We first heard of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 earlier this year, a result of the year-long collaboration between Panasonic and Olympus, and now this product of their partnership is coming to fruition with Panasonic shipping the 7.5-megapixel camera to the United States in early September.
The Lumix DMC-L1 is Panasonic's first digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with an interchangeable lens, a Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5, and the first Leica lens with optical image stabilization designed specifically for it. The DMC-L1 also has a 2.5-inch high-rez full-time Live View LCD, showing you exactly the same image that's on the CCD, assuring accurate framing.
And you gotta love that retro shape of the camera's magnesium alloy body, harkening back to the old days of the coveted Leica rangefinder cameras. You pay for that privilege, though; it will retail for $2000.
Press Release [Panasonic]