Pany LX6 rumor -- bigger sensor?

Discussion in 'Panasonic' started by Armanius, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    I came across this blurb in another website in which some Panasonic engineer talks about perhaps sticking a larger sensor in the LX5's successor.

    Panasonic LX6 To Get One-Inch Sensor? | Popular Photography

    If Pany comes up with a larger sensor and combines it with a lens of say ... 24-120/1.8-3.5 (EFL), that would sure be really cool!!
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  2. snake

    snake Regular

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks for this link. I would love to see larger sensors in these cams. Of course, bokeh is going to be something many will be nuts about, I am more interested in how they help dynamic range. As it is in this class, the fast lenses have some disadvantages due to limited DR and there can be a razor sharp line, or less than ideal one, when trying to protect highlights and still preserve shadow detail without introducing noise from fill light.

    It is a "joke", though, so let's see. However, I'd be inclined to believe that Panny would be the next one to up the sensor size in this class. Canon has already invested in their new style sensor, so that will be around for a couple years. Samsung is probably as good as out, as they go for cams that are made for people that like myspace voodoo shots of themselves.

    With luck, the MP count will still be conservative. So far, the x10 as an on-paper jump as the first real one in several years in this class, so we'll see how well it manifests in reality.

    I'm not brand-loyal, so whomever comes up with the best combo is where I go.
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  3. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Some more info here - claims to be based on conversation with a senior person at Panasonic.
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  4. snake

    snake Regular

    Oct 4, 2011
    That was verbatim what was in the first posting. Let's hope it's not a joke on the part of the Panasonic guy. Maybe they're gauging interest and certainly, Panasonic has the ability to make just about any sensor it wants.
  5. nikki

    nikki Top Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    Dublin ,Ireland
    If they can make any sensor why not skip the inbetween and go directly to APS-C.
    Thats what Id like!!!!!
  6. Ryan

    Ryan Regular

    Jan 6, 2012
    Seems much more promising than Canon's upcoming G1X.

  7. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I really like my LX3, although it's been inactive of late. Skipped the LX5, but eager to see if this rumor comes to fruition.
  8. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    It's now clear that, after a status quo that lasted several years and was marked by incremental improvements to cameras, we are now in the middle of a wholesale product overhaul that involves a substantial upgrade to every camera class.

    Sure, it began slowly with the introduction of micro four thirds. But it was Fuji that brought action to the compact class. If I think about it too much, I could become very annoyed with the camera makers. Because the quick response to the X100 and X10 makes it obvious that they could have given us better cameras a long time ago and simply chose not to.

    And don't underestimate the importance of cellphone cameras in all of this. Improved phonecams are going to eat the lunch of low-end digicams and have awakened camera makers from their slumber and/or complacence.

    Right now, I don't think I'd be quick to jump on any of the latest and greatest compacts - unless circumstances dictate that you must buy a camera now. I think a far better strategy is to wait and see what 2012 brings us... and then select from the bounty that is offered to us.
  9. nippa

    nippa Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    After my DLux4 , my LX5 never really satisfied me.
    Sure the LX5 had advantages over the LX3 but image quality at base ISO wasn't one of them. Panasonic have revealed how disappointed they were with sales falling below other LX models so clearly something has to change. I suspect it will be body size as much as anything else.

    Given the larger sensors fitted to the Nikon 1 , Fuji X10 , the new rumoured Canon G1x and the ever smaller m4/3 cameras it makes sense to produce a product to compete.
    Personally I can't wait to see what G Series camera Canon produces if the 1.5" sensor is correct.

    Perhaps the cell phone is supplementing the truly pocketable top end camera. I know in recent years I've used mine more and more.
  10. Mal

    Mal Veteran

    Sep 23, 2010
    Liverpool / UK
    Following all these links has given me total camera meltdown.... I have been looking around for a camera to give me a bit more than my LX5 is giving me at the moments... but after looking at Leica & Panasonic rumours... think I'll wait till Photokina 2012... and make a choice then.