A rendering inspired by the DMC-L1 eBay (Click here).
Tomorrow morning (April 5th) at around 6-7 am London time Panasonic will announce a new GF5 camera. There will be also a new (super 35mm?) m43 camcorder (tomorrow) and a new G5 camera in May. The GH3 is expected to be launched in September. Now you know what’s coming from Panasonic
The question today is, will Panasonic release some kind of surprise this year? I know from patents and from my sources that Panasonic developed a G camera prototype with built-in viewfinder on the corner. Like the fake GL1 picture you can see here on top. For some reason Panasonic doesn’t want to release such a camera yet. I also have been told that they might fear to hurt their own G3 (and the future G5) series sales. I think they are wrong and that it about time to take inspiration from the super Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1 camera (Click here to see them on eBay). I wrote a list f reasons why I think it’s worthy for Panasonic to launch the GL1
1) It has an attractive design. Yeah, I am influenced by the rangefinder culture and the design appeals to me.
2) I think the viewfinder in the corner is better placed than on top of the camera. You can make the camera a bit more compact and even more more important, you don’t have to push your nose and face against the back of the camera. It’s ergonomically easier to use.
3) Business. Cameras like the Sony NEX-7 (Click here) and the Fuji X PRO 1 (Click here) already proved that the concepts sells well!
By the way, I don’t fear the camera will hurt G sales. First it has a different design. Second you can still put some more advanced technology inside the GL1 (like for example a super high resolution OLED viewfinder).. Third,…wake up! Fuji and Sony are your competitors, not the G series
Here is an easy question for you:
The DMC-L1 eBay (Click here).
The DMC-LC1 on eBay (Click here).