Monday, September 15, 2008

Panasonic Lumix G1


Digital Photography Review have published a preview of Panasonic's debut of the 'mini-DSLR'. It looks like things are moving in the right direction for my dream of a pocketable image-capture tool that takes beautiful, noise-free pictures.

Here are a few snippets...

"When you consider the incredible flexibility offered by digital capture (unencumbered by the physical need to put the film behind the lens and to advance it frame by frame) it's perhaps surprising that the digital interchangeable lens camera has remained so firmly rooted in a basic design that hasn't changed since the 1950s..."

"...we have a new system with a new lens mount and this, the G1; the world's first electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens camera. From the outside it looks for all the world like a conventional SLR (albeit a very small one)..."


"...the Panasonic G1 - represents the first complete break with legacy SLR technology going back well over half a century, and as such represents an important moment in digital photography's short history."


"It may seem like a relatively low-key product to herald a minor revolution in the digital SLR market, but have no doubt, the G1 is one of the most exciting products we've had under this roof for quite some years."
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3 comments:

David said...

It certainly is an interesting product although not really SLR. It could be seen as a new category of cameras emerging that could perhaps be called "advanced digital cameras". Others in the class might include the Sigma DP1, Canon G9 and Panasonic LX3. I wonder if Canon and Nikon will follow with a similarly designed camera or come up with some new way of making an SLR like camera.

Big Bad Pete said...

Is this the end of one of the most iconic, reassuring and satisfying sounds around. It ranks alongside the cycling of a pump action shotgun, airbrakes going on on an truck or the slight pop when pulling the cork out of a decent bottle of claret ( ah, those were the days )....

brett jordan said...

You missed out the burble of a perfectly tuned V8, or the lolloping tick-tock of a grandfather clock...

Maybe they'll have a choice of polyphonically sampled 'mirror up/mirror down' noises... hmm... i feel in a Canon F-1 mood today... nah, maybe a 1959 Nikon F, or a '67 Nikkormat FTn...

 
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