Panasonic's new Lumix GX1 Compact System Camera is a Micro Four-Thirds camera, just like the GF1. It uses contrast detection for autofocus, allowing lightning fast focus and a tiny form factor. The included 14-42mm lens (28-84mm equivalent in 35mm) is really small, as well, making the camera look like a classic rangefinder from the 1960s, sans optical viewfinder. The LUMIX G Series is a robust system of bodies and lenses, featuring a total of 14 Micro Four Thirds lenses including the new power zoom X lens — standard zoom lens, telephoto zoom lens, single focal length lens, wide-angle lens, fish-eye lens, macro lens, and even a 3D lens — to fit a variety of shooting scenarios and occasions. There is a hotshoe on top and full automatic control, which you can then opt for as much manual control as you'd like. It's not a camera for beginners, much better for advanced amateurs and above.
It shoots 16 megapixel still photos and 1080p HD video, and has good low light performance, with ISO settings to 12,800. The sensor vibrates on startup to shake dust off. The touch-control system of the LUMIX GX1 lets users set the focus on the subject by simply touching it on the large, 460,000-dot wide-viewing angle LCD. Users can even release the shutter by touching the screen. There's also an optional tiltable LCD that plugs into the hotshoe on top of the camera that shows 100% view, can tilt in several directions, and magnifies the image 1.4x.
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