So, after months of waiting, turns out I will not be getting that Panasonic Lumix LX3, the one I wrote about a while back. The Bookstore, which I wrote about earlier today, worked as hard as they could to get this order processed but in the end, it just didn’t work out. Their distributor apparently isn’t sure that he’ll ever be able to get my camera order fulfilled, they’ve had it on back order for months now.
Many online forums say the camera has been discontinued, some argue it hasn’t it’s just in such demand that no one can keep them in stock. Sadly, I am thinking it’s the prior. Nothing in mass production should be on back order for this many months. Some sites still sell them, while others say out of stock, who knows if the sites REALLY have them in stock. The price has gone up significantly in the last few months on Amazon, which often means, hard to find or out of production.
I went to the Bookstore earlier today, talked to the TigerTech guy who has been helping me out and we decided it was probably time for us to just shut down the order. While that makes me quite sad, it does open up some other opportunities for me. There are of course rumors of a Panasonic Lumix LX4 and the recently leaked Panasonic Lumix GF1…
This new camera adds a few bells and whistles, such as interchangeable lenses, a larger sensor and more manual features. The larger sensor means even greater image quality, better low-light performance and maybe even better video, say 1080 instead of 720 and 30fps instead of 24fps.
It’s all just speculation right now, come September 1, when Panasonic has their big “event”, perhaps we’ll know more. It’ll likely cost around $800-900, which is a lot for a point and shoot but around the same price of the more compact but less powerful Lumix LX3, when it came out.
So here’s hoping it’s still affordable, that lenses are too expensive, that maybe I can even connect my Nikon lenses with an adapter… That would be amazing.