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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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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’.

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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.

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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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Photokina 2016, September 20 – 25: The Promotional Video.

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Photokina 2016, that is expected to debut the Panasonic Lumix LX200 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II, is now 46 days away.


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

by Anura Guruge


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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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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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Was Panasonic Badly Blindsided By Sony With The RX10 III — The FZ1000 Detractor?

by Anura Guruge


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Very strange that there were NO rumors of any kind about the Sony RX10 III — and as we know there are at least 3 credible Websites that do nothing but scour the world looking for new camera rumors.

Now it is also possible, given Sony’s clout and drive, that they PAID OFF sources and Websites NOT to talk about the RX10 III before it was announced.

The BIG question for I, as a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 owner (and the owner also of a Panasonic Lumix LX100), is whether Panasonic was totally oblivious to the possibility of a RX10 III.

Notice that I used ‘detractor’ vs. ‘killer’ in my title. The FZ1000, as I have found, is one heck of a camera and it is going to 1/2 the price of the RX10 III — and for many that would be more of an incentive than the added 200mm (though it is a 50% increase).

I am sure Panasonic could match the RX10 III with a 600mm zoom FZ2000. BUT, I am not sure that would be enough.

What would REALLY make a difference is IF Panasonic came up with a Micro Four Thirds FZ with a 500mm or 600mm zoom. I guess all of the lens dynamics will make it a big camera. BUT that would be the ULTIMATE Bridge Camera.

And is this what the so called LX200 is … a Micro Four Thirds with a BIG ZOOM?


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The JUST Announced Sony RX10 III With 600mm Zoom Is Pretty Darn Impressive.

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DPReview side-by-side of the Sony RX10 II, the BRAND NEW Sony RX10 III and my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Click to ENLARGE and view here. From DPReview.com.


How ‘snapsort.com’ ranked my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 against the Sony RX10 II
last September.


How I ended up getting the ill-fated Sony a77 II instead of a Sony RX10 II.


In August 2015 I was nearly convinced that the then newly announced Sony RX10 II would be my next camera — my step up from my refurbished Canon T3i. Two things bothered me, the 200mm max. zoom and the 1″ sensor — especially at the then $1,298 price. I think I might have overlooked the 1″ sensor if it had at least a 400mm zoom. I ended up getting a Sony a77 II and that did not work out too well and I ended up returning it within the month. I got my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, with its 1″ sensor, as a (max.) 1-year compromise until I had more time to work out what next? The Lumix FZ1000 has served me well.

And now the RX10 III. I don’t need 600mm zoom BUT it would be nice. SMILE. Comparing the specs. the 600mm zoom is the one overriding advantage of the RX10 III over the FZ1000. Yes, the RX10 III being two younger will have better technology all around. But $1,500 is a lot for a fixed-lens 1″ sensor camera. BUT I will have to give it some serious thought. Did anybody notice that the lens is NO LONGER constant f/2.8 and instead stops down to f/4.0 at zoom (which is not half bad at 600m)?

Panasonic could counter with a 600mm zoom with a Micro Four-Thirds. I would get that in a heartbeat. Maybe that is the rumored Lumix LX200. Things are getting interesting.

Stay tuned. My current plan, of course, is to get the Fuji X-T2 when it is available.


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Panasonic Lumix LX100 — One Month Review With 2,300 Pictures Taken.

by Anura Guruge


Just a random sampling of 6 pictures
taken with my LX100 during the last 2 week.

Click to ENLARGE.


It has been exactly a month since I got my Panasonic Lumix LX100. I have enjoyed using it. Exactly what I wanted — a camera with full manual control with dedicated dials for Exposure Compensation and Shutter Speed. It has taken some great pictures — though I am still learning how to use it and haven’t had the time to read the instruction manual nor the book I got from Amazon! But, to be fair much of the camera’s operation is similar to that of my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 so I did have a head start. I have, as it says in the title, taken 2,300 usable photographs with it — and that is with me NOT using it everyday since I also use the FZ100.

This camera is a keeper. Deanna has already indicated that she will have it when I, as is inevitable, will decide to upgrade.

I got a great deal on the camera. In the end I ended up paying just $630 for the camera (along with a throwaway kit). I might get another $13 off that also because the credit card I used has a ‘Price Rewind’ feature and I think I can find a camera on Amazon for $617. For $630 it was one heck of a bargain — but then again I get these discounts because I go through a lot of cameras. I think this was the 5th or 6th camera I have bought since August 2015, though I only keep 2 cameras at any one time (not counting the cameras that Deanna and the kids have).

My only major concern about the LX100 is the White Balance. But I can live with that. It is also produces funky colors and gets a tad temperamental when I use it outside in cold weather BUT to be fair the specs. do say that the operating temperature is ABOVE freezing — and I do use it when it is colder than that (which is not unusual for New Hampshire winter).

Yes, I would like slightly more zoom (and I try not to use Digital Zoom). The electronic viewfinder (EVF) leaves a bit to be desired. Though I don’t articulate my LCD that often it would be nice to have the capability.

Yes, there is talk of a follow-up, i.e., the Panasonic LX200. Would I get it. Probably … because I am a sucker for new technology. SMILE.

But for now DEFINITELY ‘Two Thumbs’ up. A keeper. A winner. Thanks Panasonic.


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Rumored Panasonic Lumix LX200 Unlikely To Offer 20MP & Needs A Lens Tweak To Make It Special.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Daily Camera News’. See link below.

Click to read whole story from ‘Daily Camera News‘.


The inevitable rumors of a Panasonic Lumix LX200 — the successor to the widely popular Lumix LX100 (which I own) — have surfaced again today, with a vengeance.

The LX100, announced in September 2014, is now getting old in the tooth and Panasonic no doubts knows that the LX100 owner base, including I, will happily cough up $900 for the follow-on, if it is the LX200.

But the rumored specs. don’t reflect reality from the PERSPECTIVE of one that owns and uses, near daily, a Lumix LX100.

The sensor more than likely will be a micro four thirds 20 megapixel from Sony. OK. But that doesn’t mean the LX200 will be a 20MP camera IF Panasonic perseveres with its ‘cropping’ approach. The LX100 has a 16MP sensor but the MOST you get is 12.7MP at the 3:2 aspect ratio. IF the LX200 follows suit the most we will get, at 3:2, is 15.2MP.

SO STOP TALKING 20MP unless we know what the crop is going to be. Yes, of course, Panasonic could OEM a 26MP sensor and then, with that crop, we could get 20MP.

Panasonic’s ‘Depth of Defocus‘ (DFD) autofocus would be nice BUT if you have a LX100 you will know that autofocus is not half bad. Plus I use Manual Focus at least 50% of the time. Isn’t that the point of owning a ‘real’ camera like the LX100?

Larger OLED viewfinder. Yep, that would be nice, BUT not a huge game changer. The electronic viewfinder on the LX100 isn’t great BUT it isn’t bad either.

Of course higher ISO will be nice BUT with a micro four thirds what price will we pay in terms of noise?

Built-in ND filter? Not a biggie for I and as such NOT a game changer for I.

Built-in flash. I just had a look at my LX100. Not sure WHERE they could put one WITHOUT making the body bigger and bulkier and the current LX100 is about as BIG as I am willing to contend.

What would be really nice is more zoom and more SPEED. SMILE. Might be hard to do. But even another 25mm would help. That would be a biggie.

So the bottom line is let’s be realistic. Folks who are propagating the rumors (and I THANK them for it) aren’t LX100 aficionados and as such are not thinking things through

But I will most likely upgrade to a LX200 the minute it is available. Deanna has already said, knowing my propensity to get new cameras every few months, that she will have the LX100. That is good. I won’t have to sell it and it will still be around. I do like the LX100. SMILE.


My Panasonic Lumix LX100.

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