Two new models fill out Panasonic's AA-powered LZ series compact cameras at this year's PMA trade show. 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 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 stabilization, Intelligent ISO, which chooses a sensitivity to try to keep shutter speeds fast in the given lighting situation, and Intelligent Scene Selector, which analyzes the scene and chooses the preset scene mode it thinks is appropriate for the given scene.
Panasonic expects the Lumix DMC-LZ10 and DMC-LZ8 to hit stores this February for about $250 and $180, respectively.