Panasonic GH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 front
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 3200)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 385g - 124 x 90 x 45mm
  • Introduced July 2009
  • New Model is Panasonic GH2
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic GH1 summary

Panasonic GH1 is Panasonic's Advanced Mirrorless camera initially released on July of 2009. The camera includes a 12MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Panasonic introduced the fresher Panasonic GH2 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this camera.

The GH1 is placed #56 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and over-all #409 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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Panasonic GH1 family

The Panasonic GH1 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the full list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH6 front thumbnailPanasonic GH6
GH1 vs GH6
25MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5-II front thumbnailPanasonic GH5 II
GH1 vs GH5 II
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GH1 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
GH1 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GH1 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5S front thumbnailPanasonic GH5S
GH1 vs GH5S
10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G9 front thumbnailPanasonic G9
GH1 vs G9
20MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH5 front thumbnailPanasonic GH5
GH1 vs GH5
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
GH1 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GH1 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GH1 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
GH1 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH4 front thumbnailPanasonic GH4
GH1 vs GH4
16MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GH1 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GH1 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
GH1 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GH1 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GH1 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
GH1 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GH1 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GH1 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GH1 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GH1 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic GH1 based on criterias that are oftentimes considered useful in a camera.

built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
good minimum ISO (100)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes HDMI support
includes mic jack
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
screen can move to multiple angles
screen size is good (3 inch)
supports RAW formats
you can focus manually
bad battery pack (320 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
low frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
no headphone jack
no phase detect autofocus
no Time Lapse function
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dot)
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Panasonic GH1 Sensor specs

The Panasonic GH1 is powered by the Venus Engine HD processor. The size of the sensor in the Panasonic GH1 is 18.89mm x 14.48mm (Four Thirds). The 274 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. The ISO can also be increased digitally to a maximum of 3200. RAW format is saved therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the GH1's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The GH1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.9 and is highlighted in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 sensor size OM System OM-1 Set to Enhance Autofocus

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GH1 dimensions

Panasonic GH1 weighs about 0.85 lbs (385 gr / 13.58 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 124mm x 90mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 1.8"). The weight of typical Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454 gr so the Panasonic GH1 is less heavy than other rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Panasonic GH1 with a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the GH1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GH1 Lens details

The GH1 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses that you can purchase. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the GH1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-17mm-F1.2-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 Pro17mmf/1.2390g
OM-System-12-40mm-F2.8-PRO-II lensOM System 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II12-40mmf/2.8 382g
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Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-11-22mm-f2.8-3.5 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm f2.8-3.511-22mmf/2.8-3.5 485g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-12.5mm-F12 lensPanasonic Lumix G 12.5mm F1213mmf/12.0 45g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-20mm-F1.7-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH20mmf/1.7 100g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-9-18mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.69-18mmf/4.0-5.6 280g
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Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-150mm-f2.0 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 150mm f2.0150mmf/2.0 1610g
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Panasonic GH1 Connectivity

The GH1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and usually change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Panasonic GH1 Video details

The max video quality in the Panasonic GH1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in AVCHD format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance between quality and file size but 1080p is not going to give you much room to crop. Even though the body comes with a mic socket, it is sadly missing a headphone socket which means you will not be able to monitor your sound levels.

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Panasonic GH1 Weather Sealing

Panasonic GH1 does not have environment sealing so wet conditions may damage the camera.

Panasonic GH1 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GH1 includes a 3 inch fully articulated display with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

It features a selfie friendly display to get self portraits and group photos when necessary. Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Panasonic GH1 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%

Viewfinders are pretty handy during bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Panasonic GH1 Shutter details

Panasonic GH1 has the capability to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Panasonic GH1 Flash and Hot shoe details

Panasonic GH1 has got both integrated flash and external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.

Panasonic GH1 Autofocus details

Panasonic GH1 has got only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier & precise than Contrast Based focusing.

Panasonic GH1 has manual focusing when required during low light scenarios or you want more precise control on focusing.

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Panasonic GH1 Battery life

The battery pack on the Panasonic GH1 is built to last for 320 shutters as per the CIPA requirements which is lower than its competitors. The usual Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 comes with the maximum (810) battery life within this type of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Advanced Mirrorless cameras having the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Sony-Alpha-A7c front thumbnailSony A7c
GH1 vs A7c
740 yesyesyes
OM System OM-1 Set to Enhance Autofocus
Canon-EOS-R7 front thumbnailCanon R7
GH1 vs R7
660 yesnoyes

Panasonic GH1 for specific categories of photography

The following illustration provides a outline of the Panasonic GH1 for specific categories of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section below.

Panasonic GH1 Portrait photography factors

The Panasonic GH1 receives a score of 60 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat suitable for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files plus the capability to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12MP)

Panasonic GH1 Street photography advice

Having a nice score of 72, the Panasonic GH1 is a good option to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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fully articulated screen
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization

Panasonic GH1 Sports photography information

A really bad sports photography score of 33 suggests the Panasonic GH1 is not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have very good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good sensor size (Four Thirds)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
not so great battery power (320 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Panasonic GH1 Travel photography details

Size is pretty crucial when getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic GH1 gets a average 58 as a travelling camera which is reasonably appropriate to buy for your journeys.

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has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
missing Timelapse function
bad battery (320 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)

Landscape photography with Panasonic GH1

When you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic GH1 at it's decent rating of 55 as a landscape camera is somewhat adequate in the current market.

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focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
terrible battery pack (320 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode

Panasonic GH1 Vlogging information

A vlogging camera should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Panasonic GH1 is a respectable option as a vlog camera as it gets a nice score of 72.

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selfie friendly display
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone socket
lack of image stabilization

Panasonic GH1 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the GH1, below is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Advanced Mirrorless.

The diagram underneath gives you a summary of the GH1 vs it's top ranking competitors shown previously.

These are various other cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To look at a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
Advanced Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Venus Engine HD
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
18.89 x 14.48mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens support
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Crop factor
Range of display
Fully Articulated
Display sizing
3 inch
Resolution of display
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder coverage
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
60 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
10.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync
1/160 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
385 grams (0.85 lb)
124 x 90 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 1.8")
Battery life
320 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Storage slots
Retail price