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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 review product images (7 of 7)ISO 2001-500 sec at f - 1.7

Behold: the Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2. Yes, an f1.2 autofocusing lens is here for the Micro Four Thirds system. Customers have ben dreaming about a lens like this for many years and as the system has grown up, so too have its optics offerings.

We’re very much inclined to say that this portrait lens is something that you’ll never want to let go of. In collaboration with Leica, Panasonic has created something that is sharp, delivers great colors with skin tones, and isn’t too heavy.

And if anything is holding you back, it will really only be the price.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GM1 first impressions Photo Plus Expo 2013 (2 of 7)ISO 64001-15 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve been hearing a lot of news hinting that Panasonic could introduce a new LX8 with a Micro Four Thirds sensor and now there’s word there will also be a new GM2 with a built-in EVF. 43 Rumors has received a tip suggesting as much and the camera could even come with native 4K recording like the GH4. We’re not sure if the EVF will interfere with the incredible pocketablity of the first GM1 but Panasonic could adopt a pop-up viewfinder as seen with the Sony RX100 Mark III

There aren’t any other details or specs to go on—but this is the second time we’ve heard Panasonic will release a new interchangeable MFT camera. If the rumors are true this would make the GM2 the world’s smallest compact system camera with a built-in EVF. Panasonic LX8 is also supposedly on the horizon that purportedly will also utilize a MFT senor.

It would make sense Panasonic would introduce new cameras soon. After all Photokina is just a month away. There have not been a lot of early reports outing what Olympus might have in store for us, but it seems like new tech will be making waves in the Micro Four Thirds world this year.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GH4 product lead photo (1 of 1)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

The Panasonic GH4 is a camera that, when announced, was for the most part an incremental upgrade from the GH3–on paper at least. However, the GH3 was also quite a good camera. But if you loved the GH3, then you’ll be amazed by what the GH4 can do. It focuses faster, has better image quality and feels great in the hand. However, this is all really to a certain point.

At its heart, the GH4 houses a 16.05MP Four Thirds sensor, has magnesium alloy construction, 49 autofocus points, 4K video recording, a 3 inch 1,035K dot LCD screen, and a 2,359K-Dot OLED Live View Finder. But is that enough to make you leave your current camera?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II product images first impressions (4 of 5)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 3.5

Panasonic may be working on an extremely tantalizing wide-angle prime lens as Egami has spotted a new patent describing several 12mm lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras—one of which has a maximum aperture of f1.2. To top it off the patent also says the lenses will all feature optical image stabilization. The OIS feature does not sound immediately useful for landscapes, but it could help in a pinch capturing spanning scenes at night or shooting stars without a tripod.

In the patent the Japanese electronics company is exploring multiple 12mm lenses all with different wide-open apertures including f1.2, f1.4, f2.0, and f2.8. We’re hoping that Panasonic decides to go forward with the f1.2 model, because of the two times crop factor of Micro Four Thirds sensors will effectively turn the lens into a 24mm f2.4 in terms of 35mm equivalency.

It’s not as fast as the Canon 24mm f1.4L but the lens is still an incredibly unique in the Micro Four Thirds world. Panasonic has already produced some incredible short focal length primes such as the 15mm f1.7 and 20mm f1.7 II so we expect a repeat performance from Panasonic once again with this rumored piece of glass.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

Panasonic’s 20mm f1.7 II is a lens that was designed for the street photographer and for the creative embracing smaller cameras. It is an update to one of the first lenses put out for the Micro Four Thirds system; and it has been long overdue in some eyes. Sticking with the pancake design, the lens has upgrades including a metal body, faster focusing motors, and a considerable price hike.

But if you’re a street photographer, then this lens may be the single one you’ll want to own.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GM1 first impressions Photo Plus Expo 2013 (7 of 7)ISO 64001-40 sec at f - 2.5

Big rumors in the Micro Four Thirds world say Panasonic is working on a new sensor that will be integrated with a new interchangeable lens body and a new fixed lens compact. 43Rumors has confirmed that much with an anonymous tipster and that says the cameras could be come by late August or early September putting it in the sweet spot for a reveal at Photokina. Other than confirming the existence of such cameras we do not yet have any specs on either of Panasonic’s future camera units.

The Panasonic LX8 has been long rumored to feature a new bigger sensor. While early reports suggested the high-end, fixed lens compact would feature a 1-inch sensor it made more sense if Panasonic leveraged the actual sensor technology it already uses. These latest rumors seem to corroborate this theory.

As for a new Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera, Panasonic has been long over due for a new model since the GX7 launched last August. What’s more Panasonic has been playing second fiddle to Olympus for too long even with its highly regarded line of SLR-styled Lumix cameras like the GH4. So we’re hoping for something that will be truly eye catching to photographers as the Japanese camera company tends to cater to gear nuts.