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Video is the ultimate feature that Lumix GH1's is first to bring to the prosumer market. While camera was still under the development when we have seen this mode for the first time, at a second opportunity when we were finally shown production model we certainly were not disappointed.
This camera boasts a whole bunch of controls for video, which is certainly a pleasant surprise. One of the things that Panasonic's Lumix GH1 offers, that are not available on a typical HD camcorder is the control over the shutter and aperture for control of the special effects. When one watches a typical family video he would get distracted by the background because everything will be in a full detail, while foreground would be in a focus as well. This is the consequence of camcorders own choice of aperture, over which user usually doesn't have any control. Lumix GH1 wins here, hands down, because vidoegraher has a manual control over the aperture, so one can produce that artistic effect of blurred background while focusing the attention on the person in the foreground.