LX8 coming soon??

Started Nov 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
James Pilcher Veteran Member • Posts: 9,406
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Gaze wrote:

Could these nice prices for the LX7 be an omen for a LX8 to be released next year?  Yeah, I know, it's supposed to be every 2 years for a new Panasonic model right?  In these economic hard times competition is getting fierce fighting for every dollar.  Is the Sony RX100 taking away sales from the Panasonic LX7?

I look at the Apple iPad 3 (the new iPad) which came out last March.  [ Apple usually waits at least a year for the next generation iPad]  Well guess what?  Apple broke that rule and came out with the iPad 4 just a few months later (6 months later I think?) with a faster iPad due to competition.  Apple wanted to remain top dog.

Could the same happen with the Panasonic LX7?  The LX7 already has a fantastic lens, now all they need is to combine it with a larger sensor like the Sony RX100.  Isn't this where the competition is leading?  I really don't know if Panasonic has plans for a bigger sensor for this camera but where else can they go?

Of course I'm just speculating but am I making any sense?  It would not surprise me to see a LX8 next year.  But, for the time being, I'm sticking with my LX5.

Only the strong survive in these economic times.

It looks like your LX8 is the LF1. Same-sized 1/1.7 sensor camera with built-in EVF. Disappointing, really, in 2013 with the RX100 sitting out there laughing at the competition.

Yes, the LX/LF series is capable, but perception is important, and perception is that the RX100 is beating down the competition, even the competition at lower price points. It's kind of like Samsung cameras. The cameras and lenses are actually pretty good, but the perception is that they are an also-ran and, as a result, the sales reflect the perception.

Jim Pilcher
Summit County, Colorado, USA

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