Panasonic will put the same 1-inch-type image sensor in the Lumix LX8 compact camera like the sensor found in the Lumix FZ1000 bridge camera announced earlier this month.
The whole digital imaging world was waiting for Panasonic to officialize the Lumix LX8, a compact camera that will replace the Lumix LX7. The announcement is rumored to have been scheduled for July 16.
While waiting for this shooter, the company has actually taken everybody by surprise with the introduction of a bridge camera. The Panasonic FZ1000 has been unveiled with a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch-type sensor in mid-June.
Panasonic Lumix LX8 to feature a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch-type image sensor
Sony is probably the world’s biggest image sensor maker. The PlayStation manufacturer is shipping sensors in all directions, including towards Nikon and Panasonic.
The RX100 III sports a sensor with around 20.1 effective megapixels, based on the model found in its predecessors, the RX100 and RX100 II.
Panasonic has decided to buy this 20.1-megapixel 1-inch-type sensor from Sony and has put it into the FZ1000, a bridge camera announced in June 2014.
The rumor mill has been claiming that the Panasonic LX7 successor will feature a 1-inch-type sensor. The latest details about the LX8 are pointing to the fact that the upcoming compact camera will come packed with the same sensor found in the RX100 III and FZ1000.
Panasonic’s upcoming high-end compact camera to come packed with lots of great specs
The Panasonic Lumix LX8 will also feature a 24-90mm f/2-2.8 lens made by Leica with an auto-closing lens cap, integrated 3-stop neutral density filter, built-in electronic viewfinder, and 4K video recording support.
Sony’s RX100 III, which will compete against the LX8, sports a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens, 3-stop ND filter, and built-in EVF, but does not have an automatic lens cap, nor the ability to record 4K videos.
Furthermore, both cameras do not have a hotshoe on top, as there is no need to attach external accessories since they already feature built-in flash and viewfinder units.
Another advantage of the LX8 over the RX100 III is the presence of a tilting touchscreen on the back. Sony’s camera does have an articulated display on the back, but it does not support touch inputs.
Either way, the Panasonic LX8 will sport a similar design to that of the LX7 and will become available for a price around $800. Until then, the LX7 can be purchased at Amazon for around $400.