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(FT5) Awesome new Panasonic camera with large(?) sensor, fixed 3x zoom lens and innovative Leica designed rangefinder!


There are days you can’t miss to visit 43rumors…and today is one of those days. Finally after three months of wait a new camera is going to be announced. And I am sure that many of you will like the rumors we are going to post today! As usual 43rumors is the first to report you the news ;)

UPDATE: According to our sources Panasonic will soon (yes in July!) launch the Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3Panasonic LX3). The new camera will have 3x zoom lens which our source told us to be an awesome Leica lens. We do not have a reliable info about the focal lenght but we expect to get more detailled infos soon. And now hold in your breath…(drumming)….it will have a special rangefinder-type optical viewfinder that is borrowed from Leica with marks in it for max zoom and fully wide angle!

For Leica fans: One of our new sources said that there could be a Leica version of the camera. That sounds a little bit weird because Leica already launched a very similar camera…the Leica X1. We will try to confirm the rumor as soon as possible!

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  • Mark

    K, do you even know what 3x zoom means? Let’s say you want to choose between two lenses. One is a 10x super zoom, the other is just a crappy 2.5x. One is 38-380mm, the other is 200-500. Which is the 10x zoom and which has more reach? 3x zoom says nothing about a lens design or what its application could be.

  • Zaph

    “3x zoom says nothing about a lens design or what its application could be.”

    It says a little. :)

    A compact camera is going to start somewhere around 24-28mm, so end somewhere around 72-90mm on the long end for a 3x zoom.

  • Mark

    Zaph, it’s not unusual for a compact with 3x zoom to start at 35mm, which makes it very different from something with 28 or 24mm. I’m not saying this one will, but the term “3x zoom” is vague at best.

  • Godot

    “Also, doesn’t Leica refuse to add their stamp to lenses which need in-camera correction?”

    We’ve all heard that, and yet the Leica name is on the LX3/D-Lux 4, whose lens is well known to make heavy use of in-camera correction. Not to mention a host of other Panasonic compacts, including various Leica-badged ones.

    And then there’s the M system. “The 6-bit code on lenses gives information about optic vignetting characteristics, permitting software adjustment.” (per Wikipedia, which as I understand it is correct in this case.)

    So maybe that much-quoted Leica rep really meant “we won’t put our name on an interchangeable lens that requires in-camera geometric correction.” Or something like that.

  • I found the post less than exciting. A new model compact with a four thirds sensor is really nothing to shout about. First, it shows that Panasonic isn’t coming out with something new….a better sensor, but rather rebadge an old sensor technology to a compact camera.

    As you know, the only possible improvements in technology that can be made based on this assumption is that you will have a better image processor, which should not be far off from what Panasonic themselves have today.

    By packaging an old sensor in a new compact, they are hoping you’d fall into the “upgrade” trap and part with your money. Having spent my time being a DSLR consultant, I have seen this happen too often.

    Tech wise, you’re not getting more. Widget like features may appeal to some but if you are concern with image quality, then I would expect a jump in image capture performance, and since this is just not the case, I think we can dismiss this as just another compact gadget.

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