Panasonic Announces the Lumix DMC-LX100, Lumix DMC-GM5 and a Pair of New Lenses

Panasonic DMC-LX100
Panasonic DMC-LX100

Panasonic has announced a new member to the LX family – the DMC-LX100. Unlike the previous LX-series compact cameras like the highly successful LX3, 5 and 7, the LX100 incorporates a 16 megapixel Four Thirds sensor. This effectively moves the latest LX camera into the Micro Four Thirds category along side the other Panasonic models such as the GM1.

The LX100 features a 24-75mm equivalent lens with an aperture of f/1.7-2.8 and supports 4K video recording at 30p. It also features WiFi and NFC for easy pairing to smart devices. This little compact also has a built-in EVF with XGA resolution and a fixed touch-capable 3″ LCD. No pop-up flash but a clip-on external flash is provided in the box.

The camera will be available in October, but no pricing information is available at this point of time.

Panasonic DMC-GM5
Panasonic DMC-GM5

Next up, we have the Panasonic DMC-GM5. Last year, Panasonic released the very compact DMC-GM1. It is well-loved for being almost similar to a compact camera in size, yet delivering images that much better as it has a Four Thirds sensor. One of my main gripes about it is that it lacks a viewfinder.

Today, Panasonic has addressed that by announcing the DMC-GM5, a compact Micro Four Thirds camera with a built-in EVF having 1.2m dots. That’s not all, it also has a hotshoe! Panasonic calls it the World’s Smallest Interchangeable Lens Camera with Live View Finder as of today. It also does 1080/60p HD video recording and features WiFi and NFC. There’s also a 24p mode with a max bit rate of 24Mbps for that cinematic look in your videos.

The DMC-GM5 will be available at US$899.

Lumix G Vario 35-100mm
Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 ASPH MEGA O.I.S
Lumix G Vario 14mm
Lumix G Vario 14mm f/2.5 II

To go with the new GM5, Panasonic announced a pair of lenses – the Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 ASPH MEGA O.I.S and Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH. Both the lenses are designed to match the GM-series cameras with their compact. retractable design. The 35-100mm is a compact telephoto zoom covering the equivalent of 70-200mm and as its name implies, it features Optical Image Stabilisation. The 14mm II is a revised version of the previous 14mm.

Each of the lenses will be available for US$399.

YS: Some really quick thoughts here: I’m looking at both the GM5 (what is with the arbitrary jump in model numbers) and the LX100 and I have to say, I’m torn between both of them. Panasonic are starting to really raise their game here after a series of ho-hum Micro Four Thirds cameras like the GF5 and G6 and I’m liking it.

There’s also a firmware update for the GH4, which adds tethered shooting, which is really useful for some work, as well as features to make using 4K video to obtain stills less unwieldy. I’ve always been of the opinion that 4K video as a method for stills capture is currently hobbled by the software side of things: No one wants to sift through thousands of photos to get a few tens of keepers. Panasonic’s additions are somewhat vague now, in that the camera will set “optimum parameters for photo shooting” for recording format, photo quality and, um, brightness levels. If they are smart something like Nikon’s old Best Shot Selector and its variants found in the Nikon 1 would be a good start.

Mmm, makes me want to upgrade to the GH4.

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