Panasonic is once again rumored to be working on a compact camera with a Four Thirds sensor, which will be announced along with the Lumix LX8 in late August.
The rumor mill has revealed that Panasonic is developing a compact camera with a fixed lens and a Micro Four Thirds sensor at the end of June.
Trusted sources are back with the confirmation that the device is definitely in development and with a confirmation that the shooter is actually sporting a Four Thirds sensor. However, it seems like the camera is coming alongside the LX8 at the end of August, not in mid-July, as initially speculated.
Panasonic Four Thirds compact camera features built-in electronic viewfinder
The new Panasonic Four Thirds compact camera will not be added to the LX-series. It is unclear whether a new line-up will be introduced by the company or if a past/current series will be chosen.
This may sound a bit weird to some readers because it has been referred to as a “Micro Four Thirds” camera at first, instead of a “Four Thirds” model.
FT cameras are DSLRs (mostly with optical viewfinders), while MFT cameras are mirrorless models (mostly with electronic viewfinders).
Either way, they sensor sizes are identical and the camera will come packed with an EVF, so there are few chances that this device features internals similar to the ones of an older Four Thirds DSLR.
Panasonic will announce the new Four Thirds camera at the end of August
The announcement date of the upcoming Panasonic compact camera with a Four Thirds sensor is scheduled to take place in late August.
The Japan-based company is also expected to introduce another high-end compact camera around the same period. It would not be a surprise if both of them are coming at the same event.
Panasonic Lumix LX8 is the other camera and will replace the Lumix LX7. It is worth noting that the launch event may be delayed until early September. However, it will definitely occur before the Photokina 2014.
The LX8 will pack a 24-90mm lens (35mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/2-2.8, articulated touchscreen, integrated 3-stop neutral density filter, a lens cap that closes itself automatically, and 4K video recording.
As usual, remember to take these details with a grain of salt. Stay tuned and we will deliver more information as soon as we have it!