Panasonic Australia has just unveiled its new-concept digital SLR: the 12.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-G1. The DMC-G1 is the first camera to use Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds format. Developed in conjunction with Olympus, this new SLR system employs a mirror-less design, which allows for a more compact body. Weighing 385 grams the G1 is the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera.
In place of a conventional optical viewfinder, the Micro Four Thirds format incorporates a 1.4 million-dot-equivalent electronic viewfinder system, which provides comparable results in a much smaller size.
In addition to reduced camera size, the Micro Four Thirds format also incorporates advanced Intelligent Auto functionality and Live View for point-and-shoot simplicity. This will help make it one of the easiest to use digital SLRs on the market and a good stepping stone into serious photography.
Panasonic Australia's Alistair Robins said: “[The LumixDMC-G1] offers the performance of a digital SLR without the weight and bulk… It combines the high image-quality of an SLR sensor with the ease of use of Intelligent Auto and small form factor of a compact camera, thanks to its innovative design.”
The G1 accepts both Micro Four Thirds System interchangeable lenses and conventional Four Thirds System lenses (when an optional adaptor is mounted). When the camera ships, two G1-specific lenses will be available: a 14-45mm lens and a 45-200mm lens. Unlike conventional SLRs, the G1 will be available in three different colour schemes: red, black or blue.
The DMC-G1 will be available in Australia in November. Pricing will be announced closer to its release.