- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #55 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and over-all #406 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personalized factors.
Here is a graph of multiple factors used in the rating system.
Panasonic GH1 family
The Panasonic GH1 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the full list below.
GH1 vs GH625MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
GH1 vs GH5 II20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
GH1 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
GH1 vs G9520.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
GH1 vs GX920MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
GH1 vs GH5S10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
GH1 vs G920MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
GH1 vs GH520MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
GH1 vs G8516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
GH1 vs GX8516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
GH1 vs GX820MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
GH1 vs G716MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
GH1 vs GH416MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
GH1 vs GX716MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
GH1 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
GH1 vs GH316MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
GH1 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
GH1 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
GH1 vs GH216MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
GH1 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GH1 vs G212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GH1 vs G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic GH1 Gallery
You can view the GH1 from various angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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 453 gr so the Panasonic GH1 is less heavy than other rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Listed below is a pic of the Panasonic GH1 with a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.
The top view here will highlight the button design on the GH1.
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.
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.
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.
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
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.
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.
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 386. 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:
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GH1 vs Fujifilm X-H2680 yesnoyes
GH1 vs Fujifilm X-H2S580 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.