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Panasonic GH1 body (red) 299.99 @ park cameras

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Panasonic GH1 body (red)

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not quite sure who this will appeal to but its a huge saving none-the-less, I don't think its worth changing my G1 body for this (GH1 is physically bigger and close to size of some DSLR - lenses for m4/3s are obviously smaller though)
Is this better than the nex-5?
NEX-5 will beat it in most respects.

GH1 isn't in-body-stabilised either.

Some people may prefer the feel and controls of a Panasonic like this over the NEX range though and lens options too.

All depends what your situation is and preference blah blah.

Edited By: Conqueror on Dec 14, 2010 21:10
I'm new to all this. I own a Sony nex-5 with 8-55 lens and a Sony a330 with same. I want to take the time over Xmas to learn to use these properly but wondering wether to sell these and buy this.

Also, how much would the kit lens cost to buy separately?
The lens that comes with this normally is 500+ quid I think.

Dont see any reason for you to swap the NEX-5 for this if you already have it - unless you really hate it.
Thanks. I'll stick then.
I'm looking to get my first DSLR purchase. Is this a good choice?
Me too Electro im looking at the Fuji HS10 or Nikon P100 or Canon 1000D or anymore that anyone recommends, i just cant make my mind up x
Me too Electro im looking at the Fuji HS10 or Nikon P100 or Canon 1000D or anymore that anyone recommends, i just cant make my mind up x

i would suggest you pop to a local shop and try them out first as you won't want to regret buying one... I did this in my local Jessops before I bought my Canon 400D (don't buy from there though - shop around)

If they are around the same price you'll know what feels right :)
I don't think this is a DSLR, even though it is described as such.

To those of you looking for a first step into DSLR photography I'd go with whichever Nikon or Canon DSLR fits your budget.
I don't think this is a DSLR, even though it is described as such.

To those of you looking for a first step into DSLR photography I'd go with whichever Nikon or Canon DSLR fits your budget.

This isn't a DSLR and it isn't described as such.

Micro 4/3rds produces smaller cameras and lenses due to the 4/3rds sensor and lack of a mirror. If you travel a lot and want to reduce the size and bulk of your cameras but still want DSLR quality then this is worth a look at, along with the rest of the Panasonic G range and Sony NEX.
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The key to this camera is its video shooting capability.
I can produce stunning broadcast quality HD footage at an absurdly low price.
Just look at the GH1 channel on vimeo.

If you're not interested in video there are probably better cameras - but if you do want to shoot video there's nothing better for the price. There is the GH2 just out which does have some improvements but obviously it costs more and the quality of the video isn't that different.
This doesn't do 24fps....

Edited By: furq on Dec 15, 2010 11:06
Is the quality of an unhacked GH1 near a GH2? I was strongly under the impression that only a hacked GH1 comes close to GH2. A hackable GH1 is one manufacture before June 2010.
Er, it can do 24fps
Amazingly it can record Full-HD movies at 1080/24p or smooth HD movies at 720/60p in AVCHD with a continuous AF function.

Thinking of upgrading my G1 to this purely for the amazing HD quality for the price. Can take my lenses etc with me!

Edited By: Hadouken! on Dec 15, 2010 11:14

This isn't a DSLR and it isn't described as such.

You're wrong. If you follow the original link there are links within the item to "MORE Panasonic Digital SLRs". The implication is therefore that this is also a Digital SLR.

Also, a previous poster asked if this was a good choice for their first DSLR purchase so clearly there is some confusion.

Fact is, these things are designed to look like SLR/DSLR devices as a very deliberate act, which in turn, causes confusion.
One advantage these have over a 'real' D-SLR is the electronic viewfinder as this allows for replay of the images in the viewfinder, ideal for those who wear glasses! Also they tend to be lighter than a D-SLR due to the smaller lens. Just stick on the 14-42mm for about £130 and you have a nice light package that covers both stills and video work, ideal for family holidays!
bit like the vw golf advert really - if you want a dslr, get a dslr (canon/nikon), not an imitation
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bit like the vw golf advert really - if you want a dslr, get a dslr (canon/nikon), not an imitation

Maybe that depends on whether you follow the herd and believe the (clever) Golf ad or actually think for yourself?

That said, I recently considered updating my TZ5 to a compact system camera or an SLR. In the end I came to the conclusion that, whilst I quite fancied one of those and they are capable of taking fabulous pics, most of the time I wouldn't have such a big lump of kit with me so a TZ10 is a far better option. I suspect the same would true of 90% of SLR purchasers. The best camera in the world doesn't take good pics if you left it at home!

Edited By: Besford on Dec 15, 2010 12:20: typo
bit like the vw golf advert really - if you want a dslr, get a dslr (canon/nikon), not an imitation

Life would be so simple if we all believed adverts.........
Was hoping someone could help me...

I've just discovered this camera, and would love to try and purchase one if its a good deal. Am gutted I missed the £250 one last month.

Does anyone know what the best deal is with a lense? I've seen the Currys deal, but its a nightmare to get any sense out of there telephone support, and they have no idea if any of the stores have any stock. Would love to try and get this with a lense for around the £600 mark...
The standard lens for the GH1 is the 14-140mm zoom. A quick search found this :

Take a look at for a very comprehensive review.

Jacobs do it with the 14-140 lens which is meant to be a really good lens.

£699 so £100 more than your looking for but a good lens! Web exclusive.

If your patient it might come down further. The GH2 has just come out so prices will keep falling on this GH1. Gh2 has only been out for about a week and half in the UK so by January i would think GH1 prices will be lower.
some dimensions/dimensions comparison on this page
Thanks CJ,

I might wait, I am just concerned as I want to make sure the one I purchase I can hack the firmware...

It's either that or a 550d, or a 60d, or the new GH2. I really want high quality HD video as cheap as possible, and a hacked GH1 seems the best option at the moment.

Thanks again for your link, will have a look now.
Yea a hacked one would be a good option. They guy who wrote the hack posted something saying it has to be a model before June 2010. The curry's GH1 deal that was posted a week or so ago, someone reported back saying that they had purchased it as it was a hackable one. So you could check with them first. Probably the longer you wait the rarer it will be to get a brand new one. But maybe the cheaper a pre hacked would also be to buy on ebay?
I've tried calling Currys to check stock, but its nightmare.

They can't put you through direct to any stores, the camera is no longer on any system, and they wont give you any telephone numbers. The stores are about 45 mins from my house, but as its been up a while I am not too confident they will still have stock...
Just out of curiosity, anyone know how a hacked GH1 compares to a new GH2 for video? Or any links to good articles would be really appreciated...
Apparenty its not as good because of the new processing chip. New one basically took everyones niggles about GH1 and sorted it out. Autofocus is better.

GH1 hacked is fast but doesn't quite have the same quality and it apparently crashes when its got too much information to handle such as an extremely contrasted scene. Gets hot too. I read loads of reviews but this everything ive said is only from my reading. I have no actual experience to confirm. Ill dig through my history to find some stuff. If you just search google though im sure you would find lots of reading.
as good as SLR ?

YES + a ' hacked' GH1 is better than any sub £ 5,000 camcorder

there is a lot of confusion about SLR or not SLR, the GH1 does have a shutter, but no mirror, as it used a EVF instead

this is the ONLY difference between it and a ' SLR ' in terms of whats 'missing'

image quality ? this is 98% as good as 550d on PHOTOS ( see reviews )

=== This is the ONLY camera which has CONTINUOUS FOCUS whilst recording video ===

this is due to the fact it uses a contrast detection system, all the other ' SLRs' cant auto focus, as they dont use CD focus

why ? because to use CD focus, you need very high quality lenses, read up about it, this is why the 140mm zoom lens for the GH1 is over £ 800 rrp

the quality of a HACKED GH1 is as good as a GH2 ( or better ) as you can adjust the bitrates to what you want / need

at 50mb/s bitrate, this is higher than Canon 5d Mk-II , and higher than any sub £ 5,000 camcorder

so, stop thinking about judging it against £ 400 canons, nikons, etc the GH1 is a mega camcorder in disguise

BUT you MUST get one made before 2010 June, without the hack the camera isnt the same beast at all,

so, for video, this is FAR superior than anything at under 10x this price

and for photos, its 98% as good as a Canon 550d

bargain ?

yes, a hacked one is a brilliant machine, you cant compare it to sony nex-5 etc etc, this is in another league , think professional video/film quality , rather than consumer video quality
Thought the Sony a33 and a55 have continuous focus?
here is what i read about the sony focus , video mode, max rec time is 4 mins ???? video stops after 4mins, otherwise sensor overheats

" Panasonic has several lenses that work great with video and Olympus has more. There are no Alpha lenses made for video. This is why Sony locks the aperature and and won't let you change it (Even the SSM lenses make loud noises changing aperature).

If it is just images a person cares about then the A580 is a better camera (same sensor and no mirror blocking light) and the D3100 are a better choices too.

If it's video that is important, nothing can touch the GH1. Even Sony says the A55 is not primarily for video because it overheats after 6 minutes of use (according to Sony) and once that happens the camera is completely unusable for a while. This means if you shoot video for 4 minutes, stop for 1 second, start again, in about 2 more minutes, it overheats and you are done. You can delay this by turning off IS and keeping the camera out of the sun, but it will still happen eventually.

As for the GH1, users have reported using it for over an hour without any issues. "
329.95 here

I dont know how reliable they are
Now 299.99
329.99 link is sold out.

have seen some online (famous site) which are also hackable, around the same price too

this camera is amazing, its hard to believe this is a sub £1,000 product that can produce pro quality recordings, as a video camera this is more usable than a 5d Mk II , and look at the price difference

reliable ? Panasonic always strive to make the best products in class, they have made some of the best tvs + dvd players ever made, and now adding cameras to that heritage

and best of all, you can fit almost any SLR lens on the GH1 ( look for manual lenses, older canons, minoltas etc , inc lots of prime models for little money )

there is nothing for less than the price of a 5d that can compete with this camera, and the 140 zoom lens is super quality, no one else makes a lens like that for that price, auto focus whilst recording takes serious lens hardware
Yeah I guess its pretty good for video... and at this price a steal perhaps for video

For stills though the price of an 5d mk2 body you could get a Pentax K-5 and some decent glass (limited lens)

I have a G1 but am interested in getting a weather resistant setup which means a K-7 or K-5 perhaps
Yes the bit rate of a GH1 can be adjusted but if you go to high it will give errors in some situations most reviews say. The gh2 as hdmi clean output so if you put that with a nanoflash card its even better so i wouldnt write the gh2 off as an option. although these prices are great if its hackable
If you don't want a red one there's a black one for the same price from harrison cameras:

Edited By: andrewpmoore on Dec 29, 2010 17:01: spelling

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