High end Panasonic mirrorless will be GFX1

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Lumix GFX1

A week ago 43rumors published this rumour about a camera called the GX1 with a picture of a hybrid camcorder-like prototype from a patent.

EOSHD has received more info about the camera.

Announced within 2 months Panasonic will release the true successor to the GF1 and it will be called the GFX1 not the GX1!

It will be rangefinder styled like the Panasonic L1 of 2006 (above, my mock up), with built in EVF. That is 100% confirmed.

The camera is a true Fuji X100 / Sony NEX 7 competitor and is marketed toward GF1 enthusiasts who aren’t satisfied with the GF2 and GF3.

The Leica 25mm F1.4 will be in one of the kit options.

I am also told to expect another Leica prime to be announced alongside it as well as a fast 40mm pancake.

There other information I have is not as concrete and comes from a different source so take this with a pinch of salt for now…

  • 920k LCD
  • New sensor
  • Full HD video at 60p and 24p
  • Same battery as the GH2

That’s all I have at the moment.

Expect an announcement timed to coincide with the release date of the Sony NEX 7 on November 7th.

Early November is going to be a very busy week for camera releases, you would have to be an absolute fool to try and compete with what Canon and Panasonic are have to announce that week!

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16 Comments

  1. Will this actually ship before Christmas? With Panasonic’s supply issues, we probably won’t see them anytime soon.

    I would be more inclined to pick up the GFX1 over the Nex-7 mainly because of glass. The upcoming fast 12-35mm, 35-100mm, and Leica primes would cover any needs I have. Also I’m enjoying the heck out of my Nex-5N and don’t need more megapixels.

  2. Very interesting. It would be nice if they include a standard mic jack and articulated LCD for video users, but not expecting it. I would imagine they will include full HD 50p. Certainly worth consideration and look forward to more specification info. Thanks for posting this.

  3. Cool! If this has good specs, I’m definately getting one. This is exactly the kind of form-factor I’ve been looking for (perfect for carrying around, always), just hoping the specs are as promising as the design!

    Interesting times.

  4. Would be interesting to see what comes out. I’ve been wanting to get a digital travel companion for my Leica M6 and so far the Ricoh GXR module seems the best bet. Used to have the Ricoh GRD and I like the Ricoh colour very much. I’ve never really liked the Panasonic JPEGs – a bit plastic-looking to my eyes – yet I’ve stuck to them for small cameras, from LC40 to the Leica D-Lux 3 (Pana clone) and now GF1, mainly because of the Leica connection. So if the GFX delivers the pro specs I might just give the GXR a pass.

    The other announcement I’m keen to see is the Fuji X removable lens system; Leica is also coming out with their own compact system, but Photokina 2012 is just too far away.

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