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...]