Panasonic expands Lumix digital camera line

Panasonic on Tuesday introduced a number of new additions to its line of Lumix point-and-shoot digital cameras, spanning the gamut of consumer camera models.

the DMC-TZ5 and DMC-TZ4 both feature 28mm wide-angle, 10x optical zoom Leica DC lenses. They also feature "Intelligent Exposure" controls and digital red-eye correction. The cameras feature optical image stabilization, continuous auto-focus, face detection and other features, like a faster image processor.

The TZ4 sports a 2.5-inch LCD display and the TZ5 is equipped with a 3.0-inch LCD; the TZ4 has 8.1 megapixels while the TZ5 has 9.1 megapixels. Both can take 1920 x 1080 pixel "high definition" photos; the TZ5 can also record 720p movies. The two cameras will be released in March, the TZ4 for $299.95, and the TZ5 for $349.95.

Panasonic also launched the new FS-series, with the DMC-FS20 and DMC-FS5 models. Both cameras feature 10.1 megapixel sensors, a 30mm wide-angle Leica DC lens with 4x optical zoom. The tiny cameras are designed to fit into a pocket or small purse, and come equipped with image stabilization, intelligent ISO, scene selector, face detection and quick auto-focus. Both cameras have 50MB of built-in memory, as well. The FS20 has a 3.0-inch LCD, the FS5 a 2.5-inch LCD. The FS5 will retail for $249.95 and the FS20 for $299.95 when the cameras go on sale in February.

The DMC-LZ10 and DMC-LZ8 are also new to this year's Lumix lineup. The LZ10 has a 30mm Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, while the LZ8 has a 32mm lens. Both cameras have manual controls over aperture and shutter speed, use AA batteries, feature 5x optical zoom and "Intelligent Auto" mode. The cameras also have 2.5-inch LCD displays.

Features specific to the LZ series include the ability to play a slideshow with music, title edit function, 848 x 480 movie recording at 30fps in a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1080 photo mode. The LZ8 is an 8.1 megapixel model, the LZ10 a 10.1 megapixel model. Both go on sale in February for $179.95 and $249.95, respectively.

The DMC-FX35 rounds out Panasonic's new point-and-shoot offerings. The camera is Panasonic's first with a 25mm ultra-wide angle lens. It has a 10.1 megapixel sensor paired with 4x optical zoom, f2.8 brightness and "Intelligent Auto" mode. Like its counterparts, the camera features digital red-eye correction, optical image stabilization, intelligent ISO management, face auto-focus detection and more. It comes equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD. It's coming in March for $349.95.

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