Panasonic LX7, G5, FZ60, FZ200, 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH lens announced

       

Panasonic Lumix LX7 (black: $499, white: $499):

  • New 1/1.7" 10.1MP MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Summilux 24mm Lens
  • 3.8 Optical Zoom Lens
  • 3.0" 920K-Dot LCD with Auto Brightness
  • Full HD 1080 Video Recording
  • RAW and RAW+JPEG Recording Options
  • Trust iA and iA Plus Modes
  • Creative Control Modes
  • Time Lapse Shot Function

Panasonic Lumix G5 (with 14-42mm lens: $799)

  • 16.05 MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Redesigned Venus Engine Image Processor
  • 3.0" Touch Screen Tiltable-Rotatable LCD
  • Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
  • Full HD 1080 60p Video
  • Contrast AF, Touch AF and Light Speed AF
  • Live View Finder with Eye Sensor
  • Electronic Silent Shutter Mode
  • 14 Adjustable In-camera Filters
  • Includes Lumix-G Vario 14-42mm Lens

Panasonic Lumix FZ60 (price: $349):
  • 16.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • LSI Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 24x Zoom Lens
  • 25-600mm Optical Zoom Lens (Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 460,000-dot Intelligent LCD Display
  • POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • Full HD 1080 60i Video Recording
  • Creative Control Feature
  • Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Full Manual Override
Panasonic Lumix FZ200 (price: $599):
  • 12.1 MP MOS Sensor
  • LSI Venus Engine Image Processor
  • 25-600mm f/2.8 Leica Optical Zoom Lens
  • 3.0" Free Angle 460K-dot LCD Display
  • 0.2" Electronic View Finder w/ 100% FOV
  • 12 fps Continuous Shooting
  • RAW and RAW+JPEG Recording Option
  • Full HD 60p Video Recording
  • Improved Ergonomics
  • Hot-shoe and Accessory Mount

Panasonic LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH lens (silver: $299.00, black:$299)

  • Fits All Panasonic Lumix G Cameras
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 90-300mm Equivalency
  • MEGA O.I.S. Optical Image Stabilization
  • Stepping Motor Focus
  • Compact and Light-weight Body
  • Two Aspherical Lenses
  • Multi-coated Optics

The full press releases can be found here.

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  • mythbuster

    Clearly sub par. New Samsung EX2 has articulated screen, better manual controls, optional EVF (no OVF with frame lines to 24 mm) and maybe a much better sensor. Panasonic has killed its LX line.

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

      Seems to me “better manual controls” isn’t such a clear-cut win for EX2, LX7 seems to have a pretty good set of manual controls.

      Articulated screen isn’t without its drawbacks in that it adds a bit of weight & size & tends to cause a few ergonomic compromises on the back of the camera. Some users just don’t care about this one way or the other. Admittedly from the product pictures, the EX2F’s appears to be reasonably well done.

      LX7 (like the LX5 before it) has a good optional EVF (same good unit that the GX1 uses, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.

      Looks to me like Panasonic didn’t fix what wasn’t broken and made several upgrades vs. the already well-sorted LX5.

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

        Also, does EX2F actually offer an EVF? I thought it didn’t, that it only has a (interesting but perhaps inessential) tether-to-smart-phone via WiFi.

        • mythbuster

          Yes, you are right. The press release was a little confusing and I didn´t notice that there is also a EVF avalaible and so this camera is now a lot more interesting for me, but still it lacks an articulated screen that is very useful for live view and video and don´t get scratchs so easily.

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

            My point is actually that (unlike Panasonic does for their LX and G series) I don’t think Samsung makes a conventional accessory EVF for EX2F — I think they are offering an accessory optical VF (OVF1), and the wifi/smartphone remote view/control. I don’t see any dedicated EVF-capable accessory port on EX2F. I imagine the OVF is of the wide angle variety with one or more sets of framelines in the image?

            Anyway, like the vari-angle rear LCD, for some this is a showstopper, for others they might not care because they’d never be willing to shell out ~$150 for the EVF.

    • Luis

      …. and notice at camerasize.com that camera size is biger tha LX5!!!!!!!!!!

  • Incessant Troll

    lx7 = failure to launch. i don’t see what is special about this camera that justifies purchasing it over other competitors. hell i am keeping my x10 – even with the orbs that i never see it fits my needs more. it would have been better if panasonic did not hint they would use larger sensor and build expectations.

    • John

      Panasonic never said it was going to use a 1″ sensor, rumor sites did.

      • Incessant Troll

        A couple of months ago Techradar (Click here) interviewed Yoshiyuki Inoue (Panasonic Senior Engineering Planner) who said “one aspect that is being given serious consideration for the camera that replaces the LX5 is increasing the size of the sensor, Panasonic’s Mr Uematsu even joked that it could have a 1in sensor like the new Nikon V1.”

        from 43 rumors

        seems like a hint from a Panasonic employee ?

        • Joe

          “Panasonic’s Mr Uematsu even joked that it could have a 1in sensor like the new Nikon V1.”

          Apparently he really was joking!

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

      LX5 in some ways was also a jack of all trades/master of none, but still better than average in most respects with few real flaws. Not the smallest, not the longest lens, not the fastest lens … but virtually every competitor had some sort of achilles’ heel. LX5 (and probably this LX7 as well) is sort of an all-rounder, does everything competently and is isn’t missing much.

      Canon S90/95/100 – truly pocketable but no hotshoe or EVF, slower lens. Earlier editions like S90 only had 28mm wide end.

      Olympus XZ-1 – only 28mm wide end, still fixed rear LCD
      Canon G12 – larger, slower lens, 28mm wide end
      Fujifilm X10 – only 28mm wide, price, orbs, bulkier, somewhat weak on the video side
      Samsung EX1 – only 70mm long end of zoom, no EVF capability
      Sony RX100 – slow long end of zoom, no hotshoe, fewer dedicated controls
      …etc.

      The way I see it — all very good, competitive cameras each with a few relative strengths and drawbacks. Choice is good. I hope LX7 inherits some of the color quality improvements that have been made in some of the more recent m4/3 models. It seems like it has several nice hardware upgrades (faster lens, ND filters, 920K LCD, high-res EVF) to keep it competitive for the next two years.

      A larger-sensored fixed lens model isn’t a terrible idea and perhaps there’s room in Panasonic’s lineup for that to be a separate model. I don’t think any rumors about that came from Panasonic though.

      • Matt

        Very good summy, that is exactly the reason why I will buy this in addition to my DSLR.
        I was on the verge of buying a LX5, and the LX7 seems to adress the things I was hoping for, like faster AF (guessing from the frame rate), better low light performance (guessing from using a newer generation MOS sensor and concluding from the fast lens) and a better screen.

        And it is still small enough to be a good addition to my D300.
        The Sony also looks nice, but 28mm WA is a nogo for me, and I also look forward to using the aspect ration switch on the LX7, without immediately starting to just crop the sensor data :-)

      • mythbuster

        Why don´t compare apples to apples? EX1 is an outdated model, but new EX2 has optional EVF and tele zoom to 83 mm not 70… it also has an articulated screen and 12.1 Megapixels…

  • John crundale

    The G5 really interests me. Am primarily a Nikon shooter but live my gf1. Was considering the gx1 and then looked at the g3- the g5 is now an option; or a lower priced HC or g3. Sweet- think the g series are seriously underrated cameras. I often ditch the d800 to take out the gf1. Now Panasonic- when us the GX2 coming??!! Hehe

  • Photonut

    G5: Nice! Cheaper Body than OM-D, but will the sensor be as good?

    Tiltable-Rotatable LCD, that’s what the OM-D is missing

    LX7: Instant failure! Does not beat the Sony RX100. And the only truly pocketable is the S95/100

    • Luis

      Yeah, LX7 is larger than LX5, this is a fail
      Check it at camerasize.com

    • Matt

      Yes S95 and S100 are more pocketable. BUT the S95 only hast 28 mm WA and the S100 has 5,9 as the fastest aperture on the tele end – that equals an equivalent aperture of 27,4 in contrast to an equivalent aperture of 11,7 on the tele end of the LX5!!!
      Have a look over here: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-lx7

  • Jivee

    FZ60? Thought that “top end” died with the FZ50. Seems FZ200 is first that comes close, but pity no manual zoom. Wonder if my Tcon17 and TC17ED will mount somehow? Sure the low light/hi iso performance blows the FZ50 away, despite smaller sensor.

    I’m happy with LX5 to carry around, so will skip LX7, and see what the next best high end pocketable camera is in 2 years. Hope an FZ70 brings back FZ50 body design/controls.

  • danei

    For 350 bucks, lx7 is a fine replacement for lx5, but 500? no, I’ll go sony RX100.
    I have a lx5, the real limitation is the sensor, not the lens. I don’t believe just updating the lens would bring lx7 to another level.

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