With Sony launching three new compact cameras yesterday, Panasonic has decided to go one better announcing six new cameras in its Lumix range.
TZ30 and TZ25
The TZ30 is an update to the Panasonic DMC-TX20, with the major update being a boost from 16x optical zoom to a 20x optical zoom, starting at 24mm. It features a new 14.1 megapixel MOS sensor. It will shoot 1080p video at 50fps and Panasonic claims its image stabilisation has improved, especially when the lens is fully extended.
The Lumix DMC-TZ25 is the update to the TZ18, featuring a 24mm ultra wide angle 16x optical zoom Leica lens. It features a 12.1 megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, will shoot 1080i video at 50fps and has a 3in 460k dot LCD screen on the rear. A new feature, and one we would like to see more widely adopted by camera manufacturers is USB charging as well as the conventional AC charging.
FT4 and FT20
Panasonic has also updated the rugged Lumix line-up with the FT4, which is waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to 6.6, freezeproof, and dustproof. It will let you shoot 1080i video at 60 fps and features a 28mm, 4.6x optical zoom lens, better controls than its predecessor, the FT3, and a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor.
The FT20 is a step down in terms of specs but continues the rugged credentials of the FT4. The FT20 features a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 4x optical zoom (25mm-100mm) and will record video in 720p at 25fps.
FX80 and LS6
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80, the update to the FX70, is a luxury compact with a slim body and a bright f2.5 Leica lens. It features 5x optical zoom, which is extended to 10x equivalent with Intelligent Zoom function. It features a 3in touchscreen LCD on the rear, will record Full HD video and comes with a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor. It will be available in black only.
The Lumix DMC-LS6 is a camera aimed at complete novices with beginner-friendly features like Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto system. It features a 14.1 megapixel sensor, a 26mm wide angle lens which has a maximum aperture of f.2.8 and optical image stabilisation. It will record 720p video at 30fps and come with software to let you upload pictures and video directly to Facebook and YouTube. It will be available in black, silver and pink.
We are waiting to hear back from Panasonic regarding the pricing of these new Lumix models as well as official release dates, but all should be in shops within the next two months.