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Panasonic Announes Three New Cameras - DMC-LS1, LZ1 and LZ2
by  -  2/8/2005

The new Lumix DMC-LZ1 and DMC-LZ2 feauture four and five megapixel DC VARIO lenses with 6x optical zoom. The DMC-LS1 has a 4 megapixel lens with 3x optical zoom. All three models offer respectable built-in RAM, SD card slots and operate on AA batteries. The LZ models will ship in March, with the LS shipping in April. The best part? They're very cost effective, ranging from $230-$300.


Lumix DMC-LS1


Lumix DMC-LZ1 left LZ2 right

Model

Availability

MSRP**

DMC-LZ1

March 2005

$249.95

DMC-LZ2

March 2005

$299.95

DMC-LS1

April 2005

$229.95

The full press releases follow:

NEW PANASONIC LUMIX(Tm) CAMERA FEATURES 3X OPTICAL ZOOM, MEGA OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZER AND 14MB BUILT-IN MEMORY

SECAUCUS, NJ (February 8, 2005) -- With Panasonic's Lumix(Tm) digital camera, simple point-and-shoot operation does not mean sacrificing quality or performance. New model DMC-LS1 is an easy-to-use marvel that offers 4-megapixel resolution and 3x optical zoom along with sophisticated features like MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer).

The DMC-LS1 also features 14 megabytes of built-in memory, enabling users to capture those spontaneous moments even when they don't have an SD memory card on hand.

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 digital camera is slated for an April introduction, and will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $229.95.

"This model packs some of today's most advanced digital camera technology into a fun, easy-to-use camera that anyone can enjoy, whether you're a first-time digital camera user or an experienced photographer," said Monica Helmer, Marketing Manager for Panasonic's Optical Group.

The camera's 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 37mm to 222mm on a 35mm film camera lens), combined with its 4X digital zoom(1) can capture clear, crisp photos at maximum 12X magnification.

Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. function automatically detects and optically compensates for movement, helping to ensure clear, distortion-free pictures even when taking ultra-telephoto or macro shots, or photos of distant or moving subjects

The O.I.S. function features two corrective modes to suppress jitter. Mode 1 constantly detects and follows movements and continuously compensates for them. In Mode 2, the lens is moved at the moment the shutter button is pressed, in order to capture the image as close to the center of the lens as possible.

Panasonic's Venus Engine Plus image processing LSI provides high quality and quick response with low energy consumption. In addition to a consecutive shooting function that allows users to take 4 frames per second at full resolution, the newly developed Venus Engine Plus enables unlimited* consecutive shooting. Successive shots can be taken until the memory card or build-in memory reaches capacity.

Auto angle detection, a new feature, records whether an image was taken horizontally or vertically and displays it accordingly, whether viewed on the camera's LCD or on a connected TV.

Other features include Burst Shooting Mode, four spot focusing modes, Simple Mode for automatic settings, built-in flash and 2.0 inch TRM (Transmissive with Micro Reflective) LCD display.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 runs on two AA size batteries, and comes equipped with Panasonic's new, super-powerful Oxyride(tm) Extreme Power(tm) batteries. 

NEW PANASONIC LUMIX CAMERAS FEATURE BUILT-IN MEMORY TO CAPTURE PHOTOS ON THE FLY

New Models Boast 6X Optical Zoom and MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer


SECAUCUS, NJ (February 8, 2005)-- Never miss a photo opportunity again, even if you don't have an SD memory card on hand. Panasonic's new DMC-LZ1 and DMC-LZ2 Lumix cameras feature 14 megabytes of built-in memory to capture those spontaneous moments.

The 4-megapixel DMC-LZ1 and 5-megapixel DMC-LZ2 feature a DC VARIO lens with 6x optical zoom (equivalent to 37mm to 222mm on a 35mm film camera lens), with capability of up to 24x magnification when combined with the 4x digital zoom, and MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer automatically detects and optically compensates for hand movement.

"When using a small, lightweight camera such as these, zooming in can accentuate every little movement of the hand," said Monica Helmer, Marketing Manager for Panasonic. "That's why Panasonic incorporates its MEGA O.I.S into every Lumix camera. It enables you to take clear, distortion-free pictures, even ultra-telephoto or macro shots of distant or moving subjects, or shots taken in low lighting conditions."

The new models have a large 2.0 inch TRM (Transmissive with Micro Reflective) crystal-clear LCD display which is extremely easy to view, even outdoors on bright, sunny days. Even with the optical 6x zoom lens unit, the cameras' body size is as compact as an ordinary AA-battery operated 3x optical zoom camera.

Panasonic's Venus Engine Plus image processing LSI provides high quality and quick response with low energy consumption. In addition to a consecutive shooting function that allows users to take 4 (DMC-LZ1) or 3 (DMC-LZ2) frames per second at full resolution, the newly developed Venus Engine Plus enables unlimited* consecutive shooting. Successive shots can be taken until the memory card or build-in memory reaches capacity.

Auto angle detection, a new feature, records whether an image was taken horizontally or vertically and displays it accordingly, whether viewed on the camera's LCD or on a connected TV.

Other features include Burst Shooting Mode, four spot focusing modes, Simple Mode for automatic settings, built-in flash and more.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 and DMC-LZ2 run on two AA size batteries, and come equipped with Panasonic's new, super-powerful Oxyride Extreme Power batteries.