November 8, 2011
Panasonic Lumix GX1 with 16.01-megapixel Live MOS sensor ensure real-to-life images through excellent resolution and color reproduction
The new Panasonic Lumix GX1 features a 16.01-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine, helping to ensure real-to-life images through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Even in low-light situations and at maximum 12800 high ISO sensitivity, the Lumix GX1 can produce stunning photos and videos, and because of its compact size it can be easily carried for daily use. The Lumix GX1, like all the models in Panasonic’s Lumix G Series of Compact System Camera, adopts Contrast AF for its focus system, so focusing is controlled by the image sensor. When compared with the Phase difference system AF, Contrast AF achieves higher accuracy especially when shooting with a bright lens with small F value. To further advance the Contrast AF, the Lumix GX1 incorporates full-area focusing, making it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view. With the Lumix GX1’s 3.0-inch touch LCD screen, frame composition is intuitive and easy.
The Lumix GX1 features an ultra high-speed Light Speed AF, which means it can Auto Focus in approximately 0.09 second. The touch-control system of the Lumix GX1 lets users set the focus on the subject by simply touching it on the large; 460,000-dot wide-viewing angle LCD.Users can even release the shutter by touching the screen. Once locked on the subject with a touch, the Lumix GX1 tracks the subject, even when it moves, using the AF tracking function. With a touch on the screen, users can select the part and the size of the AF area, choosing from 1-area AF, Multi-area AF with 23 AF areas and Pinpoint AF, which allows extremely precise focus setting.
Despite its compact size, the Lumix GX1 is extremely intuitive to operate, with an optimized layout of control buttons, a mode dial and dedicated function buttons. Users can customize the two external buttons and two menus tabs to settings they most frequently use so they are easily accessible. In addition, a total of four custom setting patterns can be stored to the camera’s model dial – one on ‘C1 and three on ‘C2.
The Lumix GX1 can record 1920 x 1080 at 60i, with sensor output of 30p, full-High Definition videos in the AVCHD format. In addition to the practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets users enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Along with the full-HD video capabilities, the Lumix GX1 also features high-quality sound, recorded with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator. Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without having to convert the files.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 will be available in black and silver bodies in mid-December and in the following kit options: DMC-GX1-X with the Lumix G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $949.99; the DMC-GX1-K with the 14-42 standard zoom for an SRP of $799.99; and the DMC-GX1, body only for an SRP of $699.99.