There have been rumours about this camera for some time and today Panasonic finally announced the GX1 – the replacement for the GF1.
I have had a large number of Youtube updates today as I subscribe to the Panasonic Youtube channel.
Here we have an overview of the features (tip – mute the sound as the music is a bit dire):
Here is the promo video (with the same dodgy music):
More information can be found here including footage from the camera.
I also checked over at DPReview as they always seem to have news when announcements are made:
The announcement and press release can be found here
Their interview with Darin Pepple, Sr. Product Manager for Imaging at Panasonic can be found here
And their hands-on preview with video can be found here
The headline features for the camera in my view are:
- Higher resolution 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor instead of 12MP
- ISO 160-12,800 (the GF1 can only manage 3200)
- Orientation sensor (providing information with non-OIS lenses)
- 3.0″, 460k dot LCD
- Full AVCHD 1080/60i video (from 30fps sensor output) (Gf1 is 720p AVCHD Lite format)
- Continuous shooting up to 20fps (at reduced resolution)
- Electronic level gauge
- Four available Fn buttons (two onscreen)
- There is also going to be a higher resolution accessory viewfinder (the GF1 version is awful but better than nothing in direct sunlight)
I don’t like the fact that they removed the drive mode switch – I use this a lot particularly if I’m bracketing.
The GX1 will be released in Mid-December for £400 body only (Black and Silver bodies); there will also be kits with the Power-zoom 14-42 and the standard 14-42 manual zoom too but only US prices have been released. One thing for sure is that the value of my camera just took a nose dive and there are enough new features to keep me interested – it isn’t a NEX7 killer or even a Nikon V1 replacement but something that sits between the two.