View Full Version : Is the still camera setting any good?

05-28-2009, 01:53 AM
I know its a bit off topic, but this camera can actually take photos as well. Just wondering if that function was any good?

Abstract Photog
05-28-2009, 02:38 AM
iv seen some good stuff on flickr so far. there doesnt seem to be too many people
with a whole lot of talent walking around with a GH1 though...yet. noise & low light
performance is def improved over the G1 in thanks to the Venus engines.

but Canon and Nikon are still ahead of the game in terms of stills.

check out these for some GH1 pics:

05-28-2009, 06:04 AM
The GH1 image quality is great. Extreme high ISO's are where it gets left behind the other still camera competition. But one could do professional quality still work with the GH1.

05-28-2009, 07:59 AM
ok I went through flickr looking for gh1 pics that I thought stood out- its limited availability still limits the amount of photos out there but fortunately the g1 has been out for a while and their still capabilities are supposed to be similar. anyway this first group is from the gh1:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2411/3527717983_28a3a511bb.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32791153@N03/3527717983/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3601/3558284944_3f114a8ff7.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/masa-/3558284944/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3630/3497103754_c8bf582cb5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/minami/3497103754/)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2060/3535808746_0fcc3a881c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/minami/3535808746/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3555/3552349964_e7ff1bacdc.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoshinori_kikuchi/3552349964/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3565/3553646496_8a6f1505a6.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoshinori_kikuchi/3553646496/)

these are from the g1, the first two at high iso:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3579/3461282601_5d72f70a18.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexisstember/3461282601/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3442/3219040458_6fa1e58bb1.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eljustinoid/3219040458/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3606/3309989317_4d3bccde37.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/34101448@N08/3309989317/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3199/3143330455_0d62fa67a7.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoshinori_kikuchi/3143330455/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3544/3451341298_5c0906bc37.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoshiomatsuura/3451341298/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3390/3562867297_cd195b6f18.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leiss/3562867297/in/set-72157618723104524/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3561/3380793080_a0fd57feff.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brainflakes/3380793080/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3599/3385190748_74dc8a2565.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/victorsamoilovich/3385190748/)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2423/3562497537_a22a179966.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leiss/3562497537/)

05-28-2009, 09:08 AM
Wow...look at those stills. They do look nice.

On a side note...in regards to video we need to up that darn bit rate seeing how good this cam takes stills pictures an all.

05-28-2009, 09:09 AM
Those look great, thanks for find them killacam. I'll be using this camera as much for stills as for video, so I'm really pleased with the quality of both so far. The GH1 seems like the most solid implementation of a hybrid still & video camera to date.

John Caballero
05-28-2009, 09:18 AM
A camera is as good as the photographer. It was like that in the days of film it is like that today. There are are great looking pictures out there from the days of 2 megapixel cameras. If they are shot by a talented photographer they usually look pretty good. The problem now is that anybody purchases a digital camera and declares himself or herself a professional photographer. But when you see their work you can see they are not. By some of the samples I've seen I can tell that in the proper hands the stills from the GH1 should hold up pretty well against many other cameras.

05-28-2009, 11:18 AM
i'm looking at these pics from a mobile phone and from i can tell the photos look great. cant wait for its release! ( US )

Jackson Miller
05-28-2009, 04:20 PM
Yes but I am torn! Because I can't bring myself to spend that much on a DSLR that doesn't have the normal larger size sensor. How much of a difference would you say it makes?

John Caballero
05-28-2009, 04:29 PM
At the begining of my digital photography life I used the Olympus 4/3 cameras and the image was great. I used them in pro jobs with no complains. Made many poster size pics with great sharpnes and very good color. When I wanted to go higher in megapixels Olympus was lagging behind and I went the Nikon route as Nikon was my 35mm camera brand of choice. I am sure Panasonics micro 4/3s on the GH1 should be very nice. Especially with all the color settings you have to choose from. I will definetely be shooting a lot of still with it too.

05-28-2009, 05:56 PM
Yes but I am torn! Because I can't bring myself to spend that much on a DSLR that doesn't have the normal larger size sensor. How much of a difference would you say it makes?

I share this sentiment also. The bottom line is how much do you value the GH1's slight edge in portability and video features, vs. improved image dynamic that comes with a larger sensor on a standard size DSLR. To be fair the GH1's sensor is not much smaller than a APS-C sensor, but there are cheaper DSLR's with larger than APS-C sensors as well.

The other question is how much longer are you willing to wait for the next DSLR or 4/3 unit that has a larger sensor and better video codec, while not giving up any of the GH1's user friendly features such as the swiveling screen, full manual controls and robust kit lens (with the awesome autofocus capabilities in video).

Oh well, I"m still shooting with a Panasonic Lumix FZ28 for both stills and video and even though I'm trying to save up for the GH1, I may not realistically (or responsibly) be able to get one until later this year, by which time there may be a new sheriff in town.

05-29-2009, 12:13 AM
Some nice pics. The G1/GH1 look set to be street photography classics.

Jackson Miller
05-31-2009, 12:13 AM
Yeah. Well I think I'm gonna just go for it... but as we all know, it just isn't that simple. I can't even find a place to pre-order one! I'll call around tomorrow.