Panasonic is rumored to announce a new Micro Four Thirds this October, while Olympus will reveal a high-end compact camera in the same month.
The PhotoPlus Expo 2013 is approaching with quick steps. The press and media will have access to all events on October 23, while the doors will be opened for visitors as of October 24.
A lot of good things are rumored to be introduced at PhotoPlus, including the Fujifilm X-E1S / X-E2 that will replace the X-E1. Photography fans can add two more products to the list as both Panasonic and Olympus are rumored to reveal new cameras next month.
New Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera coming soon with ultra-small form factor
Although the announcements might be made before or after the digital imaging exhibition, a new Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera and an Olympus compact are in the works and their announcement dates are scheduled for October.
The former has been rumored since the beginning of the year. It will become the smallest MFT shooter ever and will bear a three-digit number alongside the GX, GF, or G tag. Previously, sources have said that it might replace the GF3
The name and specifications of the device will remain unknown for now, but it is certain that we are looking at an entry-level camera, where the competition is becoming increasingly stiffer.
High-end Olympus compact camera to be announced next month
On the other hand, the Olympus compact will be a high-end camera. It will sport a fixed zoom lens, but, for now, it is unknown against which devices it will compete.
There are two contradicting rumors surrounding this product. One of them says that the shooter will feature a Micro Four Thirds image sensor, while the other one says that it will not.
The second information comes with details about the fixed lens. It appears that it will provide a 35mm equivalent of 28-300mm, while being able to sustain a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the entire focal range.
Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens price and release date to become official in October
Although these are simple rumors, plenty of similar ones have become true in 2013. It will not be a surprise if these two cameras will be announced next month, therefore Micro Four Thirds fans should keep an eye out for new information.
Be advised that Panasonic will finally reveal the price and release date of the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens soon. By the look of it, October will be a very interesting month for us.
Panasonic GF3 is being sold by Amazon for $199, a 60% decrease from its launch price. With the camera getting older and stocks diminishing, a replacement is more than likely to show up soon.