The AF100 can use any of the Micro Four Thirds lenses available for the various stills models already on the market, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 and . Olympus only makes stills cameras -- thus far -- so it seems Panasonic will have the Micro Four Thirds camcorder space to itself.
The AF100 is a low-end professional model, its features suited to film students and filmmakers on a budget. More consumer-focused models may follow, if Panasonic does the same as it did with its Micro Four Thirds snappers.
The AF100 shoots 1080p at a frame rate of 24 frames per second, recorded in H.264 format. Video is saved to two SD-card slots. The camera supports the popular SDHC card and adds support for the new, which offers up to a whopping 2TB of storage.
Other features include dual XLR inputs for sound input, as well as an onboard stereo mic.
The AF100 will arrive at the end of the year. We'll have prices -- and proper pictures -- nearer the time.