Panasonic is developing a version of its Lumix G1 digital still camera with the ability to record high-definition video with auto focus.
Panasonic’s G1 doesn’t offer high-definition video, but with a future model Panasonic will attempt to top the D90 by delivering high-defintion video with auto-focus.
A prototype of that future model was shown at a Tokyo news conference held to launch the G1. The prototype was displayed under glass so it’s not clear if it was a working model. It looked identical to the G1 with the exception of a red “HD” inscription on the body to the left side of the lens. It also didn’t display a model name.
The only indication of a launch date was “spring 2009” for Japan.