A few things tend to be common amongst DSLR cameras. They tend to be large and heavy cameras, have interchangeable lenses and usually you only get black or silver colors to choose from. The DSLR is becoming more popular as new models are introduced that add new features to the category as the cameras get smaller, the get more appealing as well.
Today, Panasonic announced the world’s first Micro Four Thirds system camera. The Lumix G1 claims several world’s firsts including the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera and the world’s first to be offered in multiple colors. The G1 weighs 0.85 pounds, making it about half the weight of DSLR cameras.
One thing the small camera gives up is an optical viewfinder. All images are aligned with the 3-inch rear, pivoting LCD. The camera will be available in black, blue, and red colors. In November, a kit will be available with the camera and the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm lens. The camera itself will be available in October. Pricing is unknown at this time. Panasonic points out that this is not a DSLR, it lacks the mirror box used in a DSLR.