Jun 10, 2009 6:57 PM
From the “Why Didn’t They Think of That Before?” Department, as in, like, why don’t they have a digital camera that lets us switch lenses, record audio in Dolby Digital stereo, and shoot hours of high-definition video...with autofocus, of course? (Hmm, just a touch ambitious, aren’t we?) Enter the Panasonic Lumix GH1 ($1500), a first-of-its-kind hybrid camera that lets you wear your paparazzi-slash-director-slash-reporter hats all at once. And thanks to a whiz-bang feature Panasonic calls the “Micro Four Thirds System,” the GH1 takes sweet pictures like a pro but is svelte and light enough to join you on your backpacking trip through Borneo (or you know, just to your niece's birthday party).