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Panasonic G1 Discontinued

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Amin Sabet, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    via 43rumors.com:

    According to the Panasonic Japan site, the G1 has been officially discontinued. Below is a screenshot of the relevant page. The word "生産終了" next to "DMC-G1" in the title is Japanese for "discontinued".

    I think we'll see a G1 replacement soon, selling alongside the GH1 and GF1, with a GH1 replacement to follow not long thereafter. Hopefully the G1 replacement will be more than a G1 plus the video capability of the GF1, but we will see!


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  2. voyager


    Dec 31, 2009
    I find it kind of funny that we both started this thread at the same time.

    Nevertheless, I hope that the G2 will offer a little more.
  3. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Interesting - perhaps they will simply introduce an improved GH2 and drop the price / bundle different lenses with the GH1 to replace the G1?

    I hear that Panasonic are about to release a new sensor - that would go into the GH2 allowing the above to happen.

    I don't think they'll release another cam without video - my G1 is special, a collector's edition - anyone want to buy it? lol just kidding.


  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I was wondering if the GH1 would drop down into the G1 position, but a recent interview by a Panasonic exec suggested that the GH1 sensor was too expensive to make to justify putting it in the GF1, so I think they are unlikely to put it in the G1 replacement.

    My feeling is that the GH line will continue to use sensors which are more costly, made for the purpose of having the best video possible, while the G/GF lines will have less of a video specialist appeal and lower manufacturing costs. I hope that we will see a sensor upgrade in both lines this year, and Fuji entering the picture with 4/3 sensors of their own would be :2thumbs:.
  5. voyager


    Dec 31, 2009
    I guess we'll find out at PMA.
  6. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Well, the GF1 repackaged in a G1 form wouldn't really be much of an upgrade... so I don't know - as you say voyager, we'll find out soon enough.


  7. nTo

    nTo Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 28, 2009
    interesting story...IMHO...G-1 doesn't have a 'winning point' over GH-1 & GF-1...besides its cheaper price...my guess is that 90% of m4/3 potential buyer will go for the GH of GF instead...so its 'natural' that panasonic eventually discontinue it....

    However....i'm sure the next model is gonna be more exciting...

    But, honestly i hope my GF-1 won't go obsolote in the next few years...
    lol :smile:
  8. eolake

    eolake Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Lancashire, England
    Much as I like my G1, I can't help but notice how much more responsive my Pentax K-x (which is barely larger) is. The autofocus is zippy (OK, it's a phase system), and it shoots almost five frames per second!
  9. eolake

    eolake Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Lancashire, England
    "G-1 doesn't have a 'winning point' over GH-1 & GF-1"

    Yes and no. If you want a tiltable screen or a viewfinder, but don't want to pay for video...
  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I'm a diehard Pen 1 user...but

    I just love my G1...if they do cut it...I'll grab a few to store for later use....
  11. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    was the G1 the first M4/3
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    It was indeed, and many people still consider it to be the best one, or at least the best value.
  13. bebrox

    bebrox Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 29, 2009
    Could become a classic

    I reckon that the G1 could become a classic, I love the EVF, I came from the LX3 (still use it), I just love framing a shot and hearing the psuedo shutter sound.

    I love the quality of photo's and bokeh from the kit 45-90mm.
  14. elwin.chia

    elwin.chia New to Mu-43

    Jan 31, 2010
    now it shows '在庫僅少' which means low in stock in chinese.

    Hi, I'm new here and I'm planning to get the GF-1 with pancake lens.

    Is that really going to be a new model coming out soon???
  15. eolake

    eolake Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Lancashire, England
    So far as it smells, I think the G1 is going to be replaced soon, but not the GF1. It may even take a year for any replacement of the GF1, if it goes like normal.
  16. matmcdermott

    matmcdermott Mu-43 Regular

    Anyone notice that on the new Singapore Lumix G site that the G1 is still part of the lineup? Surprised they'd launch a new microsite with a discontinued camera on it. Which is a comment on site design, not trying to stir an is or isn't it discontinued? pot.
  17. hohoho

    hohoho Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    Maybe Matsushita whoops I mean Panasonic discovered that it had a couple of hundred of them in the warehouse. (This is mere idle fantasy, of course.)

    My favorite part of their write-up is the bit about the "OSD language" (whatever "OSD" may mean):

    Er, hello, anyone at home? This is the website of the Panasonic sales company in a particular country or region, no?
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