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]