Panasonic DMC-LX7, FZ200 Headline Fixed-Lens Lumix Introductions

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
The Lumix LX7 is successor to the advanced LX series. This latest addition features a 24mm wide angle lens with a 3.6x optical zoom range and a maximum aperture range of f/1.4-2.8. The LX7 employs a new 1/1.7-inch 10.1 megapixel sensor. Full 1080 HD video is offered at 60p in AVCHD or 30 fps in MP4 mode.

A control ring around the lens offers quick access to aperture settings, and the camera’s 3.0-inch LCD offers a healthy 920k-dot resolution. Also, a neutral density filter is incorporated for use at the shooter’s discretion, as are 16 in-camera digital processing filters such as “Miniature Effect” and “Radial Defocus.”

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 and FZ60
The Lumix FZ200 won’t offer the biggest zoom when it arrives on the market this year. It does, however, offer a 24x optical zoom lens with a maximum f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. The lens covers a range equivalent to 25-600mm. It may be outdone in telephoto range by its competitors, but Panasonic is banking on that bright aperture to lure consumers to the FZ200 with the prospect of a fully usable telephoto range.

The FZ200 uses a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and Power O.I.S. optical stabilization. A 3.0-inch LCD is fully articulated, though lacks the high resolution of the monitors gracing the LX7 and G5 wth just 460k dots. The FZ200 does offer a 1.31 million dot electronic viewfinder and a hot shoe for compatible audio and lighting accessories. Full resolution burst shooting is available at 12 fps and high speed video is offered at 120 and 240 fps. The Lumix FZ60 will offer a similar 24x optical zoom lens, though it won’t have an f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout. It gets a 16 megapixel MOS sensor and 10 fps burst shooting.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
Just below the FZ ultrazooms sits the LZ20 with a 21x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel CCD sensor and optical image stabilization. Video resolution drops down to 720p, and it features a fixed 3.0-inch 460k-dot LCD.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
The SZ5 will be Panasonic?€™s latest venture in the WiFi-connected camera market. Owners of iOS and Android smartphones will (in theory) be able to pull photos directly from the camera thanks to a close-range wireless connection. They should also be able to use their mobile devices as remote viewfinders after downloading a free Lumix Link app. The SZ5 offers a 10x optical zoom lens and 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor. Videos are recorded at 720p, and the camera offers a fixed 3.0-inch display (without touch screen capability).

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