(FT3) Panasonic announcement next week on July 5th?


I am not sure yet, and still sekeing some backup from trusted sources but the Panasonic announcement could take place next week on July 5th (Thursday). As usual keep in mind that the date may not be exact depending on where on eart you live :)

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P.S.: The GH2 with 14-140mm lens has now reached the lowest price ever at Amazon (Click here). The 12-35mm X lens is in Stock at Digitalrev (Click here).

  • Jason

    PL17.5 f1.4 please please please please please

    • MJr

      That’d be cool ! More than cool …

      • Any PL would be cool. Period.

        Speaking of Leica branded, I wouldn’t mind a m43 version of the Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 that was bundled with the DMC-L1. I know I know. It would cannibalize the 12-35 X. Then again, how many m43 standard kit zooms were released..?

  • Yun

    The only interesting thing for me in this incoming announcement is LX7 . Really want to see what Pana can compete against the great RX100 as I’m tempted to get a compact for my work .

    • Zonkie

      As an LX3 owner I’m also looking forward to the LX7 announcement, but looking at the RX100 it seems quite a challenge for Panasonic. Compared to the LX3/5, the LX7 should be: Smaller, no lens cap (it should be built in), bigger sensor, faster and longer lens, faster operation/autofocus. The last point we can give for granted, but to increase the sensor size, the lens reach and speed while making the camera smaller is not going to be easy.

      • Peter

        Yes, but please please don’t go to huge megapixels. No more than 12 please.

      • Anonymous

        You can’t have a faster lens with a built in lens cap. If you could, they would have done it for the lx5.

        • The Sony RX100 has an f/1.8 lens that covers a bigger sensor and it does have it, so it seems to be possible.

  • Panasonic Lumix LX7 with m43 sensor.

  • Doug

    I am confused, the guys that make those silly youtube videos have a store?

  • RAS

    The GH2 + 14-140mm kit was $999 at BandH last December. Although I suppose your statement could be interpreted to mean the “lowest price ever on Amazon”.

    • Mr. Reeee

      Buy the GH2 and 14-140mm kit for $1125, then sell the lens for $600.

      • Peter

        I did that in January. Bougth GH2 with 14-140 at Amazon with discount code for $999 and sold the lens for $625. That gvae me a GH2 for $375.

  • BLI

    @ Admin:
    Isn’t it July 5 you are going to move? I thought they had promised not to announce that day :-).

    • admin

      Yes! My girlfriend and I decided to start two days earlier. Anyway, I have a sort of mobile connection that allows me to surf on Internet in any EU country for 6 Euro per day (150MB max). Hoep that’s enough! :)

  • Mike

    So does this mean we’re going to see a GH3? That’s the only camera I’m waiting to see from Panasonic.

    I’ve heard before they won’t announce it until August, but if they are holding an event in July it seems likely they would announce it at that event. Why wait afterall?

    • pdc

      You won’t see the GH3 announcement until 3 or so weeks before Photokina.
      The announcement of the G5 is somewhat overdue. These carefully orchestrated announcement dates are part of maintaining media interest throughout the year.

      The LX7 if built around the 1″ sensor is a response to what competitors are doing and is entirely in keeping with consumer interest in seeing much better IQ from compacts, given the rising performance of ‘phone cameras.

      Eventually you could see these HQ compacts with integrated ‘phones, but for the next few years at least camera ‘phones and HQ compacts will be separate devices. Above these consumer photography tools will be the enthusiast grade MILCs, and above them professional FF gear which within a few years will also be MILC technology. As for Medium Format …..?

      • Tom

        It seems plausible to me that micro four thirds size could work well for a compact camera, as Canon used it for G1X. Perhaps Sony decided that they couldn’t get small enough as well as meet other goals with APS, so they went to 1″. (I suppose they could have done a nex3/nex5 size camera with a fixed lens or short zoom, but I presume that at least a 3x zoom was considered necessary for a camera of this type.)

        On the other hand, doesn’t the LX series have multiaspect sensor? Would they put the new GH3 sensor in the LX7?

        • Ross

          They could always use the standard 4/3’s sensor in a multi-aspect use as they are not tied to the 4/3’s size & crop because of having its own zoom lens.

  • 43shot

    I hear Micro 7/8 is coming out. DOF is insane.

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