A new series of Panasonic LX8 specs have showed up online, hinting that the high-end compact camera will feature an integrated neutral density filter like the Sony RX100 III.
It seems like not a single day goes by without a mention of the Panasonic LX8 high-end compact camera. The company has already demonstrated its abilities of making a great device with the launch of the Lumix FZ1000 bridge camera.
The recently-announced superzoom model also features 4K video recording, a capability that is also said to be present in the Panasonic LX7 replacement. Either way, another source has leaked even more specs of the upcoming compact camera, which will include a touchscreen on the back.
Panasonic to add a touchscreen to the back of the LX8
The newly-leaked specs of the Panasonic LX8 compact camera include a swiveling touchscreen on the back. Although the shooter will also feature a built-in electronic viewfinder on the back, an articulated display will prove its worth during video recording.
Additionally, it may come in handy for users who do not like to look through a viewfinder. Either way, the touchscreen will support touch-to-focus, so the camera will focus exactly on the spot selected by the photographer.
The source has added that the image processor will be new, providing superior JPEG quality. A major change over the LX7 is the absence of a hotshoe. Since a viewfinder will be there as well as a flash, there will be little to no need to attach external accessories.
Speaking of the LX7, the LX8 will feature a design similar to its predecessor although it will be exactly 7% bigger than it, the source said.
Panasonic LX8 compact camera to come packed with neutral density filter
Perhaps the most exciting specification from all the newly-leaked ones consists of the integrated 3-stop neutral density filter. This is also available in the Sony RX100 III
Users will be able to capture long-exposure photos in broad daylight as the ND filter will block up to three stops of light, which is quite useful and reduces the need of purchasing a dedicated ND filter.
Furthermore, the LX8 will come packed with an auto-closing lens cap, à la Olympus Stylus 1 compact camera.
Having said all that, the price of the upcoming shooter is still slated to stand at around $800. This is quite good, considering all its specs, which will include a 24-90mm f/2-2.8 lens, 1-inch-type sensor, and 4K video recording.