Panasonic LX15: Not what we thought it would be
In the next day or so Panasonic will announce the Panasonic LX15 a compact camera that many thought would be a replacement /update for the current LX100 but this now appears not to be the case.
Leaked pictures and spec’s reveal that the LX15 is in fact intended to be a far more natural rival to the current Sony RX100 IV than the LX100 ever was.
In effect the LX15 is a spirital replacement to the much loved LX7 and in doing so owners of the LX5 or even older LX3 (which includes me) will be delighted.
The LX100 is a cracking camera ( I also have one) but its far from petite and those seeking a small high end compact tended to go for the Sony RX100 models.
Yes the LX15 will sport a 20mp sensor but its a 1-Inch sensor and not a four third (FT) sensor.
The LX15 is said to have a super fast but only x3 optical zoom in the form of a Leica Summilux f1.4- 2.8 24-72mm (equivalent) lens again very LX7’ish.
However although clearly intended to do battle against the Sony RX100 IV the LX15 doesn’t have a built in EVF so the cameras will different considerably in that respect.
So it looks like the LX15 will be a neat, high end compact model sporting the proven 20mp 1-Inch sensor with a fast but limited high quality x3 zoom.
Many LX5 and LX7 owners will be well pleased because they never really saw the more bulky LX100 as a sucessor to their models.
I supect if Panasonic wishes to keep LX100 alive it will eventually be updated (with a 20mp four third sensor) but not for at least 8-9 months.
Mark Baynham (September 2016)