Panasonic has announced a new entry-level compact digital cameras which is powered by old-school AA batteries.
Yes, the Lumix LS5 eschews the now ubiquitous rechargeable battery and goes back to basics by using a pair of AA batteries. Handy if you’ve forgotten your charger on a long trip, but a rather strange decision in this age of environmentally-friendly(ish) rechargeable batteries.
The LS5 is a compact shooter with 14.1 megapixels and a 26mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom. It boasts Optical Images Stabiliser, which aims to correct blur caused by handshake without deteriorating the quality of the image. Also included is Intelligent Auto (iA), which makes it easier to choose the right shooting mode.
iA also helps users to utilise other features like Intelligent Scene Selector which automatically selects whichever of five Scene Modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery - that best suits the shooting situation. Face Detection software is also included to help eliminate red-eye.
The LS5 is able to shoot 720p video at 30fps and comes with bundled software to make it easier to upload you precious recordings to YouTube or Facebook.
Panasonic has been quiet so far on pricing and availability but once we get word, you’ll be the first to know.