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Panasonic GX1 gets already “unboxed” on video. Coming in Japan on 25th of November.


The guys from MLZphoto sent me the GX1 unboxing video on top. Japanese folk will not have to wait a lot before the camera gets shipped. According to Panasonic will ship the GX1 to the domestic market on November 25. All the rest of the world will have to wait weeks if not months (read the usual USA delays).

Preorder ar now available on Amazon Uk and Japan too. That is the new preorder link list:
Black GX1 body at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
Silver GX1 body at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here) and Jessops (Click here).


  • Chris

    I can’t wait for it to be unavailable in the U.S.!

    • Michael R

      Lucky You!
      Bet you can’t wait for the NEX-7 unavailability either!

  • Admin…you are KILLIN us in the US with this TEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH! :-)

  • umbriell

    Sliver looks hot. Wish it had the features we all wish it had.

    • MJr

      I wish the 16MP had any detail in it.

  • Justin

    The USA delays are hella obnoxious. Stupid strong Yen/weak Dollar.

    • safaridon

      Yes especially as reportedly as a result of easy money policy of Federal Reserve the dollar has been devalued by 30% over the last 3 years. Also consider the fact that these camera prices in Japan and elsewhere are considerably higher than those quoted in the US. For example in the Oct BCN sales rankings a GF3 2lens outfit cost $ 975 and a G3 2 lens outfit $1258 and both were hot sellers with GF3 ranked 10th among all DSLR cameras. If I look in the US prices on the websites I find the same GF3 for a little over $500 at present as second lens thrown in for free and G3 prices a little over $700.

      So it stands to reason that both Pany and Oly would sell their products first to Japan where they get a much higher profit and only supply to US when supply exceeds demand in Japan and elsewhere? Sure they would increase market share by supplying to US at the start but at what price?

      Frankly US buyers having been spoiled in the past by favorable pricing would likely balk or refuse to pay the higher prices but I for one would rather be willing to wait for a lower price given this alternative.

  • Predictably_Irrational

    I’m getting this because it has the sensor I loved in the G3 but an upgrade to the body I loved in the GF1.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry i dont have time to watch this unboxing video, but there is some paint drying in my house that keeps stealing my attention…….

    For pity’s sake make a resolution never to watch these things and go out and do something useful like taking photos [says the guy wasting precious time on a forum]

    • Forbes

      Really? Drying paint? Wow! That actually is more exciting than an unboxing video.

      • peter

        better drying paint then another
        shaking hands
        heavy breathing
        unboxing video.

        and yet I watch it AAAARGGGGHHHH

  • Julie

    Nice to see it comes with a body cap and rear lens cap, a friend of mine recently bought a GF3 with 14mm and it came with the lens attached but no body/rear lens cap, which I thought was a bit stingy.

    • Yeah, No kidding. What’s with all the unboxing videos?

    • MJr

      Good to know, thanks. Quite troublesome if you’re planning on selling that pancake later on. And also its just a cheap move, i hate missing caps.

  • safaridon

    Looks like Pany’s timing couldn’t be better for Japan market in time for the Christmas season with the NEX5N in low supply and NEX7 probably not available till spring. No doubt it will be featured with the compact Xlens making even more attractive.

    Little doubt but what this GX1 model will be popular in Japan and get off to a good start in my opinion. Looks even better in the video than in the still pictures.

  • Vince

    Please, give me your opinion :
    what is the best choice between GF3+lense and GX1?

    What do you think about image quality of G3 sensor compared to GF3 sensor + 200$?

    • Anonymous

      I am a “whiner” who has grumbled about the lack of innovation in the GX1. I certainly won’t upgrade from the GF3. However if you don’t already have a PEN or a GF1/2/3 camera, I would still buy the GX1 as it is the best of its type. The only caveats would be:
      – The price difference (in the UK) is more than $200. The GF3 is half the price of a GX1. Buy a GF3 if price matters (it’s a good camera)
      – Are you sure you need the rangefinder form? The G3 is cheaper and a much more flexible tool with the EVF and hinged LCD. It is a great camera.

      Good luck

      • Ojojo

        Seems strange for a GF3 user to grumble about the lack of innovation in the GX1.

  • Interesting, in Japan they have two different kits at the same price. One is the body with the 14-42 mm PZ lens. The other kit is the body with the old 14-42 mm lens plus the 14 mm pancake.
    I think I haven’t seen announcements for this second kit elsewhere, but rather only for the body with the old 14-42 mm without the pancake as a bonus.

    • safaridon

      Interesting With the larger zoom they needed a smaller prime for maximum portability but now with the small Xlens they only need one lens and can afford to sell at competitive price to two lens outfits, and this holds true for either the GF3X or the GX1,

      What is also surprising is Pany actually supplying the GX1 in Japan only 2.5 weeks after it is even announced! Hope this came holds true for a GX2 or GP1 in the future? Must be a first for Pany.

      Another good point with this early delivery in Japan there should be several final reviews of GX1 and its Xlenses by the end of the year so that potential buyers here can better evaluate the IQ and lens performance prior to deciding which camera to get or wait.

  • Guest

    Why are people complaining about the price? I paid more than $1000 for the GF1 when it first came out, and I had THAT brought over from Hong Kong to Sydney.

    This thing is 69800 Yen ($880) on Amazon, if not for the G3, you’d think this was a reasonable price.

    • Kali

      hehhe they’re complaining because they’re in the US or Europe. The Aussie dollar is very strong globally as you know

  • Leica_Lover

    The GF1 is good enough for Terry Richardson. The follow up should be good enough for everyone else.

    • Aly

      Terry Richardson’s endorsement you consider a good thing? In any event, it’s only Alyson Mitchell’s endorsement that has any meaning to me.

      • MikeH

        Alyson Mitchell is my favorite camera reviewer of all time!!! :)

        I’ll have to disagree with you this once on the GX1 though, I think it is a winner though I hope you see your all in one wonder from Panny or Olympus sooner than later. Heck, I’ll probably buy that too. ;)

      • Link to review please.

  • Kaden

    Oh Great!!, Im living here in Japan and its already listed on internet shopping sites here and shops for about 85,300 yen with x kits lens
    I can’t wait…Ill be there on the first day November 25th to buy it.
    I need to replace a point and shoot compact so this is just in time and just what I’m looking for. Thanks Panasonic looks great.

    • safaridon

      So that makes the GX1 with Xlens at $1098 in Japan. At introduction Pany said the US price would be $950 for the above or $150 cheaper.

      • Kaden

        Well i won’t be converting any currency into yen, cos I work here

      • ypocaramel

        Electronic goods are generally more expensive in Japan for reasons beyond me. You’d think things would be cheaper in their home country but I guess there’s plenty of factors that into pricing electronics.

  • The GF1 was good enough for Terry Richardson to create some amazing work. Anyone who complains about this much better upgrade with the GF3’s sensor need to get their heads checked!

  • Jack

    Caution-the Japanese model may not have an english option for the menus. So if you can read Japanese or Korean etc you are okay. I was in Japan and wanted to buy the GH2 but no menus for me.

    • It has always been like that. Same with Sony, not even Korean coz they don’t use NTSC, they only offer Japanese menus. Though, you can always buy an overseas model (PAL) in Japan with English menus.

      • Sebastian

        So you are saying that I have to wait for a version with a english menu if I live in Japan? How long does this usually take?

        I can’t see why as it’s obviously already translated (seeing the a menu walkthrough on YouTube).


    • Kaden

      Thanks Jack, Im familiar with that issue in Japan, most companies do offer the option, usually sony is good for that but I do have a camera thats only available in japanese…so Ill for try it out and confirm it before buying..I was looking at the fujifilm x10 and it did have English and Japanese only…

      • Michael

        Hi Kaden,

        Did you get the Panasonic GX1 in Japan with the English menus?
        I have a friend there now who just bought me one and he says that
        he tried to change the menus to English with no success. Does anyone know a way around this? Otherwise I better learn japanese fast!! haha


        • Ray

          Any luck on finding out if there is a way to update the GX1 firmware of the the Japan version so it can have the English menu? Let me know…

  • Don

    Fine camera, but Panasonic has gone crazy with the logos and labels, there is hardly any surface area on the camera and lens that doesnt have something plastered on. It’s like it has this inferiority complex and it needs to overcompensate by bragging to the whole world how many cool features it has. Total turnoff for me.

    Also for a cam geared towards advanced users, the iA button on top is a waste of space, I’d rather have a custom button or rather one less button on the top

    • Ray

      Any luck on finding out if there is a way to update the GX1 firmware of the the Japan version so it can have the English menu?

  • dzv

    I agree with Don about the over-use of labels, especially on the new lens. And the overall design of the lens just isn’t appealing to me. The aesthetic of that 12-42 X lens makes me think the exact opposite of what it’s supposed to be. ie. It’s part of their new premium line of lenses, but it just looks cheap and tacky… And I’m not one of those types who thinks a lens has to be metal in order to be a serious product. I don’t mind it being plastic, but they could have made it look a lot more serious.

  • To me it still looks like the E-PL1!

  • Teddy
  • Zaph

    Panasonic’s thoughts on their own camera seem to be (with a British accent and while waving their hand) – “These are not the cameras you are looking for.”

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