More information about the Panasonic LX8 has been leaked on the web with sources now revealing that the high-end compact camera will feature a built-in lens that will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-90mm and a maximum aperture of f/2-2.8.
There is little doubt that Panasonic will launch a new high-end compact camera in mid-July. The LX8 is poised to replace the LX7 with a lot of exciting features that are aimed at competing against the Sony RX100 III and whatever high-end compacts will be launched in the near future.
As we are getting closer to the introduction of the Panasonic LX8, the specifications list of the camera is shaping up. According to the latest leaks, the shooter will sport a lens that offers a 35mm equivalent of 24-90mm and a maximum aperture of f/2-2.8.
Panasonic LX8 specs list to include 24-90mm f/2-2.8 lens
The Panasonic LX8 specs list is now featuring the lens’ focal length and its aperture. The 24-90mm lens will fight against the 24-70mm lens found in the Sony RX100 III.
Although it is longer at the telephoto end, the Panasonic version is slower at the wide-angle area. The LX8’s maximum aperture at 24mm stands at f/2, while the Sony version offers a maximum aperture of f/1.8 at 24mm.
It is worth pointing out that the LX7 sports a 35mm equivalent lens of 24-90mm with a maximum aperture of f/1.4-2.3, so it remains unclear why Panasonic has decided to make it slower.
The difference is not very big therefore it would be unwise to declare a certain winner when it comes to the lens. First of all, the LX8 must become official and then the consumers will decide which one is the better choice for them.
LX8 is a major improvement over the LX7 with bigger sensor, EVF, and 4K video recording support
The remainder of the specs list includes a 1-inch-type sensor. As mentioned in our previous articles, the LX7 features a 1/1.7-inch-type sensor therefore the increase in size should also bring a higher optical quality. However, the megapixel count of the LX8 remains unknown.
In addition to a bigger sensor, the Panasonic LX8 will sport an integrated electronic viewfinder and 4K video recording support. The Sony RX100 III sports both 1″-type sensor and built-in EVF, but it does not capture movies at 4K resolution.
The announcement date of the new compact camera is still slated for July 16, which is roughly one month away from the time of writing this article. The price of the camera is said to be $799, while the current LX7 is selling for around $350 at Amazon.