Panasonic LX4 with more zoom (and much more news on Quesabesde)

Quesabesde had the chance to visit the Panasonic factories in Japan (click here to read the google english translation). Quesabesde is sure that soon Panasonic will release the Panasonic LX3 successor (the LX4?) which will probably have more wider zoom range. Panasonic also denied that they are preparing a camera with larger sensor (or with a square sensor). But we can’t expect Panasonic to tell us the truth about that :)

Thanks Quesabesde for allowing us to copy one of their pictures!

(FT3) Panasonic to reduce shutter lag in their future mirrorless cameras

The spanish website DSLRmagazine (which is well known for their very good interviews to Panasonic and Olympus) has posted a new Panasonic rumor (text translated via  google english translation):
We can confirm, from knowledgeable sources, that next Christmas will offer an interesting Panasonic technological advances aimed at enhancing the speed of operation of some models of its cameras, and more particularly those of the MicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirdsMicroFourThirds range.
The aforementioned technological solution would reduce the delay in the firing of which suffer these models, both Panasonic and Olympus, Samsung and Sony, and may be related more to advances in processing and buffer with the coveted completely electronic shutter that operate in their own time through the captor.
As is known, the system “Live-View” itself, typical of Micro Four Thirds system, as well as followers of the same, whether Samsung or Sony, it makes the shutter has to be open so that the sensor is active and send the image frame, but closed prior to firing, to make accurate exposure seguido. Ello act involves not only the delay and said only a noise level higher than desirable in a camera that-after all, is not reflex.
On the other hand, is not entirely clear that this progress can not be reached to apply to another model from Panasonic, such as, for example, the presumed successor to the LX3 … or any other related system.
Most likely, this new development or progression can be released at Photokina, that is after all one step away from Christmas
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Thanks DSLRmagazine!

First forum rumors about the next Olympus Fourthirds camera…

A dpreview forum user just wrote this:

Just got back from PMA Melbourne. Spoke to 2 olympus reps.
Both confirmed olympus commitment to DSLR and Lens production.

One rep told me there is a pro spec DSLR on the way. It will use the PEN TruePic V
“and a few other surprises that will make it quite a remarkable camera”
I was told an announcement is due at photokina 2010.

I went to the show looking for an oly alternative, but after some discussion and a play with the super pro lens line up, im happy to stick with olympus. (Cause i didnt want to change systems anyway,)

Normally we don’t post rumors like this but in that case our sources do confirm that the informations are correct. As we told you on 43urmors the camera will have some “modular tuch” :)

(FT2) Ghost hauntings: New Olympus modular camera spotted

One of our readers (E.O.) had a “strange” experience:
I could swear I saw a prototype Olympus modular at the Decatur Arts Festival near Atlanta this weekend. An Asian gentleman was walking around, a good distance from the edge of the crowd, shooting photos with what looked like an Olympus E1Olympus E1Olympus E1Olympus E1Olympus E1Olympus E1Olympus E1Olympus E1Olympus E1Olympus E1Olympus E1 with a battery grip. I went up to talk 4/3, but when I got closer, I saw what looked like a removable square module for the lens mount that would slide in and out from the top. There was a definite groove around the bottom and sides of the lens mount. The only markings were OLYMPUS above the lens mount. When I came up and said “Is that the new Olympus?”, he looked shocked, covered the camera with his arm, and literally ran away. ????? Maybe I just startled him, but it was a very bizarre camera. Maybe we will see at Photokina.

It is not the first time 43rumors has received such kind of rumors. And we know you should take it with a grain of salt. In a second email E.O. sent me some more informations:

I did not get that good a look at the camera, since once I approached him, he covered it and ran off. I did not see him remove a module, but as best I could see, it looked like the whole lens mount would slide in from the top. There was a distinct line below and to the sides of the lens mount, but not on top, so I would guess they slide in from the top. Perhaps that would allow a choice between EVF and Optical? The camera itself looked like a combination of an E1 and E 300E 300E 300E 300E 300E 300E 300E 300E 300E 300E 300 with a battery grip. It looked like he was using a 12-60 on it. The finish didn’t look great either, like it was cobbled together.

I don’t know why an Oly prototype would end up at an art festival in Atlanta, but it was definitely a strange camera.

Do you have some rumors? Contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com (I will keep you anonymous of course!)

(FT5) No new EVF for the GF1 but more prime lenses to come!

In March we thought Panasonic could release a new External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1. Japanese dealers wrote us that they were experiencing a shortage and Panasonic didn’t deliver them any new EVF. Now Unwire.hk interviewed Mr. Inoue from Panasonic (click here to read the google english translation)

And that are the most interesting things he said:
1) There will be more prime lenses (43rumors will tell you more about it soon!)
2) We will upgrade the Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1 camera with many professional features
3) No new EVF for the GF1