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Panasonic and Olympus Jointly Announce Lumix DMC-L1

(May 2006) posted on Fri May 26, 2006

First collaboration effort is 7.5-Mpxl digital SLR

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Showcasing its digital-SLR technology, Panasonic has
announcing the development and
showing of a prototype of its first digital
SLR camera, the Lumix DMC-L1, created
in conjunction with Olympus. The two
companies had announced they would
jointly develop digital SLR technologies
and components in early 2005. Earlier
this year, Olympus introduced its new
Evolt E-330, which also resulted from this

The DMC-L1 will be a 7.5-Mpxl camera
that features: a full-time live-view function
through its 2.5-in. high-resolution
LCD viewfinder; a Supersonic Wave Filter
dust-reduction system; and a Venus
Engine III LSI for superior color reproduction
and smoother images. It also has an
old-fashioned aperture ring and a film-
SLR-like shutter-speed dial.

The camera complies with the Four
Thirds System standard for interchangeable-
lens-type digital SLRs. At PMA earlier this year, the
camera was shown with a Leica D Vario-
Elmarit 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens"?
the first Leica lens developed exclusively
for digital SLRs. The lens incorporates
Mega OIS, an image-stabilization system
that makes it possible to shoot in low-lit
or macro-shooting situations without a

Compatible with SD memory cards
as well as the upcoming SDHC memory
cards, the DMC-L1 is expected to ship
later this year. A price has yet to be