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[Engadget] Panasonic launches Lumix DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera, we go hands-on

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Remember the Lumix GF1? It was one of Panasonic's first Micro Four Thirds cameras, setting the bar quite high for models to come. But the GF1's successors -- the GF2 and GF3 -- did not live up to expectations, with the company gradually shifting the series towards transitioning point-and-shoot users, and away from early adopters who grew accustomed to the performance and build quality offered by that beloved early mirrorless cam. Now that familiar look and feel is back, in the form of the Lumix DMC-GX1. The 16 megapixel ILC includes a Live MOS sensor and Venus engine, with a maximum ISO of 12,800. Like other Panasonic G-series cameras, the GX1 uses a Micro Four Thirds mount, and is compatible with both Panasonic and Olympus lenses, including the standard 14-42mm zoom that ships with the $800 kit, or the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm retractable lens that comes packaged for $950. Existing lens owners can pick up just the body for $700.
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I don't understand the appeal of these types of cameras. I would be scared to invest any money in lenses for one for fear that they would quickly become obsolete.
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I don't understand the appeal of these types of cameras. I would be scared to invest any money in lenses for one for fear that they would quickly become obsolete.
It's like anything else. You buy a new GPU knowing damn well that in 3 years it's going to be obsolete, the same with a CPU, RAM, motherboard.
    
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It's like anything else. You buy a new GPU knowing damn well that in 3 years it's going to be obsolete, the same with a CPU, RAM, motherboard.
Not necessarily in the camera world. Canon's EF lenses have been standard on their cameras since 1987. I could take a lens from then and put it on a new camera and it would still work. That's not the way this is looking at all.

This is a consumer geared camera and most consumers wont spend the money for the lenses.

Pros are going to stay with their full sized DSLR's that they already have the lenses for and have invested thousands in. This just doesn't make sense to me.
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I personally wouldn't mind one bit if it were just a bit cheaper OR had an option to go with a flat point-and-shoot style lens for when quality takes a back seat to portability.

As it stands I can pick up a full featured DSLR used for the same price, and it's lens is still too large to shove into my pocket.
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Not necessarily in the camera world. Canon's EF lenses have been standard on their cameras since 1987. I could take a lens from then and put it on a new camera and it would still work. That's not the way this is looking at all.

This is a consumer geared camera and most consumers wont spend the money for the lenses.

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Oh, I see. Good point
    
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