Panasonic's new Cameras & Camcorders Announced in Hokkaido, Japan - Part 1

Panasonic Digital Imaging Seminar 2010, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan - Part 1

Panasonic Digital Imaging Seminar 2010

Hot off the Tech News we posted early morning yesterday, here are some additional highlights of Panasonic's Digital Imaging Seminar launch event held in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Last week itself, the company released news that it was launching five new digital still cameras -- one of which was the LUMIX LX5, the long-awaited successor to the popular LX3. There were three other hybrid cameras (FZ100, FZ40 and FX700) and one outdoor camera (FT10).

Yesterday, besides showcasing the five new cameras and taking us on a photography tour, the company also announced four new camcorders. This included the SDT750, the world's first AVCHD-based 3D-capable consumer camcorder. Using an interchangeable 3D conversion lens, the SDT750 is able to capture 3D images and output them live via HDMI to a 3D-capable TV. Other camcorders announced included the SDX1, a 185g Full HD capable camcorder (a world's first); the handheld TA1 and the professional shoulder-mountable MDH1.

Here are some photo highlights from the launch event itself.

This concludes Part 1 of our coverage of yesterday's camcorders and cameras announcement. We'll be continuing Part 2 with some additional highlights from the digital camera showcase, our shooting tour (comparing some test shots of the LX5 versus the two-year old LX3) and an exclusive video interview with senior executives from Panasonic in relation to the announcements. Watch this space soon.