POLL: Do we really need a compact GX model with built-in viewfinder?

The picture on top shows the back of the Panasonic L1 Four Thirds camera

Now let’s face the big question. Who of you believes a GX model with built-in viewfinder would have been a better product than the newly announced Panasonic GX1? As you know the chiefs of Pana said that a GX model with built-in viewfinder “may price it out of the range of the people we’re trying to reach. And not everybody wants a viewfinder, so at least this gives the consumer the option of having it or not. Personally I do not use them…“. (Source: Photographyblog).

Let’s make some calculations about the possible price of the GX model with built-in viewfinder:
1) The GX1 body costs $700 at Amazon. The external viewfinder has been priced at around $250. Total price: $950
2) The NEX-7 costs $1200 (but price will go up because of the flood)
3) The Fuji X100 (which comes with fixed lens) also costs $1200.
4) The current Panasonic L1 Four Thirds camera with built-in viewfinder sells for $1900 at Amazon and for $1000 used on eBay (Click here).

So let’s assume the price of the GX model with built-in viewfinder would be $1000-$1100. The question is:

Would you buy a GX camera with built-in viewfinder (and priced at $1100) or would you still prefer the GX1?

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And an even more complicated question is:

Whay's the reason why you need a built-in viewfinder?

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(FT5) New GX1 to be already announced tomorrow morning!!!

According to very latest info the new Panasonic GX1 should be announced tomorrow morning (7 November) at 6am London time and not on November 8! Don’t know why the date has now be changed  but I ask all sources reading this to recheck the announcement date and send me a confirmation. Thanks!!! UPDATE: Other sources confirmed the announcement date. Now there is a confusion about the exact hour. 5am or 6 am? Since the clocks have gone back one hour we have that trouble right now :)

UPDATE: Also be sure to be online on November 7th at 6am London time. I am flying tonight from one end of the world to another end of the world. I should have Internet connection via a new Panasonic-Lufthansa service Hotspot. let’s hope it works :) Otherwise excuse me if I will miss last minute leaks or the early 5-6am announcement news. I will arrive on airport at 8.30 am (Berlin time) and will certainly have Internet connection at that time.


 

(FT5) HOT! Panasonic GX1 video and pictures leaked!

The upcoming new Panasonic-GX1 has been leaked at Panasonics website (Click here). You will see the introduction video plus some videos shot with the GX1. Hurry! They will probably remove it soon.
UPDATE: The video is now on youtube (you can watch it on top of this post).

As you know our sources told us the camera will be announced in Japan on November 8. The video shows some of the camera specs. Here is what we know so far:
– 16 megapixel sensor (should be the same of the Panasonic G3).
– New Venus engine
– camera has a grip and our sources told us it is a bit tinier than the Panasonic GF1 – ultra fast 0,09 second AF with X lenses.
– built-in flash
– new 1.44 milion dot external viewfinder.
– Silver and Black body
– 460k and 3 inch LCD screen

The GX1 will be announced on Monday 7 November at 5-6am London time. Be sure to be online at 43rumors! I will update you with all news and reviews. And I want to remind you that we now have a new Facebook fanpage (Click here) you should join!!!

(FT5) New bits of GX1 info (surprisingly good image quality)

As you know the Panasonic will not record motion jpeg anymore. But the new info I got says that it can do AVCHD / MP4 movie recording, including MP4 1080@30p (20Mbps), which seems better than AVCHD 1080@60i (17Mbps).

But the bets news I got from two sources says that they tested the image quality of the GX1 and the jpeg high ISO quality is visible better than what you get from any other m43 camera. And one source said it’s actually surprisingly close to the Sony NEX-5n jpeg quality. Let’s hope this is true because the Sony really shines in that aspect!

Confirmed: GX1 has 16 Megapixel sensor.

Of course every rumor is questionable, and so are mine. But there are some websites saying the GX1 will have a 12 Megapixel sensor. And many readers contacted me to ask me if that is true. I am writing this post to answer you all and to confirm you again that my sources are telling me that it has a 16 Megapixel sensor. And I am 99,999% sure I am right :)

Anyway, it doesn’t matter that much now. The GX1 will be announced on Tuesday 8 November at 6-7am London time. Be sure to be online at 43rumors! I will update you with all news and reviews. And I want to remind you that we now have a new Facebook fanpage (Click here) you should join!

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