By adopting the Micro Four Thirds System standard and developing a camera that eliminates the mirror box and optical viewfinder unit, the DMC-G1 revolutionized the world of DSLR cameras in September 2008 as the world's first mirrorless camera.
Combining superb image quality, this made it possible to create a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera that features Full-time Live View, high-speed, high-precision contrast AF, full HD video recording, and more.
The LUMIX G is committed to creating a new photographic culture by continuing to introduce innovative, high-performance cameras and lenses for this new-generation standard.
The LUMIX G features high speed AF system “Light Speed AF” which helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities. You can quickly focus on moving subjects, such as when you're shooting sports scenes or animals.
Conventional AF system
Light Speed AF
The LUMIX G adopts the contrast AF that boasts higher accuracy even in shooting at small F value. The phase-difference AF system is susceptible to mechanical margin of error. However, in the contrast AF system, focusing is controlled by the image sensor so that no mechanical margin of error occurs to achieve precise focusing.
The LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras let you comfortably frame your shots with the LVF (Live View Finder)*1 and flexible free-angle rear monitor*2. The viewing method can also be selected to match your shooting conditions and composition, which makes them ideal for active shooting.
*1 The DMC-GH3, G6 and G5 come with the LVF. For the DMC-GX1, an optional LVF is available.
*2 The DMC-GH3, G6 and G5 come with the free-angle rear monitor. The DMC-GF6 comes with the tiltable rear monitor.
LVF (Live View Finder)
Free-angle rear monitor
The touch-screen operation elevates cameras operability even higher. It includes Touch Shutter for shooting, Touch AF for focusing – even when shooting videos – and Touch-scroll Playback for instant image retrieval.
Both the LVF (Live View Finder) and the rear monitor give you a Full-time Live View of what you're shooting with a field of view of approx. 100%. You can confirm the depth of field and shutter speed effects prior to shooting.
Aperture effect preview
Shutter speed effect preview
With 7 intelligent functions and Intelligent Resolution technology working automatically, the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode*1 makes it extremely easy to take great shots both for photos and videos*2. These features combine the easy operation of a compact camera with the advanced functions of a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera.
*1 Some functions in the iA Mode will not be available depending on the lens that is mounted. The applicable iA Mode functions vary with photos and videos.
*2 The iA Mode is selected from the mode dial for the DMC-GH3.
The LUMIX G complies with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. The features that clearly set this standard apart from the Four Thirds System standard include a flange-back distance (mount-to-sensor distance) that is approx. 50% shorter, a lens mount with an outer diameter that is approx. 6mm smaller, and an increase from 9 to 11 electrical contacts in the mount*.
In addition, not only the camera body but also the Micro Four Thirds lenses are smaller, and this is particularly true for the wide-angle and high-power zoom lenses, while maintaining the superior image quality of the 4/3-type image sensor. The increased number of electrical contacts between the lens and the camera body also allow a variety of new features and system functions.
* Image sensor diagonal dimensions are the same for both Four Thirds System and Micro Four Thirds System standards.
Space is required for the mirror to move, so a proportionate flange-back distance must be provided.
The mirrorless structure needs no space for the mirror to move, and no penta mirror. This makes it possible to shorten the flange-back distance, making the body more compact.
* This illustration is an artist's conception.
* This illustration is an artist's conception.
Using the Micro Four Thirds System standard made it possible to create an innovative mirrorless structure. A compact, lightweight body was achieved by eliminating a number of components that are found in a DSLR camera, including the mirror for the optical viewfinder, the focusing glass, the penta mirror, the distance sensor for phase-differential AF system, and the light sensor for auto exposure.
The distance and light measurements that are conventionally performed by the mirror box are handled by sensors in real time, and highly accurate, high-speed auto focusing is achieved by the use of contrast AF.
The LUMIX G offers the versatile lineup of LUMIX G / LEICA DG lenses based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard. These lenses are revolutionary small and lightweight. Yet image quality is remarkably high, thanks to a fusion of advanced optical technologies and industry-leading digital technologies.
The premium lens brand “X” is newly added to the LUMIX G. Crystallizing Panasonic's optical technologies, it features superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating for minimal ghosts and flaring.
The LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. also features the retractable-type zoom lens for superb mobility. The LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. features the Multi-Actuator Floating Inner Focus System.
*1 35mm camera equivalent.
*2 The firmware update is recommended for more comfortable HD video recording. http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/
*3 35mm camera equivalent in 16:9 (65mm when mounted on DMC-GH2).
When a 35mm camera lens is used on a DSLR camera, sharpness and light intensity can be lost and colors can bleed at the frame edges, where light enters at an angle. Wide-angle lenses are especially problematic since oblique light inclined at a large angle tends to enter the peripheral areas. Not with LUMIX G / LEICA DG lenses. Created exclusively for digital use, LUMIX G / LEICA DG lenses are designed so that light can enter only from straight ahead. You get superb rendering, with images that are bright, sharp and vivid all the way to the corners.
The 4/3-type Live MOS sensor, with its wide dynamic range and low power consumption, and the Venus Engine imaging processor, with its superb noise reduction performance, are essential to the LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera's exceptional image quality in both photo and video.
Linking smoothly with the Live MOS sensor, the Venus Engine processes a large amount of signals at high speed, making it possible to record full HD video.
And Panasonic equipped the LUMIX G with the Supersonic Wave Filter as part of the Dust Reduction System designed to prevent dust and other foreign matter from adhering to the image sensor.
For the hybrid digital camera, recording HD video*1 is no longer an additional function but a right option for saving memories according to the subject and situation. The DMC-GH3, G6 and G5 record high-resolution full HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC area) / 50p (PAL area) videos in AVCHD Progressive, MP4 (DMC-GH3*2 / G6) or MOV format (DMC-GH3).
*1 The DMC-GX1, GF6 and GF5 can record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD or MP4 format. AVCHD: Sensor at 30p (NTSC area) / 25p (PAL area), and recorded at 60i (NTSC area) / 50i (PAL area). MP4: sensor output is 30p (NTSC area) / 25p (PAL area).
*2 Firmware must be updated to the latest version 1.1. http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html
• For Europe, motion images can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. • Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with MP4 is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB. You can check the recordable time on the screen. (For FHD in MP4 format, the file size is large and so the recordable time will drop below 29 minutes 59 seconds.)
• Use a card with SD Speed Class* with "Class 4" or higher when recording motion images in AVCHD and MP4. Also, use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class 10" when recording motion images in MOV. *SD Speed Class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.
With the world’s first* introduction of digital interchangeable lens to make 3D shooting possible with an interchangeable lens system camera, Panasonic proposes to enjoy high-quality shooting in 3D. 3D images are easy on the eyes when viewed on VIERA 3D TVs.
* For a digital interchangeable lens of September 21, 2010.
Photos or videos recorded in AVCHD or AVCHD Progressive on the SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV. Simply insert the card into the SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card slot on VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc™ Player to playback your contents. Alternatively, you can use an optional HDMI mini cable to output photos and videos you took from cameras directly to the TV for VIERA Link. Most of the control is possible using only the TV's remote control.
About HDMI output:
• Requires the optional RP-CHEM15 mini HDMI cable. Please confirm that the TV you are connecting to has an HDMI input terminal compatible with the selected signal. • Depending on the cable used, some functions may not be possible. Panasonic HDMI cables are highly recommended.
About SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card:
• AVCHD motion images or AVCHD Progressive motion images recorded onto an SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card or a DVD disc cannot be played on a device that does not support the AVCHD standard or AVCHD Progressive standard. • SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards can be used only in equipment that is compatible with their respective formats. • If the computer being used does not support SDXC Memory Cards, a message prompting you to format may appear. (Doing so will cause recorded images to be erased so do not choose to format.) If the card is not recognized, please refer to the below support site. http://panasonic.net/avc/sdcard/information/SDXC.html
• The DMC-GH3, G6, G5, GX1, GF6 and GF5 are compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards.
The DMC-GH3, G6 and GF6 integrate a Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n). With the “Panasonic Image App”, you can utilize a smartphone / tablet as another control / monitor to zoom, set focus, shoot and play.
The LUMIX G, breaks new ground in styling too, overturning Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera conventions by giving you a variety of body colors to choose from. In addition, a wide range of accessories has been developed for it. Together, they make it even more fun to own a DSLM camera.
The mount adaptor DMW-MA1 allows the use of a wide variety of high-performance Four Thirds lenses, including Leica D lenses. Naturally, the shooting functions of LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras remain usable with the DMW-MA1 mounted*.
* Lenses that are not compatible with the contrast AF function can be used with manual focusing.
Rather than simply following the old analog format, the Four Thirds Standard was developed specifically to maximize image quality with digital photography. This system is based on an open standard, with all of the flexibility that entails. Manufacturers can use the Four Thirds open standard to create distinctive products that meet your needs.
The LEICA mount adaptors are developed under support of Leica Camera AG making it possible to attach Leica M lenses and Leica R lenses on LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras. This adaptor also allows you to use movable MF assist function which enlarges the selected area when focusing manually. The compatibility information is at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/
• Four Thirds™ and Micro Four Thirds™, and Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union and other countries.
• LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH. The LEICA DG lenses and LEICA D lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG based on the company's quality standards.
• "AVCHD Progressive", "AVCHD", the "AVCHD Progressive" Logo and the "AVCHD" Logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
• HDMI, the HDMI Logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.