After a sneaky launch in Japan, the Panasonic Lumix G100D hits the West

Panasonic Lumix G100D press shots
Panasonic Lumix G100D press shots (Image credit: Panasonic)

UPDATE: A month after its reveal in Japan, the Panasonic Lumix G100D has been announced in the US as well as the UK, although Australian availability is still unconfirmed. 

While technically a successor to the popular Panasonic Lumix G100, the G100D only offers a light component update (switching the viewfinder from LCD to OLED, albeit with lower resolution, and the port from Micro USB to USB-C) 

Now available for pre-order at $747.99 / £619 with the Lumix 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 pancake lens, B&H's listing estimates availability from January 31 while Park Cameras (which has the UK's lowest price, at £569) estimates January 19. 

UPDATE (Dec 07 2023): Panasonic has confirmed that the Lumix G100D will be launching outside of Japan, while there is no official date yet, it is expected to launch in the UK and the US in late January or early February which places it around the same time as the Japanese launch. 

ORIGINAL STORY (Dec 06 2023) Panasonic has quietly announced the Panasonic Lumix G100D, building on the existing Lumix G100 (G110) model. However, before you get too excited, not only is this a very minor update limited to just a few specs, but the biggest downside of all – at the moment it looks like this is just coming to the Japanese market.

Panasonic slipped out the new camera announcement without much fanfare, although understandably so, when there isn't much on this new camera to shout about. The Lumix G100D is identical to the previous model, except for a new EVF and USB-C connection. 

The new EVF is a slightly lower resolution than the G100, featuring a 2.36 million dot screen, although will be an OLED panel with 0.74x magnification, this is changed from the 3.6m dot LCD viewfinder with 0.73x magnification in the Lumix G100. The other significant change is an upgrade from the older Micro USB port to a newer and more modern USB Type-C USB 2.0 port, which should allow for faster data transfer and the use of more of the cables already used with other modern devices.

The new Panasonic Lumix G100D plus the 45-150mm lens will be sold in Japan as part of a kit (Image credit: Panasonic)

The G100 is one of our favorite cameras here at Digital Camera World – a small and compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor, it is one of the best cameras for vlogging and one of the best travel cameras. The G100 packs in Panasonic's renowned 4K video, as well as interchangeable lenses to get a more professional look to your footage. The camera is also great for photo and video beginners with its entry-level price tag and easy-to-use controls – it offers a perfect body to learn and grow with.

The Lumix G100D will be released in Japan on January 26, 2024. The G100D looks set to be sold in a few kits including a Lumix DC-G100DW double lens kit, and the Lumix DC-G100DV kit which comes with a lens and tripod.

It is still unclear if or when this body might make its way outside of Japan, but with new charger rules coming in soon for EU countries, camera makers are going to have to start switching older bodies to USB-C or be forced to stop selling them, so I would be surprised if the G100D doesn't see a wider release soon. 

For more on Panasonic check out our picks for the best Panasonic camera or the best Micro Four Thirds camera.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.

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