Panasonic has announced the launch of its smallest Lumix G Series camera, the DMC-GM1.


Panasonic’s new Lumix G DMC-GM1 camera, shown in the orange and silver version with the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA OIS lens. (Source: Panasonic.)
Featuring classic rangefinder styling and  elegant aluminium dials, the GM1 inherits the same 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor as found in the DMC-GX7. It boasts a pocketable body, achieved through the re-design of several important features. A single magnesium alloy frame maintains strength while reducing overall camera volume; the circuit board is 30% smaller  than the GX7’s, the shutter uses a motor instead of a spring, shaving 80% off its size, compared with the GX7s and the flash is a pantograph-style unit that pops up and down vertically.

The GM1 will launch with a new kit lens, the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA OIS, which offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-64mm. This wide angle standard zoom lens has a compact profile, sturdy metal construction and a retractable design. The DMC-GM1 will be available in Australia in December at an RRP of AU$999 for the camera plus Lumix G Vario 12-32mm/F3.5-5.6 lens. It will be available in silver and black with a silver lens, an all black body and black lens and silver and orange with a silver lens. Full details can be found at


The new Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens. (Source: Panasonic.)

Panasonic has also announced plans for ‘the commercialisation’ of a new digital interchangeable lens for the M4/3 system. The new Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens has a sophisticated exterior that matches the DMC-GM1 camera. It will join the DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH. and DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lenses, which are already available, as well as the Leica DG Noctiron 42.5mm f/1.2, which was announced in August. Panasonic is further expanding the range of Lumix G lenses, with the planned development of a new 35-100mm Lumix G Vario telephoto zoom lens in a compact design that also matches the GM1 camera.