Panasonic FZ1000: This could be the new Leica V-Lux
Back in June I reviewed the new Panasonic bridge camera, the FZ1000 with its one-inch sensor, 25-400 f/2.8 zoom and 4K HD Video. At the time I hoped that this Sony RX10-beating camera could one day become a Leica. Now, according to Leica Rumors, the new V-Lux to be announced at Photokina next week is "most likely" based on the FZ1000. If so, this is a logical move for Leica and will turn the V-Lux into a truly desirable tool for serious photography. For many years Leica's digital compacts (other than the X series) have been hampered by small sensors and the leap to the now-popular 1in sensor seen in the Sony RX10 and RX100 will be welcome.
There is just one nagging reservation. If yesterday's rumours about the LX100 (and, probably, the D-Lux 6 replacement) having a 4/3 sensor are true, the V-Lux would end up with a smaller sensor than the new D-Lux. One way or another, however, we are about to see a big increase in sensor size in the Leica digital range.
In fact, the FZ1000 and the rumoured LX100 both have the makings of excellent cameras and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the stories are true. These cameras will be good for Leica.