updated 03:10 pm EDT, Sat July 17, 2010
Lumix LX5 spoiled by Panasonic itself
Panasonic has inadvertently given its plans away by posting details for the Lumix LX5 before its unveiling. Coming in both black and white versions, the pro compact camera would build on the LX3 by getting a much more sensitive sensor that can now handle ISO 12,800 versus the earlier model's ISO 3,200. The camera now has a much longer-ranged 24-90mm lens (versus 24-60mm) without sacrificing the bright f2.0 maximum aperture.
Video recording has been given a lift, as it now records 720p in AVCHD Lite (lower bitrate H.264) and captures internally at 60 frames per second, although it still outputs at 30 frames. The camera still shoots at 10.1 megapixels, but there should be options of electronic and optical viewfinders.
Such pre-release specs can occasionally be inaccurate as companies put up placeholders, but the similarity to the LX3 suggests they're accurate. Panasonic is widely known to be unveiling the LX5 on July 21, but in keeping with its recent practices it might not have a ship date or a price at the same time. [via 4/3 Rumors]