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Panasonic Announces FZ150 Superzoom And FX90 Compact

David Gilbert


Panasonic Announces FZ150 Superzoom And FX90 Compact

Panasonic has announced a new 24x superzoom with Full HD video recording and a new compact which includes WiFi connectivity.

First up is DMC-FZ150, the follow up to the FZ100, and the top-of-the-line in the Panasonic FZ range. It boasts a 25mm ultra-wide angle, 24x optical Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens. The Lens also features Panasonic’s Black Box Nano Surface Coating technology which aims to minimize light reflection that causes ghosts and flares.

The FZ150 combines a 12.1 megapixel MOS sensor and the Venus Engine to help both sensitivity and speed. The FZ150 will be able to record Full HD 1080p video as well as shoot continuous full resolution images at 12fps without the need to auto-focus and at 5.5fps with auto-focusing.

Panasonic DMC-FZ150

To make things easier on the user, Panasonic has included modes like intelligent Auto (iA), AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range control and Intelligent ISO control. A 3D photo mode is also included where the camera takes 20 panning shots before automatically picking the best two to create the 3D image.

Like its predecessor, the FZ150 includes an articulated LCD screen on the rear and includes a hot shoe to allow you add on accessories such as microphones or an external flash.

If superzoom isn’t your thing, then maybe the ability to share pictures instantly will tickle your fancy. The standout feature of the DMC-FX90 is the presence of WiFi connectivity allowing you to share the pictures you’ve just taken with the whole world – if you’re in a WiFi hotspot that is.

Panasonic DMC-FX90

The FX90 looks a lot like the {linkout:http://www.trustedreviews.com/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX70_Digital-Camera_review FX70) we looked at last year, and that’s no bad thing but the addition of WiFi may entice those sick of having to connect their cameras to their computers before upload picture to share with their Facebook friends.

To help the sharing process, Panasonic has announced Lumix Clud, which essentially allows you to log in once for all your accounts (Facebook, Flicker, YouTube etc) once you have registered.

Aside from the WiFi factor, the FX90 has a 5x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-120mm) and a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor. Like it’s predecessor, the FX90 offers Full HD video recording in AVCHD format.

Panasonic DMC-FX90

Again the FX90 offers Panasonic’s range of functions to make life easier on the photographer such as intelligent Auto (iA), Face Recognition, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control and Intelligent Exposure. There’s also a 3D mode available similar to the FZ150.

We are waiting to hear back from Panasonic regarding pricing but both models will be available in October and we should be getting up close and personal with them at IFA in Berlin next week.

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