In the never ending race of megapixels, Autofocus speeds & shrinking bodies Panasonic had until very recently the lead when it comes to mirrorless hot & performing cameras. Nikon attempted not very long ago with the introduction of their very own mirrorless system, and for the prosumers the big winner is the upcoming (after floods & all) NEX-7. So Panny had to play catch up….
And even if a true GF1 successor has been awaited for… years it hasn’t been until now that micro 4/3 enthusiasts can claim having a decent option. No E-viewfinder, no detachable screen but…. such compact X-model lenses….
Of course we’re comparing two different things here, GX1 is primarily (and as described by one of Panasonic’s American product managers) a GF1 replacement for GF1 owners… (bad move here?), what changes? Basically the sensor (16-megapixel Live MOS existing in the G3), new image-processing engine, better autofocus….and some nice-to-haves of course: programmable buttons, touchscreen with new interface, an in-camera level gauge, new grip…etc etc.
A model that maybe arriving too late (with too little enhancements?), but that will hopefully see many more sucessors in the new GX series. Should be available early next year apparently (not in time for Christmas) for just above £760 … and while you wait we suggest you visit popco’s website with better pics & videos.