The rumored Panasonic GX1 replacement, which will look like the original L1 Four Thirds camera, will not be called GX2 as initially thought, and instead it will get the name GX7.
Panasonic will replace the Lumix GX1 during the third quarter of 2013, the rumor mill says. Additionally, the camera will have a design similar to the L1, which is the first DSLR camera with support for the Four Thirds lens mount manufactured by someone else other than Olympus.
GX1 successor to be called Panasonic DMC-GX7
Although it makes sense for the shooter to be called GX2, it seems like Panasonic has other things in mind, which are different than upping the number by 1.
Panasonic GX7 will feature built-in tiltable viewfinder
The name of the upcoming camera may not be as important as its rumored features. The new Panasonic GX7 has been referred to as the “dream camera” for all Micro Four Thirds adopters, as it will feature built-in optical image stabilization technology and an integrated viewfinder.
MFT fans are already praying that these rumors become true, as it would mean that somebody is actually listening to their demands.
The above specifications will be joined by a brand new 18-megapixel image sensor and a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 seconds, just like the newly-announced Olympus E-P5, though the PEN shooter is packing a 16.1-megapixel sensor.
Sources have also confirmed that the Panasonic DMC-GX7’s image stabilization system will not be as good as the one found in Olympus cameras. Despite that, it should do its job properly in most shooting scenarios, when a tripod is nowhere to be found.
Panasonic GX1 launched in November, GX7 coming in September
Beside the new name, there is no new information available, which means that the Panasonic GX7 release date is still on track for this September. The Micro Four Thirds system will be launched sometime in August and will hit store shelves about one month later.
The Panasonic GX1 has been introduced in November 2011 and it can still be found on Amazon for a price of $249.99.