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Panasonic Unveils Two New G-Micro System Cameras

Panasonic has announced the launch of two new cameras in its revolutionary G-Micro series of Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system cameras, as well as three new lenses for the system. The new cameras join the Lumix G1, GH1 and GF1, bringing the range to five models.

The new Lumix G10 is now the entry-level model of the range. It is essentially a stripped-down Lumix G1, but does also have some improved features. It is equipped with the same 12.1 megapixel Live MOS 4/3-inch sensor, but has a lower resolution 202k dot, 0.52x magnification electronic viewfinder, and although its has the same three-inch size 460k LCD monitor as the G1, the G10's is fixed rather than articulated. However the G10 does have the new Venus Engine HD2 processor, features1280 x 720 resolution 30fps video recording with mono audio and face-tracking AF, and has a continuous shooting speed of 3.2fps, slightly faster than the G1.

Other improvements over the original model include Panasonic's new Intelligent Resolution technology, as well as seven colour pre-sets in the My Colour mode. It also has a higher maximum sensitivity of 6400 ISO.

The G10 will be available as a starter with the new 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Mega OIS standard zoom lens. No price or availability date had been set at the time of writing, but there may be more news from our intrepid reporter Ed Chester later today.

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March 7, 2010, 3:14 pm

<p>Panny are keeping well ahead of the chasing pack here. If the pricing is keen these two cameras will sell by the boatload.. I'm still sitting on the fence though waiting for the perfect compact M4/3..</p>


March 7, 2010, 9:02 pm

<p>&amp;quot;The new lenses that are being launched for the G-Micro system, but they include a 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom with optical image stabilisation, an 8mm f/3.5 fisheye prime lens, and a 14mm f/2.8 standard prime lens.&amp;quot;<br><br><br><br><br><br>What? These lenses are identical to what Olympus is developing for M4/3 too, surely it would make more sense to fill in gaps and flesh out the system, rather then both producing absolutely identical lens line-ups. If you include the normal 4/3rds version, there'll soon be a choice of three 8mm f3.5 fisheyes.. why!?</p>


March 7, 2010, 11:46 pm

<p>I don't quite get this rush to have touch-sensitive screens. Do people actually find them useful? Surely it'll only make screens smudge quickly and horribly, which should be a particularly serious issue when you don't have an OVF? I'd think buttons would be much easier to use from a handling point of view - you don't need to shift your grip and reduce support to the camera to free a finger to touch the control. Or am I just being a complete Luddite here?</p>


March 8, 2010, 2:26 am

<p>Lensmann, I agree to a point, but in this case we have the choice of both, touch-screen and manual controls as before, that can't be a bad thing. Also for video on a tripod, the touchs-creen might prove the most ergonomic solution of them all.</p>


March 8, 2010, 2:48 am

<p>I'd prefer more dedicated buttons over a touch screen if given the choice. Coming from a GRDigital to my G1 I've found the UI to be not as good. I'd like Panasonic to do some work on this. Apart from that I really enjoy the G1.</p>


March 8, 2010, 7:44 am

<p>It doesn't look like they've removed any of the normal buttons, so I can't see how the touch-screen anything other than a good thing. Plus if you can tap the screen to manually direct the point of focus anywhere within a frame, it's extremely useful indeed.</p>


March 8, 2010, 2:54 pm

<p>Agreed they haven't removed features, but a touchscreen does add on to the price and it seems to be becoming a new must-have feature for cameras, which is what I was querying. I take the points about selecting the point of focus easily and it being useful for tripod shooting.</p>


March 8, 2010, 3:48 pm

<p>Every time a new camera is launched more and more features are added. I wonder just how many of the features are actually used or useful. Its really easy to get carried away with all the new technology, all I require of a camera is that it is simple to use and produces a decent image I do not want to waste time searching through endless menus for the latest must have feature. For many years I used a basic SLR film camera with few but simple controls. I seemed to have much more time to compose the photo. Oh! for the simple life!!!! Excuse me rambling on its probably an age thing!!!</p>


March 8, 2010, 4:32 pm

<p>@jopey - I aware they haven't removed any buttons. My feeling is that I would of prefered them to add dedicated buttons to functions rather than having to go through so many menu screens. Touchscreen is nice for the reasons you have mentioned. I would just like some improvements in UI when they do upgrades to specs.</p>

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