Panasonic will allegedly introduce a Lumix GX85 mirrorless camera, which will be a stripped-down version of the Lumix GX8, albeit it will record 4K videos.
The rumor mill has been talking about a new Panasonic entry-level mirrorless camera for a few weeks. The device in question was said to offer a built-in electronic viewfinder and most people expected it to be a replacement to the GM5.
Similar rumors circulated on the web in 2015, when some sources said that the company will introduce the GM7 sometime in early 2016. Well, the device is indeed coming, but it is not what we initially thought.
Trusted insiders have just revealed that the product is called Panasonic GX85 and that it will be released in two colors in the near future.
Panasonic GX85 Micro Four Thirds camera to be unveiled with 4K video support soon
Panasonic has announced the Lumix GX8 Micro Four Thirds camera in July 2016. The device sports a 20.3-megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, maximum ISO of 25600, and integrated optical image stabilization technology. Although it is considered a dream camera by many mirrorless fans, some believe that the device itself is too big and too heavy.
In order to appease the fans, it seems like the Japan-based company has decided to launch a tinier version of the GX8. It will be sold under the Panasonic GX85 moniker and will retain many of the features found in its bigger sibling.
The first of them is the ability to record 4K videos. Additionally, photographers will be able to extract 4K stills from the footage, which is another feature available in the GX8 and many other 4K-ready cameras.
The source also reported that the new MFT shooter will be released on the market in two versions. One of them will be black and the other one will be silver – again, this is something that Panasonic fans are used to.
Panasonic might also announce a Leica 12mm lens and an LX200 camera
From previous rumors we know that the device will come packed with an integrated electronic viewfinder. However, this is pretty much everything we know about the product at this point.
As far as speculation goes, we can expect the Panasonic GX85 to employ both WiFi and NFC technologies, a hot-shoe for mounting external accessories, and plenty of buttons and dials for full-manual control over the exposure settings.
Beside this camera, the Japanese company will most likely introduce the recently-rumored Leica 12mm wide-angle lens for Micro Four Thirds units and the Lumix LX200