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Bridging the gap: the Panasonic LUMIX GX1

Panasonic has been busy – along with announcing the world’s smallest 3D compact camera, it has also found time to bring a new Lumix G camera to the market – offering a new interchangeable lens camera that can fit in your pocket.

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The LUMIX G1 has the look of a classic camera, with its gunmetal grey or raven black body – its chassis is smooth aluminium, which means it is both sturdy and light (weighing 413g). The leather grip on the right hand side, is both practical and stylish in a retro kind of way.

The metal body makes it a sturdy camera, compared with some of the plastic bodied models available from Panasonic, making a steady base on which to fit the interchangeable lenses.
Mind you, with a body-only price of £500, it should feel good.

This is another Micro Four thirds camera, which fills the gap between a digital SLR and a snap-and-go compact, offering plenty of manual control and creativity for the enthusiast photographer.

Features that should delight the enthusiast include plenty of manual controls, a speedy autofocus (Panasonic reckons it’s as fast as 0.9s) and Burst Shooting speed of up to 20fps if you’re trying to capture fast-moving subjects.

A 3in touchscreen is also included, although we reckon keen photographers would rather use the buttons for controls. However, if you’re more of a beginner, the touchscreen may feel familiar to you and Panasonic has included an Intelligent Auto Plus mode just for you to help you get going.

The LCD display can also be used to view your HD video and stills.

There are14 lenses to choose from (including Panasonic’s new pancake lens sized 14-42mm X Zoom lens, part of its new range of ultra-compact electronic power zoom ‘X’ lenses) which should be enough satisfy even the most demanding of photographers, plus a 16MP sensor and low-light sensitivity at up to ISO 12800. There is a 3D lens available as well.

As we’ve mentioned, the body is £499.99 or with the H-FS014042 lens £599.99 – both from mid-December. The body with the H-PS14042 lens will be available from mid January at £729.99.