Panasonic GF1 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Panasonic makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the GF1 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 below.
In any case, the GF1 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was officially introduced on September 2nd, 2009, which means that, as of today, the camera is 5213 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Panasonic DMC-GF2 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Panasonic's operating instructions for the GF1
The camera's operating instructions is 196 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the GF1 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Panasonic's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Panasonic GF1 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your GF1 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Panasonic GF1 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Panasonic GF1 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the GF1.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the Panasonic GF1?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used in the Panasonic GF1 to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Panasonic equipped the GF1 with the Venus HD image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Panasonic GF1?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200.
Can the Panasonic GF1 be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Panasonic provides the DMW-LVF1 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1?
Panasonic does not publish a shutter rating for the GF1. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my Panasonic GF1?
Panasonic embeds the number of shutter actuations in hidden menus. You can check the number of shots that your GF1 has taken up to now by carefully following the steps described on the Panasonic GF1 shutter count page.
Does the Panasonic GF1 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Panasonic GF1 for flash photography?
The GF1's flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.
|Camera Model||Panasonic GF1|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Micro Four Thirds lenses|
|Launch Date||September 2009|
|Launch Price||USD 749|
|Sensor Format||Four Thirds Sensor|
|Sensor Size||17.3 x 13.0 mm|
|Sensor Area||225 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||21.6 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||12 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 000 x 3 000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||4.33 μm|
|Pixel Density||5.34 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||720/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 3 200 ISO|
|Image Processor||Venus HD|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||54|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||21.2|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||10.3|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||513|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder optional|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||460k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||3 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDHC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||DMW-BLB13 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||380 shots per charge|
119 x 71 x 36 mm
(4.7 x 2.8 x 1.4 in)
|Camera Weight||385 g (13.6 oz)|
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