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Panasonic Unveils GF2 Hybrid Cam

New York –
Panasonic unveiled today its Lumix DMX-GF2 Micro Four Thirds camera featuring
12.1-megapixel resolution, FullHD 1080/60i video recording and a 3-inch LCD touchscreen.

The camera will be
offered in a choice of black, silver, red or white body colors, starting in
January 2011 at pricing to be announced later. The camera offers a performance
boost in noise reduction and ISO over the previous GF1, through the power of
Panasonic’s Venus Engine FHD image processor. The GF2’s ISO range is listed at
200 to 12,800.

In addition the
camera features a spring-load pop flash that can be pulled back with a finger
during shooting for creative bounce-lighting techniques.

Video performance
was boosted to a maximum 1080/60i resolution in AVCHD compression with stereo
sound from compared to 720p/mono sound in the previous iteration.

The camera is also
Panasonic’s second “compact system camera” (a term Best Buy is giving to
mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras) to accept its recently announced 3D
system lens (model H-FT012) that was unveiled several weeks ago along with the
Lumix DMC-GH2 Micro Four Thirds model.

The company
believes the time is right for an explosion in popularity of compact
interchangeable-lens cameras, such as those made possible by Micro Four Thirds
sensor technology.

“If consumers
could make their SLRs operate like a point-and-shoot we’d have a whole new
market,” said Darin Pepple, Panasonic DSL Micro Four Thirds cameras senior
product manager. “In fact, we estimate there are approximately 23 million users
in the point-and-shoot world want to move into the SLR sector.”

Other features in
the GF2 include an aluminum body construction, wave style dust-reduction
technology and Panasonic’s Intelligent D-range control, as well as a 460,000-dot,
3-inch, 3:2 LCD touchpanel monitor.

The touch controls
in the monitor enable focusing and setting optimal exposure on subjects by tapping
on them in the screen. A tap on the screen will also activate the shutter to
take a picture.

Panasonic will
sell the DMC-GF2 in three kit options: body only, DMC-GF2C including the body
and a 14mm F2.5 pancake lens, and the DMC-GF2K featuring the body and a 14-42mm
f/3.5-5.6 APH/Mega optical image stabilization zoom.