The one camera that seemed to do just about everything right this month was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35, earning the 10.1 megapixel ultracompact our Editor's Choice recognition for the month.
It's been a while since Panasonic's last digital SLR announcement (the L1 was announced in February 2006) and now the time has come. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 is their first digital SLR to feature face detection AF. It has a 10.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor, 2.5 inch LCD that can rotate 270 degrees, the Supersonic Wave Filter, and a Four Thirds lens mount. The Lumix DMC-L10 will be available in October 2007 for $1300.
In addition to the new ultra-zoom Lumix DMC-FZ18, Panasonic is also rolling out two new models for their FX line. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55 will be available in September at MSRPs of $300 and $350 respectively. Both cameras take 8.1 megapixel images, have a 28mm equivalent lens with a 3.6x optical zoom, and the same shooting modes. They really just differ in LCD size and color availability.
Panasonic's latest addition to their FZ ultra-zoom line is the 18x optical zoom-equipped Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18. The nice optically stabilized long lens can also do wide angle (28mm equivalent) and the camera can capture 8.1 megapixel images. Panasonic has also rolled out an "Intelligent Auto" mode, which provides continuous AF, automatic scene selection and a face detection system.
Serious photographers are a very demanding breed, but camera manufacturers absolutely adore them. A perfect example of this corporate affection is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8; an imaging tool that caters specifically (with a couple of important cautions) to photography enthusiasts.
I mentioned in my earlier Casio article that it was one of two 12 megapixel announcements today - well here's the other one. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 features 12 megapixel capture resolution, a stabilized Leica lens capable of wide angle (28mm equivalent) and 3.6 optical zoom, and a 2.5 inch LCD. The FX100 will be available in mid-July in silver and black.
The newly announced Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 will be, in my opinion, a very welcome update to its predecessor the TZ1. Panasonic has done a lot more than just give the TZ1 a resolution upgrade. The new TZ3 still features a 10x optical zoom, but also allows wide angle shooting (28mm equivalent) and brings the 3 inch screen to the show. It also shoots at up to 7.2 megapixels and includes Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S image stabilization system and Intelligent ISO Control.
One of eight new Panasonic cameras announced today, the ultra-zoom Lumix DMC-FZ8 is the successor to the FZ7. It features a 12x optical zoom with optical image stabilization, 7.2 megapixel resolution, 2.5 inch LCD, and a new Panasonic LSI Venus Engine III processor for better response times and quicker operation over its predecessor.
Panasonic has added three new digital cameras to it's slim and stylish FX line - the Lumix DMC-FX10, Lumix DMC-FX12, and Lumix DMC-FX30. The FX10 and FX12 are essentially the same camera, but with different resolutions (6 MP and 7.2 MP respectively). They both have 2.5 inch LCDs and 3x optical zoom lenses. The FX30 boasts that it is the world's slimmest digital camera with a wide angle (28mm equivalent). It also gets a 7.2 megapixel resolution, a 3.6x optical zoom and a 2.5 inch LCD.
In the midst of 8 new Lumix digital cameras from Panasonic, they're also updating the LZ line and an LS model. The Lumix DMC-LZ7, Lumix DMC-LZ6, and Lumix DMC-LS70 all feature what Panasonic is calling Intelligent Image Stabilization. Intelligent Image Stabilization is accomplished with the combination of optical image stabilization to counteract camera shake and Intelligent ISO Control to counteract subject movement.
Photokina 2006: The second day of my Photokina blitz involved one meeting, with Panasonic, and some more walking through the halls that I missed yesterday. I also got hands on with the Samsung NV7 and its new user interface.
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