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Shooting with a 4K pocket camera - the exceptional Panasonic LX100

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I'm actually surprised that they haven't released a successor yet, given I feel like this little camera was really successful and popular. In fact a lot of people I know still have and use it to this day, even on paid shoots. The ability to have a pocket b-cam is quite underrated, especially when you're running and gunning / don't want to attract a lot of attention. I debated getting one not that long ago for that reason.

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On 5/25/2018 at 12:58 AM, Superka said:

Does anybody still use LX100? :grin:I

I still love it, though feel the lack of DR often.

My GF has one (well the Leica branded version) which she absolutely loves and has been using daily for the last 3 years. About time for an upgrade but it really has stood the test of time.

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3 hours ago, newfoundmass said:

I'm actually surprised that they haven't released a successor yet, given I feel like this little camera was really successful and popular. In fact a lot of people I know still have and use it to this day, even on paid shoots. The ability to have a pocket b-cam is quite underrated, especially when you're running and gunning / don't want to attract a lot of attention. I debated getting one not that long ago for that reason.

It would seem it either didn't sell well or Panasonic doesn't see a viable market for another. Without actual sales numbers and the costs associated with the camera, nobody can say for sure, but if a successor was planned it surely would have been released by now. Sony made the RX100 an annual affair, until they stopped at v5 a couple years ago. The cratering compact market also killed the Nikon DL before it was even released - despite a lot of fanfare when they were introduced. I know I was going to get the 18-50 version as soon as it was available, still disappointed it never saw the light off day. The writing is on the wall, this segment is wilting like cheap P&S cameras.

My guess is Panasonic decided to focus on more profitable areas - superzoom and ILC's. I doubt we ever see a LX200 (or whatever you want to call it).

Chris

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4 minutes ago, Trek of Joy said:

It would seem it either didn't sell well or Panasonic doesn't see a viable market for another. Without actual sales numbers and the costs associated with the camera, nobody can say for sure, but if a successor was planned it surely would have been released by now. Sony made the RX100 an annual affair, until they stopped at v5 a couple years ago. The cratering compact market also killed the Nikon DL before it was even released - despite a lot of fanfare when they were introduced. I know I was going to get the 18-50 version as soon as it was available, still disappointed it never saw the light off day. The writing is on the wall, this segment is wilting like cheap P&S cameras.

My guess is Panasonic decided to focus on more profitable areas - superzoom and ILC's. I doubt we ever see a LX200 (or whatever you want to call it).

Chris

Still, they have been dropping hints that one will be released this year.

https://www.43rumors.com/panasonic-interview-at-dpreview-clearly-hints-new-lx200-is-coming/

I think one of the reasons they have been slow in updating is that the LX100 is pretty fully featured already - optical stabilization, excellent fast lens, 4k video.

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See, I feel like the LX100 did pretty well because there was a lot of talk about it for the first year or two of its release, with all the usual suspects releasing glowing reviews of it. There was also pretty frequent videos shot on it all over YouTube. Not saying that it set the world on fire, but it certainly didn't seem like it was released and then immediately lost in the abyss like some cameras were. That we still see videos on it from within the last year is pretty impressive, honestly. 

If they released a new model with some key updates, especially a mic input, I'd snatch one up in a heartbeat even though I really don't need another camera. I think a lot of people would. It'd serve so many uses for a lot of my stuff.

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9 hours ago, Robert Collins said:

Still, they have been dropping hints that one will be released this year.

https://www.43rumors.com/panasonic-interview-at-dpreview-clearly-hints-new-lx200-is-coming/

I think one of the reasons they have been slow in updating is that the LX100 is pretty fully featured already - optical stabilization, excellent fast lens, 4k video.

Search that site, there have been numerous rumors of a LX100 successor for a couple years. The DPreview interview from the previous years CP+ said pretty much the same thing. And as usual that site quoted only part of a graph for the clickbait. Here's what they left out "Yes, we have lots of requests from editors and users waiting for the next LX100, so we are studying that."

They're studying it. Hardly confirmation of anything beyond evaluating the viability of bringing out another model.

This interview from last year is more telling, they're strengthening the FZ (1" sensor) series and once again studying the LX100 successor, see the quote below. But in that interview the top priority is mirrorless. "So as the customer expects LX200 we will also strengthen the successor of LX100. How will we answer to the passionate customers of the LX100? We will study how we’re going to answer these customers."

Studying it last year, studying it again this year. I do believe there LX100 was a successful cam and I'd get one if it had a mic input, but the wave of high end compacts that exploded a few years ago seems to have collapsed with the rest of the fixed lens market. Ricoh hasn't brought another GR, Fuji hasn't brought a new premium compact in a couple years, Nikon killed the DL's. Its all speculation, but IMO its gone the way of the AF100.

You can get a small, IBIS equipped Panasonic mirrorless body with the 12-32 pancake zoom and the small 40-150 for $599, few casual photographers will opt for a new LX100 at about $800 over something like this kit.

http://shop.panasonic.com/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/lumix-interchangeable-lens-ilc-cameras/DMC-GX85WK.html#start=1&cgid=cameras

Cheers

Chris

 

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