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July 20, 2010

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.

For more, check out the action at...
+ dpreview
+ Imaging Resource
+ Imaging Insider

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

Pre-Order Alert
+ All five new Panasonics are available for pre-order at Amazon [NEW!]
+ Four of the five new Fujis are also available for pre-order at Amazon

Comparison Previews
+ LX5 vs LX3 hands-on report at Quesabesde (no samples) + video hands-on [HOT!]

Sample pictures with the new cameras
+ Panasonic LX5 pre-production full-size samples at Photography Blog, Let's Go Digital

+ Panasonic FZ100 pre-production full-size samples at Photography Blog, Let's Go Digital

Hands-on with the new cameras
+ Panasonic LX5 at Photography Blog, Pocket Lint, Photo Radar,

+ Panasonic FZ100 at Photography Blog, Pocket Link,

+ Thoughts on the LX5, prior to the official announcement at Lightscrape (over 100K shots with LX3)

Early Opinion
+ 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...

+ Panasonic LX5 for $500
+ Panasonic FZ100 for $500
+ Panasonic FZ40 for $400
+ Panasonic FX700 for $400
+ Panasonic TS10 for $250

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