Thursday, February 23, 2012

Panasonic's Plans for High End Micro 4/3 Equipment?

Is the DMC-GX1 about to be upstaged by another Panasonic product?
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
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The British online magazine Amateur Photographer reports that Panasonic is planning to add a "very high end" camera to its lineup.
 
(Click Here) to read the story at http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/
 
This information is attributed to Ichiro Kitao, director of Panasonic's digital still camera business.
 
I do find this intriguing, as Olympus brings out the OM-D. Personally, I really enjoy the relative low cost of Panasonic's Micro 4/3 camera bodies. Even though modest in price, the DMC-G3 offers excellent sensor technology, a great electronic viewfinder, and many practical features.
 
I guess that I may be attracted to an upscale version, but find little lacking in the current lineup. It's not like Panasonic has a legendary past in still cameras to "go retro" with; Olympus certainly does. That said, if Panasonic took from the styling of some other manufacturer's classics (think Leica, Fuji, etc.), they may have something great.
 
I look forward to seeing what, if anything, this means in terms of new product offerings in the near future!
 
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