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 8th 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 rumored 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 North American a few weeks after that. [Photo Rumors via Ubergizmo]