Panasonic hit the market with some big announcements today, showing off several new cameras across their entire lineup.
The G series just got an upgrade, with the LUMIX DMC G-5. It’s the latest in their “Digital Single Lens Mirrorless” lin. This time around we’ve got a 16MP Live MOS sensor, a redesigned Venus engine, and faster Autofocus. The new engine has advanced processing for better noise reduction, and built-in HDR features. Here’s what Panasonic has to say about the new AF:
Like all cameras in the LUMIX G series, the G5 adopts Contrast AF (Auto Focus), so focusing is controlled by the image sensor. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy, especially when shooting with a bright lens with small F values. To further advance the Contrast AF, the G5 incorporates full-area Touch AF, making it possible to set the focus on any point in the field of view. Additionally, ultra high-speed Light Speed AF, quickly locks onto a subject, making it possible to capture even fast moving subjects clearly. Combined with Touch AF control and high-speed burst shooting at six frames per second in 16.05-megapixel full resolution, it has never been easier to capture fast-moving objects clearly.
Also introduced is the Panasonic FZ200, a super-zoom with a full-range F2.8 lens sporting a 24x Optical Zoom. That’s equivalent to a 200mm lens in a decidedly portable camera, impressive to say the least. It does burst shooting at up to 12 frames per second, and can shoot high speed video at up to 240 frames per second.
Doug Borbath, Senior Product Manager for Imaging at Panasonic Canada had this to say:
“Panasonic strives to provide Canadians with an industry leading line-up of cameras that offer unique features and advanced technology,” said Doug Borbath, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Canada. “With the 24x Optical Zoom and full range F2.8 aperture, the FZ200 is a versatile, powerful camera that provides users with endless options to take creative and high-quality images and videos.”
Last but not least, the docket was filled out with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ5, a slim, compact digital with a 10x optical zoom and Wi-Fi connectivity. Connecting to your home network or to your smartphone, the SZ5 gives LUMIX customers even more options for sharing photos.
Here’s what they had to say:
The SZ5 integrates Wi-Fi connectivity so users can enjoy flexible shooting style and instant imaging sharing. The SZ5 can be connected directly to a smartphone device by using it as a wireless router, which eliminates the need to search for a Wi-Fi hotspot. With the LUMIX LINK application, for iOS/Android smartphone devices, users can utilize remote shooting, which allows them to place the SZ5 at a shooting position and monitor what the lens is seeing live from their smartphone device at 30 fps (frames per second). Users also have the ability to zoom, set focus position, shoot and playback images directly from their smartphone screen using the app. Additionally, users can tag location information to images by using the GPS (Global Positioning System) log of a smartphone.
We’ve got more coming from Panasonic soon, including reviews of all of these models over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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