I'm going to wrap up today's Panasonic news with a budget-friendly ultra zoom known as the DMC-LZ20:
Lumix DMC-LZ20 [specs]
- 16 effective Megapixel CCD
- F3.1-5.8, 21X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 525 mm
- Optical image stabilization
- 3-inch LCD display with 460,000 pixels
- Limited manual controls (P and M modes only)
- Intelligent Auto mode, with all the usual benefits
- Records 720p video with monaural sound using the M-JPEG codec
- 109MB on-board memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
- Uses four AA batteries; 380 shots per charge (not sure what type of batteries were used for the test)
- Comes in black and red
- Price, availability TBD
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES THE LUMIX LZ20, A NEW COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERA WITH POWERFUL 21x OPTICAL ZOOM
LUMIX LZ20 Super Zoom Camera Offers Users Shooting Versatility and Ease-of-Use
July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic today announced the new LUMIX DMC-LZ20 which features a powerful 25mm ultra wide angle 21x optical zoom(35mm camera equivalent: 25-525mm) lens with Optical Image Stabilizer. A 16-megapixel high resolution CCD sensor and advanced image processing LSI supports shooting both high quality photos and video.
“The LUMIX LX20 is an ideal digital camera for users looking to capture exceptional, high-quality images in a compact camera body,” said Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. “The camera’s 21x optical zoom can be extended to 48.5x*1 with the Extra Optical Zoom function to draw in distant subjects which is helpful in shooting dynamic landscapes.”
Blurring caused by a hand movement typically occurs in shooting using a high zoom setting, however, the LUMIX LZ20’s Optical Image Stabilizer prevents blur without deterioration of image quality. Furthermore, linking smoothly with the camera’s 16-megapixel high resolution CCD sensor, the image processor produces high quality images even in high sensitivity recording at ISO 1600 and max. ISO 6400 in High Sensitivity mode.
To provide users with the ultimate ease of operation and reduction of error, the LUMIX LZ2- is equipped with iA (Intelligent Auto) mode. A comprehensive integration of Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure, iA mode lets the camera do all the work so users are free to compose shots, aim and capture the subject. Face Detection sets appropriate AF/AE on the face of people in an image while removing the unwanted red-eye. Intelligent Exposure corrects the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash. Finally, Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects one of six Scene modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset - that best suits the shooting situation. The LUMIX LZ20 can also produce a dynamic panoramic image in the camera by overlaying pictures shot horizontally or vertically with the Panorama Shot function.
In addition to capturing stunning photographs, the new LUMIX LZ20 also records dynamic HD video in 1280 x 720p at 30 fps in Motion JPEG. Users can enjoy high quality image playback that perfectly fits a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing together with HD (High Definition) photos taken in 16:9 aspect ratio. With the bundled software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.2 Lite Edition, videos can be easily edited and uploaded to YouTube to share with family or friends.
The LUMIX LZ20’s large, 3.0-inch 460,000-dot LCD assures high visibility in various lighting circumstances which is excellent for both shooting and playing back images. The camera’s body design offers users a stable, comfortable grip despite it’s compact size.
Pricing and availability will be announced 30 days prior to shipping. For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras and lenses, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.