Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 and S1 spice up CES

Panasonic is celebrating ten years of the Lumix snapper brand with a selection of new point and shoots, including the new S3 and S1.

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The world of technology has gone chuffin' bonkers in Las Vegas this week for gadget show CES 2011, and there's been no shortage of new cameras to keep us occupied. Panasonic is celebrating ten years of the Lumix snapper brand with a selection of new point-and shoots including the 14.1-megapixel DMC-S3 and 12.1-megapixel DMC-S1.

The 14.1-megapixel S3, pictured above, and the identical-looking 12.1-megapixel S1, sport a frolicsome rounded frame in black, white, red, blue and pink. A 2.7-inch screen sits at the back of each model.

They both sport a 4x optical zoom with optical image stabilisation. Intelligent mode automatically chooses from six scene modes to make sure the camera is set up for the portrait, night scene, sunset or macro shot you're snapping. You can also manually choose from a total of 28 scene modes including modes to capture fireworks, food and babies. These guys think of everything!

For moving pictures, the S1 and S3 shoot 720p high-definition video at 30 fps with mono sound. VGA video is also available. All video is saved in motion jpeg format. Snaps and movies are saved to SD, SDHC or extra-roomy SDXC cards.

UK pricing and release dates are yet to be confirmed, but judging by the basic specs and playful styling the S1 and S3 shouldn't be too hard on your wallet.