Panasonic GM1 and 12-32mm and 15mm f/1.7 lens officially announced!


In US you can preorder the GM1 with lens at GM1 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at Wex Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Cyberphoto Sweden and Wex UK.

Previews and tests:
Dpreview , Cameras.reviewed, Hybridcams (french),,
The 12-32mm lens has the best MTF graph of all kit zoom:

Press text:
Dpreview, Focus Numerique (french), Quesabesde (Spanish), DhaRha (english), SystemKameraforum (German), Sansmirror.

ISO test at Focus Numerique.

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UPDATE: Also the 15mm f/1.7 lens got announced:

Commercialization of LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH.
Digital Interchangeable Lens for Micro Four Thirds System
Panasonic is announcing a commercialization of new digital interchangeable lens LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH. complying Micro Four Thirds System standard*.
The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH. is an excellent 15mm single focal length lens of F1.7 clearing LEICA’s stringent standard. It also features sophisticated exterior that matches the stylish design of the world’s smallest** LUMIX GM*** digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera.
In addition to “LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm / F1.4 ASPH.” and “LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.” which are already released to the market, Panasonic has also announced product commercialization of LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm / F1.2 to enhance the lineup of LEICA digital interchangeable lens, attracting professional photographers worldwide.
In the meanwhile, Panasonic is further expanding the range of LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens with the development of new LUMIX G VARIO telephoto zoom lens of 35-100mm in stylish, compact design that also matches the LUMIX GM camera.

* Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price are under study.
** For a body of digital interchangeable lens camera, as of October 17, 2013, according to research by Panasonic.
*** Released on October 17, 2013.

• The inserted image is that of an engineering mock-up and the final design of the product may differ from this.
• LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
• SUMMILUX, ELMARIT and NOCTICRON are registered trademarks of Leica Camera AG.


And this is the new lens roadmap: The 150mm prime tele has been taken off the roadmap! And the 35-100mm lens is “non-X”


Sony A7 announced. The FF OMD for the masses?


And now it’s here! Someone called it the Full Frame OMD, or the Full Frame for the masses. I am talking about the Sony A7 (or A7r) that it’s now available at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). You judge from the image on top if the OMD and A7 are really close. The one thing that is cool on the A7-A7r is that you can fit MFT lenses in crop mode by using that Fotodiox MFT to NEX adapter (Click here)!

Here are some OMD vs A7 info:
– The A7-A7r advantages are: Higher MP count, larger FF sensor, Better High ISO, A7 body for $1700 only.
– The OMD advantages are: way faster AF, smaller lenses, 5 axis stabilization that works on all lenses, much better weather sealing and almost half the price.

So why is the Sony announcement that important?
1) FF never was as cheap as now and challenges the high end APS-C MFT models
2) Sony-Olympus partnership lead to have a close A7-OMD design, and same EVF. And 5 axis IBIS will be used in some future Sony models too
3) I am curious to see if Olympus will go FF too (would be easy now that they have access to Sony sensors).
4) Eventually Olympus could make some lenses for the E-mount FF.
5) Our OM-lenses now can work on a FF digital camera.

A full test roundup and worldwide preorder list can be found on (Click here).


(FT5) Amazing: GM1 has 1/16.000 shutter!


That little MFT camera is going to be a hell of ca camera. It has a superfast 1/16.000 shutter! I am not 100% sure yet but I think this can be achieve in pure electronic shutter mode like the one from the Nikon V1.

I also got some more specs not mentioned before: ISO 200-25.600, battery life is 230 pics, weight 204g with card and battery

The camera will be announced tomorrow (Oct 17) at around 4-5am London time.

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