Panasonic’s recently announced line of Lumix DMC-G1 cameras promises to be the smallest camera yet with support for interchangeable lenses.
It’s an intriguing little camera, somewhere between a DSLR (which it ain’t) and a point-and-shoot. The camera itself packs 12.1 MegaPixels, a high-res viewfinder, a fast autofocus and a focal-plane shutter. It will come with a Limix G Vario Vario 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S lens, with a zoom lens and an adapter capable of fitting any Four Thirds lens you might already own sold separately.
They’re certainly attractive little cameras with their red, black and blue chassises. I’m intrigued: I’ve been considering making the foray into the realm of DSLR, and the Lumix DMC-G1s look like a decent segue from the point-and-shoot world I know into perfectly focused pastures beyond.
Still, I’d be paying a hefty price for that slow immersion: at $800, the Lumix DMC-G1 is a few hundred dollars more than some entry level DSLR options.