Panasonic officially announced the latest addition to the Lumix G-series, the Lumix DMC-GF1 compact digital SLR camera that has been leaked before. The camera is claimed to be the world’s smallest and lightest system digital camera with a built-in flash. Like Olympus’ E-P1, the Lumix GF1 is based on the Micro Four Thirds system, in fact the two cameras look like each other but the E-P1 comes without built-in flash.
Panasonic’s GF1 features a 12.1 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor, Dust Reduction system, ISO up to 3200, Live View and deliver 60 frames-per-second full-time Live View images and 3-inch Intelligent LCD display with a wide viewing angle and a 460,000-dot resolution. It’s iA (Intelligent Auto) system includes Face Detection, Auto Focus Tracking, Mega OIS, Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Exposure; and Intelligent Scene Selector. The camera can record 1280x720p HD video in AVCHD Lite format or as Motion JPEG. The compact DSLR includes also the new My Color mode.
The GF1 is not only compatible with Micro Four Thirds lens but also Four Thirds System interchangeable lenses via an optional mount adapter DMW-MA1 and with the prestigious Leica M/R lenses using Panasonic’s DMW-MA2M DMW-MA3R adapter. The device supports SD/SDHC memory cards and offers HDMI connector.
Pansonic’s Lumix DMC-GF1 will be released in October with the option of two kits, one include the LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH, a compact and lightweight “pancake” lens, while the other kit features the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Both of them are priced at $899.95. Users may also get the Live View Finder DMW-LVF1 for $199.95 and DMW-MA2M and DMW-MA3R adapters for $249.95 each.