Panasonic Introduces Five New Cameras, Including Bright Lens Versions & Rugged Models

Panasonic introduced five new digital cameras, including a hybrid model with a MOS sensor, two "bright-lens" cameras, a rugged model, and a super zoom. Bright-lens is a marketing term that describes cameras with a lens aperture that can open much larger than most point and shoot models. By offering a larger aperture, the cameras allow more light to be directed through the lens to the image sensor.

As one of Panasonic's compact models, the new LUMIX DMC-FX700 packs many advanced features into a sleek, slim package. The LUMIX FX700 can record 1080 full HD videos in the AVCHD format. It also has a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, 24mm ultra wide-angle F2.2 super bright LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens, and a 5x optical zoom.

The new LUMIX DMC-FZ100 offers 24x optical zoom capabilities as well as a 14.1 megapixel MOS sensor, and the ability to record full 1080 high definition video. This camera is the company’s first hybrid compact digital camera with a MOS sensor. Additionally, the LUMIX FZ100 features incredibly fast burst shooting capabilities with the ability to record 11 frames per second at 14.1-megapixel full resolution and 60 frames per second in 3.5-megapixel recording

A more rugged model, the new LUMIX DMC-TS10 is the latest addition to Panasonic's TS-Series of rugged models. Although not as rugged as some of its predecessors, the TS10 is also not quite as expensive. For about $250, you'll be able to pick up the TS10 which is waterproof to approximately 10 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, dustproof, and freeze proof to 14°F. For even greater protection, the LUMIX TS10 comes with a silicone jacket to help prevent scratches.

Panasonic's new LUMIX DMC-FZ40 is a hybrid digital camera that combines a powerful 24x optical zoom and creative manual operations. The camera has a 14.1-megapixel sensor with a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens and a new image processing system. The FZ40 can capture high definition videos as well as photos. With the FZ40, users can record HD movies in AVCHD Lite, providing double the recording time in HD quality compared to the conventional Motion JPEG format.

Finally, the new LUMIX DMC-LX5 is another compact model that features an ultra-bright F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens. This camera offers a 3.8x optical zoom, 10.1 megapixel sensor, the ability to record HD videos in AVCHD Lite, and a 3-inch LCD.

Via:  Panasonic
acarzt 4 years ago

My GF has a little panasonic point and shoot.

It takes way better pictures then my little olympus point and shoot.

I'd really like to pick up a nice Nykon DSLR. Mmmmm those are so nice!

AKwyn 4 years ago

Personally I have one of those cheap Nikon Digital Camera's. Sure it takes good photo's but there is too much noise and you can't turn off the noise reduction on that thing.

Man I wish I had the Canon 7D, that's the best camera out there in the market. Unless you can suggest something cheaper.

acarzt 4 years ago

Holy crap that camera is super expensive!!

You don't need that unless you're hardcore into photography!

Most point and shoot cameras tend to have more noise.

You need something with a quality lense to really reduce that noise.

If you're just stating out with photography I would recommend taking a photography class at your local community college or picking up a book or DVD on photography so you can learn what settings to use with your camera.

On the point and shoot you have, I would suggest manually turning down the ISO to about 400 and see if that cleans up some of the noise you're getting.

Also the nikon DX3000 would be a good camera to start out with if you're serious about getting into photography.

The quality difference between a DSLR and a point and shoot is HUGE. You will immediately notice the difference.

rapid1 4 years ago

Great advice acarzt I have been thinking about grabbing a Cannon or Nikon DSLR, My point and shoot is a Canon Powershot A630 which is a little larger than most point and shoots, but has much better features or did at the time I got it. It still works fine, but I want higher quality images than it can produce. Plus having interchangeable lenses for different scenarios better much better sensor photo speed etc. As far as these Panasonic units go they look nice, but I would rather have a DSLR than another P&S unit. Camera's are all over the place, and you can get some great deals on them because so many OEM's pump them out like they do.

acarzt 4 years ago

Not only that, but the cameras in phones have gotten so good that you can use them as a quick point and shoot.

I tend not to have my P&S camera with me, so a camera phone is a good alternative.

If I am going to be doing something that I want to get quality pics i'll grab the P&S... so I think it would make more sense to use a Camera phone for spontaneous moments... and drag along a DSLR for the quality pics... and just eliminate the P&S all together. :-)

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