Micro 4/3 LX5-What does it need to have to get you to part with your cash?

Silat Shooter

New Member
Jul 6, 2010
We all know how great and well received the LX series has been these last two years. My question is what are you hoping for and what will take to get you to open your wallet for one?

I recently tried the Samsung TL500/EX1 and that was/is a TERRIFIC BODY and LENS. Give me that camera with a larger sensor and an optional viewfinder and I'm there.

Rumor currently has it as an LX5 with micro 4/3rd sensor and a fixed 3X zoom with a 24-72 F2 lens AND a built-in Rangefinder. That would be enough for me to sign up. What do you think that would cost?
 
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sonomichele

Regular
Jul 6, 2010
Texas
I'm guessing it will come out in the $500 range, unless they add the red dot as well. To me the real question is not so much price but size, if it is only slightly smaller than existing m4/3 with kit lens, what would be the point. If it were significantly smaller (ie G11 size or TL500 size) then the entire situation has changed. But I just can't imagine how they can do that....

But I'm always up for miracles.

Michael
 
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Silat Shooter

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Jul 6, 2010
I see your point. From my perspective, if the lens retracts far enough in so that it's almost flat like say a TL500 and be the larger sensor, that would make it very appealing. The existing kit lenses on the m4/3 cameras are still rather bulky even when not in use.
 
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Underneath

Regular
Jul 6, 2010
Bigger Sensor, No Fiddly Lens Cap!

As an early adopter of the LX3, I have to say it will be a tough camera to improve. It's already nearing the outer edge of an acceptable compact size, and I wouldn't want to slow down that big, beautiful F2 lens. The laws of physics always rudely intrude...

But if they can somehow squeeze an M4/3 sensor into it, reduce the noise, add an OVF and ditch the lens cap, I would be all over it. And as long as we're wishlisting, then I would also love to have 1) better audio recording, 2) exposure control while recording video, 3) continued emphasis on low-noise over megapixels, 4) a more robust mode dial, 5) a bit more reach on the tele end and 6) manual focusing via lens ring instead of joystick (blech!).

To me, M4/3 fulfills it's destiny when it stays very small. Pancakes & fixed lenses help accomplish this. The LX3 above all else is a blast to shoot. If they can keep this alive and deliver bigger, more beautiful files, then I say God Bless Panasonic!
 

sonomichele

Regular
Jul 6, 2010
Texas
I think there is some confusion taking place, but my reading of the rumor mill suggests there are 2 different Pannys coming out. One will be the LX3 replacement and probably still small and small sensor, ie the LX5. The other will be the fixed lens m4/3 which I'm guessing will be a bit larger. If this is in fact correct (aren't rumors great) then it will be curious how different the two will be.
Michael
 

alc217

New Member
Jul 9, 2010
To sprinkle some additional commentary to what's been said... I agree on the lens cap... too much fiddling around with it. I would want to see a larger sensor (4/3 or APS-C) as well. But the big one for me is to improve the user interface and change the joystick to something different (similar to the GF-1 dual-function wheel maybe?). I find it tedious to use the joystick for fully manual function. But at the end of the day, I think the form factor of the LX-3 is already fantastic, and it needs to stay that small... otherwise I'll just pull out the E-Px with the pancake.
 

Djarum

All-Pro
Jul 10, 2010
Huntsville, AL
Jason
If in fact Panny does come out with a 4/3 sensor compact type fixed lens camera, I'll be all over it, if its not too expensive. As much as I love my E-P1, there are times where even it is a little to large and fiddly. This would be a great camera for my other half as well.
 

BBW

Administrator Emeritus
Jul 7, 2010
betwixt and between
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Herman

The Image Stimulator
Jul 11, 2010
The Netherlands
Herman
Let's wait and see what Pan brings to table.
Many of us are longing for a rangefinder.
I believe 3D has the future !

Enjoy your NEX(T) weekend ! Herman
 

JoepLX3

Regular
Jul 11, 2010
I keep my LX3 and add K-x kit with 50-135 F2.8
- Hmm, that is a less compact and more expensive solution...
 

cocomonk22

New Member
Aug 18, 2010
For a new LX camera, it would be nice to have a larger sensor, auto lens cap, stereo mic, larger max aperture, and more pocketable size.
 
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