First test shots posted for Panasonic GX1!

by Zig Weidelich

posted Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 10:42 AM EST

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GX1 compact system camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co.We've just posted our first set of test shots from a production-level Panasonic GX1, straight from the lab! The enthusiast-oriented GX1 is based around the same 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor as found in the G3, and will also accept a new accessory electronic viewfinder that's based upon that built into that earlier model. This is coupled with an image processor that's closely related to that found in the GF3, albeit with tweaks to the noise processing algorithms, likely to take account of the different image sensor. There's a new dual-axis level gauge function, and sensitivity now tops out at a maximum of ISO 12,800 equivalent. In addition, the lens control cycle rate has been updated to match the AF sensor cycle rate of 120 frames per second, so AF speed should be improved. There are also a couple of new Creative Color modes, and the Motion JPEG video modes have been dropped in favor of MP4, while also retaining the AVCHD modes. Read our Lumix GX1 hands-on preview for more, and visit the GX1 samples page for all the images we've shot so far, including links to select RAW files. Stay tuned for more lab images soon!