Photoxels has posted its photo gallery of first images taken from a production Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 digital SLR.
The Panasonic L1 may look like a Leica rangefinder camera but it is in fact Panasonic’s first digital SLR designed and built in cooperation with Olympus and using the Four Thirds System mount.
The equivalent Olympus model is the EVOLT E-330. Both digital SLRs feature the first ever Live View LCD monitor on a digital SLR. Other features include a Dust Reduction System to automatically clean dust from the image sensor and optical image stabilization.
Leica has also joined the 4/3-Systems consortium and plan to produce more lenses for the mount. Unlike most dSLRs that use proprietary mount systems, the 4/3-Systems is an open standard system based around a common lens mount specification.
Panasonic has made significant gains into the digital camera market with popular ultra zoom models with optical image stabilization.
Leica intends to introduce a digital version of its Leica M7 35mm camera later this Fall at Photokina.