Panasonic Unveils 3D P&S, GX1 Cameras
By Greg Tarr On Nov 21 2011 - 6:01am
SECAUCUS, N.J. –
Panasonic unveiled its first all-in-one
3D-capable point-and-shoot camera and added an upgrade
to the popular G-series compact system camera
(Micro Four Thirds) segment.
The Lumix DMC-GX1 is
Panasonic’s latest Micro Four
compact system camera, featuring
a 16.01-megapixel Live
MOS sensor and Venus Engine,
designed to deliver highresolution
stills and video with
image rendering and highquality
It will record strong lowlight
images, using the camera’s
wide ISO range, extending
The GX1, which is positioned
as an upgrade to the
Lumix DMC-GF, includes a
new ultra-fast auto focusing
system, built-in flash, and
a hot shoe allowing for such
accessories as an electronic
The GX1 uses a contrast AF system controlled by
the image sensor. This is said to be more accurate than
Phase Dect approaches, even when using lenses of
smaller F value.
The ultra-fast Light Speed AF system can achieve focus
in approximately 0.09 seconds.
A new focus mode, AF Flexible (AFF), locks on the focus
when the shutter button is half pressed and follows
the subject as it moves. It can also be combined with the
camera’s Touch AF control.
The GX1 includes a 3-inch touchscreen LCD.
For video, the Lumix GX1 records in 1,920 by 1,080/60i
resolution, with 30p sensor output in the AVCHD format.
The full-time AF and Touch AF
systems work in both still and
Sound is recorded with Dolby
Digital Stereo Creator, and
videos can also be recorded
in MP4 format for playback
on a PC or other portable
electronic devices without the
need for further conversion.
Other features include a
new level gauge to keep images
square in frame, one-push
auto exposure (AE), a dust-reduction
system that uses a supersonic
wave filter in front of
the Live MOS sensor to repel
dust and other particles, and
touch-control zoom operation
when either of Panasonic’s
new X power zoom lenses are
Zoom speed can be adjusted in two steps. Also included
is Panasonic’s iA and iA Plus automatic camera
setting systems and increased energy consumption for
an 11 percent longer battery life.
The Lumix DMC-GX1 will be available in black and
silver bodies starting in mid-December in three kit options:
the DMC-GX1-X ($950 suggested retail) with a G
X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./Power OIS lens; the DMC-GX1-K ($800) with a 14-42mm standard
zoom lens; and the DMC-GX1 ($700)
Meanwhile, the Lumix DMC-3D1 (shipping in
December at a $500 suggested retail) is a new
all-in-one point-and-shoot 3D-capable camera,
adding another dimension to the 3D attachment
lens Panasonic has marketed in the past.
The camera uses two newly developed twin
lens units using folded optics for a compact
In addition to shooting 3D stills and videos, it
will also capture 2D photos and videos. It employs
two 25mm ultra-wide-angle lenses with
4x optical zoom extensions.
The 3D1 is equipped with a 12-megapixel
MOS sensor and newly updated Venus Engine
image processing system.
For 3D, the camera records 8-megapixel
stills and 1,920 by 1,080/60i videos using the
A dedicated switch enables shifting from 2D
to 3D recording, and a new feature takes advantage
of the two separate lenses to simultaneously
record both 2D stills and videos.
The 2D stills can be captured in up to
12-megapixel resolution while 2D videos are
recorded in 1,920 by 1080i.
The two-lens design also allows users to record
photo or video in different angles of view.
For example, users can record an entire party
scene with one lens while zooming in on and
capturing the photo of a specific person with
A multi-process noise-reduction system reduces
image noise according to the brightness
of different areas of an image, improving sharper
stills and videos.
The 3D1 also allows fast burst shooting of
up to 8 fps (without auto focusing) and 4 fps
(with auto focusing) in full resolution.
Images are processed at high speed using
quad-CPUs in a new Venus Engine imageprocessing
system capable of handling large
amounts of 1,920 by 1080i FullHD data in either
AVCHD or MP4 formats.
Using two sets of lens units and sensors, the
energy consumption of the Venus Engine stays
minimized to maintain battery life.
Other features include a Mega optical image
stabilization system, AF tracking, intelligent
scene selector, face recognition and intelligent
Intelligent exposure and intelligent handheld
create layered shots for high quality night shots
without a tripod.
The camera includes a 3.5-inch 2D Smart
Touch screen display.