How about that Leica D-Lux 5?

Panasonic is currently running a teaser ad that displays the silhouettes of two cameras – one of them appears to have the shape of the LX3.

The official announcement should be during the Focus on Imaging show in Birmingham NEC (March 7-10, 2010). At that point it is not clear if this will be the new LX4 but if it is, we can expect the Leica D-Lux 5 to be announced for Photokina 2010.

Here are some rumored Leica D-Lux 5 specs found on dpreview:

  • New backlit 12.1mp sensor
  • Built-in EVF
  • Lumix lens (not Leica; not sure about specs, but I am hearing 1.7/20mm)
  • 1:1, 3:2, 16:9, 2.39:1, 1.85:1 aspect ratios
  • New B&W high-sensitivity mode (almost no-noise in iso 3200)
  • Improved noise reduction system (all ISO settings)
  • Priced at under $600 USD at launch
  • Stiffer controls compared to LX3
  • Screen to be equal to or better than LX3/D-Lux 4 screen
  • Manual focus/selector ring, similar to canon S90
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Higher capacity batteries
  • Built-in lens cap
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