Panasonic opened 2015 with style by introducing 6 new cameras, among which are: the MILC Panasonic DMC-GF7, three compact superzooms Panasonic DMC-SZ10, Panasonic DMC-ZS45, and Panasonic DMC-ZS50, as well as two rugged models Panasonic DMC-TS6 and Panasonic DMC-TS30.
The Panasonic DMC-GF7, a successor to the Panasonic DMC-GF6, is made in a retro style and is characterized by a 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor, which was taken from the Panasonic DMC-GX7, a Venus Engine, a 3" 1,040,000-dot TFT LCD screen with the ability to tilt upwards to 180 degrees, which is ideal for self-portraits, i.e. selfies, as well as Full HD video (1920 x 1080) at 60 fps. The internal properties of this MILC have much in common with the models Panasonic DMC-GM1 and Panasonic DMC-GM5, among which is built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. The GF7 also boasts built-in flash, yet it lacks an electronic viewfinder.
The first superzoom from the trio is the Panasonic DMC-SZ10, which exhibits a 16MP CCD sensor, a 24-228mm (equivalent) f/3.1-6.3 lens with 12x optical zoom (expandable to 24x thanks to intelligent zoom) and optical image stabilization, 720/30p HD video recording, and the action is shown on a 2.7" 460,000-dot TFT LCD screen, which also flips up by 180 degrees. The Wi-Fi function is also present, however, without NFC, and the SZ10 is thin enough to fit the pocket of your jeans.
The Panasonic ZS45 (on the European continent labeled the TZ57) brings a 16MP CMOS sensor, a 24-480mm (equivalent) f/3.3-6.4 lens with a somewhat stronger optical zoom than the previous model - 20x. The ZS45, a successor to the Panasonic DMC-ZS35, is also equipped with optical image stabilization, Full HD 1080/25p video, built-in Wi-Fi, but now with NFC, while its screen is slightly stronger - a 3" 1,040,000-dot TFT LCD, also with the ability to tilt upwards to 180 degrees.
The strongest of the three superzooms is the Panasonic DMC-ZS50 (on the Old Continent known as the TZ70). In contrast to its predecessor (Panasonic DMC-ZS40), whose sensor is 18.1MP, the ZS50 features a weaker 12.1MP CMOS. The lens is 24-720mm (equivalent) f/3.3-6.4 with 5-axis ‘hybrid’ optical image stabilization, while the optical zoom totals 30x (expandable to 60x thanks to intelligent zoom). In comparison to the two other new superzooms, the ZS50 is equipped with a fixed 3" 1,040,000-dot TFT LCD. The video mode operates in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50 fps, and this model also boasts an electronic viewfinder.
The two new rugged models that Panasonic announced at the beginning of the current year show minimal changes in relation to their predecessors. As its predecessor Panasonic DMC-TS5, the Panasonic DMC-TS6, (in Europe labeled the FT6) exhibits a 16.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor, a Venus Engine, a 28–128mm f/3.3-5.9 lens with optical image stabilization and 4.6x optical zoom, it records videos in Full HD at 60 fps, features a 3" 460,000-dot LCD screen, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and built-in GPS. It is dustproof, waterproof to 13m (43ft) of depth, shockproof to 2m (6.6ft), can sustain pressure to 100kgf/220lbf, as well as temperatures to -10C/+14F. It also possesses a compass, barometer and altimeter. The colors in which it will be available are camouflage, blue, orange, and red.
On the other hand, the Panasonic DMC-TS30 (in Europe better known as the FT30) is even more durable under water (8m (26ft)), it can endure falls from the height of 1.5m (5ft), and it can also sustain temperatures to -10C/+14F. It is equipped with a 16MP CCD sensor, a 25-100mm f/3.9-5.7 lens with optical image stabilization and 4x optical zoom, a 2.7" 230,000-dot LCD screen, and it records videos in HD resolution (1280 x 720) at 30 fps. It will come in black, blue, and red.
All the innovations will hit the shops in February, and the prices are the following:
- Panasonic DMC-GF7 kitted with a 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens - $599;
- Panasonic DMC-SZ10 - $199
- Panasonic DMC-ZS45 - $299
- Panasonic DMC-ZS50 - $399
- Panasonic DMC-TS6 - $299
- Panasonic DMC-TS30 - $179