Five New Lumix DMC Digicams from Panasonic


Panasonic has released a quintet of Lumix-series digicams, each bearing its own unique attributes. The monikers of these snapshooters are the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700, Lumix DMC-FX75, Lumix DMC-TS10, Lumix DMC-LX5 and the Lumix DMC-FZ40, a super zoom (24x) bridge-style digicam.

The Big Boy of the bunch is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40, a super zoom bridge-style digicam that boasts a 24x, Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens (25-60mm equivalent) that focuses down to 0.03" (1 cm), along with the form and functionality of a DSLR. Composing, reviewing and editing stills and video (ACHVD Lite) can be perfomed using your choice of the camera's 3" TFT LCD or its 201,000-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), which trumps the LCD screen when shooting under bright sunny skies.

The DMC-FZ40 also features what the folks at Panasonic call "The Evolving iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode," which sets exposure parameters that work in concert with the camera's image stabilization system (Power O.I.S) and high ISO-sensitivity rating (up to ISO 6400) to ensure sharp, blur-free imagery under almost any lighting conditions.

The snazziest of the batch is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, which features, among other things, a fast (f/2!) Leica DC Vario-Summicron 3.8x (24-90mm equivalent) zoom lens (10 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspheric lenses and 5 aspheric surfaces), which is complemented by an ISO range that can be pushed to ISO 12,800 when the going gets dim.

Panasonic's Lumix DMC LX5 shoots RAW and features a fast (f/2) Leica zoom lens.

Shooters who need more than JPEGs will be delighted to know the DMC-LX5 also shoots RAW files (or RAW+JPEG). It also features a high-res (460,000-dot) 3" TFT LCD, a hot shoe, an analog style mode-selector dial mounted on the top deck, the latest generation Venus Engine FHD image processor and is available in black or white.

The Panasonic DMC-FX700, which is available in black and silver, sports a 14.1Mp imaging sensor and a fast (f2.2) 5x Leica DC Vario-Summicron zoom lens featuring 7 elements in 6 groups (including 3 aspherical elements and 5 aspheric surfaces) and the equivalent focal range of a 24–120mm lens. In addition to a fast lens, the FX700 can also capture fifteen full-res images at speeds up to 10fps, AVCHD Full-HD (1920x1080) video clips and an ISO range that can be tweaked up to ISO 6400. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Images can be composed and edited using the FX-700's 3" touch-screen display, from which you can select shooting modes, edit your pics, as well as use for touch-focusing when you feel the urge or need to sidestep the camera's AF system. Other features found on the Lumix DMC-FX700 include a triple-mode image stabilization system (Power O.I.S), an 11-point AF tracking system, umpteen Scene and Creative modes for stills and video, close-focusing down to 1.8" (3 cm), Panasonic's latest-generation image processor, the Venus Engine FHD and up to 300 images per battery charge.

Also packing a 14.1Mp imaging sensor is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10, which is the new line-up's rugged digicam. Waterproof down to 10', shockproof up to 5', dustproof and freeze-proof down to 14°F, the Lumix DMC-TS10 features a Lumix DC Vario 4x (35 - 140mm equivalent) zoom featuring 11 elements in 10 groups (4 aspheric lenses, 7 aspheric surfaces, and 1 ED lens), 720p HD video, a foolproof iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, MEGA O.I.S image stabilization, up to ISO 6400 and a 2.7" TFT LCD. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10 is available in black, bluered and silver

Panasonic's DMC-TS10 is waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75 isn't waterproof, shockproof, etc., but it does pack a 14.1Mp image-stabilized (Power O.I.S) imaging sensor and a 5x (24-120mm equivalent) Leica DC Vario-Summicron zoom lens (7 elements in 6 groups, 3 aspheric lenses with 5 aspheric surfaces), and a 3" TFT touch-screen LCD. Along with stills, the DMC-FX75 also captures ACHVD Lite video, features a laundry list of Scene and Creative modes. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75 is avaialble in black and silver.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75 features a 14.1Mp sensor
and a Leica 5x (24-120mm equivalent) zoom.

All of the above Lumix DMC-series digicams accept SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards, and carry approximately 40MB of built-in memory.

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 I love my Lumix LX1 and have resisted upgrading but the LX5 just looks too good to pass up....

The Panasonic Lumix line is my favorite of all the point&shoots out there; it's exciting to see the new lineup! Thanks