Panasonic GF3 Available for Pre-Order

Pink Panasonic GF3The Panasonic GF3 (including the pink one shown above) is available for pre-order at B&H Photo, which usually means it should be in stock any day now.  For now, the GF3 w/ 14mm f/2.8 lens kits are the only ones available.  However, you should probably expect the body-only and 14-42mm kits to be available soon as well.

Full listings are here at B&H Photo.

New Panasonic Lumix Sighted, Possible GF3 Inbound?

Behind the scenes photos from what looks like a Panasonic Lumix promo shoot surfaced on YouTube.  Photo Rumors went to the trouble of analyzing the video for new cameras and spotted what could the the new Panasonic Lumix GF3, which is sporting a big hump atop the ever-shrinking body of this camera line.

It’s rumored to feature a 16MP sensor and available with a new Leica-branded 25mm f/1.4 lens (yum).  Check out the Ken Burns-ified video below if you want to watch the full behind the scenes set of stills. [Read more...]

Leica V-Lux 30

Leica has unveiled its V-Lux 30 point and shooter, which sports a 14.1MP sensor, a 16x optical zoom (24-384mm equivalent) and the ability to capture 1080i AVCHD video.

The Leica V-Lux 30 is essentially a clone of the Panasonic Lumix ZS10. Other than the cosmetic differences in the two cameras, the only thing separating them is about $400.  The V-Lux 30 retails for $749, while the middle-class Panasonic ZS10 retails for $399 (although the street price is now under $350).

Check availability for the V-Lux 30 on Amazon.com if you’re really itching to pay twice as much for a Leica logo.

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

Panasonic LUMIX FH7

The Panasonic FH7 is a new compact point and shoot camera with a 16.1MP sensor and a Leica 4x optical zoom lens.  The FH7 sports a 3-inch touchscreen LCD and can capture 720p video at 24fps.

As typical with Panasonic compact camera announcements, there is no word on price or availability dates.  However, availability within the next couple of months would be expected.  You can check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Panasonic LUMIX G3

The Panasonic LUMIX G3 is a new 16MP Micro Four Thirds camera that can capture 1920 x 1080 HD video in AVCHD.

The G3 offers a sensitivity range of ISO 160-6400 and a capture rate of 4 frames per second.  The G3 has a 3″ articulating touchscreen LCD monitor, as well as an electronic viewfinder.

The Panasonic LUMIX G3 should be available in June at an initial retail price of $699.99 with a 14-42mm kit lens and $599.99 for the body only.  Check availability on Amazon.com and B&H Photo.

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

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide – New Book

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide is a new book from Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Roullard.  As you may know, the Panasonic G2 is an entry-level Micro Four Thirds camera.

This new book retails for $29.95; however, it can currently be found for $19.29 on Amazon.com.

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

Panasonic Announces Prices for Lumix GF2 and New Compact Cameras

Panasonic has announced pricing on some of its recently-introduced Lumix digital cameras.

The Panasonic Lumix GF2 will carry a retail price of $499.95 for the body only.  The GF2 and 14-42mm lens kit will retail for $599.95, while the GF2 and 14mm prime lens kit will retail for $699.95.  The Lumix GF2 should be available later this month.

You can check on availability for the Panasonic Lumix GF2 at B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.com.

All of the new Lumix compact cameras will be available in March 2011, with prices and retailer availability links below. [Read more...]