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Monday, June 13, 2011

Panasonic Discusses Future of Lumix GF and GH Micro Four Thirds Cameras.

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:13 PM

http://www.techradar.com/news/photo...-to-come-964524

"Panasonic intends to release a Lumix GF camera aimed at advanced photographers, the company has confirmed to our colleagues at PhotoRadar. Speaking exclusively to PhotoRadar, Panasonic's Director of DSC Business unit Ichiro Kitao said that although he was unable to confirm a date for such a camera, Panasonic plans to split the GF series into two lines and release a GF camera aimed at experienced photographers."

After the rather disappointing (to me anyway) GF3, there is some good news that Panasonic does intend to follow up on the GF1 rather than just having the simpler cameras to carry the GF line. Also interesting news is that the GH3 is going to be important for the company. Being a GH1 user myself, I am interested to see what Panasonic can do to the GH line to make it more appealing to the enthusiast crowd.


Panasonic Announces Lumix DMC-GF3

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:30 PM

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GF3, which continues Panasonic's strategy of making the Micro Four Thirds cameras more accessible for compact camera users, with even more features being cut from the the already shrunken- down GF2. Gone is the hotshoe along with the rear thumb-operated command dial, accessory jack and stereo microphone. There is now a combination directional pad and dial, but those are generally inferior to a dedicated command dial. All-in-all, Panasonic is gunning for the crowd targeted by Sony's NEX line (the GF3 is smaller than the NEX-5), but it means for now, there is no real successor to the GF1; a compact interchangeable lens camera for photography enthusiasts. Personally I am not impressed; the GF-series is no longer something I would buy to use.

The rest of the camera remains the same as the GF2; same 12 megapixel sensor with the ability to churn out 1080p videos in AVCHD at 30 or 25 FPS (depending on your region) and a 3" touchscreen LCD. What is new is yet another battery (I can hear the groans at having to buy yet another expensive Panasonic battery), along with more built-in effects. The camera is available with the cheaper 14-42/3.5-5.6 OIS lens for US$599 in late August, and the 14/2.5 pancake lens for US$699 in July. Press release after the break.

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