Panasonic shows world's smallest DLSR
All thanks to Micro Four-Thirds
The developers of the Micro Four-Thirds lens system promised that it would create smaller digital SLRs and the new Lumix DMC-G1 from Panasonic is claimed to be the first offspring of the technology.
The 12.1-megapixel DMC-G1 is also claimed to be the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera, weighing in at approximately 385g. The MFT system achieves this reduction in camera size and weight in part by eliminating the need for an internal mirror structure.
Binning the mirror makes Panasonic's DMC-G1 thin and light
The DMC-G1 has an integrated eye sensor that enables it to detect when a user approaches the viewfinder, the result being that the shooter’s 3in LCD display turns off automatically to conserve battery power.
If you’re shooting a moving object, such as herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain, then the snapper alters the ISO and shutter speed automatically to create blue-free photos.
Most modern cameras have pre-set image conditions, such as portrait or night scenery, but the DMC-G1 goes one step further by selecting them for you. Face detection for up to 15 faces is also included, but there’s no smile detection.
A “supersonic wave filter dust reduction system” may sound like something off the Concorde, but on board the DMC-G1 it simply means that 50,000 vibrations per second help to keep dust away from the image sensor as you’re star trekking across the universe.
Should body colours be of interest to you, then you’ll also like Panasonic’s claim that the DMC-G1 is the world’s first interchangeable lens camera available in three different colours: black, blue and red.
Panasonic hasn’t decided on a price for the DMC-G1 yet, but you will be able to snap it up in mid-November.
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Wouldn't want one...
...purely for the fact that if it has no mirror, it won't have the satisfying 'click' when you press the shutter release... which is surely the only reason for buying a DSLR?!
Precious, perhaps, but claiming firsts?
It may be precious to distinguish between SLRs and Live View cameras, but what's the point of having technical terminology if you don't use it correctly?
The end result is not the same, either. You have to use an EVF, which is not remotely accurate for manual focus, or the screen magnified. The provision of an EVF and a detachable lens is the only first it can claim; which is merely simplifying the design over the E330 by eliminating the second CCD and mirror/real viewfinder.
Whilst it may have stabilisation in the lens, do you know that James is wrong in suggesting that the G1 ALSO detects an attempt to photograph fast moving objects? What if you're using an unstabilised lens like the Olympus 7-14mm on an adaptor? The camera is fractionally smaller than the E420, yet loses a true viewfinder and still lacks internal OIS.
It's introducing a new mount, not improving image quality (I seriously doubt the smaller lenses developed for this platform will resolve as well as the Four Thirds lenses already on the market), and not really bringing anything new to the table.
Plenty of other cameras have featured flip and twist or flip/angled LCD screens, such as Sony's Alpha.
The G1 is really a retrograde step from the L1, rather than advancing the bridge camera. Let's see a bridge camera with a good 35-350mm lens and a full frame sensor that delivers decent dynamic range, before cluttering up the "DSLR" market with yet another mount, yet another attempt to cram more pixels into a smaller area.
A rose by any other name would prick as deep. OK, so it's not strictly speaking an SLR, but for practical purposes it's as near as dammit. A step up from the FZ series that perform just fine within their limitations.
Someone tell James that the G1 doesn't change the ISO speed to freeze the wildebeesties, it has a moving element within the lens. At least the switch to activate the image stabiliser is on the lenses.
What is totally cool from my view is the side-mounted flip and twist screen. A very useful feature only available otherwise on the Olympus E2(?)
Not a DSLR
As we said before, it's not a DSLR. There is no mirror, so no reflex (the R in "DSLR"). That is the whole point of this camera. If you want an abbreviation, "EVIL" is a widely-accepted one - for "electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens".
If it doesn't have a mirror, then it's not an SLR camera. It cannot be considered a digital SLR regardless of whether or not the lens is removable.
If it's not an SLR, then it's not - by ANY means - the first interchangeable lens digital camera. EPix launched their system using C-mount lenses in 1996, a digital still camera that was not only one of the first true digital cameras as we know them now (rather than the earliest ones which were digital video still caputure devices, or "Field Capture" - technology also integrated into some LaserDisc players of the era), but was also one of the real pioneers of integrated snap-shot digital photography in an era when scanning cameras were about the most useful tech around.
This isn't news - however, I don't recall reading about the Nikon D90, which HAS brought something new to the market, here.
How's that digital photography reporting going, eh?