Panasonic Intros High-End LUMIX GX1 Camera - HotHardware
Panasonic Intros High-End LUMIX GX1 Camera

Panasonic Intros High-End LUMIX GX1 Camera

The holidays are just around the bend, and that means new camera systems. The mirrorless, interchangeable and Micro Four Thirds worlds have been blossoming recently, and as the market heats up, Panasonic's replacing one heralded body with another. Today, the LUMIX GX1 was revealed, joining the existing G Series with a 16.01-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine. There's a maximum ISO of 12,800, and a built-in flash, fast AF and a hot shoe.

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 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.

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.
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Not a bad price... Would love to see how it performs because the Contrast AF has me interested; and from the reviews I've read; Panasonic seems to make decent cameras... Only problem I have is with the percieved sharpness of it but I'm guessing this will show improvments over the previous models.

Better yet, can HotHardware get into the business of reviewing cameras, I'd sure love to read what you think of it.

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Yeah we need a new camera to as Sarah dropped our Canon and fractured the close mechanism on the battery door. It still works for now but I am thinking this will be the last holiday we will be using this one for.

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rapid1:
Sarah dropped our Canon and fractured the close mechanism on the battery door.

Get a new battery door for it on EBay. They had one for my Nikon,.....

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I think for the money I will stick with my canon T3i DSLR. I do need a smaller camera for my wife to keep in her purse but that is is a little much. The reviews I have seen on the Photograph sites seem to like the camera. I just like the SLR type cameras.

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