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Panasonic is rumored to announce a compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds image sensor, alongside the Lumix LX8, on July 16.

An important product launch event is believed to have been scheduled for July 16. Panasonic will be in the center of attention as the company will introduce a replacement for the LX7, a high-end compact camera.

The new device is rumored to be called LX8 and to feature a 1-inch-type sensor. Nevertheless, it appears that more goodies will come out of this as a Panasonic compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor is also believed to be present at the event.

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Panasonic GX1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. The company is rumored to launch a fixed-lens compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor that is smaller than the GX1 soon.

Panasonic compact camera with Micro Four Thirds sensor to be announced on July 16

Trusted sources are claiming that another fixed lens camera beside the LX8 is poised to be revealed in mid-July. A name has not been leaked, yet, nor a specifications list. However, we do have the words of Uematsu Michiharu, one of the company’s managers, who has previously had something to say about such possibility.

At the end of 2012, Uematsu Michiharu revealed that Panasonic was considering the launch of a fixed lens compact camera that features a Four Thirds sensor.

However, there are some requirements that must be met before launching the camera. Among them we find the fact that the camera will have to be tinier than the Lumix GX1, needs to have a very bright lens, and needs to be cheap.

We already know that Panasonic can make cameras more compact than the GX1. On the other hand, a maximum aperture of f/1.7 or f/2 for the lens can be achieved, while the price should not be a lot bigger than €700 / $950.

These were the expectations of Uematsu Michiharu. According to the rumor mill, Panasonic’s engineers have finally met the requirements, so we might be seeing this camera on July 16 along with the LX8.

Panasonic LX8 will sport 1-inch-type sensor and 4K video recording

On the other hand, the Panasonic LX8 will feature a 1-inch-type image sensor, a 35mm equivalent lens of 24-90mm, a maximum aperture of f/2-2.8, integrated ND filter, built-in electronic viewfinder, built-in flash, and an articulated touchscreen.

The LX7 replacement is said to employ an automatic lens cap that closes when the camera is not in use and is capable of recording 4K videos. As state above, the official announcement will take place in mid-July, so stay tuned for more information!

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