What makes this platform unique is the camera body’s mirror-less design, which allow manufacturers to make smaller cameras while still using larger, DSLR-sized sensors. Additionally, the GH1, like other Micro Four Thirds cameras, has a detachable lens and will accept other lenses with the same lens mount – or even different lens mounts if you use an appropriate adapter.
Another powerful feature for Micro Four Thirds cameras is the use of full time live view. That is, the image that the lens sees passes directly to the image sensor rather than using a mirror to redirect it to the optical viewfinder.
The Panasonic GH1 adds 1080p video capture at 24fps to its predecessor’s spec list. Additionally, the GH1 includes a new superzoom lens, specially designed for this camera – the 14-140mm f/4-5.8 HD MEGA O.I.S. lens. The GH1 was met with a lot of fanfare due to its impressive spec list and overall potential. While there is no doubt that the GH1 offers a lot of versatility and is fun to shoot with, it’s not without a few chinks in its armor. [Read more…]