Panasonic has announced the TZ40 – the successor to the popular TZ30. Featuring a 20x optical zoom, which covers 24-480mm focal length, the TZ40 promises to deliver high resolution images by incorporating an 18.1MP MOS sensor. This newly designed sensor is partnered with a new Venus engine processor, which enables the camera to shoot continuously at 10fps.
Claimed to be one of the world’s slimmest compacts with a 20x optical zoom, the TZ40 becomes the first model in the TZ-series to feature integrated Wi-Fi connectivity. As well as being able to share images and videos on social media channels directly from the camera, the TZ40 fully supports remote shooting from your smartphone or tablet. To make use of this feature users will need to install Panasonic’s Lumix App that’s compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
The TZ40 also features a new 5 axis correction and an inclination correction capability that’s designed to counteract the most severe types of tilt or handshake at the long end of the zoom. With Panasonic’s light speed autofocus system, the TZ40 is claimed to lock onto subjects in 0.1seconds and for those interested in video, the camera supports Full HD movie recording at 50i in the AVCHD format.
At the rear, the TZ40 features a 3in, 920k touch screen and Panasonic has paid close attention to the battery, improving its stamina so users can shoot more shots per battery charge.
Pricing and availability of the TZ40 is yet to be confirmed. For anyone seeking a slightly cheaper alternative to the TZ40 there’s also the Panasonic TZ35. Adopting many of the TZ40’s features, the TZ30 has a 16.1MP MOS sensor but doesn’t support Wi-Fi connectivity.
Panasonic Lumix SZ9
Panasonic has also announced the SZ9 – a superzoom compact that sports an impressive set of features for a small and slimline pocket camera. Built around a 16.1MP MOS sensor, the SZ9 adopts Panasonic’s Venus engine processor and is fitted with a 10x optical zoom LEICA DC lens which offers a focal length that’s equivalent to 25-250mm.
Capable of shooting up to ISO 3200, the SZ9 features instant Wi-Fi transfer functionality much like the TZ40 and FT5. A dedicated button on the camera body is designed to make it quick and easy to connect to the camera to a smartphone or tablet. It’s no slouch when it comes to the speed at which it shoots either. The high-speed digital signal output technology allows the SZ9 to shoot at 10fps at full resolution, however this frame rate is set to drop to 5fps when continuous AF is selected.
As well as its Wi-Fi connectivity, the SZ9 allows users to tag images quickly with GPS location data. It’s also equipped with 14 creative effects such as soft focus, toy effect and retro. At the rear it features a 3in LCD screen and full HD movie capture is available at 1920×1080.
Availability of the Panasonic Lumix SZ9 is still to be confirmed.
Panasonic Lumix FT5
Panasonic Lumix FT5
Building on the success of the FT4, Panasonic has announced the FT5 – a rugged compact that’s designed to withstand the most demanding shooting situations. Not only does it feature a 16.1MP high sensitivity sensor and new Venus engine processor, time lapse recording and 10fps burst shooting make it one of the fastest tough cameras on the market today. Adding to this, it’s also Panasonic’s first tough camera to boast a one-touch connection to Wi-Fi with NFC, allowing for remote image capture and quick and easy uploading to social media.
At the front it features a LEICA DC-VARIO ELMAR lens and a 4.6x optical zoom covering a focal length of 28-128mm. Waterproof to a depth of 13 metres and shockproof from a height of 2 metres, it’s also freeze proof down to temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.
Much like the LZ30, the FT5 also adopts the iA mode to make it easy to use for beginners. It also features Panasonic’s POWER O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilisation) system to counteract handshake and vibrations. Full HD movie capture (1920×1080) is available at 50p in the AVCHD format is fully supported and at the rear there’s a 3in screen.
To enhance the images that you may capture underwater, the FT5’s underwater mode is designed to eliminate the dull, grey colours often associated with underwater imagery.
Pricing and availability of the Panasonic Lumix FT5 is yet to be released.
Panasonic Lumix LZ30
Panasonic has also used CES as an opportunity to launch the new Lumix LZ30. This latest bridge compact in the Lumix lineup features a 16MP CCD sensor and a whopping 35x optical zoom that covers a 25-875mm focal length. In addition to this already impressive zoom range there’s an extra optical zoom function, making it possible to extend the zoom power to a staggering 78.8x (at 3MP resolution) by using the centre part of the 16MP sensor.
For beginners there’s the iA (Intelligent Auto) function which assist users to get the best results in their shooting situation. For photographers who’d prefer to setup the camera manually, program and manual modes are available, while HD video is recorded at 720p. The LZ30’s 3in, 460k-dot screen at the rear features a 460k-dot resolution and there a several filter effects to experiment with, including expressive, retro, low key, high key, sepia, dynamic monochrome and high dynamic.
Expected to arrive in April, the pricing of the LZ30 is yet to be confirmed.