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Rather Than Waiting In Vain For Panasonic Lumix LX200 Consider Samsung NX500.

by Anura Guruge


“DPReview” side-by-side comparison.

Click images to ENLARGE and study here.

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There is also this YouTube video
that rates the NX500 over the LX100.


The Samsung NX500 with a zoom lens should be better than a Panasonic Lumix LX200APS-C sensor, on sensor PHASE DETECT and an insane 28MP resolution.

So give it some serious thought.


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With No Panasonic Lumix LX200 In Sight I Might Consider The New Chinese YI M1.

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Click to ENLARGE and study. I cobbled this together using “DPReview” Quick Specs.


Click to access full “DPReview” first-impressions.

Click image to ENLARGE and read here.

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Click to access the rather impressive Y1 M1 official image gallery.


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Already available for pre-order on Amazon for prices stated right at top. Click image to access Amazon page. October 12 availability.


Intriguing little camera. Micro Four-Thirds with 20MP Sony sensor. Supposedly can be used with any MFT lens. The 42.5 f/1.8 lens looks very tempting.

The overall price, even with both lenses, is good.

This camera got a lot of attention at PhotoKina and continues to gain attention at “DPReview“.

But for the lack of a Viewfinder (EVF) you could definitely think of it as a Panasonic LX100 replacement/successor.


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Panasonic New Lumix LX10 vs Fairly New Lumix ZS100: Faster Lens vs. Longer Zoom, Same Price, Same Sensor.

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“DPReview” side-by-side. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Fascinating choice.

Glad I will NOT have to make it. SMILE.

f1.4 to 2.8 is DAMN FAST. Both offer ISO 25600. With that fast lens, with ISO cranked up, you could get some great pictures indoors without a flash. And night scenery. Fireworks?

But a 250mm zoom is nice too and that from me — currently having a ball with the Nikon P900 and its 2000mm zoom.

Hhmmm.

The LX10 is DEFINITELY not the Panasonic Lumix LX100 replacement.


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Panasonic LX15/LX10 With 1″ Sensor Definitely Not The The Successor To The ‘Four-Thirds’ LX100.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for “The New Camera” original
original from September 16, 2016.

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Click to ENLARGE and glance at here.


Early this morning, based on the lack of control dials, I pointed out that the Panasonic LX15/LX10 cannot be the supposed successor to the Panasonic Lumix LX100.

That the LX15/LX10 has a 1″ sensor is the ULTIMATE PROOF that the LX15 is NOT the hoped for ‘LX200‘.

The successor to the LX100 is still somewhere in the pipeline. But why wait? Just get a Canon M5 with a even bigger sensor.


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I Don’t Think Panasonic ‘LX15’ Is The Successor To LX100; The Once Rumored ‘LX200’.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for “Photo Rumor” original
original from September 15, 2016.

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Click to ENLARGE and study here. Also see the statement that says LX15 = LX10.


This cannot be the successor to the Panasonic Lumix LX100.

Why? Simple reason.

Direct control, à la Fuji, was a trademark of the LX100. There was NO PSAM dial. Instead you had a shutter speed dial with ‘A’. This is what the top of a LX100 looks like.

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Click to ENLARGE and admire.

The LX15 is NOT an enthusiast’s camera. It is a consumer compact.

So a real LX200 could still be in the offing. 


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Panasonic ‘LX200’, i.e., Successor To LX100, Now Called ‘LX15’ — But Not On Rumor List For Photokina 2015 Unveiling.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for “thenewcamera.com” original.

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Use link above for the “New Camera” original. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


A Chinese site does have this Panasonic registration for a “LX15
— in Chinese.

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Use link above to access Chinese original. This is a Google translation. Click to ENLARGE. Says it is a 20MP 4/3rd sensor. So looks like the anticipated LX200.


All rumors and conjecture as yet. So this can change. Interesting that the Panasonic ‘LX200‘ or ‘LX15’ is NOT included as a possibility in the September 19, 2016 announcement though much has been said about the LX15 in the last couple of weeks.

Why Panasonic would call it LX15 rather than say LX110, LX150 or LX200 is yet another Japanese mystery.

The 20MP four-thirds sensor definitely hints that it is a follow-up on the LX100.


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Panasonic Lumix LX200 To Now Be Announced Soon — Well Ahead Of September Photokina 2016.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for ‘The New Camera‘ original from July 13, 2016.

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Use link above to access the “The New Camera” original. Click on image to ENLARGE.


It is crazy that there is still confusion as to the sensor size and format. Of course it will be a Micro Four-Thirds. That is what the sensor format is on the Panasonic Lumix LX100 and Panasonic will not mess with that.

The big issue is whether the LX200, in contrast to the LX100, will ever use the full-size of the sensor.

Interesting that they have brought forward the announcement date. They probably don’t want the Pentax K-70 full disclosure on July 15, 2016 to steal too much thunder given that both cameras will be in the same price range.


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First Impressions Of A Fuji X-T1 Hours Ahead Of X-T2 Announcement.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. The Fuji X-T1 I rented. It is brand new. No clicks. This picture taken with my Fujifilm X-E2s.


Renting a Fuji X-T1 ahead of the X-T2 announcement so that I can get a feel of  a Fuji X-Tx (as opposed to the Fuji X-E2s I own) has to be the best decision I have made when it comes to my long and tortuous sojourn with cameras (for the last 2 years).

This is one of the problems of living in the sticks. There is no local camera store that I can go to that stocks ‘high end’ cameras, especially if they are not Canon or Nikon. I rented the X-T1 for a week, from Lumoid, and at the same time rented a Lytro ILLUM 40 for Devanee who thinks that this is the camera for her! So far, so good with the rental experience from Lumoid. Very friendly, very helpful and everything came as promised bar a missing SD card reader — which was no big deal since I have plenty (and they did send one with the Lytro).

Wow, I can’t get over how SMALL the X-T1 one is. I had just assumed that given its DSLR-like styling it would be bigger. This is quite the testament to mirrorless cameras. It is just fractionally bigger than the X-E2s or for that matter (just in terms of the body) to the Panasonic Lumix LX100. I never realized that the X-T1 was that small. That is good and bad. Great for travel and street photography BUT to be honest I like cameras with a bit more heft; the X-E2s supposed to be my ‘compact’. As such, that the X-T2 will be slightly bigger is good news.

The X-T1 is a joy to use in terms of the controls. Everything is there. You don’t really have to ever use the menus or look at the LCD for reading prior to shooting. This is exactly what I had been hoping. Everything is basically one-touch and all the dials and buttons appear to be just where you would want them to. Yes, having to unlock the ISO and shutter-speed dial is a pain — and I gather this will not be the case with the X-T2. So that is also good.

Took good pictures BUT in terms of image quality I would have to say it is on par with my X-E2s — which is to be expected since they share very similar specs. Well, the X-T2 changes that.

Wow! It gets HOT. I can appreciate why they want to FIX overheating issues on the X-T2. I didn’t shoot any videos and neither did I use ‘burst mode’. Just shot 110 still images, fairly leisurely. But after about 70 shots I could feel the HEAT emanating from the camera! I have never experienced that. Towards the end it was noticeably HOT. Yikes.

Now that I have used a X-T1 I am more convinced than ever that I will love the X-T2. In terms of direct-control the X-T2 will continue to be the camera of my dreams.

Right now I only have one reservation and it is major. Autofocus performance. Though direct-control is important my overriding criteria is image quality (IQ) and for me IQ starts, most of the time, with razor sharp focus. Soft images just leave me cold. And that is an issue. The X-E2s has not impressed me overly in terms of autofocus. From what I can see the X-T2, though it will be better, is not going to be stellar. And I am NOT willing to compromise on the next camera I buy — did that a few times already. So I will be reading the reviews real carefully to see what they have to say about the X-T2 autofocus. In the meantime I am going to try and rent a Nikon D500 for a week or two. Looks like that is doable though the rental prices are not as attractive as they were for the X-T1 (given, of course, the price difference).

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The Lytro ILLUM 40 MP Rental.


This is a BIG, heavy camera. Actually it is huge and cumbersome. It is all lens and funny angles (including the battery). It has no appeal to I. The polar opposite of what I am looking for in terms of direct-control. And I don’t have the patience or time to do all the mandatory post-processing. Devanee, last I saw, was still struggling with the software. I will let you know what she found.


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5,000th Picture With My Fuji X-E2s Camera — In 45 Days!

by Anura Guruge


Click picture to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


Exactly the 5,000th picture shot with my Fujifilm X-E2s.

Its filename is ‘DSCF5001‘. There was no 5000. Went from 4999 to 50001 (in a new 105_Fuji folder).

I got the camera, from Amazon, on May 18, 2016 — and didn’t start using it until the next day. But, I will take May 18 as my ‘Day 1’ with this camera.

So I had had it for 45 days (1 month and 2 weeks) when I shot this, my 5,000th, picture with it. It happens to be a subject ‘close and dear’ to our heart’s — “Annie and the Orphans“, this being at Cate Park, Wolfeboro, on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

5,000 in 45 days works out to 111.11 pictures a day. If I go with 44 days (which is the real number) it comes to 113.6 pictures a day — and I did NOT miss a single day.

With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 I shot 6,000 pictures in 118 days — which came to 50.8 a day. That is half as much BUT that is easy to explain. Most of the time I had the FZ1000 I also had another camera, the Sony RX100 II or the Panasonic Lumix LX100. I tended to alternate between the cameras. So that explains why I have taken more pictures with the X-E2s.

Bottom line is that nobody can say that I do NOT use my cameras. 5,000 in 44/45 days is a good clip. I think I get my money’s worth from my cameras.

I did take 186 pictures on Saturday while we were at ‘Cate Park’. SMILE. I will share some of them with you ‘shortly’.


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Panasonic Lumix LX200 To Be A Reality — But Is It Too Little, Too Late; DFD AF The One Biggie.

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Translated from “ixbt.com”. Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Use link below to access original at: “ixbt.com”

Click here to access original at “ixbt.com”.


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“The New Camera”, on June 23, 2016, also carried a story. Click image to access their original post.


So the much anticipated Panasonic Lumix LX200 is indeed going to be a reality — to be announced in September at ‘Photokina 2016‘.

But the current rumors don’t mention anything about a new lens (setup). If the lens continues to be the f/1.7 to 2.8, 24-75mm zoom, as in the Lumix LX100, that would be a dissapointment — though this is one heck of a lens. 

Much is being made of the 20MP sensor BUT there is no guarantee that the LX200 will actually offer a 20MP mode! Remember the LX100 has a 16MP sensor but the highest resolution offered by the LX100 is 13MP because of the ‘crop-compensation’ favored by Panasonic for this camera. IF they continue with that same approach the maximum resolution of the LX200 will be 16MP — which is respectable, but nothing special these days.

However, what will make the LX200 special, as is the case with the LX100, is a Micro Four Thirds sensor — a large sensor for a fixed-zoom, compact camera of this size and price.

And then there is Panasonic’s new ‘Depth of Defocus’ (DFD) autofocus system which claims to provide faster AF than what is possible with ‘Contrast Detect’ or ‘Phase-Detect’. That is a nice touch but AF on the LX100 wasn’t that sluggish or poor.

So it all boils down to image quality, IQ, versus price. Panasonic’s own DMC-ZS100, albeit with a 1″ sensor, can, per the reviews, match IQ and offer 3x the zoom for the same price.

Hence my concern that unless the lens is updated the LX200 might not be that compelling. The tiltable-screen a nice-to-have but unlikely to be a game-changer.


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