Eight new Panasonic cameras

February 1, 2007 by poeloq | Leave a Comment
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Panasonic has introduced a whopping 8 (that is eight!) new cameras! Read on to find out more about each model!

Lumix DMC-FZ8The 7.2 Megapixels that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 offer you might not be the most amazing resolution, but the lens comes from one of the best (the best?) camera maker in the world, Leica. The DMC-FZ8 brings along a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens, a ISO range right up to 3200, Optical Image Stabilization and a Venus Engine III image processor. You can view your pictures, which are saved onto either the internal 27MB or a MMC, SD or SDHC card inserted, on the 2.5″ display. Not only does the DMC-FZ8 give you a cool Leica lens, but it offers a massive 12x optical zoom!

DMC-LS60 , DMC-LS70 and DMC-LS75The next three cameras are the entry level range: the DMC-LS60 , DMC-LS70 and DMC-LS75. All use CCD sensors, the DMC-LS60 offering 6 Megapixel and the DMC-LS70 and DMC-LS-75 each offering 7.38 Megapixel. The use Lumix DC Varios lenses and come with 27MB internal memory and again a card slot support SD, SDHC and MMC. Pictures, which can be taken with up to 3x optical zoom of if need be 4x digital zoom, can be viewed on a 2″ display on the DMC-LS60 and DMC-LS70 and a 2.5″ display on the DMC-LS75. The only real downside about this type of camera is: they operate with AA batteries. To get a price feeling: The DMC-LS70 will be retailing at around $149.

DMC-TZ2 and DMC-TZ3The DMC-TZ2 and DMC-TZ3 are more at the top end of the average consumer point-and-click cameras, offering 7.39 Megapixel and 8.5 Megapixel respectively. They offer 10x optical zoom through a Leica DV VARIO-ELMAR lens and processing by the same processor as the DMC-FZ8, the Venus Engine III image processor. Compared to the four previously mentioned cameras the TZ2 and TZ3 only offer half the internal memory at 12.5MB, but the same card slot support MMC, SDHC and SD cards. The TZ3 has 3″ display, wheras the TZ2 only offers a 2.5″ display. Both offer Optical Imagine Stabilization.

DMC-FX10 and DMC-FX12The last two in the line up are the DMC-FX10 and DMC-FX12. Each are equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens which is capable of 3x optical zoom. Again both have the Venus Engine III image processor, Optical Image Stabilization and a 2.5″ display. They support the same three card types (SD, SDHC, MMC) as all other models and each have 27MB of internal memory. The only difference is that the FX10 offers 6.37 Megapixel and the FX12 7.38 Megapixel.

All 8 cameras should be available around March. You might have noticed that all cameras come with similar features, similar lenses, similar displays and internals. They do slightly differ, mainly in resolution, but in the end I presume that the amount of cameras that are being pushed onto the market at once by Panasonic and other companies is more for a marketing / PR effect then real variety.

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