Panasonic Lumix G HD

September 22, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 12 Comments |

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.
   
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The 14-140mm, 10x zoom, providing a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-280mm.  


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#1 AA

Is it still 4/3?

8:49 pm - Sunday, September 21, 2008

#2 MUMUFMUFCOK

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

9:30 pm - Sunday, September 21, 2008

#3 JH

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.

9:52 pm - Sunday, September 21, 2008

#4 AA

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

1:59 am - Monday, September 22, 2008

#5 Mark Goldstein

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.

4:57 am - Monday, September 22, 2008

#6 CARL HAMILTON

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 ?

5:54 am - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

#7 JH

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.

6:10 am - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

#8 Lumix

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

1:56 am - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

#9 Ryan

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!

5:54 am - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

#10 KIT

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

4:39 pm - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

#12 Ian Hanson

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.

10:43 pm - Sunday, April 19, 2009