Panasonic is set to pull out the follow-up Micro Four Thirds format cam to its Lumix GF1 with the DMC-GX1, featuring a souped-up design with faster autofocus and boosted image quality.
The new camera brings with it a revamped interface with more physical controls than some of the recent Lumix interchangeable lens cameras like the GF2 and GF3, with a closer semblance to the GF1 with its mode dials and extensive buttons around the back.
The enthusiast model also brings with it an upgraded autofocus, a three inch LCD touchscreen (the autofocus couples with the touchscreen to allow full-area focusing anywhere in the field of view with a finger tap), ISO sensitivity up to 12,800, and a 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor in the boot.
The interchangeable lens cam fits in with the Lumix range of lenses as well as new hot-shoe add-ons like the articulated DMW-LVF2 live view finder featuring 1.44 million dots. Hot-shoe flash isn’t a necessity on this model, with a built-in pop-out flash tucked away on the left side of the unit.
Australian enthusiast snappers will be able to get their hands on the GX1 in early 2012, though Panasonic Australia is yet to put a price on the model. As a rough guide, the RRPs around the world sit at $700 in the US, 500 pounds in the UK and 600 Euros for the European market.