A video clip filmed with Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GH1 and its 14-140mm kit lens, using its 1080p FHD AVCHD movie mode; the camera was set to the PAL region, so the signal was output from the sensor at 25p and recorded at 50i. I used Program mode and the default settings, and the lens stabilisation was enabled.
This (and the 720p version uploaded earlier) are supposed to demonstrate how the GH1 and kit zoom perform when used like a traditional camcorder - ie handheld with wobbly panning and a zoom of the lens. As you'll see, this style doesn't suit the GH1, especially in its 1080p mode, and while the filming technique here is careless, it does illustrate that the GH1 is not a replacement for a camcorder for many people.
That's not to say it can't take great-looking footage though. Check out my GH1 1080p compilation coming soon, which shows it in a much better light.
Vimeo can't accept the camera's native MTS files, so we used Adobe Media Encoder to convert it to an MP4 file using the same frame size, frame rate and H.264 compression. The conversion was very quick, implying little if any transcoding, but the file size doubled. This could be the process of going between progressive and interlaced, but after much experimenting, this is the closest file I could upload to the original in terms of quality.
Feel free to download the original file and check out the quality on your own computer, although as explained above, the file size is not representative of what you'd get straight from the camera. The original file was half the size.
You may also be interested in the following videos filmed moments apart, allowing you to make a direct comparison between the cameras.
Panasonic Lumix GH1 in 720p: vimeo.com/5239761
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS: vimeo.com/5229030
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1: vimeo.com/5225127
Canon EOS 5D Mark II: vimeo.com/5229693
These are part of my forthcoming Lumix GH1 review at cameralabs.com.
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