Panasonic has ripped the wrappers off a host of new Lumix compact cameras today, including the temptingly high-end Panasonic FX80, a 12.1-megapixel slimline snapper with bright F2.5 wide angle lens, 5x optical zoom, full HD video recording and a touchscreen interface.
The lens is made by Leica and goes to 24mm at its widest point, allowing it to capture wider angle shots than most point-and-shoot cameras. The lens’ F2.5 aperture is also slightly larger than the F2.8 lens previously used on this class of model: it lets in around 25 percent more light when wide open, which in theory means sharper shots in low light conditions.
The Panasonic FX80’s 3-inch LCD offers touchscreen autofocus (just press the point on the screen where you want to camera to focus) with tracking; you can also adjust other settings using the touchscreen, such as background defocus on macro shots.
Other cameras launched today include the Panasonic LS6, a 14.1-megapixel premium point-and-shoot with F2.8, 5x optical zoom lens and 720p video and the TZ30, a hybrid model with 20x zoom, full HD and GPS. The TZ30 has a sister model in the shape of the TZ25, which features a 16x zoom but remains small enough to slip in your pocket.
Finally there are two rugged new Lumix compacts, the Panasonic FT4 and FT20. The former is waterproof to 12m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius and resistant to dust, and comes equipped with GPS and a compass, altimeter and barometer for maximum outdoorsy-type fun. The latter is more affordable tough-nut, though slightly less resistant to hardships and slightly less impressive on the feature front.
Prices and release dates for all six new Lumix cameras are yet to be confirmed, but you’ll know as soon as we do.