Panasonic has unveiled a flurry of new cameras, with the much anticipated DMC-LX5, the star of the show.
The Lumix LX5, or or to give it its full name, the Lumix DMC-LX5, is the successor to the LX3, that we were completely bowled over by when we looked at it – so no pressure then. Panasonic claims that the LX5 is ‘fully-redesigned’ with changes to the CCD and image processing engine. Its hot-shoe is now compatible with the optional electronic viewfinder, while the focal length of the Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens now extends from 24-90mm – up from 60mm. It will also now record 720p video using the AVCHD-Lite format.
The FZ-100 is a ‘bridge’ camera. Sitting atop the FZ range, it’s the follow up to the DMC-FZ38 - a hybrid of large SLR with compact camera features. The zoom range of the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens now extends to 25mm and it can record full 1,920 x 1,080 HD onto its 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor. It can capture images at up to 11fps at that resolution. It also features a new processing engine and what Panasonic claims is an industry fastest start-up speed.
Other cameras in the range are the DMC-FZ45 – another bridge camera with a 14.1-megapixel sensor, further down the range, and then there’s the DMC-FT10, a compact geared for outdoor use and the successor to the DMC-FT1 . It’s waterproof to 3m, shockproof to 1.5m, freezeproof to -10 degrees C and dustproof – so don’t mess with it – or rather, do mess with it. It sports a range of shoot assist functions, such as MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) for hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control for subject movement, Face Detection and Intelligent Scene Selector. 720p Motion JPEG video is also on offer.
Finally, we move to the DMC-FX700 (predecessor is the DMC-500), which has a 5x optical zoom, and ‘super-bright’ F2.2 lens and 1,920 x 1,080 recording capability. That 14.1-megapixel sensor and the range of image features such has image stabilisation are all present.
All-in-all, an impressive new line-up, but it’s the LX5 that will have most enthusiasts chomping at the bit to get hold of it. Let’s hope the UK prices, when they’re announced, are competitive.
Feel free to tell us what you think of the new range.
Link: Panasonic UK