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The overall price, even with both lenses, is good.
But for the lack of a Viewfinder (EVF) you could definitely think of it as a Panasonic LX100 replacement/successor.
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It is GOOD to have the Canon M5 officially announced.
Pricing is GREAT, availability not so. I do want the 18-150mm. Maybe I will get a small, ‘cheap’ pancake in November and wait patiently till December.
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A Chinese site does have this Panasonic registration for a “LX15”
— in Chinese.
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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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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Six weeks ago when looking for a ‘compact’ Fuji to play second-fiddle to what I then thought would be the new Fuji X-T2 I did not consider the Fuji X100T, with its fixed 23mm lens, because 23mm (35mm FF) is bit too wide for me, especially when I can’t change lenses. Hence why I ended up with the Fuji X-E2s.
The rumors are that Fuji will announce a X200 in September, at ‘PhotoKina‘, after they get the much anticipated X-T2 announcement out of the way next week on July 7, 2016.
A number of people are claiming that the X200, in addition to a new 24MP sensor, will offer, built-in, electronic 35mm and 50mm lens options. What I can’t figure out is whether this will be something more fancy and sophisticated than just plain ‘Digital Zoom’. We all know the limitations of digital zoom. If it is but just digital zoom I would continue to have little interest in this camera.
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‘Photokina’ 2016 is towards the end of September. If Olympus waits till then to announce the REFRESH for the OM-D E-M1 it would be a full 3 years since the first model was unveiled. If at all possible Olympus should bring forward the announcement to give Fuji X-T2 aspirants, I among those, a very competitive Micro Four-Thirds alternative. Next to Fuji the Olympus OM-D line is my next favorite in terms of extensive direct control — though I am getting increasingly fond of my Panasonic Lumix LX100.
I would seriously look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II. My only reservation would be the Sensor Size. But the exceptional Image Stabilization of the Olympus, even without ‘Dual IS’ is a major consideration. The new Olympus PEN-F looks real attractive and has enough control wheels at the back to keep me entertained BUT all the reviews I read say that it is unbalanced, in terms of weight, with anything other than small (light) prime lenses — and the one type of lens I am UNLIKELY to use are primes. I am a zoom guy. It actually got me looking at Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk IIs. Refurbished Mk Is are available for $350 directly from Olympus. Tempting.
Fun, fun … fun.
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