I know, I know. LensWork is all about photography and the creative process, not about gear. But, we do use gear and occasionally I just get excited about something.
For some time now, I've been needing a portable (i.e., fit in my pocket) camera that I can still use for serious work in certain circumstances. I've been wanting something small, silent, fast, easy, and inconspicuous. I've been looking at the APS-C sized Fuji X100s and the X1 now for some time. (I saw a portfolio of work done with an X100 camera in the Tokyo fish market and was very impressed with the results.) For some reason, I just couldn't commit to either of them, probably because of their fixed lens.
But today . . . Panasonic announced exactly what I've been looking for. I immediately pulled the trigger and pre-ordered one. The Lumix GM1.
- Small, smaller, smallest. Wow. How do they do that?
- Full M4/3 sensor
- 16megapixels — even more than my "serious" 12mp cameras
- Interchangeable lens (the ones I already own!) — can't wait to use it with my 20mm f/1.7
- Comes with a new 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 zoom (eq. 24-64mm)
- Silent shutter option (up to 1/16000 sec — yes, that's one sixteen thousandths!)
- IS in the lens
- RAW, JPG
- HD 24p (1920x1080) and 60p at 1280x720 MPEG-4 movies
I'd heard nothing about this until I saw it on dpreview.com today, so a total surprise. Immediately jumped on it. The very camera I've been lusting after for pocketability and silent operation, and at $750 this new Panasonic GM1 was a no brainer.
The only bad news is that it won't ship until mid-December. The really expensive part might be if I need to have surgery on my fingers so I can press the teeny tiny buttons. Plus the plane fare to get me to the Tokyo fish market.
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