I have been a huge fan of Panasonic’s Micro 4/3s camera system. Check out my GF1 and G2 unboxings. I never felt like the GF2 and GF3 were worthy upgrades, so I defaulted on picking up a G2 as work around. I must say, that this new GX1 is exactly what should have succeeded the GF1. Panasonic has finally switched its focus back to more experienced photographers. The GX1 is the first in the small-body series to get an upgraded 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and has better low-light performance along with an ISO 12,800 sensitivity ceiling. Customization is also once again more important: it now has C1 and C2 modes that support a total of four user presets, two programmable buttons, and a thumb wheel.
Panasonic delivers the GX1 in mid-December in three versions. A plain body-only kit will cost $700, while a version with the conventional-zoom 14-42mm, f3.5-5.6 lens will cost $800. Opting for the power zoom 14-42mm, f3.5-5.6 kit intended for videographers raises the price to $950. Both black and silver colors will be available. An optional DMW-LVF2 electronic viewfinder gives a 1.44-megapixel eyepiece with complete coverage and a 1.4X zoom factor.