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Panasonic just introduced the Lumix DMC-GH1, the second camera in its “Micro Four-Thirds” line of small-body professional D-SLRs. The GH1 more or less resembles its predecessor, our pick for last year’s Camera of the Year, in that both the G1 and the new GH1 feature a mounted 3-inch LCD screen that swivels and capture 12.1 megapixel images with an Electronic Viewfinder. Other than minor size variation, the big difference is the high definition video recording, shooting 1920×1080 video at 24 progressive frames per second and 1280×720 at 60 progressive frames per second. The kit-lens is a video-optimized 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 lens with a silent motor and continuous auto focusing capability, neither of which you can get from Canon or Nikon’s video-enabled DSLRs. There’s also a 7-14mm f/4.0 aspherical in case you want to get wide with your video-shooting.

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