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(FT 3) BIG! Panasonic and Leica to produce together a new compact m4/3 camera?

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Fake rendered image of a possible LX5

Fake rendered image of a possible LX5

So Panasonic folks. We have something for you. In the last week we received some informations from two sources who gave us some news over Panasonic and Leica micro four thirds plan.

That’s what we got and to bo honest this are the first Panasonic rumors we publish with (FT3) value. FT3 means that is not only a cheap rumor!

1) We from 43rumors are sure a Panasonic compact mico four thirds camera will come before the end of this year but what really surprises us is tht this will probably be made in collaboration with Leica.

2) In the same way they produced the LX3 /D-LUX 4 duo they probably will sell the similar camera with minor differences. Leica announced two things in the past:
a) They don’t plan to enter in the m4/3 market
b) They want a cheaper alternative to the M-series

It seems they were cheating us on point “a” ;) May Panasonic has convinced Leica to enter in the micro for thirds market. It seems wise for Leica to go for m4/3 instead of doing all alone! And the Panasonic and Olympus m4/3 brand will gain a lot of credit having Leica (and his lenses) on board!

3) One single rumor claimed to know that “There isn’t a lot to improve on the LX-3! Yes they could try to make a little bigger sensor then the one inside the LX§3 but this doesn’t really make any sense. That’s why they choose to upgrade the LX series. That means the next LX5 will be the compact micro four thirds camera! Count on this! (translation from other language)”

4) If Leica enters the micro four thirds world expect to see the release of new Leica lenses specially made for m4/3!

It is to early for specs, I don’t have any certain onfromation. May I write a (FT1) post later with specs I got from anonymous people.

UPDATE: it is possible that such a camera could be announced this year but we are very doubtful that it will be called “LX5”. Probably it will have a new name.

UPDATE 2: Yes, one trusted source told us the compact m4/3 camera will not be the LX5.

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