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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Four Thirds System SLR and Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 stabilized lens pre-announced  
Sunday, February 26, 2006 | by Eamon Hickey

Panasonic has shown a prototype of the Lumix DMC-L1, a Four Thirds System digital SLR with a distinctly rangefinder-like appearance. A flash-heavy teaser on Panasonic's web site has few real details but good views of the camera.

The DMC-L1 uses the same 7.5 million (effective) pixel NMOS sensor as the recently announced Olympus E-330. It also uses the E-330's mirror/viewfinder assembly, and it provides live image preview to the camera's LCD. In other ways the Panasonic's body and control system differ substantially from the Olympus.

Shown with the camera is a new Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 ASPH Four-Thirds System lens with Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilization system. (This lens is equivalent to a 28-100mm lens on 35mm format.)

The camera is apparently scheduled to ship later this year, but a specific release date and price are not yet available. There is also apparently no complete specification list.

Digital Photography Review has what few details are available and numerous photos of the camera.

Imaging Resource has a short video that shows the site's publisher, Dave Etchells, handling the prototype at the Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, Fl.

 

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