January 5th, 2015

Panasonic CES 2015 Digicams: Zooming In, Getting Tough

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Panasonic pulled back the curtain on several long zoom compact cameras and a pair of rugged waterproof models at CES 2015.

The Lumix DMC-SZ10 features a 16-megapixel CCD sensor and a 12x optical zoom lens (24mm wide angle equivalent).  It features a 2.7-inch flip-up display, 720p HD video capture, 15 creative filters, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The SZ10 will retail for $200.

The DMC-ZS45 swaps the 16-megapixel CCD sensor for a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a longer 20x optical zoom lens (24-480mm, 35mm equivalent). You’ll find a 1.04m dot, 3-inch tilting LCD, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and 1080/30p HD video recording.

The ZS45 will retail for $300.

Rounding out the long zoom compact line is the ZS50 with a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 30x optical zoom (24-720mm, 35mm equivalent) Leica lens with an aperture range of f/3.3-6.4 and a control ring on the lens for controlling exposure and zoom. The lens is kept steady using the company’s 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S. Videos can be recorded up to 1080/60p in the AVCHD progressive codec.

The ZS50 will support still photography in both RAW and JPEG image formats. In addition to a 3-inch display, the camera will offer a .2-inch Live View Finder with an eye sensor. It also features Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and will retail for $400.

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Panasonic also updated its lineup of rugged point-and-shoots with the new Lumix TS6 and TS30.

The $300 TS6 can be submerged in up to 43 feet of water, dropped from as high as 6.6 feet, is dust proof and can withstand up to 220 pounds of pressure. It features a 16-megapixel image sensor, 3-inch display, built-in GPS, a 4.6x optical Leica lens (28-128mm, 35mm equivalent) and 1080/60p HD video recording. You’ll also find a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC plus a compass and altimeter.

The 16-megapixel TS30 can’t take as much of a beating as the TS6–it’s rated for dives as deep as 26 feet underwater and falls from as high as five feet. The $180 TS30 features a 4x optical zoom lens (25mm, 35mm equivalent) plus a 2.7-inch LCD and 12 creative filters.

June 27th, 2013

Sony Adds RX1/R and RX100 II to its Premium Line of Compact Cameras

RX1R_RightWith the announcement of the RX1/R and the RX100 II, Sony has expanded its Cyber-shot RX-line of compact premium cameras to four. The new models are variations of the original RX1 and RX100, which both remain in the line-up.

The RX1/R is identical to the current 24 megapixel, full-frame RX1 but is designed for optimal resolution (hence, the “R” designation). In order to achieve high resolving power, Sony has removed the optical low pass filter (OLPF), a practice that has become more common with cameras like the Nikon D800E and Fuji’s X-series premium fixed lens models.  Sony suggests that the RX1/R will appeal to landscape photographers and other pros who want and need the highest resolution (and sharpness) possible. (Be sure to read our hands-on review of the current RX1 (with OLPF), to be published in the August issue of PDN.)

The other addition to Sony’s Cyber-shot RX-line is the RX100 II.  While the RX1/R is positioned to emphasize resolution, the RX100 II’s strengths are based around low light capabilities. Like the RX1/R, this smaller camera is, in many ways, a clone of its current 20 megapixel sibling.

For more on both cameras, including pricing and availability, see our full story on the Gear page of PDNOnline.

–Theano Nikitas