The second new model in the Lumix range is the DMC-FZ28, an update on the impressive and deservedly popular FZ18 launched last year. The new model bears a very close resemblance to its predecessor, featuring the same 18x zoom lens, but with a slightly different magnification range of 27-486mm (the FZ18 was 28-504mm).
As one usually expects from an upgrade the new camera has a more powerful sensor in the shape of a 10.1-megapixel CCD. It also has a larger 2.7-inch LCD monitor, although the 230k resolution is unchanged.
Other improvements include the new Venus Engine IV image processing engine, improved face detection and the inclusion of more Intelligent Auto functions including AF tracking. The video mode is also much improved, and the FZ28 is capable of shooting 1280 x 720 HD video at 30fps, with the zoom lens available during shooting.
The FZ28 will be available next month with a recommended price of £329.99.