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NEWS INBRIEF Lincoln Photo Show The tenth London Camera Exchange Lincoln Photo and Optics Show 2013 will take place on 6 November at The Drill Hall, Lincoln. Entry is free, and it’s a chance to try and buy the latest products from brands covering everything from cameras and tripods to monitor calibration, and to take advantage of part-exchange deals.
Panasonic compact system cameras just got a whole lot smaller with the launch of the GM1
Enhanced photo book design The latest layout software from Bob Books Your photo book designing experience with Bob Books is set to improve as the company introduces the fifth version of its software, Bob Designer. New features will include the new large landscape books with lay-flat photographic paper, and the option to add video to your book. If you add a video to the page, the software creates a QR code that means you can scan it with your smartphone or tablet to view the footage. Also on the horizon is a new Bob Books iPad app, providing a quick and easy way of creating a book. With the app downloaded to your tablet, you’ll be able to create a photo book anywhere, any time. Words by Matty Graham
There will also be free seminars from photographers and product experts,
and a used camera marketplace with vintage, classic and modern equipment. www.lincolnphotoshow. com
RIGHT Small is beautiful for the tiddly Lumix GM1.
Will Cheung onphoto mags Do you agree with his forthright views? Read p12 and tell us!
Words by Matty Graham
Panasonic’s latest addition to its mirrorless line-up is also its smallest. The GM1 marks a new series in the Lumix G series, and is designed for enthusiasts who want a take-anywhere camera. It’s complemented by a new 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens. At the heart of the GM1 is a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, which has larger pixel sites for greater dynamic range and ISO sensitivity than the GX1. This sensor is coupled with the latest Venus Engine image processor that features Multi-process Noise Reduction to reduce grain without impacting on detail. The GM1 features Light Speed AF that can be used with continuous shooting at up to four frames- per-second – without autofocus, this continuous shooting speed increases to five frames-per-second.
Low Light AF allows accurate focusing in extreme low-light conditions, down to -4EV, and Pinpoint AF lets you magnify one area of the image by up to ten times for precise focusing. Much of the mechanics of the GM1 have been redesigned to produce a smaller body; the frame has been streamlined, the shutter mechanism has been simplified, the internal filters have been reworked and the in-built flash is smaller. Despite this, there’s still a 3in 1036k-dot LCD touch screen on the back and in-built Wi-Fi that allows connection to mobile devices for image sharing and remote control. The Lumix G GM1 will be available from mid- November, priced at £629.
π To find out more about Bob Books, go to www. bobbooks.co.uk.
π To find out more, visit www.panasonic.co.uk.
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