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digital cameras. they age so fast, don’t they? before you know it, your once shiny new DSLR could be part of the history but thanks to the salvo of digital cameras being pushed into the market every now and then, there will be always a potential replacement candidate lurking around somewhere. Panasonic is one such maker that proves this point and it has again tempt us with more digital cameras announcement. it has unveiled not one, not two but six imaging devices in one breath, which we suppose would have something for (almost) everyone.
1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
leading the pack is the Lumix DMC-LX7 which the Japanese firm touted as the “new creative digital compact camera” and features a LEICA DC Vario-Summilux lens with f1.4 – f 2.3 full-range brightness. other highlights include a newly developed 10.1-megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor, full HD 1080p video recording, and Panasonic’s Black Box Nano Surface Coating technology which is said to boast realistic images.
2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
the FZ200 is 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor-based camera with super-zoom capability, boosting a 24x optical zoom and full range f2.8 aperture. highlights include high speed response, full HD 1920 x 1080 60p/50p video recording, Venus Engine image processor, as well as the Panasonic’s Black Box Nano Surface Coating technology that minimizes light reflect, which in turns yield more realistic images.
3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
the FZ60 shares several similar features with the FZ200 but sports a larger 16.1-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor. some of key features include 24x optical zoom lens, full HD 1920 x 1080 60i/50i video recording, manual operation over still imaging and 25mm ultra wide angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens, also with Black Box Nano Surface Coating technology that reduces light reflection that would otherwise cause ghost and flare.
4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
we almost wanted to put this as the leader of the pack even though it just a compact point-and-shoot camera. the reason being the SZ5 is equipped with WiFi capability (Panasonic dubbed it as the WiFi capable digital communication camera) which itself doubles as a WiFi router, so users can connect the SZ5 to their smartphone without the aid of WiFi hotspot. the advantages of a WiFi-enabled device is obvious, which includes instant sharing, archiving and playback on Panasonic DLNA-compliant VIERA TV. other key features include a 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor, Venus Engine image processor, HD 720p video recording, and 25mm ultra wide angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 10x optical zoom.
5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
another prosumer camera, the LZ20 is a super-zoom camera with 21x optical zoom. it is equipped with a 16.0-megapixel CCD sensor, matched to an advanced LSI image processor. other highlights include 25mm ultra wide angle lens, HD 720p video recording, a 3.0-inch 460K dot LCD, plus the Panasonic usuals such as iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and manual exposure, and Optical Image Stabilizer.
6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
the holy grail of this recent announcement is perhaps the Lumix G5 which is a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera. features include a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, matched to the Venus Engine image processor, full HD 1920 x 1080 60p/50p video recording in AVCHD Progressive with stereo sound, advanced AF system (full-time AF and tracking AF, both available in video recording), high speed response, a 1,440K dot Live View Finder that also doubles as a Touch Pad, HDR photography, Electronic Shutter mode for silent operation (ideal for shooting in quiet environment such as museum or a recital) and last but not least, a beautiful compact, lightweight body that comes equipped with a built-in flash. a short product intro on the G5 is available below.
exact availability and prices are yet to be confirmed but we guess you already know that your wallet is going to feel the crunch pretty soon and the word dilemma is going to hit you like a full-on freight train.