Despite the camera division chief poo-pooing the need to incorporate the phase detect autofocus technology every other manufacturer has adopted, 43 Rumors reports that the next big Micro Four Thirds camera release will include a hybrid system that does just that.
While Panasonic teased that the camera will “be here” in 2021, sources tell the rumors site that it will be available for purchase in Q1 2022.
In justifying its proprietary and very-slowly-improving DFD autofocus system, Panasonic in the past has cast shade on the other manufacturers for what they said is an image quality compromise of including phase detect pixels on the sensor, allowing for a very small degradation of image data. To adapt a PDAF sensor would on one hand seemingly contradict this criticism, but on the other hand we’re talking about a Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is already a significant image quality compromise versus a full frame image. If the rumor proves true, Panasonic may take the position that it’s OK for MFT sensors to compromise, where its S series cameras will be held to a different standard.