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.
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.
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.
Keywords: GF1, Micro Four-Thirds, Panasonic DMC-GF1