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.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is all about wide. This successor to the LX1 sports a wide angle lens, a wide format CCD, and a wide LCD. All that and it looks good too. The LX2 is a 10.2 megapixel camera and it will be available in September at an MSRP of $499.
Panasonic has announced the successor to their very popular FZ30 ultra-zoom camera. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 features a 10.1 megapixel sensor and Panasonic's new Intelligent ISO Control system. This 12x zoom, MEGA OIS stabilized camera will be available in September for an MSRP of $649.
Today, Panasonic has announced three new cameras in their "sleek & slim" FX line. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 shoot at 7.2 megapixels, while the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 is a 6 megapixel camera. All three cameras feature Panasonic's Intelligent ISO Control (IIC) that can automatically adjust ISO based on the movement of the subject.
Panasonic has announced pricing and availability for their new digital SLR, the Lumix DMC-L1. It will be available in the US in September for a suggested retail of $1999 (body with Leica D Vario-Elmart 14-50mm lens). It will be available in Japan sometime in July.
Prosumer digital cameras fall into a gray area somewhere between consumer point & shoot digital cameras and entry-level digital SLR cameras. Despite that uncertain classification, they have become increasingly more popular over the past few years. Panasonic's recently introduced Lumix DMC-FZ7 could be the poster child for this class of enhanced usability digital cameras.
Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-TZ1, the world's smallest 10x optical zoom camera, and the Lumix DMC-FX01, the world's smallest camera with a 28mm (35mm equivalent) lens. It seems like they have a thing for the "world's smallest ______". Anyway, they will both be available in March and both will be available for $349.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 is the newest addition to the Panasonic Lumix line, succeeding the FZ5. The FZ7 adds a 6 megapixel sensor to the popular ultra-zoom camera line. The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x optical zoom lens ranges from 36-432mm (35mm equivalent) and the MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer keeps things clear on those long shots. It will be available in March for $399.95.
During CES, Panasonic has announced three new digital still camera models. The Lumix DMC-LZ5 and Lumix DMC-LZ3 feature improved LCDs and faster auto focus. The Lumix DMC-LS2 is an affordable camera that inlcludes Panansonic's optical image stabilization. All three cameras are slated to be available in March. The LZ5 will be $279, the LZ3 will be $229, and the LS2 will be $199.
The first digital camera to include a 16:9 CCD, the Panasonic DMC-LX1 was announced yesterday. The 16:9 CCD allows the capture of wide format pictures and the camera features an 8.4 megapixel capture size and 4x optical zoom.
One of four cameras announced yesterday, the Panasonic DMC-FZ30 boasts and 8 megapixel camera with a 12x optical zoom.
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