Big rumors in the Micro Four Thirds world say Panasonic is working on a new sensor that will be integrated with a new interchangeable lens body and a new fixed lens compact. 43Rumors has confirmed that much with an anonymous tipster and that says the cameras could be come by late August or early September putting it in the sweet spot for a reveal at Photokina. Other than confirming the existence of such cameras we do not yet have any specs on either of Panasonic’s future camera units.
The Panasonic LX8 has been long rumored to feature a new bigger sensor. While early reports suggested the high-end, fixed lens compact would feature a 1-inch sensor it made more sense if Panasonic leveraged the actual sensor technology it already uses. These latest rumors seem to corroborate this theory.
As for a new Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera, Panasonic has been long over due for a new model since the GX7 launched last August. What’s more Panasonic has been playing second fiddle to Olympus for too long even with its highly regarded line of SLR-styled Lumix cameras like the GH4. So we’re hoping for something that will be truly eye catching to photographers as the Japanese camera company tends to cater to gear nuts.
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.
Via Mirrorless Rumors
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.
Via 43 Rumors