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GF3 Concept

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by carpandean, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Having some fun. A mix of GF1, GH2 and L1. Basically, I removed the double-hinged pop-up flash, opting instead for a simple U-shaped SLR-style flash around the hot shoe, and filled the void (plus the raised section) with an EVF. The body is actually a little thicker, though the front face is moved closer to the flange, instead of the whole mount moving forward with it. The grip is a little bigger and rubber-inlaid, but much smaller than on a G1/H1/G2/GH2. Flip screen may be a little much, but hey, a guy can dream, can't he?



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  2. maxpiz

    maxpiz Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 5, 2010
    This would be my ideal camera! Maybe even waterproof!
  3. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    With the innards of the GH2 I would buy it in an instant. Nice concept.

  4. I think it would be more likely for Olympus to produce a rangefinder styled camera with a built-in viewfinder similiar to this concept. Unless they choose to discontinue the 4/3 concept (unlikely in the near future) there is no reason for Olympus to create a mini-DSLR like the Panasonic G1/GH1/etc. This one looks pretty cool, though.
  5. Kosta

    Kosta Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 29, 2010
    I like the idea a lot. I think I would buy this. if it had a hybrid viewfinder, then definitely so, if that could work for all m4/3 lenses..
  6. semma

    semma Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2010
    just the X100 will do it for me

    This one is closer to ideal, and a lot more attractive :biggrin:
    Hybride viewfinder, larger sensor, fast Fujinon-lens, build-in ND-filters, killer-look.

  7. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Very well done. Quality mock-up there.
    If I had another magic hammer this'd be basically what I'd smack my G1 into...
    I'm guessing there's only enough room in there for a lesser EVF though.
    Look how large the EVF section is in the cameras with a good one : G1, VF2, SonyA55.
  8. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2010
    New Jersey, USA
    I believe that camera is scheduled to come out the day hell freezes over.
  9. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Agree with others, it's a beautiful mock-up. And if the Fuji is half as good as it looks, I'm selling all my Panasonic gear.
  10. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2010
    New Jersey, USA
    It looks like the x100 may go for $1500US when it comes out. A little too much for a non interchangeable lens camera with a prime lens. IMO
  11. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Oh, I'm a big fan of the X100. Fixed lens is obviously a different breed, but otherwise it's a beauty.
  12. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    Olympus has already said they are phasing out 4/3. The e-5 may be the last body, not sure. No more lens development is happening for sure.

    i would certainly like to see a pro-like RF style like the X100. It won't be as small as my GF1, but will be more streamlined for me vs the GH2. I will sacrifice the articulating lcd in order to have it as thin as possible.
  13. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    I haven't heard that. Can you give me a link to the press release?
  14. semma

    semma Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2010
    1500 dollars???

    It looks? Can you send us a link to that?
    I always was reading 1000$ / 1000 euro, and that is cheap for what you would get. None other brand offers only a body with that big sensor, hybride viewfinder under 2000$, and then we do not even talk about the fast Fujinon lens (we all know that Fujinon makes lenses for Hasselblad).
    So in my opinion, 1500$ would even be cheap, and I think it will be on the market at 1000$, that is what I read on different websites :wink:
  15. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2010
    New Jersey, USA
    Fujifilm FinePix X100 - Only £999.00 - Park Cameras Online

    If you convert the UK price to USD it's about $1575. Of course it could end up being $1000 in the US also.

    I still stay that the absence of an interchangeable lens is this camera's fatal flaw. Though will it make great images? Of course it will.

    They are aiming for such a small market that I wonder what Fuji is really up to. My thought is that this may be the first in a line of X100 type similar cameras.

    That or this camera will end up like the Konica Instant Press. Which was a really nice camera that was targeted to a small market and ended being discontinued rather quickly.
  16. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    How are they setting a price on a camera that doesn't have a release date set yet and nobody has seen an actual operational copy of yet?
  17. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 12, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Normally that's the case, so I'd expect it to be $1000USD as well.

    Then it's quite possible you're not the intended audience for this camera. IMO the single, fixed lens is it's strength. Far from a fatal flaw.
  18. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 12, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Because THEY can do whatever they want. Pricing is set by marketing, not by engineering. Marketing has studied what price point the market can bear for this product, and that's the pricing they published shortly after they announced the product.
  19. Krang

    Krang Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 19, 2010
    OH! I'm actually drooling for this imaginary camera… It would have everything I want…
  20. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2010
    New Jersey, USA
    Absolutely. If I'm going to invest $1000. on a camera I would prefer that it have the ability to change lenses. IMO, if they offered it with interchangeable primes the camera would be close to perfect.
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