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Panasonic Unveils New Lumix G-Series Cameras

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has released two new Micro Four-Thirds cameras, the Lumix DMC-G2, which has been hailed as "the first interchangeable lens system camera with touch-control shooting" and the DMC-G10.

The G2, which replaces the G1, comes with a 3-inch articulated touchscreen LCD panel while the G10 has a 3-inch fixed LCD screen instead. Both feature the Venus Engine HD II processing engine and like the G1 that they replace, have a 12.1-megapixel sensor.

Both can record MJPEG 720p HD video footage with the higher end G2 offering the option of capturing content in popular AVCHD Lite format at 50fps (PAL) or 60fps (NTSC).

Mono Sound is recorded via a built in microphone on both models although the G2 also offer an optional microphone entry to record in stereo. In addition, it has a dedicated video record button that is lacking on the G10.

Both models will be offered from June (ed: why paper launch them now?) and are expected to have a starting price of £500 (at least for the G10 which Panasonic says is the "lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a viewfinder".)

The MFT format was announced back in August 2008 and allows for smaller camera formats to be designed. Unsurprisingly, two Japanese companies, Panasonic and Olympus, came up with the idea of having mirrorless D-SLR like cameras.

Our Comments

Some have questioned the idea of getting touch sensitive screens for these semi professional cameras. As one commenter from Trusted Reviews put it, it makes screens "smudge quickly and horribly". Perhaps they will use some oleophobic technology.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.