(FT4) Panasonic MFT camera in September?


Finally we got a rumor from a more reliable source…from Panasonic France!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In an interview with Photobusiness.fr , a French online magazine, he (Luc Saint-Elie, Panasonic France.) hints that the next Panasonic MicroFourThirds cameras could be unveiled in September. He adds that the ‘platform’ could allow manufacturers to come up with radical design such as a spherical camera. You can read the full interview here (in French).

via: http://www.1854.eu/2009/07/panasonic_to_announce_new_micr.html

Original interview with google translation in english here

DAMN! May our BIG Source were right saying the Panasonic MFT camera could be released soon!!! I will contact him and ask him for the specs!
May that’s why there are not many in stock?


Asked about Luc Saint Elie’s statement, Panasonic UK had this to say: “The statement in that article solely reflects Luc Elie’s personal opinion. Panasonic is evaluating options to constantly expand the MicroFourThirds product category, which also includes new body designs. At this time however, there is nothing that we would have to announce.

via: http://www.1854.eu/2009/07/panasonic_to_announce_new_micr.html


Personal opinion: Of course Panasonic UK denies the “rumor”. They can’t do anything else!

P.S.: Thanks Henry for sending the link!

  • Doroga

    > UPDATE2: And he unveils the next Panasonic-Leica lenses..“We have our next four goals, a 28-90 mm a 28-280 mm, a 90-400 mm and 14-28 mm“

    These are all existing Pana lenses. 14-45, 45-200, 7-14, 14-140.

  • Eric

    It doesn’t sound like Panasonic is too concerned with portrait photographers. Just what I wanted, more giant zoom!

    The 14-28mm sounds like it might be an f/2.8 or faster lens. If so that would work for full body portraits and waist up type of shots. But we need a 40mm prime ASAP. Also, when are they going to finally release the 20mm f/1.7? It can’t take that long to make a prime.

  • duartix

    The lenses he talks about are not new. He’s giving the 35mm equivalent of already announced lenses.

    Also he doesn’t hint that a spherical camera would be built, what he says is something like:
    ” The engineers have no limits, if they want to build a spherical camera they are free to do it…”

  • duartix

    He talks about Olympus having 1 body and 2 lenses and then the sentence: “Nous avons de notre côté quatre objectifs, un 28-90 mm, un 28-280 mm, un 90-400 mm et un 14-28 mm,(…)”
    should translate to:
    “On our side we have 4 lenses, a 28-90 mm, a 28-280 mm, a 90-400 mm and a 14-28 mm,(…)”
    Notably the kits: 14-45m, HD 14-140mm, 45-200mm and the UWA 7-14.
    Either he missed the F1.7 prime or it’s delayed…

  • e_dawg

    You mentioned that “And he unveils the next Panasonic-Leica lenses..“We have our next four goals, a 28-90 mm a 28-280 mm, a 90-400 mm and 14-28 mm“”

    I don’t think he was talking about future Panasonic-Leica lenses… I think he was just listing the lenses that are available currently in 35 mm equivalent focal length:

    – 28-90 = the current 14-45 kit lens with the G1
    – 28-200 = the current 14-140 kit lens with the GH1
    – 90-400 = the current 45-200
    – 14-28 = the current 7-14

  • Ludovic

    Sorry but you got the wrong idea, and only due to the Google translation of the French “objectif”, which can mean “goal”… but also “lens”.

    Mr Saint Elie is simply referring to the *current* lineup of lenses from Panasonic, except he refers to them by the full-frame equivalents, so it’s confusing. But yes, he is NOT announcing any new lenses, simply listing the current ones, 14-45, 14-140, 45-200 and 7-14… Sorry!

    (And actually, I’d say it’s even more worrying, as he makes no mention of the supposedly-upcoming 20/f1.7…!)

  • admin

    Thanks guys!

    I deleted the lens list.


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