Amateur Photographer (U.K.) is reporting that Panasonic is restructuring its compact camera line to counter the coming entry of industry megalith Canon into the compact system camera market. Part of the restructuring will include a "very high end" model above the GX1.
"We will aim for a high-end camera to demonstrate that mirrorless cameras can be alternatives to DSLR cameras, not just a step-up from compact cameras," Yoshiyuki Inoue, a senior engineering planner for Lumix, told Amater Photographer.
In the same exclusive interview, Panasonic reaffirmed its commitment to Micro 4/3. Ichiro Kitao, director of Panasonic's digital stills camera business, asserted that Micro 4/3 sensors present the best balance of camera size, lens size and pixel size for good image quality in a compact system camera.
(I happen to agree...and I say that as a full-frame camera owner.)
The article also contains some very interesting comments about Panasonic's lenses.
Here's the link to Damien Demolder's article.
(Thanks to Robin Pywell)
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