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What Camera Am I Using for My Video Posts? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Posted By Darren Rowse 20th of May 2010 Video Posts 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I posted a video post on family blogging balance (see the full sized video here). While my son stole the show in the video a little one of the main questions I was asked after posting the video was ‘what camera did you shoot it with?’

This prompted me to shoot this video – one that answer the question. The camera I’m now using (and I switch to it halfway through the video) is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1. It is a still camera but the video it shoots is lovely.

The main thing people seemed to like about my original video was the depth of field (or the out of focus background) – something that is made possible with the GF1’s 20mm lens large aperture (f1.7). It also is a HD camera and the glass on that particular lens is a high quality. I’ll let you check out the comparison of the video for yourself.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. Thanks for the post! You should try the Canon 7D. I think it would be great for blogging and it’s easy to use!

  2. Darren, great post about Panasonic. I’m also a cannon fan, I think it works much better with focus and picture quality. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am using Nikon D500, its proff. Some times I have to resize photos but at the end, you know every photo you taken perfect.

  4. What a camera

    The quality of the panasonic GF1 and the contrast betwwen you and the background looked awesome.

    Use your new camera more often mate

    Matt :)

  5. Congratulations for all your blog video posts. For me is more important content of posts then quality of video!


  6. the camera works like gold , but the main thing that concerns us is the big file size..

  7. Well,
    It’s Canon T1i. It has an HD video, and the picture quality is awesome once you use NOT the package lens. The sigma lens is a good one. Also, with T2i is coming, the price is going down a lot.

    But I guess, for website, editing software is more important, though.
    Just my two cents (http://gisflownet.blogspot.com/).

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    It can sure save your butt down the road though…

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  10. I’m mostly on this site for blogging info but will use video at times. In speaking to an excellent videographer with whom I collaborated in the past, he suggested that a good HD video camera is a nice way to go and then pull stills from it if needed. I have to admit that it’s been a lot of fun experimenting with a little Flip Ultra HD lately. Examining the 30 frames per second & finding the right instant to steal an image seems to afford a great opportunity at locating that perfect image versus trying to time everything just right in shooting stills. Apologies if that’s heresy to the true photographers out there…I’m just an amateur speculating here.

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  12. I owe you big time for this! You just answered alot of questions that up until now were….well, unanswered..Thanks Darren

  13. Unbelievable!!!

    I wish I had read this post 1 month ago when we decided to launch our blog as we will be putting a large amount of video up there. I had been searching for months for info about cameras online and I couldn’t find any decent recommendations about which camera to go with. We settled on a cheap $200 camera but after reading this post I think I’ll be going shopping.

    Keep up the great work – thanks Darren :)

  14. I admire what you’ve done listed here. I such as the portion exactly where you say you might be carrying out this to give back again but I would assume by all of the comments that this really is operating for you as well.

  15. Hi Darren,

    I’m glad you wrote on this new camera (GS1) I am currently looking for a new camera for my photography and video clips for my blog. I was seriously looking at the canon G12, until i saw your video on the Panasonic GS1. I don’t think i need to purchase an SLR at this time, so i would like to ask you what would be a good point and shoot camera that gives really good video clips for my new online business.

  16. Sorry about the camera model misspelling i meant GF1

    Thanks again for this post.

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