(FT2) UPDATED->Panasonic compact (MicroFourThirds?) camera to be announced in August?

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IMPORTANT UPDATE:
I had a talk with all sources and that’s what I can say for now:
(FT4) Panasonic will announce “something” early August.
(FT2) On Q4 you can buy the compact Panasonic MicroFourThirds camera

But is the MFT camera going to be announced in August or something else? We are checking it.

What we know about the Panasonic MFT camera:
(FT4) The Panasonic compact camera is as tiny as the and very similar in his function. A second source reports that it is thinner (may because of the lack of inbody IS). And it will come with the 20mm f/1.7 lens!
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(FT3) Look at the image below. This is an image of the Panasonic LC1. There is something you miss in the E-P1 and the Panasonic G(?) will have. The EVF on the right!
lc1-up

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  • Wow, the future is looking bright for the Micro Four Thirds format. Lets see some more lenses soon!

    • admin

      It is more difficoult to have “rumors” about lenses than cameras :(

  • josetxu

    Good news (and at last, news from panasonic)!! have your sources any news about a new superzoom (a new FZ) being released soon? thanks!!

    • admin

      I believe you will soon se some Panasonic compacts but no idea if there will be a superzoom. To me it sounds possible ;)

  • compositor20

    hum if it has a flash built-in maybe i will wait… or else i will buy a olympus e-p1…

    • admin

      Probably no flash :(

  • finally a camera that looks real! im in love

  • Mark

    1. Panasonic will release a microFT cam in august with the 20mm. <– Alright! I can buy it next month!
    2. They will announce it in august, although it could be Q4. <– Reality check just cashed itself in and we're back to square one, meaning: nothing new here that we didn't know yesterday.
    3. Two sources _confirm_ it will be available later in Q4. <– These guys must be fucking psychic. They have all the signs of the gift, like making obvious observations.

    So to recap: Panasonic will announce a micro 4/3 camera sometime between august and Q4 (Q4 meaning whenever it's ready). It will, or will not, come with the 20mm lens. Depends on if they ship it with the cam or not. Ok, I gotta go..my cat's just exploded and the grass hoppers I taped to my back are getting nervous.

    • admin

      Mark, the news are…probably announcement in August and EVF on the top left of the camera. And we are working on the specs list…

  • Bu

    If they include an articulating screen, they will steal E-P1 market share.

  • Ray

    here I read
    1. 20/1.7 will be delayed until whenever next Panasonic m43 camera will ship, it is hard to image kit lens ship before kit. am I right on this? this is bad news if true.

    2. Looks like we will see the real camera before xmas if we are lucky? seems Panasonic will try to pull a Samsung (to m43) to E-P1 ;) announce a camera way before shipment, hope Panasonic can do better, at least show a final mock up next month if they do announce it. :D

    3. no in body IS, no full 43 lens support, no build-in flash, and must buy overpriced Panasonic battery as spare, I think I will keep my E-P1 pre-order, since I need and want a m43 camera now :D, need full 43 lens support, need in body IS for whatever lens I put in front of E-P1, it will be nice to have IS for Leica M :) and cheap 3rd party battery, about $10 each.. and I do think E-P1 will be classic, and I will skip next generation of m43 camera

    anyway, this is good news and good time for m43, which I do believe in.

  • Dbms

    Even they start selling new camera in Sep, I think we can buy them only in JAPAN for at least a few months…

  • Joachim

    Vario-Summicron 1:2,0 – 2,4 / 7 – 22,5 ASPH. A phantom?

  • Joachim

    First I thought that the image above shows a new Panasonic m4/3 camera, called LC1. Later I found that it shows the old Panasonic LC1 (which is very similar to Leica Digilux 2) with its focal length equivalent to 28 – 90 mm.

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