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First footage from Panasonic's Lumix GH1

Film-maker and director Philip Bloom has posted the first footage taken with the brand new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, and from the looks of it, this camera is going to be stunning.

Film-maker and director Philip Bloom has got his lucky hands on the Panasonic GH1 and has released some of the sample footage taken with the camera.

The GH1 (left) and Canon's 5D Mark II (right). (Credit: Chris Hurd/

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is the HD-video capable version of the G1, the world's first micro four thirds production camera.

While it follows in the footsteps of other interchangeable lens cameras that also take HD-video such as the Nikon D90 and the Canon 5D Mark II, the GH1 is sending photographers and film-makers into a bit of a frenzy because of its compact form factor and more importantly, full manual control whilst filming.

Bloom shot the footage using the kit lens and he thought that the in-built microphone was far better than Canon or Nikon's, but he also got a hands-on with Panasonic's top mic, which is made especially for the GH1.

Take a look at the footage and decide for yourself, but we love the clear, crisp video from the GH1. Check out that bokeh and low light performance — pretty amazing.

The price for such fun? Panasonic has set the RRP for the GH1 at AU$3299, which includes the new Lumix G VARIO HD 14-140mm lens. The camera will be released in Australia in late May.

Via Engaget.