Panasonic G-Series is world’s smallest system cameras

By on December 25, 2011
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New line-up packs a lot of punch for the size.

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There was a time that DSLR’s were non accessible to the average photography enthusiast but that time has long gone. Nowadays, high definiton DSLR’s have become so cheap and accessible that almost every other person is rocking one. Panasonic has just announced their latest line-up of compact cameras that may be small in size but pack quite a punch that almost rivals DSLR’s.

Panasonic’s new LUMIX G Micro System compact and light weight digital interchangeable lens system cameras use a collection of features that put enormous photographic power in a palm-sized camera.

The high-grade metal body combined with the 4/3-type sensor delivers high D-SLR-like performance, however in much smaller and lighter cameras and lenses than with a conventional D-SLR system. The LUMIX G Series models are compact and comfortable to use, with features that are designed to let users truly enjoy exploring completely new realms of photography.

“With Panasonic’s G series of LUMIX cameras photographers can enjoy a new level of freedom, mobility and creativeness. These cameras come with enhanced features and functionality that make photography easy, more enjoyable and rewarding. Users can choose between the DMC-GX1, DMC-GF3, DMC-G3 and the DMC-GH2 all of which are capable of taking that perfect image or video,” commented Hitesh Ojha, Senior Manager, Sales and Marketing – AV Categories, Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE.

Developed by Panasonic in cooperation with leading photographic engineers, the Micro Four Thirds standard system gives users the opportunity to explore the  creativity aspect of taking photographs with a range of compact lenses (in total, eleven lenses from 35mm equivalent 14mm–600mm, and with the fixed-focus 3D lens you can even record 3D photos). It carefully preserves the image quality of the 4/3-type sensor and offers excellent expandability and adaptability to future functions as well.

The G series is renowned for its Micro Four Thirds System standard for high quality and wide compatibility. Furthermore, full-time Live View for setting up the perfect shot and the unique iA mode for capturing stunning photos with all the ease of a compact digital camera are just some of the user friendly features.

The Live MOS offers the superior image quality of a CCD sensor and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor, efficiently capturing more light for brighter corners and enhanced resolution. The camera delivers full-time live view shooting, while reproducing images with fine detail and rich gradation. What is more, the 4/3-type sensor enables the camera to be used with a host of lightweight zoom and wide-angle lenses. All Panasonic LUMIX G Series cameras are compatible with advanced Micro Four Thirds and renowned LEICA lenses, which stand up to any shooting situation with grandeur.

LUMIX G Micro System cameras also records not only high quality photo but also stunning video. The AVCHD format features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than the conventional Motion JPEG. In addition to the practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets users enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Just by pointing the subject, the focus is shifted to it and let it stand out to attract attention.

Precision Contrast AF system of LUMIX G Micro System gains even higher speed realizing approx.  0.09 second of Light Speed AF. Consecutive shooting is also improved for 4.2 fps in 16.0-megapixel full resolution.

All cameras of LUMIX G Micro System adopt Contrast AF for its focus system. The Phase-difference AF system is susceptible to mechanical margin of error. However, in Contrast AF system, focusing is controlled by the image sensor so that no mechanical margin of error occurs to achieve precise focusing. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, the Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with bright lens with small F value.

The DMC-GF3 the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera and it features a new 16.0-megapixel sensor is capable of taking pictures that are at par with a professional DSLR camera. The cameras LUMIX G Micro System realizes high-quality photo images with real-to-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and colour reproduction. In addition, high sensitivity signal processing is redesigned for DMC-G3 to take full advantage of the newly developed 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor. Notably, images to be shot in low-lit situations at high ISO sensitivity setting is stunningly clear with highly sharp resolution.

The DMC-G3 featuring new 16.0-megapixel sensor and 1920 x 1080 full HD video recording capabilities and the DMC-G3 achieves further downsizing in both size and weight to break the record of world’s smallest and lightest camera. The DMC-G3 boasts 7.5 cm (3.0-inch) free-angle Intelligent LCD with 100% field of view, 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder).

The DMC-GX1 digital interchangeable lens system camera captures high image quality and stunning performance in both response and function. The LUMIX G Micro System realizes high-quality photo images with real-to-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and colour reproduction.

The DMC-GH2 precisely captures moving subjects at higher speeds than other models can. It features the world’s fastest level Light Speed AF of approximately 0.1 second, which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by doubling the drive speed from 60 frames per second to 120 frames per second. Both the accuracy and the speed of the advanced contrast AF system in the DMC-GH2 far exceed high-end digital SLRs with phase difference AF.


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