Panasonic offers up Lumix DMC-GF1 digital camera

Panasonic has unveiled a slick little point-and-shoot camera called the Lumix DMC-GF1. The camera is the latest addition to the G series of cameras and lays claim to the title of world's smallest and lightest digital camera with built-in flash. Like other G series cameras, the GF1 uses the micro four thirds system.

The micro four thirds systems means that lenses for the camera are interchangeable. Other features of the GF1 include the ability to record HD video in 720p resolution in AVCHD Lite format. The camera also supports lesser video resolutions as well. The camera features a wealth of different modes for artistic photos including a new My Color mode that offers seven different preset effects.

The GF1 has a 3-inch rear LCD with 460K dot resolution and Live View. The camera's sensor is 12-megapixels and it uses an autofocus system that is very fast. A dust removal system is integrated into the camera to keep image quality at optimum levels. Panasonic will ship the camera in October for $899.95 in two kits.

One kit will include a Lumix G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH pancake lens and the other kit will have a Lumix G Vario 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA OIS lens. Other lenses will be offered at prices ranging from $199.95 to $249.95.