Amateur Photographer has done a exclusive interview with Panasonic at the CP+.
In a nutshell:
- Panasonic will focus on the high-end system (i.e. GH line, probably GH3). They want to be known as a serious contender in the high-end of the market segment.
- Panasonic is not considering a bigger sensor. They feel MFT sensor is the best trade-off in terms of size vs IQ. APS-C size is out of the picture. They will continue to focus further on reducing high-ISO noise and improving on the resolution details. They feel MFT sensor will give up less than 1 stop to the best APS-C sized sensors.
- Panasonic will focus on high-quality lenses. There will be X lenses and more high-quality pancake lenses.
- We know this already but Panasonic has confirmed that the two upcoming lenses will be 12-35mm constant f/2.8 and 35-100mm constant f/2.8.
- They will not produce Leica based zoom lenses. They will continue to rely on Leica for high-end primes.
- Phase detection based AF is not in their future roadmap. Instead, they will focus more on improving the existing contrast detection based AF by improving both the algorithms and the readout speed of the sensor.