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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The upcoming PMA show will play host to several new digital camera releases. Panasonic isn't disclosing many details about their new products, but they're doing their best to build up the excitement.
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