Panasonic announced a pair of new TZ series models at this year’s CES, in the shape of the TZ60 and TZ55.
The new Panasonic Lumix TZ55 boasts a first for the Lumix series: a tiltable LCD screen. Able to flip up to 180 degrees, and coming with accompanying Self Shot and Soft Skin modes, the screen is no doubt designed for the selfie enthusiast.
The TZ55 comes with 24mm Lumix DC Vario lens with a 20x optical zoom, which is digitally extendable to an equivalent of up to 40x with Panasonic’s Intelligent Resolution and Intelligent Zoom compensating to ensure minimal loss of image quality. Panasonic’s Power OIS technology minimises blur caused by camera shake.
Like the TZ60, the TZ55 can shoot at a maximum speed of 10fps in burst mode, and has a quick start-up time for capturing swift scenes. It comes equipped with an MOS sensor sporting 16.1MP of resolution and is capable of capturing full HD movies. A motion picture button on the top will instantly start the camera shooting video, for unexpected scenes.
The TZ55 runs on the Venus Engine image processor, featuring an advanced Noise Reduction system for low-light shooting at high ISOs. Both cameras also have integrated Wi-fi, Near Field Communication (NFC) and GPS, allowing for instant image sharing and remote shutter control with smartphones and other devices. There are also a number of Creative Control stylistic filter functions available to both cameras, and shooting modes such as Food Detection.
Release and pricing information for the Panasonic Lumix TZ55 are yet to be announced.
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