This is the supplementary video gallery to the Panasonic GF1 Photography Field Test.
The following videos were captured using the GF1's AVCHD Lite codec in 720p HD. Sound was recorded by the camera's internal microphone.
Most of these videos were recorded spontaneously and are handheld. They were directly imported at full-quality into iMovie and exported at HD (1280x720). Aside from fades between some clips, no audio or video post-processing has been applied.
See photos of the grandmother on the photography travelogue page.
The grandmother from the farm, the niece and the baby.
A great example of what the GF1 does best in video — stationary subjects under excellent lighting with interesting backdrops to knock out with shallow depth of field.
Handheld inside of dimly sunlit room.
A massive Tibetan prayer wheel in a tight space, continuing to spin largely by the force of its own momentum.
Step one: throw away your utensils.
Step two: index, middle and ring finger for scooping. Thumb for pushing the delicious mush into your gaping maw.
Mid-meal I realized this was a good chance to capture the unique elegance of dal bhat technique. Filmed with the GF1 balanced on the back of a chair.
Handheld. Taken from the middle of the Annapurna base camp sanctuary.
You'll notice the metering jump (the image dimming slightly) at a couple points in the video. I found this to be very rare — I suspect it has to do with the intensity of the sunlight. This can be avoided by shooting video like this in manual-metering mode and setting the proper exposure by hand.
A pair of shy school girls in Gandruk Village. They had recently lost some baby teeth and were a bit embarrassed by their toothless smiles.
The action-shot compliment to Toothless.
Just outside the gates to a middle-school in Gandruk Village. Handheld amidst a gaggle of school children.
At a small tea shop on the way down to Gandruk village. Captured with the GF1 balanced atop my cup of black tea.
This is a prime example of what video in the GF1 best represents — spontaneously captured, unflinchingly raw portraits of life along the road.
It's safest to think of the GF1 as a great photography tool that also happens to record 720p HD video. The camera excels at capturing off the cuff snippets of moving-life along your travels.
The two biggest video related shortcomings of the GF1 are sound (mono only), and autofocus distraction (both in algorithm and motor sound on the 20mm lens). Depending on how obsessive you are about video, these shortcomings of the GF1 may not even register. And if you are obsessive, the later has an easy remedy — focus your video manually.
Heavy video users who don't mind losing some of the size benefits of the GF1 may want to consider Panasonic's GH1, the slightly larger, older brother to the GF1 — capable of recording 1080p HD at 24 frames per second.
Otherwise, photographers looking for a light, compact kit offering a gateway into experimenting with video will find the GF1 more than capable, and a whole lot of fun.
All images © Craig Mod 2009.
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None of this has been subsidized or sponsored. All opinions are my own. Influenced only by altitude sickness and too much dal bhat.