LX7 Replacement?

Discussion in 'Panasonic' started by Biro, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    The 43 Rumors web site is reporting that Panasonic will soon be announcing a high-end compact camera with a fixed lens and built-in EVF. For a while, it was believed this camera would have a four-thirds sensor. But it now appears (remember, this is a rumors site - albeit a reputable one) the new camera will have a 1/1.7" sensor - the same size as the LX7.

    (FT5) Panasonic LF1 has 1/1.7 inch sensor (like the LX7) | 43 Rumors

    So... would you be interested in what is essentially an LX7 with a built-in viewfinder and the very latest sensor, even if a 1/1.7"? I might be - if the camera is the same size as the LX7 and the price doesn't stray too far beyond $500.
  2. Not sure this is that much of an improvement if u consider that the lx7 has a evf option. It uses the evf from their m43 product line. Outside of less bulk because it is built in and maybe less expensive than buying the two (lx7+evf)???

  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I like cameras with viewfinders, but I'm not a fan of small sensor cameras. I'll sit this round out. If the rumors are wrong and it is a m43 sized sensor, that would be a totally different question for me, but possibly still the same answer.
  4. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    I have too many cameras! I'd prolly just get the EVF for the LX7, knowing that I could use it on Panny M43 cameras like the GX1.
  5. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    might be interested if it were weathersealed or waterproof. Still I probably wouldn't buy it since I've already spent too much on cameras recently...
  6. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Not me, I'll stick with the LX7 until the larger sensor compacts come around. No need to buy any additional 1/1.7" cameras.

  7. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I wonder what the marketing rationale for this is.
  8. Azon

    Azon Regular

    Mar 15, 2013
    I bought LX7 for the lens-size-price combination. (298$ on special)
    Any changes will ruin this combo at least for me. It was nice to have a compact less pricy than any of my m43 lenses...
    LX7 is great as a memory recorder or kind of...
  9. Stan

    Stan Regular

    Apr 19, 2013
    The LF seems like a parallel line to the LX. Perhaps it's aimed at the Canon S110 and Nikon P330?
  10. wolfd

    wolfd New Member

    May 6, 2013
    I already have an LX7 and the optional EVF, so I don't think the new Panny is in my future.
  11. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    My LX7 is for small portability. I certainly don't want a larger one, and if I want a viewfinder I'll pick up the G5 or the E-M5.

    Temporarily I am in that "Nirvana" described by Steve (Biro) on our weekend outing where I'm actually very happy with all my cameras. We'll see how long THAT lasts, lol...
  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I should try putting this into the Google translator, because I don't recognize what language this is in.
  13. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    I am happy with my cameras right now. Hello? Luke, are you there? Stop staring at that camera review! Hello?...
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Thanks John,
    It's not like I'm looking for a unicorn. I couldn't care less if a new perfect camera would replace a current perfect camera. But it just seems like every camera has one or two stupid flaws that could be eliminated with a little forethought. And then there's the intangible dept....can't account for that.

    I'm not asking for laws of the physical world to be shattered. I don't want a pants pocketable camera with an f1.1 28-104mm lens and a full frame sensor. But sometimes it's easy to hung up on the little tiny bits of the camera that we use every day. There's way too many examples to limit myself to a couple.

    I'm finally coming around to the idea that EVERY camera will always be a FAIL (don't ask me to explain the acronym...a sailor would be offended), so maybe I should just live with the horrible failures I've already got.

    Are you listening camera designers.....ALL of your cameras are failures. AND I'm done buying more.

  15. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I've thought about this a lot. And I think this issue with flaws is no accident. Part of it is that the Asian cameramakers are designing a lot of things for the home market and what goes there doesn't necessary fly here. But I also think the cameramakers are doing this on purpose - so that we keep looking for "the one."

    Currently, the best we can do is to gather up a few cameras that cover most of the bases for us. As John referred to above, I think I have finally done that. I'd like to add an OM-D not too far down the road (after I pay for a new set of car tires). But, after that, I really believe I'll be set for a while - genuinely happy with the photo gear I have even while acknowledging the excellence of a lot of newer products. This happened to me once before... and it actually lasted about three years.