Panasonic DMC-GH1 - A true Hybrid.

I never thought I'd be shooting seriously with a still camera made by Panasonic (the LX2 and LX3) Now comes a very interesting beast called the DMC-GH1 Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera. It has 12.1 Megapixels, comes with a 28-280mm telephoto lens, 1080p Full HD AVCHD Camcorder, full-HD Movie Recording in AVCHD, compact, Mirror-Free that is based on Micro four thirds design. Also available is a 7-14mm lens.

It has full time live view and lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture any way you like when shooting movies with stereo sound. You can record images with a 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. It also shoots in RAW and JPEG and with many custom modes. The specs say the camera only weighs .85lbs.

For those who own Leica and Voigtlander lenses there is an adaptor made by Milich (GT Lens Adaptor) that opens up the use of dozens of manual lenses with fast apertures. It is usable on the Panasonic G1 and I presume will work with the GH1 which opens up many possibilities shooting video.

The price of $1,499 was announced today and it will be released in June.

Pictures HERE