Not all people will want to get a Nikon D300s or Canon 7D for some simple reasons: too bulky and too expensive. The group of micro four-thirds camera manufacturers have long promised us compact high performance cameras and they delivered. The Olympus E-P1 has generated quite a buzz and now Panasonic has just officially announced the DMC-GF1. If you have been following rumors, this will not be a surprise.

Engadget calls it a rangefinder, but it is not a rangefinder camera.

The key features of Panasonic DMC-GF1

  • The world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangable lens camera with built-in flash
  • 12.1 effective pixel 4/3 Live MOS sensor
  • 3.0 inch 460,000-dot LCD screen
  • Optional Live View Finder provides full time live view function
  • Built-in dust reduction system
  • 1280×720 high-definition video recording in AVCHD Lite or Motion JPEG formats
  • Fast auto focus, fact recognition, AF tracking

Comparison with Olympus E-P1

The Panasonic GF1 has faster autofocus and AF-tracking, higher resolution LCD screen, built-in flash and the optional viewfinder. The Olympus E-P1 has built-in image stabilization, wider range of 4/3 lenses that supports autofocus, stereo sound and creative art filters.

Availability

It will be released in two kits packaged with either a Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 aspherical lens or a Lumix G Vario 14-45 mm f/3.5-f/5.6 lens. Pre-order available at Amazon.

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