Users of DSLR cameras have always whined about the weight of their photography kit when they have little else to blame for a bad capture day. Panasonic has made sure they’ll look for better reasons the next time, with the announcement of the "world’s smallest" DSLR camera – the DMC-G1. At 385g, it is also the lightest interchangeable lens camera. This feat has been made possible by a Micro Four-Thirds (MFT) technology that offers a feasible alternative to mirrors inside the cam. The 12.1MP camera also features an integrated eye sensor for battery power conservation, automatic ISO and shutter speed adjustment, Face Detection for up to 15 faces, and a supersonic wave filter dust reduction system.
Pricing & Availability: Scheduled for a mid-November launch, the DMC-G1 will be available in three colors- black, blue and red. Pricing details are awaited.
Word around the Web:
Ilse Jurriën from Letsgodigital says:
Combining a downsized body and advanced camera features that realize the operational comfort even as easy as that of compact cameras, the super-mobile G1 shatters the old notion that all digital SLRs are bulky, heavy and hard to use.
Leonard Goh from CNet Asia says:
Keeping to the new format's promise of more compact form factors, the G1's dimensions look promising on paper.