Panasonic Announces Pricing For New LUMIX G Micro Four Thirds Cameras
Panasonic today announced pricing for LUMIX G2 and LUMIX G10, the latest additions to the company's LUMIX G Series Digital Singles Lens (DSL) Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Both available in the late May 2010, the LUMIX G2, which will come in red, blue and black models, will have a suggested retail price of $799.95, while the LUMIX G10 will have an SRP of $599.95.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G2, the successor to LUMIX G1, is claimed to be the world's first digital interchangeable lens system camera with a movable touchscreen LCD. The touch controls let users adjust auto focus by touching the subject on the large 3-inch 460,000-dot high-resolution LCD. The LUMIX G2 also shoots 720p High-Definition video in the AVCHD Lite format.
The touchscreen also lets users take photos by touching the LUMIX G2's screen. Moreover, it can be used during playback: users can touch a thumbnail to quickly see it in full size. Also, to view images one by one, photos can be dragged across the screen like flipping the pages of a book. Once a user locks onto a subject, the LUMIX G2 enables AF Tracking and will track the subject as it moves within the frame. Then, with a touch of the screen, users can select the part and the size of AF area with the 1-area AF. The multi-area AF sets a group of AF points according to the composition.
As stated above, LUMIX G2 records 1280x720 HD videos in the AVCHD Lite format. With a dedicated video record button, users can easily start recording a video. To complement its video capabilities, the LUMIX G2 features advanced audio options, as sound is recorded with Dolby Digital Creator and an optional accessory stereo microphone can be attached. A Wind Cut function further enhances the sound as it helps reduce noise caused from background wind.
For entry-level users wanting to step up to a digital interchangeable lens camera, the LUMIX DMC-G10 is an affordable, high-performing and compact option. The new compact and portable LUMIX G10 can also record 720p HD videos.
LUMIX G10 uses a mirrorless structure as part of the Micro Four Thirds System standard, not needing a number of components found in conventional interchangeable lens cameras, including mirror box and optical viewfinder. LUMIX G10 also offers iA (Intelligent Auto), an easy shooting mode with automatic optimization according to the scene in both photo and video recording.
Both the LUMIX G2 and LUMIX G10 will come equipped with the LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens. The new lens offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42mm (35mm equivalent 28-84mm). Furthermore, both models are compatible with all LUMIX G-Series DSL Micro Four Thirds system lenses. In addition to LUMIX G lenses, the LUMIX DMC-G10 and LUMIX DMC-G2 DSL Micro Four Thirds digital cameras can use any interchangeable lens that complies with the Four Thirds standard via an optional mount adaptor DMW-MA1 and with the Leica M/R Lenses via DMW-MA2M or MA3R.
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