It was about a year and a half ago that Panasonic rolled out the Lumix DMC-G1, the world’s first Micro Four Thirds digital camera that combined the photo prowess of a DSLR with the compact body of a point and shoot. Now Panasonic has pulled the wraps off the new and improved sequel, creatively titled the Lumix DMC-G2. While resembling it’s older brother quite a bit in the looks department, the 12.1 megapixel G2 adds a slew of new bells and whistles to justify the upgrade. The G@ is the world’s first Micro Four Thirds camera with a flip out, rotating, hi-res touch screen LCD. Users can adjust the focus by tapping on a subject directly on the 3 inch screen, take a photo with a quick double tap, or scroll through already taken photos as if turning the pages of a book. In addition the camera’s dedicated recording button allows you to now record hi-def video up to 720p in the AVCHD Lite format, which increases recording capacity and is highly compatible with a wide range of A/V equipment. Driving all this is the new high speed, high performance Venus Engine HD II, which has been re-engineered to vastly improve the G1’s already on point image quality No word on a price or release date just yet.
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