While Panasonic has already alluded to its existence, their new Micro Four Thirds Lumix GX1 camera has been kept under tight wraps before its official November 8 unveiling. But since it's nearly impossible to keep new gear a secret these days, a handful of photos, of what's assumed to be the first snapper in the Lumix GF professional line, have appeared on the Taiwan Mobile01 forum.
In an interview a few months ago, Panasonic admitted they intended to split their Lumix GF line into consumer and professional models. And the pro-oriented GX1 is rumoured to have a 16MP sensor, ISO levels up to 12,800, a new image processing engine, a touchscreen display, an LVF2 electronic external viewfinder and will include the Lumix GX 14-42mm as its kit lens. It will also be video capable, shooting in full HD with a set of stereo mics sitting just in front of its hot shoe.
The full specsheet, including pricing and availability, won't be known until Panasonic reveals all the details in a week. But it's expected to hit Japan first by the end of November, followed by Europe and the US a few weeks after that.