Panasonic working on a “very high quality” Micro Four Thirds camera

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In an interview with AP, Ichiro Kitao (director of Panasonic's digital stills camera business) reveled that Panasonic is working on a very high quality Micro Four Thirds camera:

"I want Panasonic to be known for very high-quality cameras, and we are currently restructuring the range of products that we offer to include a very high-end model, but we do not need to change our sensor size to do so. It already offers enough space for good resolution, and is actually not much smaller than APS-C anyway"

From the interview is clear that Panasonic has no future plans to produce cameras with a sensor larger than MFT.

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  • xatnep

    haha, now everyone *wants* to make high-quality cameras.

  • photonut

    I hope they are talking about the sensor and not the body.

  • Blafasel

    Micro four thirds can never be high quality.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/ZDP189 ZDP-189

      I believe that the M4/3 format does have the potential to offer very high quality. We found we could already get commercially usable images out of the first generation M4/3. We’ve made 24″x24″ prints that look fine, better than a 60D.

      I really applaud Lumix for aiming high. If they’re aiming significantly higher than the new GX1 then that’s really exciting.

    • MJ

      ‘Never’ is a very long time.

      • pdc

        and it is a rubbish troll comment …

        ZDP-189 makes a credible statement. I’ve been shooting m43 since November 2008, and it has a tremendous future. The GH2 has proved its worth many times over (and currently available in Canada for $1149 with the 14-140 HD zoom). I’m hopeful that the GH3 will just be a progressive upgrade of this fine camera. Now the GX1 fell short of what I need in a very portable stills body. The Fuji X-Pro1 does have the needed functional requirements but it is bigger than I want, does not have a swivel screen, and the OV/EVF solution falls short of Sony or Olympus EVFs. Panasonic can readily fill the gap in their line-up by producing a quality m43 rangefinder style camera with state-of-the-art EVF and swivelling OLED\LCD, to be called, of course the GL1.

  • refiningman

    “but we do not need to change our sensor size to do so. It already offers enough space for good resolution, and is actually not much smaller than APS-C anyway”

    Marketing types never did know much about physics

    • Frog

      Neither do some web commentaries apparently.

  • Harold Ellis

    admin, you have an oxymoron in the title…

  • http://twitter.com/#!/57thStIncident 57thStIncident

    Probably a GH2 replacement, aiming for a OM-D EM-5 / NEX-7 competitor.

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