About a month back, Panasonic announced what it claimed was the smallest mirrorless camera in the market, the Lumix DMC-GM1. For a camera this small, it sure looks set to make a big impact.
Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 lens
GM1 size comparison with an iPhone 5
As we reported in October, the GM1 crams almost everything from its bigger brother, the Lumix DMC-GX7, into a 98.5mm x 54.9mm x 30.4mm body. That includes an impressive 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, Wi-Fi and even a pop-up flash. Considering the size of the of the GM1, we’re surprised it isn’t bursting at the seams.
The camera will be available with a 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, but there are other lenses that’ll be made specifically to fit the GM1’s size, including a Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7. Of course, you’ll still be able to fit conventional Panasonic Micro Four Thirds and DSLR (via adaptor) lenses on the GM1, though we highly doubt conventional users will be using lenses bigger than their camera. It'd be a pretty comical sight If they did.
The GM1 is expected to retail in Singapore at S$999, which is about the same price as the Sony RX100 II.
As for the Leica lenses, the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 will probably arrive in the first quarter of 2014. No price for the lens has been indicated yet.