Panasonic is once again rumored to introduce a compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds image sensor, a device that will come packed with a zoom lens offering a 35mm equivalent of 24-75mm.
The battle between the premium compact cameras is about to get really interesting. After Sony’s introduction of the RX100 III, Fujifilm has launched the X30 in anticipation of Photokina 2014.
The next in line is Panasonic, which should have unveiled a replacement for the LX7 earlier this year. It seems like it will no longer be called LX8, as it will go by the name of LX100. Additionally, it will sport a Four Thirds sensor, instead of a 1-inch-type one, as initially believed.
We will find out the truth on September 15. Until then, a report is stating that the shooter will feature a 24-75mm zoom lens and it will definitely be capable of recording 4K videos.
Panasonic LX100 specs will definitely include a 24-75mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.7-2.8 lens
Sources have previously leaked the specs list of the Lumix LX8. However, we are forced to ignore the previous rumors and to focus on things that are more likely to be released, such as the Panasonic LX100.
The device is coming on September 15, a day when the Samsung is also poised to make an announcement
In the meantime, a trusted source has confirmed that the compact camera will employ a 24-75mm lens (35mm equivalent). Additionally, the maximum aperture will stand at f/1.7-2.8, depending on the selected focal length.
The remainder of LX100’s rumored specs list includes 4K video capturing and an integrated electronic viewfinder, while the rest will become official within a few days.
Sony RX100 III vs Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic LX100
When compared to its main rivals, the Panasonic LX100 seems to have a minor advantage. It is possible that it will inherit the same 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor found in the Panasonic GH4.
Although the Sony RX100 III employs a 20.1-megapixel sensor, a 1-inch-type model is smaller than a Micro Four Thirds unit. Fujifilm X30 could be seen as a loser here, as it sports a 2/3-inch-type 12-megapixel sensor.
On the lens side, the RX100 III comes with a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens and the X30 with a 28-112mm f/2-2.8 lens. As stated above, the LX100 will feature a 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 unit.
All three cameras have a built-in viewfinder, but Panasonic is the only one which has added 4K video support. It is hard to give a clear verdict for now, although we have to admit that the LX100 will give their competitors a run for their money.