Panasonic DMC-GH1 handled on video, coming to North America in May

Panasonic's HD Micro Four Thirds shooter honestly can't arrive soon enough, with its continual autofocus while shooting, on-the-fly aperture switching and all around loveliness. Thus, it's with a heavy heart that we present to you the following tidbit: according to Doug Borbath, a senior project manager at Panasonic Canada, the DMC-GH1 won't ship to North America until "late May," though the pricing remains pretty much in line with what we've been hearing. It'll sticker at $1,899CDN, which equates to just over $1,500 here in the United States. That price does include the pretty astounding 14-140mm (28-280mm in Four Thirds terminology) stock lens, though it doesn't include the optional external microphone ($200; available "around the same time") nor the super wide angle Lumix G Vario 7-14mm/f4.0 ASPH (price unknown; available at GH1 launch). Check the read link for some seriously enviable footage.

[Thanks, Jive]