DMC-FZ5, DMC-LZ2 and DMC-LS1: three new digital cameras from Panasonic
According to Japanese and European online editions, Matsushita Electric Industrial, the owner of Panasonic brand, introduced three new LUMIX digital cameras: 5-megapixel DMC-FZ5, 5-megapixel DMC-LZ2 and 4-megapixel DMC-LS1. All novelties utilize Venus image processor and MEGA O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer). The expected availability in Japan is this month, worldwide sales following.
DMC-FZ5 is an evolution of DMC-FZ3. It stands out with its solid Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with 12x optical zoom (36-432mm in 35mm equiv.). The lens features 11 elements in 8 groups, has two aspherical lens, F/2.8-3.3 aperture. The min. focusing distance is 30 cm in normal and 5 cm in macro mode. The camera weighs just 290 g at 108x84.8x68.4 mm size. Instead of 1/3.2" FZ5 has 1/2.5" CCD with 80-400 ISO sensitivity, 2560x1920 max. resolution. The LCD display was also enlarged to 1.8" (130K pixels).
DMC-FZ5 supports three fast AF modes, including 9, 3 and 1 focusing points. In the fastest mode the focusing time is up to 0.33s. The camera can record QuickTime (Motion JPEG) movies at 320x240 @ 30 fps.
DMC-LZ2, in its turn, has 6x optical lens (37-222 mm in 35mm equiv.), 0.008s shutter lag and weighs 178 g. DMC-LS1 features 3x optical lens (35-105mm in 35mm equiv.) and 0.006s shutter lag. Both cameras feature 14MB memory, support Secure Digital media and require 2 x AA batteries to work.
Sources: PC Watch and DP Now
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