This is the new camera I got 6 months ago, replacing a 11 year old & nice Canon G3...that quite downloading photos. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1X 16 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera, 3-Inch LCD Touch Screen and 14-42mm X Power Zoom Lens (Black)
- at $492, with free shipping Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 Digital Camera & G VARIO DMC-GX1KK Product Highlights
•3.0" Touch Enabled LCD
•Micro 4/3 Camera
•Built-In Flash, Hot Shoe and Mode Dial
•Lumix LightSpeed Focusing
•1080/60i HD Video Capture
•Movie iA and Creative Movie
•High Grade Designed Body
•Ultra High Speed 0.09 Second AF
•Super O.I.S. And my buddy's review:
Wow....That's a beauty Larry. I'm sure you will love it. The technology is amazing. It shoots video in the same 1920 x 1080-60p format as mine, H-264 MP4. Stills are very high resolution even from the video. Audio will be great too. It uses the same media for storage as mine...I recommend at least 16 GB or preferably 32 GB CLASS 10 media. Cost would be about $20 to $40 for each card. I have three total and I use 2 x 16 GB and 1 x 8 GB cards. Gives me about 2 1/2 hours of 1920 x 1080 - 60p video storage. I think with your 16 Mp stills you might be better off with 32 GB cards. Actually 1 x 32 GB would be sufficient.
You should be able to hook it directly to your HD TV. I believe you said you bought one didn't you? Hopefully it has the right connectivity and will play full 1080p HD. The other thing about shooting in HD is when panning for example you need to be very smooth and not too fast or the picture becomes very hard to look at. Getting a $30-$40 tripod might be a very good idea too. If you get one make sure it has smooth panning...cheaper ones are jerky. Also should be 60 inches high or so when fully extended.
The other thing you may not of thought about is the COMPUTER. Are you going to make your own videos? Are you going to store your made videos and photos? You will get some video and photo editing software with it that will no doubt work well with HD Video and High resolution stills. These files are truly huge in size, especially the 1920 x 1080 60p video. I doubt your old computer will do the trick. When working with a one hour full HD video I require at least 20 GB of extra HD space on my operating drive and I personally use 12 GB of RAM. 4 or 8 GB of RAM, a quad core CPU, a 1 Terabyte HD and video card and monitor that will handle 1080p is required. You can get away with a bit less but I wouldn't, or producing anything will be slow going. If you are thinking of upgrading the computer let me know and I can help you set up what you will need. I built a computer for my cousin about 1 1/2 years ago slightly better than mine. He finds he doesn't use it because he is using his Tablet and IPhone combo most of the time. He may be interested in selling it. It is in perfect condition.
The other thing is what monitor are you going to use on the computer? It needs to be able to handle 1920 x 1080 video. You can use a HD 1080p TV for a monitor if you like if you have a quality video card on your computer. Actually, rather than me rambling here about what you might need I think it better if you get in touch with me if you think you are going to upgrade your computer. I can help you out with that for sure.
That's an awesome camera and loads of bang for the buck. I would get it. The only thing that worries me about the full bodied cameras for video is they say some of them heat up and shut down after about 10 minutes of continuous video shooting. Not sure about this unit. In my case I was taking a number of 60 minute videos so I went the way I did.
Cheers for now