Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Panasonic Lumix GX1 news

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is a new Micro Four Thirds compact system camera that offers photographers advanced features in a compact body design.
The Lumix GX1's closest predecessor is the GF2, but the new camera draws in features from across the Lumix line. The 16-megapixel sensor comes from the popular G3 and reintroduces the accessory port and hotshoe missing from the previous GF3 model.

The new Lumix GX1 puts plenty of controls at your fingertips as well as offering touch control via the 3-inch display on the back. For GF1 owners, it's worth noting that Panasonic shuffled buttons a bit, adding a dedicated function button for a total of two, while moving the Drive mode that was once addressed by the switch on the top deck to the bottom navigation button. This is where the control is on the GF2 and GF3, so those users will find it familiar.

Pressing on the dial switches to exposure compensation, making quick control of exposure really easy to execute on the GX1. Intelligent Auto moved from the Mode dial to the now-standard button on the top deck. The power switch is nested under the Mode dial, a neater solution than the simple slider on the GF1. Gone, sadly, is the Drive-mode switch that was nested under the Mode dial on the GF1, jutting out toward the front.

Panasonic also went with a simpler design for the pop-up flash than appeared in the GF1. Since the Sony NEX-5, we've seen successively smaller designs like the Olympus E-PM1 and Panasonic's own GF2 and GF3 that moved away from the rangefinder ethos of the GF1 for the sake of fitting into the silhouette of the NEX-5. Panasonic read the writing on the wall and took heed, wisely returning to the GF1 design, giving it a new name: Lumix GX1.

With a slightly more refined air, the Panasonic Lumix GX1 is indeed a better fit for enthusiasts who like a little more control.


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