Panasonic's GX1 Micro Four Thirds and 3D-Shooting 3D1 Compact Cameras Unleashed

By Kat Hannaford on at

Panasonic's unleashed two new cameras on the unsuspecting public today: one, the compact DMC-3D1 that shoots 3D, and two, the DMC-GX1 which follows the micro four thirds GF1 model.

The GX1 is shaping up to more of a successor to 2009's GF1 than the GF2 and GF3 ever were, with its 16-megapixel sensor (the GF1 had just a 12-megapixel job); 3-inch touchscreen display, and stereo microphone. It also has an ISO range of 160 - 12,800.

Available as a black or silver body-only kit for $700, or with a H-FS014042 lens in mid-December ($800), or with a H-PS14042 lens in mid-January for $950, UK prices haven't been confirmed just yet, but if you were to convert straight, that's roughly £435, £500 and £590.

The compact DMX-3D1 has that novelty 3D feature as aforementioned, with its two 12-megapixel "eyes" capable of shooting both 8-megapixel photos and 1920 x 1080 60i 3D video. Turn the 3D off via the dedicated switch, and quality is of course heightened, with 2D photos shooting in full 12-megapixel quality, and videos full HD. Like the GX1, the UK price hasn't been confirmed yet, but over in the States, it'll cost $500 (£312 ) from December. [Panasonic, Panasonic]