Unveiled: Panasonic LUMIX LX100, GM5, and G VARIO 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens



Panasonic announced two cameras, new to the LUMIX family: the 4K-capable DMC-LX100 point-and-shoot and the DMC-GM5 mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera. In addition, Panasonic has also announced the G VARIO 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens; designed to complement the sleek and compact style of the GM-series cameras.

LUMIX DMC-LX100 Digital Camera

We’ll first take a look at the LX100, which is sure to get a lot of photo and video enthusiasts excited. The advanced point-and-shoot provides manual control rings for zoom, focus, and aperture, as well as retro-inspired top dials for adjusting shutter speed and exposure compensation. This allows for an intuitive and intimate shooting experience not found on many point-and-shoots. Another feature you won’t find on many cameras in its class is a large 4/3" size MOS sensor, supporting multiple aspect ratios that let you use more height or width of the sensor as you switch from 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9 aspect ratios. The 16.8-megapixel sensor allows for photos with a maximum resolution of 12.8 megapixels when shooting in 4:3 mode.

One of the highlights of the camera is its 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video recording at 30 and 24 fps in MP4 format, in addition to Full HD video at 60 fps in MP4 and AVCHD. 4K video not only produces high-resolution video, but it can also be used as a pseudo high-speed burst photo mode, capturing 30 still images at 8 megapixels every second. Photos can then be extracted directly from the 4K footage; a great option for users who want to cover an entire scene and not worry about missing a moment.

The built-in Leica DC Vario-Summilux zoom lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal-length range of 24-75mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives. With a fast maximum aperture of f/1.7-2.8, the lens lets you work in dim lighting situations and gives selective focus control for shallow-depth-of-field imagery. Rounding out the camera is a 2,764-dot viewfinder with full Adobe RGB color space for accurate image monitoring even in bright sunlight, as well as a 3.0" 921k-dot-resolution rear LCD screen. There is also a hot shoe for using external flash units. The camera comes with an external flash that matches the compact style of the camera.

LUMIX DMC-GM5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-35mm Lens

Next up is the GM5, a new GM-series Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. It features a similar magnesium-alloy body as the GM1, but replaces the pop-up flash with a 1,166k-dot electronic viewfinder, as well as a hot-shoe mount, creating a more full-featured camera system. The GM5 also features a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor to produce detailed still images and a heighted sensitivity up to ISO 25600. It is also capable of recording Full HD video at 60 fps.

A smart Contrast AF system enables signals exchanges between the camera and attached lens at a maximum of 240 fps for fast autofocusing speeds. This speed lets you get the most out of the camera’s 5.8 fps full-resolution burst mode shooting, and 40 fps bursts using the electronic shutter. You'll also find convenient focusing technologies such as Face/Eye Detection AF, Low Light AF for focusing in dimly lit (-4 EV) conditions, and Focus Peaking when focusing manually. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity lets you monitor and control the camera from your mobile device using the Panasonic Image App, and then upload and share your images to social networks.

The GM5 comes packaged with a LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens covering wide to portrait focal lengths, and featuring a retractable design that complements the form of the GM5.

LUMIX G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic has also announced the LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S Lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Designed as a compact alternative to the premium X-Series model, the lens covers the popular 70-200mm (35mm equivalent) focal range, suitable for a wide range of applications, including sporting events, portraiture, and close-ups. It has a minimum focusing distance of 3' and features a all-metal construction and retractable design to match the styling of the GM-series cameras.

Incorporated into the lens is Panasonic’s MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer, making it fully compatible with sensor drive speeds up to 240 fps. This lets you take advantage of the fast Contrast AF technology found in cameras like the GM5. The inner focus drive system and stepping motor provide smooth, silent operation for both photo and video recording. The construction of the lens includes one aspherical lens element and two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements to help minimize aberrations and contribute to high contrast, color-accurate images.

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When the 4/3 camera was introduced, it came with an Zeiss 28-400 f1.8 lens, all for $895.00. Does that bundle still exist? If so, I want to buy one.
Thank you!
Seth Kaplan

I’m not aware of a 28-400mm f/1.8 micro four thirds lens on the market, nor have I been able to find one mentioned from Panasonic or Olympus.  The largest aperture for a zoom lens available with a micro four thirds mount would be f/2.8, and those lenses would have much shorter ranges than 28-400mm.  At this time, the only bundle available for the Panasonic GM5 would be with the 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.