Panasonic has a digital camera for everyone
Looking for a new digital camera or camcorder? Panasonic may just have the answer after releasing a range of new devices.
On the camcorder front Panasonic have options to shoot both 2D and 3D video with lightweight models which can record to an internal hard drive or an SD card.
Panasonic’s new digital cameras include models to suit every type of photographer and every type of photography.
HDC-HS900 ($2099), HDC-SD900 ($1499)
These full high definition camcorders can shoot in 2D and 3D with an optional 3D conversion lens ($449) that brings two lenses to the table to add three-dimensional depth like we do with our own two eyes.
This 3D content can be enjoyed on a full HD TV or a 3D TV.
Onboard is a proprietary 3MOS sensor which can separate the light that comes in through the lens to the three primary colours and process each independently.
Each has a large 3.5-inch LCD screen with touch screen operation including touch zoom, taking still pictures and navigating what you’ve shot with the stroke of a finger.
Both models can record to an SD memory card while the HS900 has an internal 220GB for extra storage. They will be available in late February (SD900) and March (HS900).
HDC-SD90 ($849), HDC-HS80 ($949), HDC-SD80 ($749), HDC-SD40 ($499)
This range of camcorders are lightweight and affordable and are ideal for capturing family memories in full high definition.
There is image stabilisation onboard plus a zoom microphone and a wind noise canceller that can target sounds and reduce surrounding noises at the same time.
The SD90 can also be fitted with the optional $449 VW-CLT1 3D conversion lens to capture 3D video while the HS80 includes an internal 120GB hard disk drive.
They will be available in late February (HS80, SD80) and mid March (SD90, SD40).
SDR-H101 ($549), SDR-S71 ($349)
The standout feature on these standard definition camcorders is the Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking feature which can lock onto a subject at the centre of the screen.
It also has face detection, intelligent scene selector and intelligent contrast control and users can easily upload videos to YouTube and Facebook.
Both record to an SD memory card and will be available at the end of February.
DMC-TZ20 ($599), DMZ-TZ18 ($499)
When do we take the most pictures? When we travel.
Panasonic has designed a range of cameras for users who love to travel – the DMC-TZ20 and DMC-TZ18.
Both feature 16x optical zoom, a 24mm wide-angle Leica DC lens and offer 14.1 megapixel resolution.
The DMC-TZ18 can record videos in HD 1280 x 720 resolution and 30 fps (frames per second) and also has face recognition, intelligent exposure and intelligent scene selector.
The DMC-TZ20 has a few extra features including built-in GPS which makes it easier to search for the landmarks on your travels. With more than a million already included in the maps it will keep even the constant jetsetters happy.
This excellent travel companion includes area information of 203 countries and can provide location data and embed this on your photographs so they can be pinpointed on maps.
The TZ20 can also shoot full HD video at 1920 x 1080 resolution.
The DMC-TZ18 and DMC-TZ20 will be available in April.
Here’s a camera that can take everything you can throw it at. The 12.1 megapixel camera is waterproof to 12m, shockproof to 2m and freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius.
And now those rugged features are joined by built-in GPS along with an altimeter, compass and barometer. This is an adventurer’s digital camera.
It has a powerful 4.6x optical zoom on the 28mm wide-angle lens plus a 2.7-inch LCD screen with 11 steps of brightness levels to ensure the easy visibility no matter the conditions.
To top it all off the FT3 can also shoot full HD 1920 x 1080 video.
The FT3 will be available in March.
Panasonic’s latest addition to the compact range is the FX78 which features a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen and an ultra 24mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom.
With a resolution of 12.1 megapixels the FX78 can also shoot full HD video.
The DMC-FX78 will be available in April.
DMC-FH27 ($349) DMC-FH25 ($299)
Ease of use is the focus of the FH27 and FH25 cameras with intelligent auto and intuitive controls.
Also included is 8x optical zoom, a high quality 28mm wide angle lens and 16.1 megapixel resolution.
The FH27 has the added feature of touchscreen controls on the 3-inch touchscreen LCD display.
The cameras can also record HD video at 24fps that can also be uploaded to You Tube or shared on a HD television.
The DMC-FH27 and the DMC-FH25 will be available in March.
DMC-FH5 ($249), DMC-FH2 ($199)
Even at the entry level users are assured of being able to capture quality images with Panasonic’s new FH5 and FH2.
The compact devices have 14.1 megapixel resolution, a wide angle 28mm Leica DC lens and 4x optical zoom.
The cameras have 26 shooting modes including baby, pet, fireworks, party, beach and sunset so all your shooting needs are completely covered.
The FH5 and FH2 are available in March.
DMC-S3 ($169), DMC-S1 ($149)
Even the simplest cameras can still be stylish and boasting excellent features.
The S3 and S1 are great examples with 14.1 megapixel (S3) and 12.1 megapixel (S1) resolution, 4x optical zoom and a 28mm wide angle lens.
There is face detection and settings for basic shooting situations like portrait, night scenery and sunset to ensure the best results.
The devices can also shoot 720p resolution HD video.
The S3 and S1 are available in March.