Panasonic were showing the new Panasonic Lumix G1 – based on the micro four thirds system – whilst not as small as I was expecting, it’s slightly bigger than Panasonic’s ultra zoom cameras. It features Full-time Live View both for LCD and LVF, 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor, new smaller LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm MEGA O.I.S. lens, Dust reduction system and tilting 3″ screen. It will also be available in three colours depending on location.
Top – the camera has a film mode button which lets you choose between various options such as natural, vivid, black and white etc. You can customise these settings.
Pop up flash – the camera is available with two new Panasonic lenses with Mega Optical Image Stabilisation built in – these lenses are more compact than normal four thirds lenses, and are so far available as 14-45mm, and 45-200mm lenses.
Back – the screen updates very smoothly and the shutter response is almost instant. The EVF (electronic viewfinder) features “eye-detectoin” and will automatically switch on when you put your eye up to the viewfinder.
Menus – they appear almost identical to the other Lumix point and shoot cameras, and give you a choice of aspect ratio 4:3 (default), 3:2 and 16:9.
Panasonic sensor exposed – the camera features the same supersonic wave filter sensor cleaning system as the Olympus DSLR cameras.