Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1 Digital Camera

By - September 2nd, 2009

Panasonic LUMIX DMC GF1 Digital Camera

It is safe to say that none other camera system generated as much attention as http://panasonic.com” target=”_blank”>Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1. Internet forums for avid photographers to tweets from gadget neophytes immediately filled with rumors when scanned images of the camera were leaked on Chinese blogs a couple weeks ago. All the rumors finally subsided this morning when Panasonic officially introduce the LUMIX DMC-GF1.

Armed with 4/3 type MOS Sensor from the Micro Four-Third standard, the LUMIX DMC-GF1, or simply came to be known as GF1, offers 12.1 Megapixel resolution. Essentially a SLR, engineers at Panasonic took advantage of the Micro Four-Third sensor, which does not need a mirror or pentaprism to capture light. Thus drastically reduce the overall size and weight of the camera. Comparing to the previous G-Series cameras, the GF1 is 35% smaller and 25% lighter in weight. Form factor-wise, it is within the category of Compact Camera. Another focus for Panasonic during GF1’s design with the concept of “artistic flat”- where all control surfaces have been streamlined to comfortably fit into any user’s hand, pocket, or bag. One the biggest advantage the Micro Four-Third System over other compact camera is the ability to mount different, over 50 lens in fact, from 3 different manufactures, including the storied Leica M/R lenses and Olympus Zuiko. In addition to its 1280 x 720 HD video capability with AVCHD Lite, making GF1 one of the most versatile.

The LUMIX DMC-GF1 will be available starting in October and comes in 3 body colors (red, silver, black) and 2 variations. One include the new LUMIX G 20mm “Pancake” lens with f/1.7, making it one of the fastest Four-Third lenses. The other include a LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm lens with f/3.5-5.6. Both options, including the camera, will have an suggested retail price of $899.95.

  • 4/3 type MOS Sensor
  • 12.1 Megapixels
  • 3.0″ TFT LCD Screen w. 460,000-dot resolution
  • HD Video w. AVCHD Lite
  • Face Detection
  • HDMI output
  • 50+ Lens Options
  • Optional leather camera case
  • Optional LVF1 Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3 Body Colors – Red, Silver, Black
  • 2 Kits – LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 “Pancake” Lens OR LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC GF1 Digital Camera

Panasonic LUMIX DMC GF1 Digital Camera

Panasonic LUMIX DMC GF1 Digital Camera

Panasonic LUMIX DMC GF1 Digital Camera

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1 Black w. Flash Open

Panasonic LUMIX DMC GF1 Digital Camera

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1 Black w. LVF1 Electronic Viewfinder

Panasonic LUMIX DMC GF1 Digital Camera

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1 Black w. LVF1 Electronic Viewfinder

3 comments
Benny Longo
Benny Longo

@Neil Leyden What do you expect? The thing is miniscule, they had to cut some features here and there. Would you rather they waited 6-8 months to release it with an articulated screen, or get it out now and then update later?

Neil Leyden
Neil Leyden

I was hoping this would be the next step after the G1 a bit more compact but with interchangeable lenses but I'm disappointed that the articulated LCD screen has vanished That is a huge step backwards and enough to put me off buying it. Roll on GF2. When are you guys ever going to get it completely right?

Hugh Smith
Hugh Smith

A few weeks ago I mentioned my dissatisfaction with the current crop (sorry) of "street" cameras on Lightstalkers.com and was "rebuked" by a member that no one would come out with these cameras given the current market. Well, it appears he was wrong in his assessment. We may finally have one. I looked at the E-P1 and, although I was tempted, I didn't buy it. I did buy a Canon G10 and am not all that hot about it, although it's an "OK" carry around. It looks like Panasonic may have the answer for photojournalists. All I can say is "Where were you when I needed you?