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Panasonic GM1 Micro Four Thirds camera actually coming on October 17

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Panasonic GM1 Micro Four Thirds camera actually coming on October 17

The long-rumored Panasonic GM1 Micro Four Thirds camera will be officially announced on October 17 rather than October 10, as previously expected.

The world’s smallest Micro Four Thirds camera is scheduled to be introduced soon.

Panasonic has been rumored to reveal such a device since the beginning of the year. However, its time has not come until now.

More and more sources point to a launch in October and it has been believed that the new MFT system will go live on the 10th day of this month. Nevertheless, this fact is now very unlikely and people familiar with the matter have confirmed that the release date will actually occur one week after the aforementioned date.

Small Micro Four Thirds
Panasonic GF3, a small Micro Four Thirds camera, will get an even tinier sibling on October 17: the Panasonic GM1.

Panasonic GM1 Micro Four Thirds camera to be announced on October 17

This means that the so-called Panasonic GM1 Micro Four Thirds camera should become official on October 17.

It will be the smallest device in the MFT area, overtaking the GF3. According to people who have had the chance to play with it, the size of the GM1 is similar to that of the RX100.

Panasonic 12-32mm non-PZ pancake zoom lens expected to become official, too

The Japanese manufacturer will use this opportunity to announce the kit lens for the new camera as well.

Panasonic 12-32mm pancake zoom lens will also be very compact, making the GM1 the company’s first truly pocketable interchangeable lens camera.

Sources are reporting that this is a non-PZ optic. “PZ” stands for Power Zoom, a technology that provides smooth autofocus. Since this is a cheap kit lens and needs to be very small, some compromises have been made.

Hybrid shutter for world’s smallest Micro Four Thirds camera ever

The Panasonic GM1 specs remain hidden from the watchful eyes of the rumor mill.

The only speculation revolves around the shutter, which is said to be a hybrid model, as it includes both mechanical and electronic parts.

Previously, it has been believed that the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera ever will also become the first MFT shooter with a fully electronic shutter. However, this is no longer the case, though it should be a new type that functions differently from conventional shutters.

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