Panasonic is now rumored to have put the GX-series on hold, after the Japan-based company has done the same thing with the GF and G-series.
Driven by the decrease in camera sales and revenue, digital imaging companies are analyzing their offerings in order to see which camera series should continue to live on the market.
One of the companies that it serious about re-thinking its future strategy is Panasonic. The rumor mill has recently revealed that the Japanese maker will no longer launch a camera for each of the GF and G series in 2014.
After leaking this information, the rumor mill has managed to acquire some more details about the company’s future plans. As a result, now we know that the Panasonic GX-series is also in danger, as the GX7 may also not get a replacement in the near future.
Panasonic GX series future may be grim, as GX7 replacement may have been cancelled
The Panasonic GX7 has been announced at the beginning of August 2013 as a camera that continues the legacy of the Panasonic GX1. It is a top-notch camera and the first of the new generation of high-end mirrorless cameras.
Furthermore, it has received numerous praises from reviewers and critics alike, so you could say that its launch has been a success for the Japanese company. However, the Olympus OM-D E-M1, Fujifilm X-E2, Fujifilm X-T1, and now the Sony A6000 have all become available and have accomplished something big: people seem to have forgotten about the Lumix GX7.
According to inside sources, this fact has triggered a change in the mind of Panasonic’s leaders. Apparently, they are “re-thinking” the entire series, looking for a way to “re-engineer” the GX7 or its replacement so that it will stand out in this crowded place.
It is said that if the company does not come out with a good and efficient plan, then the Panasonic GX-series future on the market will also be put on hold until further notice.
Panasonic GF7 and G7 Micro Four Thirds cameras are rumored to have been delayed, too
It is worth reminding that the Panasonic GF7 launch has been cancelled for 2014. However, the Micro Four Thirds camera maker may choose to release a new GF-series shooter in 2015 or beyond. Still, at this point it is very unlikely that the GF7 will make an appearance on the market sometime in the near future.
Additionally, the Panasonic G7 has also been delayed. Inside reports say that G6 sales have been “poor” therefore releasing a successor would be pointless.
For the time being, the Panasonic GX7 is available for about $1,000 at Amazon, while the Panasonic GM1 (the camera that seems to have taken everybody’s place) is selling for less than $600 at the same retailer.