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Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed

Here is our first look at the non-reflex interchangeable lens Lumix DMC-G1


The new Panasonic DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera that isn't a DSLR

If you thought you would have to wait a while for the first fruits of the recent announcement of the launch of the new Micro Four Thirds non-DSLR interchangeable lens system camera platform, you might be surprised to hear that Panasonic Lumix has today announced its first Micro Four Thirds camera, accompanied by two lenses, and they are expected to ship in November, well in time for Christmas.

I first saw a prototype back in early June and last week had some time using a pre-production sample of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1. A full judgment on on what the G1 offers will have to wait until a review production sample reaches us, but I can help you visualise the G1 with a few comments, plus some views of the camera in the image gallery below (just click on a thumbnail).

You can also find the various press releases that Panasonic has provided to accompany today's product launch, including detailed specifications:



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Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed

Four Thirds User editorial team Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Micro Four Thirds, the camera that is directly evolved from the DSLR, but isn't one, has arrived in ... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
[ At last I can talk about the G1 :) Imaging Having to keep quiet about something like this for 3 ... (more)

joachim Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Hi Ian, nice pictures. However the Lumix L10 with its kit lens is not a particular small camera.... (more)

joachim Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Hi Ian, I found such a picture on imaging-resource: [url]http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/DM... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I would agree, to a point. MFT wide angle lenses will be much more in proportion with the size of... (more)

joachim Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
So I take it you have seen a prototype of the forthcoming 7-14 lens.... (more)

John Perriment Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I'm not so sure! Having viewed your link (thanks for that) it seems the reductions in proportions... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I think there have been pictures shown on some sites of some of the dummy models of forthcoming l... (more)

Iloca Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I agree it's a little bit ugly but I will say this, it's certainly not menu drive, look at all the d... (more)

Hans Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Doesn't do a dang thing for me. I'll keep my 420 with Pan/Leica 14-50 OIS. Not that much bigger or h... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
The front adjustment wheel is particularly nice as it's a toggle switch too - press it to swap be... (more)

Iloca Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Yeah, I've just noticed that while it has a front command dial it doesn't have a rear one (I just as... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I feel it works brilliantly. I never need to move both aperture and shutter at the same time, so ... (more)

Iloca Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Might be ok then although I have my E-3 set up as follows. Aperture Priority - Rear Dial Aperture... (more)

Iloca Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Not sure if this link has been posted. The Lumix G1 Homepage (Flash Site) [url]http://panason... (more)

fluffy Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Is there a price hint? (If one is posted I've clean missed it it.) Steve... (more)

Stuttaton Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
750 euro including kit lens.... (more)

Bear Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Sounds expensive to me !... (more)

Bear Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I've just noticed that the lenses announced by Panasonic are not Leica branded - any Leica involveme... (more)

Stuttaton Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
It makes business sense to start with a fully-specified (=rather expensive) model and then intrud... (more)

Iloca Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Sounds too expensive to me but thats probably down to the IS Lens. The Olympus version should be ... (more)

Bear Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
This is true but the price needs to be pitched at a level the market in general will stand and this ... (more)

fluffy Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Thanks for the price in the EU. That should translate to $850-900 in the US. I just hope it stays un... (more)

yyshiu Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Concerning the lens image quality. Kit lens 14-45 only has one aspherical element and given the fron... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I have said all along that Panasonic can improve their sensor. Considering the pixel pitch, the n... (more)

Iloca Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I agree, as far as the E-3 noise issues are concerned it's nothing to with the physical size of the ... (more)

Bear Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
It was inevitable that the first m4/3rds offerings would conservative in style as both Panasonic and... (more)

fluffy Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Excellent analysis Bear. One problem I see is convincing P&S shooters to pay the premium for the abi... (more)

zts Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Yep, somewhat too expensive. The original m4/3 announcement was right on mark regarding its target m... (more)

zts Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
ice analysis, Steve. F100fs is now $656 on Amazon. I'd expect the price to come down for the m4/3 pr... (more)

fluffy Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Thanks, zts. I would also expect a price drop, but if availability is November, that drop will prob... (more)

hschnee Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Many have commented that the G1 is too expensive. But I also recall reading many comments here over ... (more)

dazedgonebye Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I can't say it's the prettiest thing I've ever seen, but I'm encouraged by a few points. 1) Apparen... (more)

Den Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
750? Crikey... Surely, if it's aiming for the gap between bridge cameras (like Panasonics fantastic... (more)

Wickster Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Not bad, I can't wait to see Olympus' version if they have one. Personally though, I'll wait and see... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I agree with you about the grip. As the body gets smaller and lighter, the need for a grip become... (more)

Barr1e Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Interesting. The marketing people need a megastar personality like Paris Hilton to get this ne... (more)

Barr1e Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Hi dazedgonebye - Welcome to FT-U. Regards. Barr1e... (more)

deevee Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
i like the concept and the features of this G1; the only thing which doesn't thrill me is the body d... (more)

yyshiu Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
From this link, you will see the HD G body, 20, 7-14 and 14-140 prototype. I like the 14-140 and ho... (more)

catrike No Lightweight
A quote from an Imaging Resource preview: "Body-only weight is just a scant 0.2 oz (5g) more than th... (more)

deevee Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
for those who cares about HD video on a still camera, wait till spring 2009, Pana will offer the G1 ... (more)

Ian Re: No Lightweight
In defence of Panasonic, for them this is a high-end model and so it's got a metal body. The E-4x... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Yes, your point is worth emphasising - although contrast detect AF is slower than phase detect on... (more)

dazedgonebye Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I'm being selfish. It's unlikely I'd ever use a large zoom on this camera (or any other). I c... (more)

jimindenver Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Wow, as much as a grand plus more for extra lenses. Pretty pricy for most P&S users. The pro-sumers ... (more)

dogberry Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I think you put it very well Bear. I'm very much aligned with your feeling about the G1 not being... (more)

Bear Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Yes - whilst I don't see myself buying a G1 I am more excited about what the future may hold for m4/... (more)

Ray Shotter Re: No Lightweight
Ian, thanks for that important piece of information. Unless I missed it in the detailed press re... (more)

joachim Re: No Lightweight
Another thing to consider is the Panasonic has a tilting monitor, the one on the E-420 is fixed. ... (more)

joachim Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Thanks for the link. I have seen that page before. A detailed picture of the 20/1.7 is availabl... (more)

Richard L Dixon Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
well it was hyped up to high heaven and what a heap of c**p it looks ..and from what i can see the ... (more)

Bob Ross Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Hi Richard, I am a bit curious about "all the hype". I must have missed it. There was an announc... (more)

dazedgonebye Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I'm sort of wishing I could see some Oly hype. I'm awful curious as to their take on this whole thi... (more)

Richard L Dixon Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
"All the hype " which i refer to was all over these pages :D sorry i didnt mean official hype ...... (more)

Raj Surin Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Yes - I do hope Oly comes up with something (micro and ) smart -Ive held back picking up the Ultra z... (more)

Bob Ross Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
We probably need a new term, like "creative outburst syndrome postings" or COSP *LOL Bob... (more)

Atlasman Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
$1300 here in Canada.... (more)

Atlasman Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
Can you zoom during video recording? If yes, is there a dedicated zoom in/out? If no, how effec... (more)

thestickman Re: Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds DMC-G1 baby previewed
I'm not Ian but just to chip in... Yes you can zoom while recording on the GH1. They developed a spe... (more)