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Panasonic Lumix G HD

Panasonic Lumix G HDWorld Exclusive! The Panasonic Lumix G HD camera has been unveiled ahead of Photokina. Shown as an advanced prototype under glass, we were among the first journalists to see the Panasonic G HD, identical to the G1 except for added video capability. A small Record Video button has been added to the rear grip of the Lumix G HD, and a large mic/speaker on top of the camera. No specific details were given about the particular High Definition mode that will be employed. The Panasonic Lumix G HD will be launched in Spring 2009. Click the continue link to see a gallery of pictures of the hot-off-the-press Panasonic Lumix G HD.

Update: We’ve now added in-hand photos of the three prototype lenses planned for release sometime in 2009 - the 20mm pancake, 7-14mm wide-angle, and 14-140mm telephoto. Seeing these tiny lenses in the flesh, especially the 20mm pancake, really shows what the Micro Four Thirds system is capable of.

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The prototype version of the Panasonic Lumix HD. A closer view of the HD badge - the name has still to be finalised.
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The Panasonic Lumix HD is almost identical to the new G1 camera… Except for the addition of a Record Video button on the handgrip…
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...which you can see again here. A prototype version of the new 14-140mm lens, due in 2009.
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...and from a different angle. The mic/speaker in close-up.
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.The remarkably small 20mm pancake lens, planned for launch in 2009. The wide-angle 7-14mm lens, again due for a 2009 release.
The 14-140mm, 10x zoom, providing a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-280mm.  

Published: Monday, September 22, 2008

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Reader Comments

  1. Is it still 4/3?

    AA at 08:49pm on Sunday, September 21, 2008

  2. Yes, micro 4/3s as the G1. Looking forward to seeing sample pics & video !

    MUMUFMUFCOK at 09:30pm on Sunday, September 21, 2008

  3. That is quite a lens. What I'm really hoping for are more radical designs of the camera body, so far G1 and HD have been really quite traditional. Smaller should be possible.

    JH at 09:52pm on Sunday, September 21, 2008

  4. So the HD must be of relatively low quality, then?

    AA at 01:59am on Monday, September 22, 2008

  5. Yes, it's Micro Four Thirds. Just a mockup, so no samples I'm afraid. Exactly the same size as the G1. No indication was given by Panasonic about the video quality.

    Mark Goldstein at 04:57am on Monday, September 22, 2008

  6. i noticed that the lenses no longer bear the name Leica but is changed to Lumix . could this mean that the two companies are no longer commercially associated ?

    CARL HAMILTON at 05:54am on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

  7. Lens names: Panasonic representatives commented at some point that they needed something more "consumer-friendly" in lenses for G1, I would imagine Leica wants to reserve their trademark to something more higher-end in lenses.

    JH at 06:10am on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

  8. A new era begins, G1 HD could be a DSLR killer.

    Lumix at 01:56am on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

  9. I have the panny g1 and it is quite a good piece of machinery. I REALLY wish that i would have waited! I new that they would be coming out with a g series with video. I just didn't think so soon!I cant wait to see the "HD" specs for it! If its 1080i @ atleast 30 frames per second. I will probably sell my g1 for the g1 hd with video! But right at this point in time. I will stay satisfied with my g1. Also i am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new lenses!! A macro lens is needed here!

    Ryan at 05:54am on Wednesday, February 18, 2009

  10. Any one got the news about this? I really want it, when can i buy for it?

    KIT at 04:39pm on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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    bmjhbm at 05:08am on Monday, March 16, 2009

  12. The Video Quality will be 1080p and will include live autofocus, manual focus, and zoom during filming. Cant't wait! In my opinion, this has a chance to own the D90.

    Ian Hanson at 10:43pm on Sunday, April 19, 2009

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