Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from the Today @ PC World blog at PCWorld.com.
The fall camera announcements keep on coming (see Fujifilm and Olympus’s recent announcements), as Panasonic today announced three 12-megapixel, wide-angle point-and-shoots slated for September release.
The biggest and baddest of the three looks to be the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35, an 18x optical megazoom model (27mm to 486mm) bolstered with optical image stabilization and 720p AVCHD Lite high-definition video recording at 17mbps.
On the much slimmer end of the spectrum is the Lumix DMC-FP8, an ultracompact with a 4.6x optical zoom range reaching from 28mm to 128mm and also featuring optical image stabilization.
Rounding out today’s announcements is the Lumix DMC-ZR1, featuring an 8x optical zoom, an ultra-wide-angle Leica lens (25mm to 200mm), and optical image stabilization.
All three cameras also feature Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto mode, which optimizes in-camera settings based on the shooting environment, as well as a Face Recognition mode, which lets you register your friends’ faces in pictures and have them auto-tagged in subsequent shots.