According to asahi.com (Japanese news website) Panasonic is considering to shut down the production of low end / affordable compact camera due to less sale volume and marginal profit. The smartphone market is continuously dominating the compact sales from 2009,
As you can see in the report the compact sales is decreasing from 2009 and smartphone sales are touching new height, data source – online.wsj.com
Panasonic will continue its focus on pro compact and High-End mirrorless camera, few months we have published a news that Olympus Will Eliminate its V Series of Compact Cameras, See some affordable compact camera of Panasonic at Amazon before they completely disappear.
We created a list of rumored products that may be announced at October 2013, take a look at the list below
Sony NEX Full Frame
1. Sony Fullframe NEX-9 camera under $3K
2. Sony EF 28-70mm F4.0
3. Sony RX10
1. Canon EOS M2 – Canon may announce new version of EOS M compact camera with advance 18 MP APS-C sensor with better low-light performance and Built in WIFi.
2.Pro compact from Canon + Megazoom update.
1. Fujifilm X-E2 – Fujifilm X E-1 Successor is coming with X100S sensor.
2. Fujifilm X70 – Fujifilm X70 is a affordable version of FujiX100S packed in a X20 type body
Panasonic GM1 – Panasonic GM1 is first compact camera to feature M4/3 Sensor, electronic shutter (only) and smaller design similar to RX100
Pentax K-3 Leaked with advance AF system, new sensor and Software based AA filter.
Nikon D610 will feature same core specification as D600, the D610 expected to be announced at
Take a look at the High ISO test between these two flagship M4/3 format camera, Panasonic GX7 is a DSLM street camera that features 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Live MOS sensor combined with Venus Engine image processor on the other hand Olympus E-M5 uses a 16.1 megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor.
Take a look at the Image Comparison Below, at ISO 200 the GX7 images look slightly smoother compared to Olympus E-m5, may be due strong Noise reduction filter inside.
At ISO6400 we don’t see any Major difference between these two camera, Olympus E-M5 showing bit more noise compared to GX7.
At 25600 the Olympus E-M5 image showing significant amount of noise compared to GX7, even color reproduction of E-M5 is not good at 25600.
Also see our specification Comparison review here – Panasonic GX7 vs Olympus E-M5, See More about Panasonic GX7 here
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Panasonic GX7 vs Fujifilm X-E1, Panasonic GX7 comes with M4/3 (small size) but newly developed sensor, Fujifilm X-E1 is 1 year old but features bigger APS-C sensor, take a look at the specification comparison review below
Sensor : Fujifilm features 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor without Optical Low Pass Filter, Panasonic GX7 comes with newly developed M4/3 sensor.
ISO Range: Fujifilm X-E1 features bit better ISO range.
Shutter Speed: Panasonic GX7 comes with Electronic + manual shutter, so you get more shutter range and Top continuous shooting speed.
Video: Panasonic GX7 can record Full HD videos at 60 fps, Fujifilm X-E1 limited to 24 fps only.
Display: Panasonic GX7 comes with better display unit with touch control and tilting viewfinder.
Other features include WiFi, no WiFi available in X-E1.
+1 A large a amount of lenses available for M4/3rd system
Verdict: We all know that Fujifilm X-E1 successor announcement is due, and based on overall specification comparison Panasonic GX7 is a clear winner.
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I have used GH3 and X-E1, but I don’t see any major difference in image quality upto ISO 3200, at ISO 6400 and 12800 the images of Fuji X-E1 are bit cleaner, The GX7 comes with newly developed sensor compared to GH3 and I must say that you will not notice any major difference in High ISO performance between both camera (GX7 vs X-E1). We will update this page with High ISO comparison images as soon as we get it.
Panasonic GX7 vs Olympus E-M5, Take a look at the major specification difference between both the camera,
Sensor: Both camera features same resolution and sensor size, But the newly developed sensor if GX7 features bit better lower ISO range compared to the Olympus E-M5.
Image Stabilization: The Olympus E-M5 features 5 axis image stabilization and the newly announced Panasonic GX7 comes with MEGA O.I.S. The Image stabilization system of Olympus E-M5 is better, it covers horizontal shift, vertical shift, rotary motion, as well as the yaw and pitch.
AF system: Both camera features contrast detect AF system.
Shutter Range: The Panasonic GX7 comes with more shutter range and electronic shutter for silent operation when needed
Top-Continuous Shooting Speed: The MAX Continuous shooting speed of the Panasonic GX7 is 20 fps, the Olympus E-M5 shooting speed is limited to 9fps only.
Display: The Panasonic GX7 features tilting display unit with higher resolution and touch control, better than the Olympus E-M5.
Viewfinder: The GX7 features built in tilting EVF with resolution higher than Olympus OMD E-M5.
WiFi: Panasonic GX7 features built-in WiFi connectivity , no WiFi available in E-M5.
Price Difference: Panasonic GX7 available at $999 | Panasonic Olympus E-M5 available at $899
Verdict: We recommend New users to buy Panasonic GX7, The Olympus OMD-EM5 features almost same ISO range and available at $100 less than Panasonic GX7, on the other hand Panasonic GX7 features More shutter range and Fast Top continuous shooting speed, Better display and a tilting viewfinder, you also get WiFi for wireless data transfer.
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Olympus EM-5 from Amazon
ALMOST CONFIRMED: According to our trusted source, on Monday July 15 Panasonic Canada informed its retail dealers that the DMC-LX7 had been DISCONTINUED, and no more were available from stock. On Friday July 19, Panasonic.ca finally posted in its advanced compact camera section the data for the DMC-LF1 as a replacement for the DMC-LX7 at the same last MSRP C$479.99 as the LX7.
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Panasonic’s F-series cameras, currently the GF6 and LF1, are designed for the Asian market, where small is good and smaller is better, and small size always trounces performance. The LF1 is an inferior replacement for the LX7, which was once Panasonic’s best selling camera, so an announcement for the DMC-LX8 seems imminent. The response from dealers to the still-to-be-delivered LF1 has been so lukewarm (Canadian retailers having been burned by the low sales of the GF series) that Panasonic has sold the LF1 to airmiles.ca as a redeemable reward, the LF1 making its first appearance there on August 7, with a promised delivery time of four weeks.
Take a look at the announcement date of LX series camera
- LX3: 21 July 2008
- LX5: 21 July 2010
- LX7: 18 July 2012
Panasonic’s LX series cameras have been regularly upgraded in July with one year gap. The announcement of the DMC-LX8 may make 2013 the exception to this policy.
Unconfirmed, but plausible:The LX7 air-gap LCD panel, which is likely to be repaced with a gapless capacitive-touch panel. With less than a year to design a replacement camera, Panasonic may not have many other radical upgrades to put into the LX8, we will see few basic upgrade in core specificartion, so enthusiasts with cosmic-fantasy wishlists may be disappointed.
Time to grab the LX7 before it goes out-of-stock – buy Panasonic LX7 from Amazon | B&H
Also take a look at – Canon G15 vs Nikon P7700 vs Panasonic LX7 vs Samsung EX2F – High ISO Test | Panasonic LF1 vs Canon G15 vs Nikon P7700 vs Panasonic LX7
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Panasonic GX7 vs Panasonic GH3, , should you buy the new GX7 or 1 year old GH3, find out your answer now
Sensor: The Panasonic GX7 features a newly developed 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor, GX7 ISO range is expandable upto to ISO 25600, Same as Panasonic GX7. Panasonic GH3 also features 16.05MP Digital Live MOS Sensor with 4-CPU Venus Engine, the ISO range is expandable upto to ISO 25600.
Image Stabilization: Panasonic GX7 MEGA O.I.S. in-camera image stabilization helps to minimize blur in low light situation, or when you have lenses that doesn’t support optical IS. No In camera Image Stabilization available in GH3.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed: The GX7 features 5 fps in full resolution, 40 fps using an electronic shutter, and continuous shooting at 4.3 fps with full-time AF., The Panasonic GH3 also features Top Continuous shooting speed of 20 fps (with electronic shutter).
Video: Panasonic Gh3 and GX7 features same frame rates for video recording.
Display: Panasonic GX7 comes with a 3.0″ 1,040k-dot tilting Cell Touch LCD Display unit, Panasonic GH3 comes with 3.0″ 614k-Dot Free-Angle OLED Monitor.
Viewfinder: Panasonic GX7 features a 2,764k-dot resolution and approx. 100% color reproduction 90° upward tilting mechanism viewfinder. Panasonic GH3 comes with fixed 1744k-Dot OLED Live View Finder.
Weather Sealed Body Panasonic GH3 features Weather Sealed Body, Panasonic GX7 is not Weather Sealed.
Price: Panasonic GH3 (body only) will cost $300 + compared to the new GX7
Size: Panasonic GX7 is small and have bigger handgrip, better overall design compared to GH3.
Verdict: We highly recommend you to buy new Panasonic GX7 camera, since the GX7 features bit advance core specification then GH3 and comes at low price.
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