Dusseldorf Museum of Art #3
Panasonic has given Lumix GH1, not just one, but two high-definition shooting modes: 1,920 x 1,080 at 24 fps and 1,280 x 720 at 60 fps, all inclusive of Dolby stereo sound and stored in a compact AVCHD files. The higher high-definition 1,080 mode is interlaced and is slightly disappointing that this mode is not running at 30 fps, instead of the provided 24 fps. This illustrates the fact that Lumix GH1 can not relay compete with consumer HD camcorders. 24 fps certainly looks more film-like, but 30 fps would give much smoother movement.
Panasonic's own choice of sample videos demonstrates this GH1's disadvantage. Produced sample videos are certainly clear, sharp and colors are vividly saturated when shown on a HDTV set. Sample for 720 mode, on the other hand, was showing a beautiful woman swinging her long hair in a breeze beside waves at the beach and than children playing and dog chasing Frisbee. So, if you want to pull off some nice quality footage with lots of movement, in real life you'll be limited to 720 mode. But 1,080 scenes were only limited to an carefully arranged outdoor scene in which only few blades of grass could be seen moving, while camera slowly panned to one side.