Panasonic Lumix lollapalooza: TZ5, FX35 and many more

Panasonic has launched Lumixes galore -- the megazoom DMC-TZ4 and DMC-TZ5, the wide-angle DMC-FX35, the DMC-FS20, DMC-FS5 and DMC-FS3 compacts, and the AA-powered DMC-LZ10 and DMC-LZ8

Panasonic has followed up last year's compact megazoom Lumix DMC-TZ3 with two models. The DMC-TZ4 and DMC-TZ5 have similar feature sets, which include an optically stabilised 28mm-280mm 10x zoom lens and the next-generation Venus Engine IV image processing. Panasonic claims the latter provides improved noise reduction, faster performance and more responsive stabilisation.

The cameras differ mostly by resolution and LCD size. The TZ4 incorporates an 8.1-megapixel CCD and 64mm (2.5-inch) display, while the TZ5 uses a 9.1-megapixel CCD and 76mm (3-inch) display. The latter also supports 1,280x720-pixel 30 frames-per-second movie capture.

Colour choices for the $300 (£150) TZ4 are silver or black, while the $350 (£175) TZ5 will come in silver, black and blue. Both cameras are scheduled to ship in March. UK prices are yet to be announced. Click through for a veritable flotilla of new Panasonics. -Lori Grunin

Update: Read our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4 review, our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 review and our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 review.

It's not easy to find a compact camera with a wide zoom lens. Panasonic has been good about offering cameras with a 28mm wide angle in the past, but its new Lumix DMC-FX35 offers an even wider 25mm wide-angle zoom lens.

The 10.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-FX35 boasts a 4x optical, 25-100mm f/2.8-5.6 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lens with optical image stabilisation. It also sports a 64mm (2.5-inch) LCD screen, a 2.5fps (up to 5 images in Standard JPG, or 3 images in Fine JPG) burst mode at full resolution, and a video mode that can capture up to 720p high-definition video clips at 30fps. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 1,600 at full resolution.

The FX35 also includes Panasonic's suite of automatic shooting options, including Intelligent ISO, which changes ISO based on the shutter speeds available with the amount of light in a given scene; Intelligent Scene Selector, which analyses a scene and tries to choose the appropriate scene mode to deal with that situation; and Intelligent Exposure, which adjusts the exposure to achieve what the camera thinks is the optimal brightness for the given scene.

The FX35 also includes digital red-eye correction -- Panasonic's term for a red-eye reducing pre-flash -- as well as face detection, which can see up to 15 faces and adjusts focus and exposure to keep those faces in focus and properly exposed.

Panasonic will offer the Lumix DMC-FX35 in silver, black and blue, for about $350 (£175) when it hits the shops this March. A UK price is yet to be announced. -Phil Ryan

Panasonic offers a wide range of compact cameras and its FS series sits square in the middle of its range, offering smallness and interesting features. This year, Panasonic is announcing three new FS models at the PMA trade show -- the Lumix DMC-FS20, Lumix DMC-FS5 and Lumix DMC-FS3.

At the top of the three models are the FS20 and FS5, which both offer 10.1-megapixel CCD sensors, 4x optical 30-120mm f/3.3-5.8 Leica DC Vario-Elmar zoom lenses, and sensitivity of up to ISO 1,600 at full resolution. The main difference between the two models is their LCD screens. The FS20 includes a 76mm (3-inch) LCD, while the FS5 includes a 64mm (2.5-inch) LCD.

Both cameras offer Panasonic's suite of automatic options, including Mega OIS optical image stabilisation, face detection, Intelligent ISO and Intelligent Scene Selector, as on the FX35. Both cameras are expected to be available in February. The DMC-FS20 is expected to sell -- in a choice of pink, black or silver -- for about $300 (£150), while the DMC-FS5 is expected to carry a price tag of about $250 (£125) and will be offered in a choice of red, black and silver.

The Lumix DMC-FS3 steps down to an 8.1-megapixel CCD, 3x optical 33-100mm f/2.8-5.1 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lens, and 64mm LCD. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 1,600 at full resolution and the FS3 also includes the same array of automatic features as the FS20 and FS5. Panasonic will offer the FS3 in a choice of blue, pink, green, silver and black models when it arrives this February for about $200 (£100). Again, no UK prices have been announced for the FS series. -Phil Ryan

Two new models fill out Panasonic's AA-powered LZ series compact cameras at PMA. The main difference between the two models is the number of megapixels. The Lumix DMC-LZ10 sports a 10.1-megapixel CCD, while the Lumix DMC-LZ8 offers an 8.1-megapixel CCD.

Both cameras include 5x optical zoom lenses covering slightly different focal length ranges. The LZ10 covers an equivalent of 30-150mm, while the LZ8 spans an equivalent of 32-160mm. Maximum aperture ranges of both cameras cover f/3.3-5.9 from their widest angles to their farthest telephoto focal lengths. Both cameras also include 64mm (2.5-inch) LCD screens and offer sensitivity of up to ISO 1,600 at full resolution.

Automatic shooting options include face detection, Mega OIS optical image stabilisation, Intelligent ISO and Intelligent Scene Selector.

Panasonic expects the Lumix DMC-LZ10 and DMC-LZ8 to hit stores this February for about $250 (£125) and $180 (£140), respectively. Guess what? No UK prices yet. -Phil Ryan

 

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