Panasonic Unveils New Lumix G5, LX7, and FZ200 Digital Cameras
July 18, 2012 9:36 AM
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
New digital cameras promise performance, plentiful features
Panasonic has pulled the wraps off several new Lumix digital cameras today including its latest single lens mirrorless camera falling into the G line. The Lumix G5 is a digital single lens mirrorless camera with a 16.05-megapixel Live MOS image sensor and a redesigned Venus Engine. The camera boasts a compact and lightweight body with an integrated flash.
The Lumix G5 uses Contrast AF like all G series digital cameras and is capable of recording video and shooting still shots. The camera features full-area Touch AF allowing the user to set the focus on any point in the field of view. The autofocus system also locks on the subject quickly allowing users to shoot quality photos of fast-moving objects. The viewfinder on the camera is 1.44-million dot equivalent.
The rear touchscreen has a resolution of 920,000 dots, rotates 180° to the side, and tilts 270° up and down. The Lumix G5 has 14 options in Creative Control Mode with different filters. Video recording at 60 frames per second in full 1080p resolution using AVCHD Progressive or MP4 formats is supported. The camera will be available in black, white, or silver in various kits.
Panasonic also unveiled the new Lumix LX7 digital camera. This camera has a 24 mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX with the 20 times optical zoom. The lens uses 11 elements in 10 groups with five aspherical lenses with nine aspherical surfaces including a dual sided aspherical surface ED lens, which is never been used on other Lumix cameras for interchangeable lenses before.
The camera has a three-inch rear LCD with 920,000-dot resolution and can record 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The camera will come in black or white.
“The Panasonic LUMIX LX-Series cameras have been extremely popular models for both professional and enthusiast photographers, who understand the value and superb image quality such a compact, affordable digital camera can offer,” said Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. “We expect the same enthusiasm, if not more, for the LUMIX LX7, which features major upgrades and improvements resulting in even better image quality.”
The final new Lumix camera is the FZ200. This camera has a full range F2.8 aperture and 24 times optical zoom. The 12.1 megapixel camera also has a high-speed video mode capable of recording at 120 FPS in HD resolution or 240 frames per second in VGA resolution. The camera uses a newly developed 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder and has 14 different creative filter options. It can record full HD video at 60 frames per second.
Pricing and availability will be announced 30 days before the cameras ship.
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The new Superzoom king?
7/19/2012 12:47:27 AM
Constant f2.8 aperture over the entire 24x zoom in the FZ200is VERY impressive. This one could become the new "best superzoom", inheriting the title from the very good FZ150.
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