New Fuji cameras announced, leaked Panasonics now official
Talk about perfect timing! The five leaked Panasonics have now become official, while Fuji has announced
four five new digital cameras, including the F300-EXR, an F200-EXR replacement in-name only! But it toys with phase-detection autofocus, so, as usual, it would have to be evaluated on its own merits, instead of as a Fuji F200-EXR replacement (the Canon GINO debates revisited!)...
Meet the new Panasonics [NEW!]
+ Panasonic LX5
+ Panasonic FZ100 - more advanced than FZ40, with MOS sensor, free-angle, hot-shoe
+ Panasonic FZ40 (FZ45) - FZ35/FZ38 replacement with 24X zoom and 14mp 1/2.33"
+ Panasonic FX700 - a middle-class luxury compact?
+ Panasonic TS10 (FT10) - their third elementproof camera
As speculated, the FZ40 is the US name for the FZ45 (European name). The naming confusion silliness continues :)
One of the things that were not leaked in the original Panasonic leak is that the new Panasonic FZ100 and FX700 (but not the FZ45/FZ40 and TS10/FT10) are using a new 1/2.33" MOS sensor, instead of a typical CCD. We get 14mp, but it is a 15mp sensor.
Meet the new Fujis [NEW!]
+ Fuji F300 EXR - a surprise, phase-detection hybrid AF, 15X lens, 1/2" SuperCCDEXR sensor
+ Fuji S2800HD (aka S2900HD) - 18X PASM superzoom with 14mp 1/2.3"
+ Fuji Z800EXR (aka Z808EXR) - SuperCCD-EXR w/ new hybrid autofocus
+ Fuji Z80 (aka Z81) - another folded-optics P&S
+ Fuji JX280 - another LiIon P&S
+ Thoughts on the LX5, prior to the official announcement at Lightscrape (over 100K shots with LX3)
+ Fuji commits serious-compact-camera suicide, but throws phase-detection twist...
+ 14mp 1/2.33" MOS vs CCD - we wait to see how they compare
+ more on all these later tomorrow...