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The DMC-G2 is the direct descendant of the Lumix G1, the first ever Micro Four Thirds camera.
updated 3/12/2010 9:00:00 AM ET 2010-03-12T14:00:00

Panasonic has pulled the sheets off two new Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras: the touchscreen DMC-G2 and the super light G10. Both shoot 720p video, but the G2's bendy, touch control screen makes it a Micro Four Thirds stand out.

The DMC-G2 is the direct descendant of the Lumix G1, the first ever Micro Four Thirds camera. It has a 12.1MP Live MOS sensor and shoots 720p video in AVCHD lite, activated by a dedicated video record button. But its real claim to fame: being the first interchangeable lens system camera with a bendy, twisty touchscreen that can be used to control the camera.

The 3" LCD screen has that 460,000 dot resolution goodness you're looking for and some neat features you might not be expecting. Focus can be adjusted by touching the desired subject on the screen, and photos can be snapped giving it an additional tap. It rotates 180 degrees side to side and tilts 270 degrees up and down—basically you can get to it no matter how you're holding the camera.

Also, it's available in black, red, and blue. Cool.

The G10 is more of an introductory affair, boasting the claim as the lightest micro four thirds to still sport a digital viewfinder. To make things easy, G10 offers a bevy of beginner friendly settings: Intelligent Auto mode, MEGA O.I.S. for eliminating shaky hand-blur, Intelligent Exposure and more.

The G10, like the G2, has a 12.1MP Live MOS sensor and can grab 720p HD video. The camera has a 460,000 dot 3" LCD as well as a 202,000 dot equivalent viewfinder.

Both the G2 and the G10 come with the new Vario 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 compact zoom lens (35mm equivalent to 28-84mm) as part of their kit.

We saw some renders and stock photography shots of the new Panasonic DMC-G2 and G10 earlier this morning, and right on the heels of that coverage are these real-deal hands-on shots. Ogle at your convenience, courtesy the Photography Blog. Pricing will be announced a month before the cameras ship.

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