobs, from travel location photography to studio assignments. And most of that can be achieved using auto-everything.

How much difference is there between this and a GH3 or an E-M1? Well not that much I would suggest and in some cases it's actually better (Olympus video). Have a look at the 'showboating' horse in the video and how well it handles that. Really quite amazing. It has of course thrown up all sorts of questions as to how I'm going to structure my future gear. Can a camera this small really handle what I want to do? Well I think it just might. And there is no way I would have anticipated that. 

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Panasonic GM1 - Wi-Fi and iPad control for video


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Above is my first video using an iPad to control the camera. The Panasonic Image App. has the video button on it as well as the other controls and I was able to focus the 12-32mm lens using it. I was also able to change that focus with the video recording which is what I'm demonstrating above. 

All sorts of advantages here. For example I had the tripod set very low close to the ground. Using the iPad I was able to set it up as I wanted. So rather than have to get into uncomfortable positions to adjust things, it was easy to set things how I wanted and then just press record. The focus switching does jump somewhat but that's easily fixable. 

So a real bonus here. I'm well aware that surveillance systems have these remote control capabilities, but this is a stand alone camera shooting 16MP stills and HD Video. The main problem of course is using the iPad in bright sunlight and that I will have to find a way of dealing with. However, since I can be away from the camera there is always the possibility of finding some shade or finding an angle that is not so reflective.

One of the great things using the GM1 is that I can carry around a pretty light camera + tripod setup. 





This is pretty stable up to a strong breeze and I'll be giving it a try 'in the field'. Now this definitely means that I'll be hanging on to the GM1 for a while, since this offers some great possibilities for some serious tripod mounted stills work as well as video. It makes using a tripod once more an option for me. The days have gone when I could carry a Pentax 645 film camera, three lenses and a tripod up a mountain. However there are many times that using a tripod would be an advantage and I will be exploring some of them. 

As far as I'm concerned this is a genuinely useful example of modern technology. This actually makes what I do easier and offers me options. Too often these things are used for what I would consider somewhat trivial stuff, but this offers real assistance to me as a photographer. Presumably Panasonic will have a similar app. for the GH4, which opens up all sorts of possibilities. 

So a good mornings work. It's always nice to discover something that works so well and is so useful. And I must give credit where it's due to Panasonic, their app. has been flawless so far. 

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Panasonic GM1 - Wi-Fi and iPad control for stills

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I've never seen a lot of point in Wi-Fi connections to send pictures from cameras to mobile phones. It may be a source of amusement to some, but not to me. However, being able to control a camera remotely from an iPad, now you're talking.

I tried this once before with my A7 but it didn't work. Apparently there was some problem with the software. The GM1 proved somewhat easier. It's easy to set up and this great video which I used tells you how to do it much better than I could.



I'd like to take this opportunity to thank David Thorpe for putting this online and the logical way he explains it. Excellent.

And for many shooting situations this is genuinely useful. I gather from reading various articles that not every other camera is quite as simple and straightforward as the GM1 and those of you with more experience of this than me will know how this works on other cameras. 

The iPad app. is free from the app. store and quick and easy to install. Selecting Wi-Fi on the camera generates a password which I typed in on the iPad and I was connected. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how quick and easy it was. 

As you can see from the above pictures I set up my still life with the various items positioned in such a way so that I could tap the screen and make the camera focus on them and take the shot using a very specific focus point. In the images below I've indicated with a white circle what I focused on.


The Panasonic app. seems very well put together. I can change the aperture, ISO, Picture style and White Balance and of course can focus and take the picture without ever having to touch the camera. So all in all it's very useful and I think I've just found a reason to keep the GM1.


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Plus the Soundimageplus blog is 100% independent. No-one sends me gear to review and I have no relationship with any manufacturer or retail outlet. I buy all the gear I use and write about. The advertisements that appear on this site are generated by Google and I have no control over the content, which differs from country to country. I do make a small income from them, which covers expenses and some small recompense for the time I take to write this, but no more than that. If you like what you read and would like to help me to continue to keep buying stuff to write about then clicking on a few adds will earn me a few fractions of a penny. It will cost you nothing and you don't have to buy anything to contribute a (very!) small amount to my coffers.  



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Panasonic GM1 - Raw and jpg. samples

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I'm posting a lot on the GM1 because I may well not have it that long. As I write often m4/3 files are generally pretty similar no matter what camera is used. However, I thought it might be useful to provide some raw and jpg. samples so as you can see what it's capable of. There is a .zip file on Google Drive that you can download here. Referring to the screen grab at the top of the page, the ones in the blue rectangle are taken with the 12-32mm, the ones in the red rectangle with my Nikon Series E 100mm f/2.8. ISO's range from 200 to 800. The 12-32mm shots are at the 12mm and 32mm ends of the zoom and at three different apertures, including wide-open.

No real surprises here. It's what I would have expected. I shot these mainly to see if there was a compelling reason for me to keep the camera and while I like what I see with stills and video, I have the GX7 and I will be keeping to my original plan to keep the lens and sell the camera. 

(N.B. Now I should warn that you won't be able to select the point of focus or change the perspective, so this is REALLY old-school photography. So please try to keep your disappointment in check!!)

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Plus the Soundimageplus blog is 100% independent. No-one sends me gear to review and I have no relationship with any manufacturer or retail outlet. I buy all the gear I use and write about. The advertisements that appear on this site are generated by Google and I have no control over the content, which differs from country to country. I do make a small income from them, which covers expenses and some small recompense for the time I take to write this, but no more than that. If you like what you read and would like to help me to continue to keep buying stuff to write about then clicking on a few adds will earn me a few fractions of a penny. It will cost you nothing and you don't have to buy anything to contribute a (very!) small amount to my coffers.  


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Panasonic GM1 video

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Panasonic GM1 Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens



Well it's definitely m4/3 week here. Top of the page is a sample video shot with the GM1 + Olympus 45mm f/1.8. And very good it is too. I've ignored the panning and stabilisation issues and as you can see mounted the camera on a (my smallest!) tripod and just shot some footage at 1080 and 25fps. As you can see it's really very good indeed, right up there with the best Panasonic can offer that isn't 4K. 

This camera, a couple of lenses and a decent tripod would make an excellent light video outfit. And the size quality equation is very good.

Incidentally, I said yesterday that the GM1 had the best quality in a camera that size. It has been mentioned that the Sony RX100's are around the same size. However I stand by what I said. The RX100's may have all sorts of virtues but for me outstanding still image quality isn't one of them. I've never liked the stills rendition much despite those 20MP and the GM1 is to me superior in the files it produces. Just thought I'd mention that.

I will be selling my GM1 once I get my cashback, but there is no denying it's an impressive little thing. Definitely 'punches above it's weight'.


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Plus the Soundimageplus blog is 100% independent. No-one sends me gear to review and I have no relationship with any manufacturer or retail outlet. I buy all the gear I use and write about. The advertisements that appear on this site are generated by Google and I have no control over the content, which differs from country to country. I do make a small income from them, which covers expenses and some small recompense for the time I take to write this, but no more than that. If you like what you read and would like to help me to continue to keep buying stuff to write about then clicking on a few adds will earn me a few fractions of a penny. It will cost you nothing and you don't have to buy anything to contribute a (very!) small amount to my coffers.  





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The Panasonic GM1 - My Video 'Review'

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OK. Here's a rarity. Me chatting to camera about a camera. I have only done it twice before, but rather than write about it, because of it's size and the 'wolf in sheep's clothing' idea about the whole concept, I thought some kind of visual presentation might be nice. Now if you're expecting the usual wham! bang! run around the features finishing with 'It's Awsome!!' at the end, like other reviewers, then you are in for a disappointment. I do take my time with this. (That's code for longwinded, boring and a cure for insomnia!) so be warned.

It is an unusual camera and when you realise what it's capable of, which is pretty impressive stills and video, then I think it's worth looking at pretty leisurely. (Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!) So anybody thinking that I'm about to do my impression of Kai over at Digital Rev TV should think about watching another review.

Plus, should my page hits for this not go through the floor, I am considering another one for when I get the teleconverter for my X100s and the resulting limited 3-lens system that produces. 

I hope it's not too dull and I certainly enjoyed prattling on about a camera. So what's new!!

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Panasonic GM1 12-32mm zoom lens

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The Panasonic GM1 is a seriously small camera. It's smaller than it looks in pictures. My Blackberry is longer and taller. I bought this kit for the lens, the also very small 12-32mm. It's cheaper to buy a lens in a kit and sell the camera, plus there's an £80 cashback and I got a free Panasonic leather carrying case. I'll sell it on eventually but it might be fun to use it for a while. Since the leather case saves me the ignominy of putting it in my pocket!!! Should make a nice bicycle camera.

I bought it and took it out straight away. Mostly so I could use the lens on my GX7. However I got a few pictures and one video clip before the battery ran out. Takes a nice snap. Usual m4/3 quality.










Video looks promising.



More at some point in the future.



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Panasonic GM1 - So we're back to this nonsense

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Just when you think you've seen the back of 'hampster cams' this turns up. Panasonics camera version of the Derek Zoolander Phone. I'm sorry, but this is everything I hate about mirrorless, m4/3 and digital photography in general. Why a company like Panasonic makes a camera that only a 5 year old can change the controls for is beyond me. If you like this, you deserve to have to (try to) use it. I'd start filing your fingers down now. Now can we get back to something useful Panasonic?


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