launched three new 12.1 megapixel LUMIX cameras
with distinct purposes. The new LUMIX FZ35 is a superzoom camera with an 18x
zoom and HD video recording capabilities. The LUMIX FP8 focuses on looks, but
also offers HD video capabilities. Finally, the LUMIX ZR1 is touted as
featuring the "world's first 0.3mm thin aspherical lens."
All Panasonic LUMIX cameras feature Intelligent Auto (iA)
Mode and now offer POWER Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.), which features
double the repression power compared to the previous image stabilization system
(MEGA O.I.S.) to help capture blur-free images. Read on as we take a closer
look at each of these new cameras which are expected to be available in
As a successor to the popular FZ28, the new LUMIX DMC-FZ35
comes with an 18x optical zoom lens and the ability to record HD video with
motion zoom capabilities. For easy recording, the FZ35 offers a dedicated video
record button. New manual controls and creative options include a Creative
Movie Mode, My Color Mode, and High Dynamic Mode. Creative Movie Mode lets
users adjust the shutter speed and aperture settings manually. My Color Mode
gives you control over the color, brightness, and saturation parameters.
Finally, High Dynamic Mode helps you capture a scene with moderate exposure
even if the scene contains both bright and dark areas. The LUMIX DMC-FZ35 will
have a suggested retail price of $399.99 and will come in black.
Panasonic’s FP series focuses on excellence in both design
and function. The LUMIX DMC-FP8 features a futuristic-looking body and also
offers advanced functions such as high-speed Auto Focus (AF) and Panasonic’s
Intelligent Auto (iA) suite. The FP8 features blue LED cursor buttons that glow
when pressed. Other features include a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD, face
recognition for up to three faces, 27 scene modes, and PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0
software. The FP8 can record HD videos at 30fps with a resolution of 1280 x
720p. WVGA (848 x 480) and VGA (640 x 480) capture modes are also available.
The LUMIX DMC-FP8 comes in black, red, and silver for a suggested retail price
As mentioned, the LUMIX DMC-ZR1 features a 0.3mm thin
aspherical lens. This thin lens enables a compact body but still provides a
powerful, 25mm-ultra-wide-angle, 8x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with
an equivalent zoom range of 25-200mm. Another key feature of the ZR1 is its
fast, high-speed Auto Focus and start-up time of only 1.1 second. Rounding out
the list of features, the ZR1 offers a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD, face
recognition, a travel mode, and High Dynamic Mode. The ZR1 comes with
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 software to help you view, edit, and archive your photos.
The LUMIX DMC-ZR1 is expected to cost $279.95 and will be available in black,
red, blue, and silver.