Panasonic Lumix S3 and S1

The Panasonic Lumix S3 and S1 are a pair of new compact cameras introduced at CES 2011.  The Lumix S3 features a 14.1MP sensor, 4x optical zoom lens with image stabilization, and the ability to capture 720p HD video.  The Lumix S1 offers the same 4x zoom lens with image stabilization and 720p video capture, but steps down to a 12.1MP sensor.

As typical, Panasonic will announce pricing and availability at a later date.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Panasonic HDC-HS700 Full HD Camcorder Review

Panasonic’s HDC-HS700 is a great little HDD/SD hybrid AVCHD camcorder that will serve well for most anyone wanting to produce rock solid HD video and the integrated 5.1 channel built in mic can make for fun, surround sound home movies.

Read the full review at Tech Tilt: Panasonic HDC-HS700 Full HD Camcorder Review

Panasonic GF2 Announced

The Panasonic GF2 is a follow-up to the popular Panasonic GF1.  The GF2 packs a 12.1MP Live MOS sensor, shoots Full HD at 1920 x 1080 at 60i in AVCHD format, and covers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400. The new camera also adds a touch-sensitive 3″ LCD at 460k-dot resolution and a built-in stereo mic.

Like the GF1, the GF2 includes a pop-up flash, along with a hotshoe for an external flash.  The GF2 is available as a kit with either a 14mm f/2.5 or 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

The GF2 will be available in red, black and white, and is expected to ship in January 2011. We should know the retail price next month (expect it to be in the $800-$1000 range depending on the lens).  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Panasonic GF2 Coming Tomorrow

One of my favorite mirrorless cameras is the Panasonic GF1.  In terms of form-factor, controls and image quality, the GF1 delivers a great balance.

If 43rumors.com is accurate with its prediction, we should see the successor to the GF1 tomorrow.  It’s looking like the GF2 will have the same 12MP sensor as is found in the Panasonic G2, which is a solid performer.

If the Panasonic GF2 turns out to deliver better performance, while maintaining the friendly form-factor of the GF1, then we should have a real gem on our hands.

Stay tuned for the latest on the Panasonic GF2.

[via 43rumors.com]

Update:  It’s already leaked in France.  Here’s proof:

[via Photo Rumors]

Panasonic G2 Review

The Panasonic G2 is one of the many Micro Four Thirds system cameras available now.  As you may know, Micro Four Thirds cameras don’t have a mirror like traditional DSLRs.  Instead, the G2 and other Micro Four Thirds cameras utilize a live view system where the composition is displayed on the camera’s rear LCD panel.  With the G2, you also have the option of viewing an electronic viewfinder (EVF) in a manner similar to traditional optical viewfinders.

The Panasonic G2 is the big brother of the previously reviewed Panasonic G10.  The upgrades are mild in most instances, but could the difference maker for some shoppers.  The G2 offers the same 12.1MP found in the G10, as well as HD movie capture.  However, the G2 features a tilt/swivel LCD and improved video capture modes put the G2 well ahead of the G10.

To see how the G2 stacks up, read on. [Read more...]

Panasonic G10 Review

The Panasonic G10 is a 12.1MP Micro Four Third camera.  As you may know, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the G10 operate without the bulky mirror between the image sensor and lens.

Unlike the Panasonic GF1, the G10 features a traditional hand grip and body styling similar to what you see on DSLR cameras (like the Canon Rebel T2i and Nikon D5000).  Don’t be fooled though, the G10 is no brick.  To the contrary, it is light, nimble and easy to carry.

Packaged with a 14-42mm kit lens, the Panasonic G10 delivers a lot of power at a sub-par price of under $600.  (Note: At the time of this review, the G10 is well under that mark from B&H Photo thanks to a $100 instant rebate.) [Read more...]