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Panasonic spoils GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera early

updated 10:55 am EST, Sun November 6, 2011

Panasonic GX1 confirmed with 16MP sensor

A Panasonic promo page (video below) has inadvertently tipped the company's hand for the launch of the Lumix GX1. As hinted, the camera should be a return to more professional-like control for Panasonic's smallest Micro Four Thirds body with a thumb wheel and other customizable controls. It will be the first compact MFT camera from the company with an upgraded sensor, likely taking the 16-megapixel sensor from the G3, and a likely updated Venus image processor.

As with earlier GF-series cameras, autofocus speed will be the key on the camera, Panasonic said. When using a Lumix G X lens, the camera can lock in as quickly as 0.09 seconds. The GX1 will have a 460,000-pixel, three-inch touchscreen on the back that will support tap-to-shoot.

Not every aspect of the camera has been mentioned, but it will have a pop-up flash and the option of a 1.44-megapixel attachable electronic viewfinder as well as black and silver colors. Stereo microphones and a higher ISO 12,800 sensitivity ceiling are expected to follow.

Panasonic should formally unveil the GX1 at or near midnight Eastern time on November 7. It's not clear if the interchangeable-lens camera will be available before the end of 2011. [via 4/3 Rumors]

by MacNN Staff



  1. sribe

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Will it still have the "feature" of prior Lumix cameras, that video is saved in a format that OS X doesn't recognize, and the OS X software that is supposed to come with the camera does not actually exist, and the 3rd-party alternatives Panasonic recommends do not work, and tech support has no clue and keeps referring Mac users to Windows software (or Apple)?

  1. facebook_Matt

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    The current cameras from Panasnic have a format that works with both iMovie and Final Cut Pro. You can't play from the memory card, but if you import them into the apps, then everything works. I've also heard that VLC can play the files if you don't want to import them.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the key?

    it used to be that the lens & image quality were 'the key' to a good camera... The Lumix series has long touted Leica optics - but we have little to no information on the type of pictures we might be able to take...?

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