Panasonic will announce a pair of new cameras, Lumix LF1 and G6, and a new 14-140mm lens by the end of this week.
Panasonic is currently preparing for a busy week, as the company is rumored to introduce two new cameras this week, along with an updated 14-140mm lens. The most likely Panasonic G6 and LF1 cameras announcement date is April 24, source says.
Panasonic LF1 compact camera to be announced this week
The Japan-based company has been previously rumored to announce two cameras by the end of April 2013. The pair consists of the LF1, a brand new camera, and the G6, the replacement for the G5 Micro Four Thirds system.
Panasonic LF1 will feature an electronic viewfinder of low-resolution. It is supposed to have the same form factor and image sensor size as the Lumix LX7, a camera which has been introduced on the market in 2012. However, it is unknown whether or not the LF1 will serve as a direct replacement for the LX7.
Additionally, the Lumix LF1 will sport a 7x zoom lens on top of its 1/1.17-inch sensor. The full details will most certainly be revealed on April 24.
Panasonic G6 Micro Four Thirds camera replacing Lumix G5 soon
On the other hand, the Panasonic G6 will come packed with a 16-megapixel image sensor and a similar design to the G5 camera. Moreover, the mirrorless camera is rumored to provide the same video recording quality as the Lumix GH2, which would represent quite an impressive achievement.
The Panasonic G6 leaked specs list also includes a microphone input and a brand new Venus image processing engine. Unfortunately, these are all the details
Refreshed Panasonic 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 OIS lens making an appearance alongside the two cameras
As for the updated 14-140mm lens, it appears that Panasonic will refresh its 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 OIS video-optimized lens for Micro Four Thirds systems.
For the time being, the optic is available at Amazon for $669.50. Although the stock is emptying, the retailer says that more units are on the way, contradicting the idea that the product will be refreshed this week.
Another lens which is rumored to be updated by the end of 2013 is the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 lens, which is aimed at G-series cameras. This one is also available for purchase at Amazon for $339.95 with a pretty low stock.