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Panasonic unveils DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera

By dpreview staff on Nov 7, 2011 at 05:03 GMT

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GX1, an enthusiast-oriented model that bears more than a passing resemblance to the Lumix DMC-GF1. The GX1 sports a 16MP 'Live MOS' sensor, a maximum ISO sensitivity setting of 12,800, a touchscreen interface and a revamped AF system. The GX1 is also the first camera compatible with Panasonic's brand new high-resolution LVF2 viewfinder, sold separately. The GX1 is available in a black or silver body with MSRP starting at $699.99 / £499.99 / €599.99 without lens.

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Press Release:

PANASONIC ANNOUNCES NEWEST COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA, LUMIX GX1 EXCELS IN SPEED, IMAGE QUALITY AND SIZE


The LUMIX GX1 Finds the Perfect Balance of Size and Performance – Making it the Ideal ‘Everyday’ Digital Camera for Professionals and Photo Enthusiasts Alike

SECAUCUS, NJ (November 7, 2011) – Panasonic today announces its latest Compact System Camera (CSC), the LUMIX DMC-GX1, which joins Panasonic’s award-winning LUMIX G Series of digital cameras, which are acclaimed for their high image quality with small and compact body and lenses.  The new LUMIX GX1 features a 16.01-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine, helping to ensure real-to-life images through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction.  Even in low-light situations and at maximum 12800 high ISO sensitivity, the LUMIX GX1 can produce stunning photos and videos, and because of its compact size it can be easily carried for daily use.    

“Panasonic expects the LUMIX GX1 to please a lot of photo enthusiasts who have been eager for a technology upgrade comparable to the LUMIX DMC-GF1, which continues to be a very popular digital camera with dedicated followers who appreciate the compact size, yet high quality of photos and video,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “The LUMIX GX1 is an extremely flexible and capable digital camera with fast AF speeds and outstanding image quality.  Plus with a built-in flash and a hot shoe allowing for accessories like an external view finder, the GX1 is a powerful compact system camera that is small enough to be a photographer’s everyday camera choice.”

The LUMIX GX1, like all the models in Panasonic’s LUMIX G Series of CSC, adopts Contrast AF for its focus system, so focusing is controlled by the image sensor.  When compared with the Phase difference system AF, Contrast AF achieves higher accuracy especially when shooting with a bright lens with small F value. For instance, the accuracy of Contrast AF is approximately 90% while Phase difference AF is approximately 60% at F1.4. Additionally, with the precise Contrast AF system, the LUMIX GX1 achieves high resolution through an optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction, thus producing lifelike image rendering and highly precise Auto Exposure and white balance. To further advance the Contrast AF, the LUMIX GX1?incorporates full-area focusing, making it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view. With the LUMIX GX1’s 3.0-inch touch LCD screen, frame composition is intuitive and easy.

The LUMIX GX1 features an ultra high-speed Light Speed AF*, which means it can Auto Focus in approximately 0.09 second. This is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by the synchronizing the lens and sensor at 120 fps.  Plus, the newly-added focus mode AFF (AF Flexible) locks on the focus when the shutter button is half-pressed, however, if the subject moves, the focusing is reset to get the best results. Combined with the Touch AF control, setting and focusing on the subject is incredibly easy and quick. 

The touch-control system of the LUMIX GX1 lets users set the focus on the subject by simply touching it on the large, 460,000-dot wide-viewing angle LCD.  Users can even release the shutter by touching the screen.  Once locked on the subject with a touch, the LUMIX GX1 tracks the subject, even when it moves, using the AF tracking function. With a touch on the screen, users can select the part and the size of the AF area, choosing from 1-area AF, Multi-area AF with 23 AF areas and Pinpoint AF, which allows extremely precise focus setting.

Despite its compact size, the LUMIX GX1 is extremely intuitive to operate, with an optimized layout of control buttons, a mode dial and dedicated function buttons. Users can customize the two external buttons and two menus tabs to settings they most frequently use so they are easily accessible.  In addition, a total of four custom setting patterns can be stored to the camera’s model dial – one on ‘C1’ and three on ‘C2.’  Furthermore, the LUMIX GX1 was designed to enhance its ergonomics, with a grip that fits naturally and comfortably in the hand, despite its flat profile and compact design.  Plus, the LUMIX GX1 has a more tactile texture and the mode dial is easy to turn and features print that is easy to read and won’t easily wear. 

The LUMIX GX1 can record 1920 x 1080 at 60i, with sensor output of 30p, full-High Definition videos in the AVCHD format which excels in both compression efficiency and compatibility with AV equipment for playback.  In addition to the practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets users enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Just by pointing at the subject, the focus is shifted so it stands out. With a dedicated video record button on the top, users can instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without any having to make any extra setting adjustments. Along with the full-HD video capabilities, the LUMIX GX1 also features high-quality sound, recorded with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without having to convert the files. 

Other features of the new Panasonic LUMIX GX1 compact system camera include:

  • A new Level Gauge, which lets the camera detect the horizontal/vertical angle of view with its internal level working with the sensor. In addition, photos shot in portrait aspect will be automatically displayed vertically, regardless of which lens is used.
  • One Push AE adjusts exposure with a single press of the “Fn” (Function) button when it is over/under exposed, which is especially useful when shooting outdoors with open aperture or indoors with fast shutter speed.?
  • Dust Reduction System helps to eliminate dust or foreign matter getting inside the LUMIX GX1 when lenses are being changed.  By placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor that vibrates vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.
  • Zoom operation can be controlled with touch control when either of Panasonic’s new LUMIX X Power Zoom lenses are attached.  And the zoom speed can also be adjusted in two steps for more precise control.
  • Popular iA and iA Plus modes for beginners looking for automatic shooting in both still and video modes.
  • Increased energy consumption and an approximately 11%** longer battery life when compared to the LUMIX DMC-G3, which also uses the same battery pack DMW-BLD10.

The LUMIX G Series is a robust system of bodies and lenses, featuring a total of 14 Micro Four Thirds lenses including the new power zoom X lens – standard zoom lens, telephoto zoom lens, single focal length lens, wide-angle lens, fish-eye lens, macro lens, and even a 3D lens – to fit a variety of shooting scenarios and occasions.

The Micro Four Thirds System products are joining today's Four Thirds System products to provide customers with even higher levels of performance in a digital interchangeable lens camera. In addition to LUMIX G lenses, the LUMIX DMC-GX1 can use any interchangeable lens that complies with the Four Thirds System standard via an optional mount adapter for the unlimited number of lens properties.  The LUMIX GX1 system camera offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style, including: external flashes, PL filters, ND filters, MC protectors, remote shutter, zoom level, battery packs, AC

adaptor, DC coupler, straps, cases, bags and more.   Plus, with the LUMIX GX1’s hot shoe on the top, users can attach the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2), with approximately 1.4x and 1,440,000-dot equivalent, 100% field of view.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 will be available in black and silver bodies in mid-December and in the following kit options: DMC-GX1-X with the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $949.99; the DMC-GX1-K with the 14-42 standard zoom for an SRP of $799.99; and the DMC-GX1, body only for an SRP of $699.99. 

* The time for focusing on the subject is measured with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) to move the lens position to "2m" from the "infinity" position. The zoom is positioned at its widest end. Panasonic measurement method
**Based on a CIPA Standard.

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Total comments: 74
fivetonsflax
By fivetonsflax (Nov 16, 2011)

I don't understand this camera's pricing relative to the G3. OK, it has a level and an articulated flash, but it lacks the articulated LCD and the eye-level viewfinder. So maybe the same price would be justified? But it costs more. Seems strange, that's all; I'm not complaining, I'm not the target market for this camera (I like an eye-level VF).

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Dmitry75
By Dmitry75 (Nov 10, 2011)

$950 and no viewfinder? I'd say it is ridiculous.

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snegron
By snegron (Nov 9, 2011)

Looks really cool!

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Peanut88
By Peanut88 (Nov 8, 2011)

I think it is crazy to price this camera at $950.

Grossly overpriced and meager improvements.

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Dan4321
By Dan4321 (Nov 9, 2011)

It's actual price is around $700.

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Boris F
By Boris F (Nov 8, 2011)

Great looking camera!
Hope to see upcoming GH3 with a similar step forward.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Nov 8, 2011)

460k dot LCD is 5 year old tech. Even entry level cameras and phones have higher resolution LCDs and even then they are not that high.

5 upvotes
Snapshot7
By Snapshot7 (Nov 8, 2011)

It looks okay except...

- No IBIS (like the E-P3 has)
- No Tiltable LCD (like the NEX-5N & 7 have)
- No Built-In EVF (like the NEX-7 has)

What I'm hoping for is an E-P4 with an improved sensor over the E-P3, Tiltable LCD, and built-in EVF.

0 upvotes
dvide
By dvide (Nov 7, 2011)

damn, the in-body stabilization!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 upvote
simon65
By simon65 (Nov 7, 2011)

It all looks great, but what is the IQ of that new pancake 14-42mm I wonder?

Panasonic are making an enormous contribution to photography with the constant innovation, but if they want the GX1 to treated seriously they need to demonstrate the lens is up to standard. I for one was disappointed that it wasn't a Leica.

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D Gold
By D Gold (Nov 9, 2011)

>but what is the IQ of that new pancake 14-42mm I wonder?

Probably sharper than most photographers can take advantage of.

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dfswan
By dfswan (Nov 23, 2011)

In this case it couldn't be a Leica. It uses electronic modification to correct lens distortions. This concept is brand new in the industry and may be the wave of the future. Leica uses pure, but considerably more expensive, multiple element fine optics.(no distortions to correct) I have the 45mm Leica lens and my next one will be 25mm Leica. That being said, I’m looking with great interest at this new lower cost, high quality technology alternative.

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magnumgf
By magnumgf (Nov 7, 2011)

Nice camera that would be a big contender for me if I was on the market for a new one. The ergos seem nice and it has a better sensor than the GFs.

For those who want a camera like the Sony NEX, then quit moaning and get a Sony NEX. For those who want a full frame sensor I will recommend the Leica M9...

While I am here let me say I am disappointing that the new Panasonic viewfinder is apparently not backwards compatible with older Panasonic cameras.

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MP Burke
By MP Burke (Nov 7, 2011)

I find the response to this camera amusing. Owners of the GF1 have been complaining about the GF2 and GF3 being dumbed down and not the type of camera they want.
Then when Panasonic produces this, which has a better sensor and a host of other improvements over the GF1, there seems to be many now saying they really wanted a camera like the NEX-7. It is highly implausible that Panasonic could come up with a design like the NEX-7 in only a few months, even if they wanted to.
I would imagine Panasonic has a good idea about how many people are buying the GF type cameras and how many were buying the add-on viewfinder. This information will have influenced the decision to build an improved camera without built in EVF. They will also be aware how many people bought NEX cameras when no EVF was available.
It will be interesting to see how quickly they can get this camera into the shops.The compact lens could be a useful selling point compared to the bigger standard lenses on its rivals.

5 upvotes
sacundim
By sacundim (Nov 7, 2011)

I think you're mixing up two sets of people here: the eager GF1 fans and the more reluctant users. The latter folks are the "built-in EVF, dammit" crowd.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Nov 8, 2011)

panasonic also said it wasn't going against the nex7.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Nov 8, 2011)

NEX-n look like they are made from extruded stock metal and this appeals to guys who do not see the missing flash.
Lumix is visceral.

2 upvotes
roblarosa
By roblarosa (Nov 7, 2011)

So it's basically an E-P3 with a 16 MP sensor then? *yawn*

1 upvote
sacundim
By sacundim (Nov 7, 2011)

No, it's basically a GF1 with a 16MP sensor with much better low-light performance...

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roblarosa
By roblarosa (Nov 7, 2011)

Form-wise it's basically like a GF-1, but specs-wise it's more like the E-P3. If they had to copy something, I wish Panny would have copied the NEX-7. This is a bit of a let down IMHO.

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Max Pometun
By Max Pometun (Nov 7, 2011)

Note to Pentax/Ricoh

This is how you do small cameras - make the body as compact as you can possibly can, while putting a *good* sensor inside.

Great job, Panasonic! If I was looking for a compact right now - this would have been at the top of my list.

5 upvotes
MatsudaMan
By MatsudaMan (Nov 7, 2011)

I own the GF1 and I have to say that the GX1 is a big letdown. I was expecting something more high-end...something to compete with the likes of the NEX-7. Its just seems like tiny little upgrade, kind of like the iPhone 4s instead of the iPhone 5. They should call this the GF-1s. Seriously was hoping for a bad@ss new design with a new sensor. If this does not have GH-2 image quality, I'll consider it a major FAIL.

2 upvotes
jack24
By jack24 (Nov 7, 2011)

finally pana realise their mistake on GF2 & 3 and comes back with something more like its' GF1...

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 7, 2011)

Does the GX-1 with x lens support step-zoom?
One reason I don't like power zoom is that I will get "lost" and don't know what focal length I was using

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lowpine
By lowpine (Nov 9, 2011)

gx1 has option to display focal length.

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Ed Gaillard
By Ed Gaillard (Nov 7, 2011)

Excellent, excellent news. If Panasonic had come out with something like an X100 but with a m4/3 mount, I'd have ad to scrape up $1200 or $1400 to buy one. But this? I get to keep all my money in my pocket.

Good news for me, anyway; maybe not so good for Panasonic.

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gaspard_savoureux
By gaspard_savoureux (Nov 7, 2011)

Still no built-in VF...

I'm gonna wait for Fuji to come closer to what I'm looking for.

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Nov 7, 2011)

I'm actually starting to feel sad for the m4/3 guys.
I thought they would eventually get their nex-7 competitor but this is a disappointment..

5 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 7, 2011)

Nex-7 competitor from m43 when Sony introduce something like FF Nex-9?

2 upvotes
dfswan
By dfswan (Nov 23, 2011)

Agreed. I don't understand the direct comparison between the NEX7 and the M43 cameras. The M43rds sensors are 30% smaller meaning comparable lenses are 30% smaller. My camera with 200mm (400mm equivalent) zoom is about the same size as my wife’s 55mm Nikon (82mm equivalent). Understandably the larger sensor in the Nikon has some dynamic range advantage, but I have better focus and much smaller comparative size. The NEX7 is a small body with huge lenses (compared with M43rds) If I wanted larger sensors with corresponding larger lenses, I would go with a full DSLR.

1 upvote
meanwhile
By meanwhile (Nov 7, 2011)

That shutter is extremely loud, does it have a silent mode?

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Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Nov 7, 2011)

IF and only IF it had a built in EVF I might be interested.

I will stick to the Nex7

3 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 7, 2011)

how about G3 and GH2?

1 upvote
Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Nov 7, 2011)

Congratulation to Panasonic Lumix, this is a real good successor to the great GF1, new very good sensor and even a new EVF, the LVF2, we really need that, I think it is going to be a best seller like the GF1 was in it's time, Panasonic Lumix G system has now one of the best, if not the best, choice of cameras and lenses, with good quality image and built quality

WELL DONE Panasonic Lumix

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arhmatic
By arhmatic (Nov 7, 2011)

I beg to differ... In my mind, the GX1 is a good follower for GF3 - not sure why they came up with the GX lineup if the GF is so similar.

As for a GF1 replacement, still waiting. What about a true competitor to Sony NEX 7, Panasonic?

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AlanJones
By AlanJones (Nov 8, 2011)

Great job Panasonic. I can't wait to get my hands on this camera. I am also anxious to get a PZ lens and hopefully it performs silently and as advertised!

Maybe it's time to give Panasonic credit for listening to and addressing consumer wants and needs. No camera will ever be perfect to everyone!

I am sure DP Review will let us know the nitty gritty with an in-depth review sooner than later :-)

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zxaar
By zxaar (Nov 8, 2011)

@Aleo, spoke like true m43 fanboi. As always.

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Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Nov 7, 2011)

Pity about no tilt/swivel LCD but very impressive, nonetheless.

What the PEN 3s should have been...

1 upvote
Kjartan Haugen
By Kjartan Haugen (Nov 7, 2011)

yes, I use the tilt LCD all the time

2 upvotes
mrsfixit
By mrsfixit (Nov 7, 2011)

Agreed.
I love the camera, but no articulating LCD is a dealbreaker for me.
I won't go back to a camera without one.
Pity, my credit card would be in my hand ready to buy if this at least had a tilting LCD like the NEX.

1 upvote
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Nov 7, 2011)

thats a very good looking camera.

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Nov 7, 2011)

So serious question, does this camera do anything better or more than the G3? Other than being smaller and not having a viewfinder? It costs $100 more and you lose the VF, what is the selling point?

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Nov 7, 2011)

...it is 'different' - which means for some it will be more suitable, for some it won't...

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drinkonlyscotch
By drinkonlyscotch (Nov 7, 2011)

Metal body and ergonomic access to AE-Lock. I love my G3, and I just got it, but the GX-1 will be the camera I carry around. There's just something much more intimate about a slim, metal body. I won't go as far to say it's like a Leica, but personally I find I shoot more when I have a camera that's a real pleasure to hold. The G3 will basically be there for when I need the flip-out display (macro, waist-level shooting, etc).

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 7, 2011)

people just hate the "fake" DSLR style of G3, that's why it's cheaper :-)

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Mirfak
By Mirfak (Nov 7, 2011)

You lose the viewfinder, the articulating screen and a more powerful flash. In exchange, you get a metal body and an electronic level..plus you get to part with more cash

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 7, 2011)

This should be the GF2.

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Boris F
By Boris F (Nov 7, 2011)

GF3

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theDA
By theDA (Nov 7, 2011)

GF4

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micksh6
By micksh6 (Nov 8, 2011)

GF5. They don't use '4' in model numbers

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flipmac
By flipmac (Nov 7, 2011)

Firstly, I like the body's overall design, which I think is better than the NEX-5N (the main competition based on price) because it has more physical dials/buttons, a real hotshoe, a built-in popup flash and a rubbery front grip.

With the G3's sensor and improve engine from the GF3, IQ should be pretty good.

That said, I feel that Panasonic skimped on the LCD. I mean, it has only 460k dots, half of what you'd expect, and it doesn't tilt like the NEX's screen or swivel like the G3's. Even the optional EVF has about a million less dots the NEX's.

For about the same price, the G3 seems like a better buy.

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Boris F
By Boris F (Nov 7, 2011)

Well done, Panasonic!
Silver GX1X14-42, ple-e-e-e-se. Any information about pricing?
DPR please, make comparison photos for X camera with X lenses, this is the point!

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 7, 2011)

And the rumoured 12-35/f2 - f2.8 (or whatever bright f), preferably in kit with, say, the forthcoming (?) GH3, please :)

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Boris F
By Boris F (Nov 7, 2011)

GX1+X14-42 initial price is 950$, not far away from V1 (900$)
but GX is with much better specs.
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-GX1X-Compact-System-14-42mm/dp/B00604YTH0/?tag=rumors0a-20

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Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Nov 7, 2011)

Perpetum mobile?

•Increased energy consumption and an approximately 11%** longer battery life when compared to the LUMIX DMC-G3, which also uses the same battery pack DMW-BLD10.

Typo? Or should be 'decreased'?

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Boris F
By Boris F (Nov 7, 2011)

No incorporated viewfinder.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Nov 7, 2011)

Certainly looks like a Panasonic typo to me... I'll check in the morning. Thanks for pointing it out.

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MP Burke
By MP Burke (Nov 7, 2011)

They claim the battery life is longer than that of the G3. Perhaps they meant to say "improved energy consumption" rather than "increased...".

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Lofi
By Lofi (Nov 7, 2011)

1920 x 1080 at 60i? why, panasonic, why!?!? 60p is the way to go :-(

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Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Nov 7, 2011)

60p in such a small footprint camera, you'd be cookin' gas.
Your camera would burn in your palm, battery not last long either.
Look elsewhere for 60p, DMC-GH2?

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Lofi
By Lofi (Nov 7, 2011)

I did. I'm about to get the Nex-5N which can do 1080/60p.

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Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Nov 7, 2011)

I guess the reason is that Nex-5N is using a faster sensor with the "The Column-Parallel A/D Conversion" techniques. Panasonic would have needed the similar DMC-GH2 sensor to do the same 1920x1080 with 50p/60p in the DMC-GX1.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 7, 2011)

Agreed. I'm pretty disappointed with the lack of 60p too. They could have used the GH2 sensor (or an updated version of it - after all, it's more than a year old...)

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marike6
By marike6 (Nov 7, 2011)

Panasonic is not going to make a higher specified camera (than Gh2 and G3) at this price point. It just doesn't work that way with camera makers, unfortunately. That's why they call it an upgrade.

The GH2 is their flagship hybrid photo/video cam. They are not about to exceed or even equal the specs of that camera, even with a GH3 on the horizon.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 7, 2011)

Indeed. maybe the GX1 is capable of 60p but Panasonic just crippled it..it's so Panasonic huh

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Mirfak
By Mirfak (Nov 7, 2011)

Adding 60p, a 921K LCD and faster continuous shooting (all of which I hoped for) would upstage the rest of the line...never mind that these features are in the NEX-5N (it's nearest competitor).

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Digital Suicide
By Digital Suicide (Nov 7, 2011)

Cmon, panasonic? Where is your LX6/LX7? Canon is ahead in the market with S100.

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (Nov 7, 2011)

s100 ? the days of such compacts are over my friend. 4/3 is the minimum for quality images. If u want compact quality, a mobile phone would be sufficient.

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jdob123
By jdob123 (Nov 7, 2011)

Yeah right. 4/3:s tend to have about 2 stops better image quality than S95/LX5 etc., but then again their F value with ok zoom range destroys that advantage for any low light shooting. At the same time they don't fit anymore into pockets unlike the compact cameras.

And when it comes to mobile phones, yes Nokia N8 comes close to normal compact cameras, but that's really The only mobile phone with largish sensor area, and it really doesn't match anyway with S95/LX5/XZ1 (S100 review pending, so not mentioning that).

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 7, 2011)

"Yeah right. 4/3:s tend to have about 2 stops better image quality than S95/LX5 etc., but then again their F value with ok zoom range destroys that advantage for any low light shooting. At the same time they don't fit anymore into pockets unlike the compact cameras."

Yup, current zoom lens are all slow. Hope they indeed come out with a decent, bright 12-35 zoom lens, which would make it unnecessary to even think of getting a P&S for 24mm shooting.

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Jon Ragnarsson
By Jon Ragnarsson (Nov 7, 2011)

@Menneisyys
There is a 12-35mm lens coming, there are mockup photos circulating on the web, people are speculating if it is f2.0, f2.5, f2.8 constant or maybe f2.0-3.5.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 7, 2011)

don't think there will be LX6/7, Panasonic wants you to get a GF3 instead

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Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Nov 7, 2011)

Like Canon with their recent S100, expect all Samsung, Olympus and Panasonic to renew their offereings at 1/1.7" (1/1.63"). This time with (FSI-)CMOS, mainly in order to get better video. Watch out for Photokina,

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chris_van_bc
By chris_van_bc (Nov 7, 2011)

I had an urge to check dpreview before turning in for the night and I'm not disappointed!

I was excited by the GF1 but it had some limitations that I thought would be rectified by succeeding models, but while the GF2 and GF3 fixed what were limitations for me they went in a disappointing (for me) consumerish path.

If the IQ is excellent it will have been a worthwhile (for me) wait for a GF1 successor.

Can't wait for the review!

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