Panasonic Announces G2 with Touch-screen, G10 and New Lens

Today, Panasonic announced their newest addition to the Micro Four Thirds line. The G2 stands out quite a bit as it has a touch-screen. The Panasonic G10 and G2 are the cameras that have been rumored about for some time. Unfortunately, photographers everywhere were wondering what was going to replace the amazing GH-1, which can arguably said to be the flagship of the system, will have to wait a while longer. It would be very interesting to see these with the new Noktor lens. Steve Huff has found problems with Micro Four Thirds sensors not being able to keep up with lenses like this as well problems equally so with the lens; let’s hope that these new cameras can perform well. Details, specs, images, press releases, etc after the jump. Click the images for a larger view.

G2

Targeted towards enthusiasts and entry level crowd that want a touch-screen interchangeable lens cam.

– Movable Touch-screen operation LCD

– 12.1 MP Live MOS sensor (for those of you who don’t know, a Live MOS sensor is essential a low powered CCD.)

– 720p HD video AVCHD Lite

– 3 inch 460K dot resolution LCD

– Replaces the G1

– Venus Engine HD II (re-engineered)

– Includes the 14-42mm Kit lens mentioned below.

– Available in Black, Magenta (Red) and Blue.

– See press release here Panasonic LUMIX G2 Press Release FINAL NDA DOC FILE DOWNLOAD!

G10

Targeted towards enthusiasts and entry level crowd that want a very light cam in this category

– 12.1 MP Live MOS sensor

– 720p HD video Motion JPEG

– AF tracking

– Viewfinder 202k dot equivalent

– 3 inch 460K dot resolution LCD

– Venus Engine HD II (re-engineered) for better noise reduction

– Includes the 14-42mm Kit lens mentioned below.

– From the Press Release DOC FILE DOWNLOAD (Panasonic LUMIX G10 Press Release FINAL NDA)

“* My Color mode with a total of seven preset effects – Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, Silhouette. Also includes Custom mode, which lets users manually set the color, brightness and saturation levels. For beginners, the LUMIX G10’s full-time Live View function lets users see how these settings will affect the images before they shoot, making it easier to capture the exact mood or atmosphere desired.

* Scene modes total 26, including the Peripheral Defocus mode, which lets users take a photo where the foreground is in focus and background is blurred – or vice versa. This popular effect can be intimidating for a beginner, but in the Peripheral Defocus mode, by simply selecting the objects to be blurred and focused using the camera’s keypad, it is simple for photographers of any level.

* Exposure meter can be displayed in the P/A/S/M shooting modes. The correlation between shutter speed and aperture is shown, with a color-coded warning system that alerts users when the settings are not in the proper range. For those new to system camera digital photography, this makes it easy to learn proper settings both visually and logically, enhancing their photography skills.”

14-42mm F3.5-5.6

Targeted towards the entry-level crowd.

– 28-84mm equivalent zoom range.

– Mega O.I.S.

– Minimum focusing distance of 30cm

– Press release here DOC FILE DOWNLOAD Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm Release FINAL NDA.

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