Panasonic GH2 is now officially announced with 16mp and full-HD
More cameras please? Sure! Why not? Panasonic Japan has just revealed the Panasonic GH2, with an initial monthly production output of 5,000 units per month. The camera will feature a 16-megapixel LiveMOS multi-aspect sensor (actual sensor is 18mp), with 24p 1920x1080 video (choice of 24Mbps or 17Mbps), or 1920x1080 60i video, AVCHD
(no longer Lite) (blogger confusion), EVF with 1.53 million dots, hot-shoe, and things like that.
The computer-translated marketing material promises the world's fastest autofocus with 0.1 seconds - I think this is movie auto-focus. It has a twist-and-shout 3-inch LCD display (with 460K dots). The burst mode information is hard to decipher from the computer-translated, so we has to wait for the english-speaking press releases.
It will use a "chipped" (ID Security) Li-Ion battery and it looks like the provided CIPA estimates range from 320 to 354. Other features include SSWF dust bunnies, SDXC support...
The camera will come out in late October (in Japan) in black or silver body colors, in three different kits, body-only, with the 14-140mm MegaOIS or the 14-42mm kit lens. Please note different countries usually get different kits, so it doesn't mean all six combinations will be available everywhere.
In the US market, the camera will come out in the three configurations, with a price of $900 for the body-only, $1000 with the 14-42mm and $1500 with the 14-140mm MegaOIS. (you may recall those "discount experiments" J&R World was performing on the GH1 the last few weeks)
Read all about it
+ GH2 and new lenses preview at d-preview [NEW!]
+ touching the camera and the smiley 3D lens at Digital Camera Review
+ Panasonic Japan (computer-translated press-release)
+ Lumix GH2 page (computer-translated)