The Panasonic Lumix G1 SLR-Style Digital Camera is the first camera to use the Micro Four Thirds System standard that greatly reduces camera size and weight to further enhance the inherent advantages of the original Four Thirds System standard for digital interchangeable lens cameras.
With the Micro Four Thirds System, the camera has a 50% shorter flange back distance (mount-to-sensor distance), and a 6mm smaller lens mount outer diameter. The camera and the lenses (particularly wide angle and high-powered telephotos) are able to be smaller with this new standard, without reducing the image sensor's size. Furthermore, wide angle lens designs in particular will seemingly benefit from not having to clear a mirror inside the camera body-much like rangefinders, where the freedom from retrofocus wide angle lens design allows higher central resolution and smaller sizes.
The Micro Four Thirds System will also allow users to continue using their present Four Thirds System lenses by adding a mount adapter.
Together with an innovative mirror-less structure that also dramatically downsizes the camera body, the Panasonic Lumix G1 is an incredibly small interchangeable lens camera.
Micro Four Thirds standard delivers camera with size/weight of an advanced point & shoot, but image quality & handling of an SLR
Elegant and slim body design free of internal flip-mirror
"Live View" 60fps electronic viewfinder with 1.4x magnification and 14mm eye relief
Swiveling, 100%-coverage 460,000-pixel 3" LCD screen with 100% coverage
Auto Power technology automatically adjusts LCD brightness by up to 40% depending upon lighting conditions
ISO-Standard flash hot shoe with TTL with Panasonic-specific flashes
Face detection autofocus capacity
Internal supersonic wave filtration Dust Reduction System