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Riding the Waves with Panasonic - New Cameras and Camcorders for 2010

Details on the New Lumix Cameras

Details on the New Lumix Cameras

While we found it hard to focus (no pun intended) because of the distracting eye-candy, photography enthusiasts will be happy to know that Panasonic has launched a total of 9 compact digital cameras to its line-up, all of which closely catering to your personal lifestyle. Here, we have highlighted a selection that piqued our interest.

Up first is their flagship 12MP DMC-TZ10, successor to the TZ7, a camera best reserved for those stricken with a constant bout of wanderlust. Why so? Equipped with a built-in GPS unit that records location data, it also comes with AVCHD lite recording capabilities for high quality video captures. Panasonic spared no expense as the DMC-TZ10 comes with the latest Venus Engine HD II, which powers the new Intelligent Resolution Technology - allowing a digital extension of the optical zoom by 1.3 times, and the latest POWER O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) that allows greater flexibility for night shots without the usage of flash. Priced at S$649.

For those with similar photographic habits but on a tighter budget, the TZ8 should suffice as a worthy investment. Sharing similar specifications with the TZ10 (such as 12x optical zoom/16x Intelligent Zoom and ultra wide 25mm lens), the main downsides to the TZ8 are the lack of a built-in GPS unit and AVCHD lite video recording capabilities. Priced at S$599.

The new DMC-FP3 is ultra slim, but with a 14.1MP sensor, equipped with a 4x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent = 35-140mm) and a large 3.0-inch touch screen, it is sufficient enough for lightweight shooters who like their gadgets fashionable. Notably, the lens cover doubles up as a power switch that makes turning on the camera and shooting an extremely fast transition. Available in 6 colors, and priced at $429.


For the rugged adventurer, there's the DMC-FT2, a worthy successor to the FT1. If you are into snorkelling or other less tech-safe adventures, the FT2 comes with an airtight body highly resistant to dust, sand and water. Also comes with a screen that's 1.3x thicker than the FT1 and a 28mm wide-angle lens with a 4.6x optical zoom. This rugged unit is priced at S$649.