Panasonic's AF105 Becomes First Micro Four Thirds Camcorder

Micro Four Thirds has been skyrocketing in popularity over the past year. People have been clamoring for a better alternative between a full-on DSLR and a pocket camera, and the Micro Four Thirds / interchangeable lens category seems to be the exact cure that the doctor ordered. But why keep it contained to cameras? Sony has already announced a camcorder that supports interchangeable lenses, and now Panasonic seems to be ready to compete.

The company just introduced their new AF105/AF100, which is the world's first Micro Four Thirds camcorder. Olympus and Panasonic jointed developed the MFT technology, so Sony's prior camcorder cannot actually be called "Micro Four Thirds." This new guy looks unlike any other camcorder that we have ever seen, with a square-like body, a MFT-sized sensor, 1080/60i or 1080/30p AVCHD video recording, support for SDHC/SDXC cards and a variety of lenses to slap on it.

Pricing is expected to be around $6000 in the U.S., with a Q4 2010 or Q1 2011 launch as most probable. Now, for the rest of the rivals to follow suit…