The 10.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 is a light update to the tiny FX35, offering more zoom range and more features in an equally tiny package.
Panasonic remained the dominant player in our "Most Popular" rankings for the month of June, but only by the slimmest of margins.
Panasonic has provided a firmware update for its Lumix TZ4 and Lumix TZ5 cameras.
We're still working through the test shooting for our Pansonic Lumix DMC-FX500 review in hopes of coming to a final verdict before the end of next week. To hold the eager FX500 fans out there over until our final conclusions are in, however, I've wrapped up my video demo of the FX500's somewhat unconventional, much talked-about touch screen. If you're interested to find out what this sleek little gadget's interface can do (and what it can't), click on the story and have a look.
Reasons for the excitement surrounding the recently announced Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 are probably obvious. Built on a platform that shares several key specs with its highly regarded FX35 sibling, the flagship FX500 sports 10 megapixels of resolution, a 5x wide-angle zoom, manual exposure control, some novel playback and in-camera editing features, and Panasonic's latest Venus Engine IV processor - and of course, a highly touted 3-inch LCD with touch screen capabilities.
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.
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