We've seen stock images of the Lumix DMC-G1, but just how small is this camera that's the first in the world to use the new Micro Four Thirds Standard? Panasonic and Olympus (which jointly developed the new imaging format) have mentioned that this new system will shrink the size of dSLR-like cameras to make them more portable.
According to its specifications sheet, the DMC-G1 measures 124mm x 83.6mm x 45.2mm (about 4.9 inches x 3.3 inches x 1.8 inches), but nothing speaks louder than images.
Flickr user Luc Saint-Elie has posted several images … Read more
The Lumix DMC-FX100 wasn't bad for a 12-megapixel camera, but the noise trade-off for putting a high-resolution sensor in a compact camera really doesn't seem worth it. So you'll have to forgive the rather unenthusiastic reaction to the news that for the FX100's replacement, the FX150, Panasonic chose to bump that even higher, to a dubiously useful 14.7 megapixels.
The camera uses the company's updated Venus Engine IV image-processing engine--it'll certainly need the boost in the noise-reduction algorithms that will provide--with its concomitant assortment of tweaks and additions to Panasonic's various Intelligent … Read more
It's not only compact cameras that are embracing the wide-angle views this fall; even the megazooms are getting in the game. Panasonic's replacement for its Lumix DMC-FZ18, the FZ28, maintains its 18x zoom range, but backs off on the telephoto to provide a slightly wider 27mm entry focal length compared with 28mm previously.… Read more
One of the main complaints with the Lumix DMC-LX2, Panasonic's enthusiast pocket camera, was the high noise level of its 10-megapixel sensor. So we're heartened that for its replacement, the LX3, Panasonic decided to stick with 10 megapixels and work on improving the noise profile instead.
According to the company, the new sensor has larger photodiodes, which boosts sensitivity by almost 40 percent--maximum ISO jumps a stop to ISO 3,200 from ISO 1,600--and the sensor has increased saturation by 35 percent. In conjunction with moving to the latest version of its Venus Engine imaging processor, which Panasonic claims provides better noise reduction, we should theoretically see better photo quality from the LX3. It should offer better performance as well: burst shooting, at least, has been bumped up from a rating of 2fps to 2.5fps.… Read more
Panasonic has announced its first camera to include built-in Wi-Fi, called the Lumix DMC-TZ50. As the model name hints, the TZ50 is basically the DMC-TZ5 with Wi-Fi. Both are 9-megapixel cameras with optically stabilized 10x optical, 28-280mm equivalent lenses, and can record video at up to 1,280x720 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. They both also include Panasonic's Advanced Intelligent Auto features, which include Intelligent Exposure, which adjusts brightness after a picture is taken; Digital Red-eye Correction to remove red eye after the image is captured; Intelligent ISO, which determines if a subject is moving and, if … Read more
Panasonic follows up last year's compact megazoom Lumix DMC-TZ3 with two models. The DMC-TZ4 and DMC-TZ5 have similar feature sets, which include an optically stabilized 28mm-280mm 10x zoom lens and the next-generation Venus Engine IV image processing; Panasonic claims the latter provides improved noise reduction, faster performance, and more responsive stabilization.
The cameras differ mostly by resolution and LCD size. The TZ4 incorporates an 8.1-megapixel CCD and 2.5-inch display, while the TZ5 uses a 9.1-megapixel CCD and 3-inch display. The latter also supports 1280x720 30 frames-per-second movie capture.
Color choices for the $299.95 TZ4 are … Read more