Although it finished the last year with great success, by releasing support for Panasonic GX8 and Dual IS stabilization for its 5 lenses as well as the Post Focus technology, for Panasonic 2016 started with the same tempo - it introduced the Panasonic DMC-ZS60, Panasonic DMC-ZS100, and the long expected lens Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS.
The Panasonic DMC-ZS60 (known as the TZ80 outside of North America) represents the continuation of Panasonic's compact series aimed at enthusiasts and tourists. Although it inherited its outer appearance from the predecessor Panasonic DMC-ZS50, it boasts a new 18.1MP 1/2.3" MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor. The lens has remained the same - 24-720mm f/3.3-6.4 with 30x optical zoom and 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilization (for video only) - yet, the video segment has received a boost.
The Panasonic ZS60 offers 4K video (3840 x 2160) at 25 fps, which is the first such case for a camera this minute. Like the last year's models Panasonic DMC-G7, Panasonic DMC-GX8, and Panasonic DMC-FZ300, the ZS60 is also characterized by the 4K Photo Mode, which enables users to simply extract 8MP photos from a 4K video, and there is also the unique 4K Live Cropping mode, by means of which you can pan or zoom in on a selected area of a 4K video, and all this will be saved as a 1080p video clip.
The pocketable Panasonic ZS60 saw a significant improvement in terms of focus. Like the previously mentioned last year's models, the TZ60 also sports the Post Focus technology, which enables the user to set where the focus will be after the image has been captured. Moreover, this means that users can lay stress on different details within one and the same image by changing the subject with a simple shift of the focus position, which will result in separate photos being produced. There is also the last year's DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, which considerably builds up the focus speed.
Images and 4K videos are captured by means of a fixed 3" 1,040,000-dot LCD screen, which is now sensitive to touch, in contrast to the previous generation, as well as by a 1,166,000-dot electronic viewfinder with 0.46x magnification. As far as the speed is concerned, the continuous shooting rate is 10 fps (with single AF), like with the predecessor, while with continuous AF, the burst is 5 fps. The ZS60 also features built-in Wi-Fi, as well as flash. Superb performances for such a tiny body!
Along with introducing the ZS60, Panasonic went a step further and launched the revolutionary Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (known in Europe as the TZ100). The Panasonic ZS100 is revolutionary because it is the first compact featuring a 1" sensor - 20.1MP MOS. Despite the fact that it is equipped with a sensor four times larger than in most compact cameras (which is also paired with the Venus Engine processor), the ZS100 manages to make room on its smallish body for a 25-250mm f/2.8-5.9 lens with 10x optical zoom and hybrid 5-axis optical image stabilization (in the movie mode).
Like the previously analyzed Panasonic ZS60, the new ZS100 also brings 4K video (but at 30 fps) with the 4K Photo Mode, the Post Focus technology, DFD (Depth From Defocus), a fixed 3" 1,040,000-dot LCD touch screen, a 1,166,000-dot electronic viewfinder with 0.46x magnification, built-in Wi-Fi, but the continuous shooting rate is now absolutely incredible - 50 fps - and there is also a pop-up flash. Another teeny-weeny camera at the level of the MILC category!
Aside from the reinforcements at the level of compact cameras, Panasonic has prepared something for its Micro Four Thirds class of mirrorless cameras. The Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS, which was announced in July 2015, has finally arrived and, in accordance with Leica's standards, it brings high-end optical performances. It is a lens with the longest focal length among Micro Four Thirds lenses (200-800mm when attached to a MFS body).
Like the aforesaid last year's models GX8 and FZ300, the Leica DG 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS uses the advanced DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, and brings great speed and accuracy when exchanging digital signals with fast Lumix G cameras at 240 fps, thanks to its AF micromotor. It is equipped with the POWER OIS optical image stabilization, which provides crystal clear images. It is compact in size, with a low weight (985g), bearing in mind the telephoto category that it belongs to, which enables easy use without a tripod, and it is also sealed against dust and moisture.
As for the optical construction, the Panasonic 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 OIS features 20 elements in 13 groups, one of which is aspherical ED, one UED, while two are ED. The diaphragm has nine blades, while the filter diameter is 72mm. Taking into account this 'interior', as well as fast and silent autofocus thanks to the micromotor, this telephoto zoom lens is made for 4K video recording.
The compacts Panasonic DMC-ZS60 and Panasonic DMC-ZS100 are already available for sale (in silver or black), and their prices are $449 and $699, respectively. When it comes to the Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS lens, it will arrive on the market in April, priced at $1799.
The news was taken from PANASONIC - Panasonic DMC-ZS60; Panasonic DMC-ZS100; Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS.