We give Panasonic's compact Micro Four Thirds LUMIX DMC-GX1 camera a brief test run in Sydney
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 is a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera with a relatively compact body that's designed for enthusiasts. It features a 16-megapixel Live MOS censor, ISO capability up to 12800, Full HD video recording and a touchscreen LCD. A burst mode speed of 4.2 shots per second makes it quite fast and its shot-to-shot performance was quite zippy in our brief hands-on session.
It has a comprehensive menu system that can be a little daunting until you get used to it. It's also a very customisable camera. Shortcut buttons can be used to store both stills and video settings. A new feature that's handy is the on-screen level gauge.
The body feels very solid in the hand. It has a rangefinder design that's a little reminiscent of the film cameras of old. The GX1 will be available in December. It will cost $899 for the body only; $999 in a kit with a 14-42mm lens; $1199 in a kit with a new 14-42mm Power Zoom lens.
What follows is a series of photos that we took with the GX1. They are straight out of the camera. The only PC editing we have done is to resize and crop them to fit these pages.
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