According to a post in 4/3 Rumors, Panasonic’s set to announce a new Four-Thirds fixed lens compact camera sometime around late August or early September. The announcement, sources claim, will come ahead of Photokina. The folks at 4/3 Rumors have pegged this as an FT5 rumor, which has an 81-99% of actually happening, but we’ll believe it when we see it. One of their cadre of sources has also claimed that it will not be in the LX line, which could mean that we won’t see an overpriced Leica adaptation. But of course, who’s to say?
More over, this might be Panasonic’s attempt to inject life into what reports state is its flagging photography business. It was rumored in April that the company might not update its G and GF line of cameras this year, which is worth noting because both lines have seen refreshes every year, with the most recent two (the G6 and GF6) in April 2013. This is a damn shame because the company makes great cameras, with the GH4 being the most affordable 4K-capable camera there is, and they’ve got great lenses, to boot.
If it’s not a G, a GF or an LX, then what could it be? Time will certainly tell.
We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available, and we’ll be sure to review it, too.
At some point in the future, Panasonic will release the FZ1000 to the masses. It’s one of those nifty bridge cameras for those caught between a compact camera and full-fledged DSLR. The FZ1000 comes with 4K video, a 20.1MP 1″ sensor, and 16x optical zoom lens (25-400mm 35mm-equivalent) from Leica with an aperture range of f2.8-4. It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and a minimum focusing distance of 3cm. With the latter in mind, we strongly suggest you use some sort of tripod. On the whole, the camera reminds us of Sony’s RX10, which sported similar specs save for 4K video. While the RX10′s lens had a shorter focal range of 24-200mm, it had a constant aperture of f2.8. The FZ1000 offers nearly twice as much in terms of focal range, and for video junkies, the 4K will work wonders, we’re sure.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any word of a release date or a price, and with similar cameras priced around $1,300, we can only guess at what the FZ1000 will be. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have more information.
Tech specs are after the jump in a full list.
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Panasonic’s new FZ1000 camera is not a replacement of anything previous, but instead something totally new to the line. Think of it as a Sony RX10 competitor, and with that said also be sure to consider the fact that at its heart is a 1 inch MOS sensor right behind a very long 25-400mm equivalent zoom lens. This camera is meant to be a top end bridge camera for Panasonic–and this fact is clearly evident with the addition of 4k video recording capabilities.
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Everyone’s joining the 1-inch sensor camera club. First early reports suggested Panasonic was planning to update the LX7 with a bigger sensor, and now Mirrorless Rumors reports that Nikon will do the same. Leaked specs suggest the camera will have a comfortable grip, narrowing the possibility of bodies down to one of Nikon’s bigger, premium compact cameras such as the P7000.
Supposedly, the new camera will be announced within a week or two and the camera will feature a 1-inch Aptina sensor backed by Nikon’s Expeed 3 imaging processor. In front of the new sensor there will be a f1.8-3.0 zoom lens and the body itself will purportedly be made of magnesium.
It seems like the premium compact camera market is getting hot since Sony’s successful run with its RX100 cameras and Pentax’s notable MX-1. Nikon’s direct competitor, Canon, meanwhile introduced the G1 X Mark II with an even bigger 1.5-inch sensor. Now with a rumored LX8 and Nikon camera joining the fray there could be an interesting crop of cameras beyond the high-end APS-C sensor backed Fujifilm X100s.
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Sony’s RX100 Mark III may have a new challenger in the high-end compact space with a Panasonic LX8. 43 Rumors reports the Panasonic is planning on introducing the LX7 successor with a larger sensor on July 16th. To directly compete with the RX100 Mark III Panasonic is upgrading the camera with a bigger 1-inch sensor and electronic viewfinder. On a personal note, we don’t understand why they’re doing this vs putting a Four Thirds sensor into the camera.
The LX series has always been an amazing compact camera series mainly for its Leica glass—and a hearty handful of physical switches including one for aspect ratio—which boasts a compact 24-90mm equivalent lens. It’s a piece of glass that still even wipes the floor with the RX100 Mark III newfangled 24-70 f1.8-2.8 lens.
Panasonic has always lagged behind with a smaller senor, but if Pany does indeed go big with the LX8 it should come with a bit more megapixels to flex and better low-light shooting capability.
What’s more if the Panasonic LX8 does show up one July 16th you can bet we will see Leica come out with a refreshed Leica D-Lux 7 camera. In all likelihood we could see a possible D-Lux 8 camera announced at Photokina in September.
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As mirrorless cameras have improved over the years, so to has their autofocusing. Many companies claim that they have the world’s fastest autofocusing capabilities. For years, we’ve stated that Olympus is king in terms of speed but the new Sony A6000 has also really impressed us lately. But the Camera Store decided to put four of the top mirrorless cameras to the test on a dirt bike range. Plus, they also brought along the Nikon D4s.
The cameras put to the test were the Sony A6000, Olympus OMD EM1, Panasonic GH4 and the Fujifilm XT-1 as well as the Nikon D4s. They were all tested with comparable focal lengths at f4. In the end, they conclude that the D4s is still king but that the GH4 is close.
There are problems with the test though:
- At f4, more is in focusing with a Micro Four Thirds sensor than with an APS-C or full frame sensor. They were testing the lenses out at f4
- Panasonic lenses don’t focus as snappily on Olympus cameras and vice versa. This could help account for the findings with the OMD EM1.
- The Sony A6000 was tested with an Alpha adapted lens; not a native E-mount
- The D4s is significantly more expensive.
Despite these flaws in the non-scientific test, it’s still very much worth watching for the insight. Check it out below after the jump. Be also sure to check out our reviews of the Sony A6000, Fujifilm XT1 and the Olympus OMD EM1.
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