updated 01:05 pm EDT, Mon June 13, 2011
Panasonic GF to go pro again, new GH coming
AnPanasonic camera division head Ichiro Kitao in the wake of the Lumix GF3 detailed a plan to swing back to the professional side both for the GF series and as a whole. Despite the greater beginner focuses of the GF2 and now the GF3, Panasonic was going to once again have a more veteran-friendly version of the small Micro Four Thirds camera line, Kitao told PhotoRadar. In the future, the GF series would be split more distinctly between the two camps.
A true sequel to the GF1 wasn't the next in the pipeline. The immediate focus was on a sequel to the GH2. As the flagship, it was 'very important' and hadn't been updated since September of last year. Kitao hinted that the most likely upgrade would be a better electronic viewfinder system to improve the resolution and refresh rate, both of which have usually been weak points.
The GF series started out with the GF1 as what was largely just a smaller version of similar camera bodies. The GF2 removed hardware components like the mode dial and a dedicated auto-exposure lock in favor of moving most controls to touch. The GF3 simplifies it yet again and now more closely resembles a point-and-shoot camera outside of the touchscreen interface, removing the hot shoe and stereo recording in the names of size and price.