Panasonic has added a fourth model to its line of Micro Four Thirds cameras. The GX1 resembles the small GF series rather than the SLR-styled G and GH lines, but it’s loaded with the latest technologies — 16 megapixel sensor, ISO sensitivity to 12,800 and 1920 x 1080 60i HD video in AVCHD format.
The GX1 follows the rest of Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds family in adopting a very fast contrast-detect autofocus system. Panasonic says the camera can achieve focus in as little a 0.09 sec. The GX1 also incorporates full-area focusing. In other words you can set any point within the frame to be the focus point.
The camera uses a three-inch touch sensitive LCD with a resolution of 460K dots. Panasonic’s touch screen interface is becoming quite sophisticated — you can use it to control autofocus, shutter and zooming functions. Using the screen you can set the focus point, and if the focus point is a moving subject, the camera will track it to keep it in focus. The touch AF system is quite versatile. You can choose single area AF, multiple area AF, which takes into consideration 23 AF areas, or pinpoint AF. The shutter can also be released using the touch screen interface. And, if you are using one of Panasonic’s X series power zoom lenses, you can control the zoom using the touch screen.
The Lumix GX1 will be available in December. Pricing is $850 with a 14-42 mm zoom lens, or $750 for body only.