Panasonic launches slew of new compact cameras
7th Jan 2013 | 18:45
New travel, tough and ultra-slim compacts now in range
Panasonic has introduced new cameras to sit in its travel (high zoom), rugged and slim ranges.
First up, the Panasonic TZ40/ZS30 is the latest in the popular line of high-zoom travel compacts. It features a 20x optical zoom lens and a new 18.1 million pixel sensor.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ40/ZS30 is also capable of recording Full HD video at 50p and draws its Hybrid OIS technology from Panasonic's camcorder technology.
Other features include GPS/GLONASS and an LCD multi-touch screen that can be controlled by gestures. Panasonic says that battery life has been improved to 300 shots (previously 260).
Also introduced is the Panasonic TZ35/ZS25 - a successor to the Panasonic TZ25, featuring a 20x optical zoom and 16.1 million pixel Live MOS sensor and Full HD video recording.
It doesn't have Wi-Fi or NFC like the TZ40/ZS30, though.
Rough and ready cameras
A new rugged camera, the Panasonic FT5/TS6, is waterproof down to 13 metres (42.7ft), shock-proof from 2 metres (6.6ft), frost-proof down to -10C (14F), pressure proof to up to 100kg (220lbs) and also dust-proof.
Not only that, but it's also capable of Full HD video recording at 60p, it's equipped with Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS/GIONASS technology. It also includes advanced underwater mode, which is designed to produce more accurate colours.
A 3-inch, 460k dot screen is also included, along with anti-fog glass on the lens.
Another rugged camera, the Panasonic FT25/TS25, is designed to be more family oriented. It is waterproof down to 7 metres (23ft), shock-proof from 1.5 metres (4.9ft), frost-proof down to -10C (14F) and dust-proof.
Both rugged cameras include time lapse video creation and creative panorama mode.
Two mid-range compacts, both featuring a 10x optical zoom and 16.3 megapixel sensor, come in the shape of the Panasonic SZ9 and Panasonic SZ3. The SZ9 also features Wi-Fi connectivity, Beauty Retouch and Creative Panorama.
Finally, a trio of stylish compacts have also been introduced. The incredibly slim Panasonic XS1 features a 5x optical zoom, mega OIS, a 24mm wide angle lens and accepts SD cards.
The Panasonic FS50/FS10 and Panasonic F5 have very similar specifications, but are housed in larger bodies.
Release dates and prices are yet to be announced.