LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic GM1 has a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen with a resolution of 1,036k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
GM1 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Mirrorless camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (Lumix DMC-G80) (Compare) or Sony Alpha A7 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Panasonic GM1 can shoot continuously at max speed of 5 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/500 sec
. GM1 also has an electronic shutter which can shoot silently at max speed of 16000
. One thing to keep in mind is that electronic shutter may cause rolling shutter effects on your images in certain conditions.
Unfortunately GM1 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Panasonic GM1 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 23 points to choose from. Panasonic GM1 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Panasonic GM1, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60i,50i,24p fps and save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats. Full HD resolution of Panasonic GM1 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video
GM1 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Panasonic GM1 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Mirrorless camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (Lumix DMC-G80) or Sony Alpha A7 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Thanks to the built-in wireless (Wi-Fi)
connectivity feature, Panasonic GM1 lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our GM1. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect GM1 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Panasonic GM1 is powered by a proprietary battery which provides a shooting life of 230 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 364 shots, Panasonic GM1 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend GM1 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras
Samsung NX mini with its 650shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Panasonic GM1 vs Samsung NX mini or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Panasonic GM1 Features Compared to Main Competitors