So, to continue with my ongoing search for the perfect back packable camera solution, I’ve been following closely the release of the Panasonic DMC GH1 hybrid VDSLR.. an SLR that also happens to be a Hi-Def video camera. I was expecting to like this camera, as it would allow me to use my existing still lenses and therefore be a very light weight and compact set up. I wasn’t expecting though, the image quality to be as sharp and detailed is it looks.
The compression was a real concern, and still is, but it does like this is going to be a very versatile little camera, especially when weight or difficulty in using larger cameras is concerned. British freelancer Phil Bloom has been one of the first people to really demo the camera for use in video production. He has written a nice piece on it’s use in this context as well as created a couple of edited clips, to show the cameras potential. The slow mo shots from Kauai are particularly nice. http://philipbloom.co.uk/2009/05/02/kauai-sunset-lumix-gh1-slow-motion/
The camera has created quite a buzz already, though it remains to be seen how it will be adopted by the indie film community and low budget shooters. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this camera and testing it out in the near future. Cheers Ade