Chief among them is the FZ200, which packs a ridiculous 24x optical zoom, and the super fast LX7 (pictured). But with all the cameras, there’ll be something no matter what you’re looking for.
As we say, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a crazy 24x optical zoom, which should get you as close as you could need to your subject. And thanks to the f/2.8 aperture, you’ll get bright shots even at full zoom. It’s a paparazzo’s dream.
The 12.1-megapixel sensor isn’t as mad as some, but the FZ200 has Panasonic’s Venus processor inside, which gives you 12fps burst mode, and helps it start up in under a second. Impressive.
1080p movies also come as standard, making this a fantastic all-rounder.
The Lumix LX7, meanwhile, doesn’t have anywhere near the zoom powers, with just a 3.8x effort. But it is brighter, with an aperture of f/1.4-2.3. A 10.1-megapixel sensor sits inside, along with the same Venus processor (we think of Bananarama whenever we see that). There’s no viewfinder, so you’ll have to use the 3-inch LCD for framing your shots. And again, 1080p vids are as standard.
But for more super-zooming action, check out the FZ60 and LZ20. The FZ60 has a 24x effort, while the LZ20 has a 21x. They both have 16-megapixel sensors – alright, the FZ60 is 16.1, but let’s not nitpick – and shoot in HD (the FZ60 tapes at 1080i, and the LZ20 at 720p).
Finally, the SZ5 is a fairly standard compact that comes packing Wi-Fi for uploading your snaps without needing a computer. There’s a 14.1-megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom, and it records in 720p. A neat addition is the built-in Wi-Fi radio, which lets you use your smartphone as a remote viewfinder.
There’s no word on price or availability of these yet, we’ll let you know when we hear more.