Panasonic Is About to Announce Its Full Frame Mirrorless Camera [Rumor]

Panasonic Is About to Announce Its Full Frame Mirrorless Camera [Rumor]

Details are still a little vague, but rumors regarding Panasonic's foray into the world of full-frame mirrorless are starting to surface. Given the success of their micro four thirds offerings, will Panasonic be the dark horse that finally presents something genuinely comparable to the Sony a7 range?

With comparatively little hype, the prototype will be revealed on September 25 just before Photokina gets underway. The name is still under wraps, but 43 Rumors has a couple of vague details that are sure to get fans excited. 4K is definitely included, but the crop remains to be seen. 

Even after the announcement, the specifications might change given that we're still months away from it hitting the shelves. What seems fairly certain is that it will boast a brand-new sensor and is expected to be priced around $3,000, making it significantly more expensive than the Sony a7 III, the recently announced Nikon Z6, and the Canon EOS R, and more in line with the Sony a7R III and Nikon Z7. (For more information on the specifications of the mirrorless full-frame releases, check out our recent comparison.) This is probably understandable if the sensor does indeed weigh in at "way more" than 30 megapixels, as the rumors suggest.

Following the recent furor surrounding Nikon and Canon, Panasonic fans might be relieved to see that it is likely to feature dual card slots. Those hoping for in-body stabilization might be disappointed, however.

Panasonic expects its new camera to go on sale in March 2019.

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Mark James's picture

We will see. I think not having IBIS will be a huge fail. They are new to the format and if they want to be taken seriously, they need to keep moving forward.

Anthony Cayetano's picture

There WILL be IBIS, that's for sure. Panasonic is only second to Olympus in IBIS performance. Yes, Sony is catching up, but my A73's IBIS performance is still not as consistent with video recording as with my GH5.

Mark James's picture

My G9 has the best IBIS on the market as far as stops go, and while it will only do 10 minute clips of 4k, it is 4k/60p with dual IS. I would be fine with the IBIS only working is stills on the FF body, but if they want me to buy it, it will need at least that. What I don't want, is to trade smaller size for video IBIS cooling.

They’ll need more than a camera!
They’ll need to launch this with some good glass if they want people to buy in to a new system and a roadmap of what’s to come with lenses.

Mark James's picture

That is a given I hope... I feel they did a good job with the M4/3's. With FF it is more cut and dry as far as what lenses people want, but we are seeing different approaches from C&N.

I would like to see a premium WA, portrait and standard FL 2.8 zoom at launch. Maybe a macro, but that can wait IMO. Save the cheap glass for later.

But i guess they will use a new mount that has a shorter flange focal distance than any other camera in market so that it can be adapted to any lens mount so the photographers will have a broad range of options and most of the people will buy this as a video camera and they use adapted lens any so it wont hurt much

Having a slim lens inventory did not seem to hurt Sony. Adapters will play a huge part in the future of all mirrorless cameras.
For video, many use adapted glass anyway.
However, I have confidence that they have been quietly assembling an arsenal of key optics for their new camera.

No, it didn’t hurt Sony. But this time round Sony is already here. Been there, done that.

I think that the fact that both Nikon and Canon are both just starting their foray into mirrorless is a good thing for Panasonic. The industry is at a sort of cross roads or big shift when regarding the camera technology.
If Panasonic let them get their respective mirrorless systems established then I think it’d be harder for them get people interested in their own system.

They’ll need more than a camera!
They’ll need to launch this with some good glass if they want people to buy in to a new system and a roadmap of what’s to come with lenses

They're going 8K video with a Samsung sensor and Leica glass.