Panasonic has added to its ever growing – yet ever shrinking – stable of Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras with what it claims is the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash. The new DMC-GF3 is 16.7 percent smaller and 16.2 percent lighter than its predecessor, the DMC-GF2
, which was itself 19 percent smaller and seven percent lighter than the preceding DMC-GF1. The GF3’s size and weight reductions are largely thanks to the elimination of an optical viewfinder and mirror-box, which also means there’s no electronic viewfinder.
Panasonic's ambitions to make LUMIX a major camera brand took a major leap at the Photokina
imaging expo in Cologne this morning when it showed the LUMIX DMC-GH2, the new “flagship” of the LUMIX G Micro System
. The DMC-GH2 offers a range of significant improvements over the GH1 including the world's fastest auto focus (approx 0.1 seconds), an ingenious touch-screen control for focusing and a range of other functionality access on the fly, full HD 1920x1080/60i movie recording at 24p, a simultaneous HDMI output while recording images and several new lenses including a 3D lens
which transforms the GH2 into a 3D movie and still camera. One wonders just how good the cameras will be that we'll be using five years from now, such is the progress of development.
If you’re interested in shooting 3D
but don’t want to go to the expense of shelling out cash for a new camera then Panasonic could have just the thing – provided the camera you’ve got is compatible with Panasonic’s Lumix G Micro System
. The company has announced it will offer the first digital interchangeable twin-lens before the end of the year, making it possible to shoot 3D with an interchangeable lens system camera.
After accidentally releasing details of its new additions to the Lumix G Micro System earlier in the week, Panasonic has now officially revealed the G2 and the G10 Micro Four Thirds cameras. The G2 features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, a rotating touchscreen display and 720p high definition AVCHD Lite video. The lightweight G10 looks almost identical but is actually a trimmed down version of the G2.