Panasonic today announced the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3X, which is essentially a DMC-GF3 plus an "X" and an all new retractable power zoom lens; the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm (F3.5-5.6). Billed as the company's smallest and lightest compact camera with a retractable, interchangeable lens, the GF3X carries over all of the goodies from the GF3, including a 12.1 megapixel MOS image sensor, a 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD, and 1080i HD video recording.
The star of this "new model" is that new lens. With its 35mm equivalency of 28-84mm, it features POWER O.I.S. (optical image stabilization) and when combined with the GF3X, the Lightspeed AF (auto focus) can focus and snap a shot in a tenth of a second. The new lens, along with all LUMIX "X" lenses features Panasonic's proprietary Nano Surface Coating, which purports to help "minimize ghosts and flaring in natural settings"
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3X Features:
12.1-Megapixel Live MOS image sensor
Micro 4/3 Interchangeable lens system
1080/60i HD video recording in AVCHD
Intelligent 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD
Photo Styles & Creative Controls
Dust Reduction System
iA Mode (Intelligent Auto) & iA Plus Mode
Contrast AF system
Capable of capturing 3D still photos
Weighs only 7.38oz (not including a lens)
SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
Panasonic'sLUMIX GF3X body + lens kits will be available this October (2011) in black or silver with an MSRP of $749.99. But theLUMIX G X VARIO PZ lens (14-42mm/F3.5-5.6) will also be available separately for $399.99 because it has been designed to work with all LUMIX G-series cameras (no firmware update needed).
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