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(FT4) FZ100 leaked in Korea.


We were told that a very advanced videocamera would be introduced by Panasonic soon. It is certainly not the Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1Panasonic GH1 successor which is expected to be released in September. We just found a leak inside an official korean website that shows the name of the new Panasonic FZ100. It is the successor of the current Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.

I was told that it will have a “huge” lens and record in FullHD. Even if it is not a MicroFourThirds camera I was told to closely watch that camera because it will bring some very advanced features that may we will see inside the future GH2. Release of the FZ is expected by late July.

The current FZ35/38:

  • Will it be anything like the FZ30/50? That would be so awesome!

  • Godot

    The naming suggests a successor to the FZ50, not the FZ35 (isn’t there already a leaked FZ45 model name for that?).

    If so, the big increment from FZ50 –> FZ100 in turn suggests a nod to the fact that the FZ50 came out several years ago.

    Or maybe it’s something completely different. ;)

  • Godot

    Also, the “huge lens” part of the rumor gives some weight to the “FZ50 successor” hypothesis. The FZ50 may have packed a lot of reach into its lens by SLR standards, but for a tiny sensor it was a big hunk of glass.

    • admin

      Thanks Godot! I thought it would be the FZ35 successor because it is the newest FZ camera…

  • spanky

    The FZ50 is a great camera, and I almost purchased it used instead of the G1 when the G1 first came out. I opted for the interchangeable lenses in the G1, but my brother has the FZ50 and it’s a lot like a fixed-lens GH1. Still sells quite well on the used market, although the prices have dropped since the G1/GH1 came out. If the FZ100 does come out, and if it’s a successor to the FZ50 I think it would be quite a nice camera.

  • DanT

    Can’t wait to see what novelties they bring … the naming scheme sounds like it will be quite a lot more advanced than FZ50 and FZ35. Let’s see :) If they put a f/2.0 lens (and big aperture at tele too) and a bigger sensor plus faster processing and a swivel screen it would be a great camera.

  • spam

    Of course it will be a FZ38 replacement, the best we can hope for is the articulated screen and possible a hot shoe from the FZ50. There’s no way that they will increase sensor size up to FZ50 level again, and you just can’t fit a really large zoom range lens into the fixed sized lens of the FZ50.

    I just hope that they will manage to keep the image quality of the FZ38 and not use the backlit CMOS sensors that keep appearing in other superzoomcameras, along with poor image quality. I’m not against CMOS-sensors, but so far the image quality haven’t been able to compete with CCD-sensors in small sensor cameras.

    It will be really interesting to see if Panasonic can come up with a 20+ zoomrange end still keep the image quality OK, so far no one has managed that.

  • Zacks

    Hi admin,

    Of course It’s a FZ50 Upgrade and Not The FZ38’s. Why?…Simply Because The of The Zero Digit On The Larger FZ50 Series. The same series That carries The FZ10,20,30, and 50. Unlike the FZ 18,28, and 38 Which carries a Second Odd and even Number.

    Hope it’ carries an Advanced ( BSI ) Sensor for High speed and Good low light capabilities.

    Just My 2 cents……….Zacks.

  • DanT

    Well, I hope they don’t go for the 20x plus range, I don’t find very useful such a big range. 20x is the maximum they should put (25-500 would be great), but if they put a bigger/better sensor I would settle with 25-400 mm too. Indeed CMOS small sensors are not better than CCD, but provide the speed needed for Full HD and 10 fps continuous shoot.

    If they make a 24-30x lens with f/2.8-f/5.6, CMOS 1/2.3″ sensor, tilt screen and Full HD I would be very disapointed, it would be like another Nikon P100 (not bad, but not good enough to be better than FZ38).

    I would like a bigger sensor (1/1.8″), CCD, even faster autofocus, 16-20x lens starting at 25 mm, faster lens at f/2.0-f/3.5 and eventually Full HD and tilt screen. Now that would be my perfect camera (assuming the IQ would be even better than FZ38) :) And maybe a mechanical manual focus (not necessary mechanical zoom, but mechanical focus ring would be cool)

  • James

    Hi Guys,

    Here’s a brief News From a Japanese site with Mock Photos of the forth coming releases :

    And It says a July 29th release for the LX-5 and FZ 100. The other two On the 25th .
    Anyway, Ibelieve It’s The FZ100 Upgrade Due To The ” 0 ” Last Digit and Not That of the FZ38.

    Full HD It will Be and I Hope A good Next generation of low noise Sensors.

    Thanks…..Uncle James.

    Mod’s at Malaysia’s only 4/3 Site :

  • Rich

    Probably too much to hope for for Panasonic to pull it back to 8 or 10 megapixels, huh? :)

  • at

    I am awaiting for a high quality digital camera with fixed zoom lens, either M4/3 sensor or not. It is a good news because I love much more when I had a FZ50 than G1 because I think a camera should be flexible to use, though the quality and AF speed of FZ50 are still quite different from the M4/3 EVIL.

  • don

    I think the reference to “huge lens” maybe a reference to use of the Leica 13X 28-370mm/f1.6-3 used in the HPX170 camcorder. Using this lens with the larger 1/1.3″ sensor size would retain the same focal length but reduce the lens speed by one stop to f2.5-f4. The camera would in effect be an updated FZ20 with its large zoom lens which retracts better into the camera body then the FZ30 did with its larger sensor. This new camcordercamera will most probably have the new CMOS HS sensor with 1080HD/60P and high speed operaton mode capability.

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