It appears as though a new entry in Panasonic's high-end Lumix camera line has been leaked on an unlikely outlet - Instagram. The site has become a popular destination for online photo sharing, but it isn't exactly a beacon for breaking news. But as with any social platform, that possibility exists. So anyway, the leaked picture in question has a lot of signs pointing to it being fully legitimate.
The next in one of SlashGears camera series of choice has appeared in a couple of photos straight out of Taiwan - this is the DMC-GX1, and depending on how awesome it ends up being, we might have to switch up our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide - you never know! Of course it would be from previous Panasonic models to this new one, note that - what we've got here is a Lumix GX1, a Micro Four Thirds shooter that's sporting one of those fabulous X-series lenses we saw in August of this year. Is this our next every-event device?
If you are a hard-core camera geek, you may be the sort that is into hacking firmware to give your camera the features you wish the maker had given it from the factory. There have been some interesting hacks put forward for the Panasonic GH2 in the past and the latest that has surfaced makes the camera video quality much, much better.
If you're part of the mobile world, especially if you're dealing with something like Android, you know that any update, no matter how insignificant, to your hardware can get pretty exciting. Imagine the excitement then that owners of the Panasonic Lumix LX5 are feeling when they hear their fabulous camera is about to be upgraded with a sweet, sweet firmware upgrade. Panasonic has announced that the Lumix DMC-LX5 will be getting a firmware update on September 13, 2011, one that will optimize the camera's performance and will bump the image quality of the photos and video the camera can capture.
What's better than a sweet little high quality camera that fits in your pocket that you can rely on to bring you a lovely yet compact experience daily? That same thing with Wi-Fi connection capabilities. Then add the fact that it's got a touchscreen on the back - oh man, now you're just talking crazy. Not actually - this is a real device, and it's called the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90. This camera is rated at 12 megapixels, is just 0.85 inches deep, and can connect to the internet wirelessly.
The Panasonic Lumix family is expanding by the minute here in internet land, the newest addition being this 24x megazoom monster made for both stills and video with a massive array of impressive specifications across the board. This camera is rated at 12 megapixels, has 24x optical zoom, and is one of the first cameras on the market to support AVCHD Progressive video recording. She'll make a fine addition to your own Lumix family with no less than 1080p 60fps video recording as well.
What we've known since the Panasonic LUMIX GF3 became official is many things. The first of these things was that this device was 7.83oz light, the second being that it shoots at 12.1 megapixels and 1080/60i Full HD video, and that it'd be the smallest most awesome camera on the block despite its fantastic abilities. The third thing we knew right from the start is that this camera would be released twice, once in July of 2011 with a 14mm lens for $699.99, then a second time as a completely different kit with a 14-42mm lens in August for $599.99. Guess what? That time has come.
The good camera folk at Panasonic have announced today their intent to release a new set of lenses, the first of which takes the size of its previously bulky 14-42mm Micro Four Thirds zoom lens and smashes it down to half the size - while closed. This new LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm is a lens kit that takes the previous generation, that being the same f/3.5-5.6 aperture range and same zoom capabilities, but puts it in a housing that, while closed, is less than half the size, and while extended is also noticeably smaller than its predecessor - cut the bulk out! This first lens is a kit option in your DMC-GF3X model Panasonic camera, a camera we're also receiving information on today. This is only the first of two new X-series lenses coming out from Panasonic - the second hits the 45-175mm range.
Panasonic has outed a pair of new digital cameras, the LUMIX LS5 for entry-level users wanting wide-optics and a 14.1-megapixel sensor, along with the LUMIX DMC-FZ47 with a lengthy 24x super-zoom. The LS5 has a 26mm wide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom, and can be run on a set of AA batteries, but still manages to record 720p 30fps HD video and include optical image stabilization.
Panasonic and its line of G-series cameras are very popular with photographers that want high quality images and a portable design. Panasonic has added a new camera to the G family called the Lumix DMC-G3. The G3 is hailed as Panasonic's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera with a viewfinder. The camera has all the high-end features you expect from a G-series camera too. It will record full 1080p resolution video for instance.