Panasonic has introduced ten new digital compact cameras at CES 2013. Most come with 16.1 megapixels as standard, two come with Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) built in.
The power-hitters are the DMC-FT5, a rugged camera with a 4.6x optical zoom Leica lens, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC, the DMC-LZ30 with a 35x optical zoom lens and the DMC-TZ40, an 18.1MP camera which comes with a 20x optical zoom Leica lens, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC.
Prices and availability will be announced at a later date.
These are the ten 10 new Panasonic cameras at a glance:
The DMC-F5 looks set to be the budget model with basic features.
The DMC-FH10 comes with an impressively slim profile. You can start recording video with the press of a new video Record button on top of the camera. The FH10 also comes with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to help steady shaky hands.
The DMC-FT25 is a new rugged digital compact and the younger brother of the more powerful FT5 (below). The new Advanced Underwater Mode includes Red Color Reproduction to compensate for the blue shifts in color underwater and make colors look more true to life. A Torch Light function allows the camera to serve as a light with its built-in LED.
The DMC-FT5 packs a boat-load of features for a rugged camera. Not only is it resistant to the elements, it also comes with a built-in GPS with an internal dictionary of place names, plus a digital compass, altimeter and barometer for the outdoor adventurers.
Wi-Fi with NFC lets users connect the FT5 to their smartphone or tablet, they can transfer images or use their smart devices as a remote for the camera. Full-HD 1920 x 1080/60p/50p video is recorded in AVCHD progressive format, and the camera can shoot at a speed of 10 frames per second for a maximum burst of seven images.
25mm wide-angle 35x optical zoomlens (35mm equivalent of 25-875mm)
1280 x 720p video
The DMC-LZ30 is a larger camera than a standard compact, but for a good reason: It houses a 35x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, the focal length is the 35mm equivalent of a 25-875mm zoom. The zoom can be further stretched using the Extra Optical Zoom function, which extends the zoom to 78.8x at 3MP resolution. The LZ30 records 1280 x 720p video in Motion JPEG.
The DMC-SZ9 is a 10x optical zoom camera with Full-HD 1920 x 1080/60i/50i video recording and Wi-Fi, all in a slim profile. The built-in Wi-Fi lets users connect the FT5 to their smartphone or tablet, they can transfer images or use their smart devices as a remote for the camera.
The DMC-SZ3 is similar to the SZ9, with 1280 x 720/24p video recording in Motion JPEG instead of Full-HD and no built-in Wi-Fi. While the SZ9 features Panasonic's latest Light Speed AF, the SZ3 comes with the previous generation Sonic Speed AF. The SZ3 also has a smaller screen at 2.7" and 230,000 dots compared to 3" and 460,000 dots.
The DMC-TZ35 is the sister model to the more powerful TZ40 (below). This camera boasts a 20x optical zoom Leica lens, which can cover a wide range from a wide-angle 24mm to a far-ranging 480mm. POWER O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer) helps to steady hand-shake and suppress image blur.
The TZ35 can shoot at 10 frames per second in High Speed Burst mode, and at 5 frames per second with Continuous AF. Panasonic's latest Light Speed AF helps to find and lock onto subjects quickly. The DMC-TZ35 can record Full-HD 1920 x 1080/60i/50i videos in AVCHD format.
The Lumix DMC-TZ40 is the only new camera with an 18.1MP sensor. It has a far-ranging 20x optical zoom Leica lens which opens up to a wide 24mm. Panasonic boasts it is the current world's slimmest in class.
The camera shoots 1920 x 1080/60p/50p video in AVCHD Progressive format and can shoot at a quick 10 frames per second with a max. burst of 6 images at a time. With built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, users can connect the camera to their smartphones and tablets. They can also use their smart mobile devices as a remote control for the camera.
The TZ40 also comes with built-in GPS and a multi-touch screen.
The DMC-XS1's most impressive feature is its slimness - Panasonic calls it the world's slimmest body profile for a camera with 5x optical zoom and optical image stabilization.