Today in my Times column, I reviewed Panasonicâs Lumix GH1, a sort of camera/video hybrid thingie. Itâs an absolutely amazing machine that breaks ground in several places. For one thing, itâs the second Micro Four Thirds camera â a format intended to place an SLR-sized sensor (for spectacular photos) into a smaller body.
For another, itâs the first SLR that can shoot hi-def video â with autofocus. And trust me: without autofocus, an SLR camera that shoots video is just a parlor stunt.
But there are two things I wanted to addâand didnât have the space. This e-column is the perfect opportunity to expound.
FOOTNOTE #1. The GH1 featureâs Pansonicâs face-recognition software. This is not at all the same as the face *detection* feature in every camera on earth. The Lumix doesnât just recognize that something *is* a face; it actually tries to determine *whose* face it is. That way, it can give priority of focus and exposure to your own friends and family, even plucking them out of a crowd. Read moreâ¦