TZ50 comes with 9 Megapixel imager, huge 3″ LCD, and a cool 720p HD movie mode. One useful feature is notably the continuous AF system that focuses on the subject without you having to press the shutter release button half way down. It also employs AI-mode, which will automatically adjust to varying photography setting. This will definitely cut time and ensure optimal result for common users. One last cool feature is the Wi-Fi mode able to connect to T Mobile hot spot service and publish your taken pictures to Picasa Web Album. [DigitalCameraTracker]
Lumix LX3 belongs to high end compact camera family. Physically it looks like its predecessor LX2. Deep beyond the exterior, there are major enhancement on key areas such as lens and sensor. The optically stabilized lens significantly sets LX3 apart, and the low-light performance and depth of field control feature that normally are present on SLR, can be found here. Hit the store next month at suggested price of $499. [DigitalCameraReview]
FX150 has top resolution among its point-and-shoot class competitors at 14.7 Megapixels, tying only to recently released Samsung TL34H. New feature to this camera is image leveling function that allows correction of shots that are slightly skewed to one side. It is also one of limited numbers of camera that able to shoot HD video at 1280×720 resolution. Priced at $399, will be available for purchase in august 2008. [DigitalCameraReview]
LUMIX FZ28 extends the functionality of its predecessor FZ18 with wider than before field of coverage and additional useful features. One cool feature allows you to lock focus on particular object and track it as it moves. It rapid shoots at 2.5 FPS or at faster pace 13 FPS for slower resolution. FZ28 is designed around 10.1 Megapixels CCD sensor with 18x Ultra Zoom Leica Lens. It is expected to hit retail next month at $399. [DigitalCameraReview]
Panasonic has added a new color for its HDC-SD9 and the HDC-HD9 camcorders. These two video cameras support the AVCHD codec, Full HD Video at 17Mbps, a face recognition system for video, an improved LSI for Crystal clear video/pictures and the support of the 24p for cinema like video. The HDC-HS9 offers 60GB of hard disk drive, meanwhile the HDC-SD9 utilities SD Card. The Panasonic HS9 will be available on July 26th, 2008 and the Panasonic SD9 should be available on August 23th, 2008. [Akihabara]
Some dudes at Photography BLOG have a comprehensive review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 digital camera. The camera offers a T-Mobile HotSpot service and can upload photos directly to Google’s Picasa Web Albums. The DMC-TZ5 also features a 9.1MP sensor, 10x optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens, 720p movie mode, SD expansion slot, video output, red-eye correction, optical image stabilization, the Venus Engine IV and a 3.0-inch LCD monitor. Here is a verdict.
In summary the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is a marginally better camera than the TZ3, with improved image quality, an excellent LCD screen, useful Intelligent Auto mode for beginners, and the attraction of HD video. It’s a shame that Panasonic haven’t added any manual exposure modes, as with the recent DMC-LZ10 model, which is the only Panasonic compact camera to offer any control over aperture and shutter speed (apart from the ageing DMC-LX2). If you don’t mind sacrificing half the focal length, the 5x zoom DMC-LZ10 is an excellent alternative. But if you’re happy to accept the purely point-and-shoot nature of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, that unchanged combination of huge focal range and compact dimensions is still too liberating to ignore.