Panasonic unveils 2013 LUMIX compact line-up at CES
Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2013) – Panasonic has today unveiled its 2013 line-up of LUMIX compact cameras, showcasing the optimum combination of picture quality, intelligent functionality, and stunning design to allow photographers of all levels to capture the perfect moment. The line-up also features new connectivity options, including in-built Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies, to provide the widest range of remote shooting options, remote viewing and instant sharing on social networks.
The newly announced models include the LUMIX ZS30, Panasonic’s most advanced photo and video hybrid compact camera to date; the ultimate tough still and video shooting camera, the LUMIX TS5; the new high-power zoom bridge camera, the LUMIX LZ30; the new slim and stylish LUMIX XS1; and the LUMIX SZ3, which packs a large zoom in a sleek design. Continue Reading »
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a relatively compact Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless camera sporting a built-in EVF with Eye-Start sensor and rotating LCD display. Its 16 MP LiveMOS sensor lets it capture full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS which renders motion more smoothly. Read the Panasonic G5 review to find out how it performs.
The Panasonic LX7 is a premium compact camera that has one of the brightest lens at F1.4. It delivers consistently great results in bright light and low light situations. An Aperture Ring and lots of manual controls provide total control.
The Panasonic FZ200 is a powerful super zoom with a bright maximum F2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. It has 24x optical zoom [25-600mm equiv.], a very effective optical image stabilization, and all the manual shooting modes you’d want. Find out if it’s the ideal camera for you.
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES ITS FLAGSHIP DIGITAL SINGLE-LENS MIRRORLESS CAMERA – THE LUMIX DMC-GH3
Engineered for the Multimedia Photographer
September 17, 2012 (Mississauga, ON) – Panasonic Canada is proud to announce its flagship digital single-lens mirrorless camera, the LUMIX DMC-GH3. The GH3 is an attractive, top-of-the-line mirrorless single lens system camera that is tough enough to withstand the extreme conditions of heavy field use.
The new Live MOS Sensor achieves high-resolution images with minimum noise, while the new Venus Engine attains high-speed, high-quality signal processing. These features combine to maximize shooting fun and operating ease. The GH3 has a tough body that is rugged enough to stand up to professional use and features a magnesium alloy full diecast body and advanced splash / dustproof construction achieved by sealing the sections of the camera body to enable shooting under extreme conditions. Although loaded with advanced features, the GH3 is still compact when compared with an SLR camera featuring equivalent performance and functions. The body has enabled a new control layout with three dials on the front and back as well as single-function buttons. Continue Reading »
This video presents “[NEW] Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 Product Introduction Video”:
THE ALL NEW GH3 – CHANGING PHOTOGRAPHY
Engineered For The Multimedia Photographer
September 17, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic is proud to introduce the new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless DMC-GH3. The LUMIX GH3 is not just a compact, lightweight camera. It is an attractive, top-of-the-line mirrorless single lens system camera that is tough enough to withstand the extreme conditions of heavy field use.
The new Live MOS Sensor achieves high-resolution images with minimum noise. And the new Venus Engine attains high-speed, high-quality signal processing. These features combine to maximize shooting fun and operating ease. Another prominent feature of the LUMIX GH3 is a tough body that is rugged enough to stand up to professional use. It features a magnesium alloy full diecast body and advanced splash / dustproof construction that was achieved by sealing the sections of the camera body to enable shooting under extreme conditions. Although the LUMIX GH3 integrates features a class above other G Series models, it is still compact when compared with an SLR camera featuring equivalent performance and functions. The body has enabled a new control layout with three dials on the front and back as well as single-function buttons. The LUMIX GH3 allows users to capture images in extreme environments and provides superb mobility. It also records still images consecutively at a rate of about 6 fps. The LUMIX GH3 is proud to assume the role of Panasonic’s flagship digital single-lens mirrorless camera.
The video recording capability, which is highly acclaimed in the GH2, now comes with more variety of options in its format and bit rate to meet wide-ranging needs. It is packed with advanced technologies developed by Panasonic for professional video creation.
PANASONIC SERVES UP CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY AT THE US OPEN TO ENHANCE SPECTATOR EXPERIENCE
Expansion of Sponsorship to Include LUMIX Digital Cameras and Installation of Large-Screen High Definition Digital LED Boards Throughout USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
SECAUCUS, NJ (August 27, 2012) – Panasonic, a worldwide leader in home entertainment technology, and Official Television, Home Entertainment and Imaging sponsor of the US Open, announced its plans for the 2012 US Open Tennis Championships which begins today and runs through Sunday, September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. At this year’s event, Panasonic will feature three separate environments located in key locations throughout the Tennis Center, each offering a different experience for tennis fans.
This year for the first time, the sponsorship expands to include Panasonic’s line of critically acclaimed LUMIX digital cameras and the installation of large screen, high definition displays in public areas throughout the venue. Continue Reading »
With enhanced sound quality and longer range, this expandable phone system will keep students connected with friends and family even from across the country. A hands-free speakerphone on the handset is perfect for group study calls. MSP of $49.99 and available at retailers across Canada.
Stylish and compact, this clock radio is the perfect addition to any student’s bedroom. With the option of waking to the sound of the radio or tunes from an iPod/iPhone, this multifunctional clock radio features a large LCD screen, three dimmer settings and a battery back-up. MSP of $79.99 and available at retailers across Canada.
Capture and share exceptional quality photos while on the go with this slim and compact digital camera with built-in WiFi connectivity. With a 25mm ultra wide-angle lens to fit more friends into each shot, 10x optical zoom and HD video, school time memories will never be forgotten. MSP of $245 and available in September at retailers across Canada.
Featuring HD quality images in a stylish 24-inch package, students will love how this easy to use television doubles as a favourite way to watch movies and a large computer screen. MSP of $349.99 and available at retailers across Canada.
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is an excellent premium compact camera. Its fast lens, performance, and manual controls will make enthusiasts drool, while those just starting out can get great results using Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto mode. […] The LX7 is a first-rate camera that I can highly recommend.“
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 updates the G3 with some significant improvements that keeps it as one of the best mirrorless DSLRs available.
The Lumix G5 features 16.05MP resolution on a Four Thirds Live MOS sensor. It is compact and light, with all smooth curves. The body feels solidly constructed. The molded handgrip is larger than on the G3 for a more comfortable hold, and the Shutter Release Button is now in a more natural angled position. This is easily one of the most beautiful DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless).
There is a new Function Lever that functions like a top dial. It can be customized a number of ways: to act as a Zoom Lever when using Power Zoom lenses, thus allowing one handed operation of the G5; to control exposure or aperture in Manual mode; to magnify images in Playback mode; and, to page flip in Menu mode.
A large, bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) integrates an eye sensor to automatically switch the image from the LCD to the LVF when you bring the camera to your eye. Additionally, Eye Sensor AF (Auto Focus) automatically starts focusing when the photographer looks into the LVF. A Diopter Adjustment Dial on the left side of the LVF is easy to set.
The Panasonic G5 has a large 3.0-inch LCD screen with a high 920k-dot resolution for a bright, clear and impressively sharp display. The LCD is of the rotating type so that you can protect it when not in use or turn it all the way to face the front. Touch-control shooting lets photographers focus on the subject by simply touching it on the screen. Pinpoint AF allows extremely precise near–pixel-level focus point setting at the touch of a finger. For those who prefer it, there is also manual focus.
An innovation here allows the touch AF feature to still work even when you are looking through the LVF. Even when there is no image displayed on the LCD (since the eye sensor has switched it to the LVF), you can move your thumb on the LCD (of course, the LCD would be opened wide as in the picture above) to set the AF point.
A practical addition is the new Electronic Level Gauge that is one of the easier implementations I’ve used.
Image quality is preserved at high ISOs: selective noise reduction creates a more naturally-balanced curve without deterioration of the image.
Those upgrading from a point-and-shoot digital camera will love the iA (Intelligent AUTO) and scene modes; the more advanced users has PASM shooting modes for complete control.
The Panasonic G5 uses the SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a compact, elegant and powerful DSLM for those serious about their photography but do not want the bulk and weight of a traditional mirrored DSLR.
Editor’s Note: We have a Hands-on preview of the Lumix G5. Only the Handling & Feel and Photo Gallery sections are currently available. We will complete it with more detail when we get a camera for review.
SD, SDHC, SDXC (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent)
Magnification: Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35 mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
1/4000 – 60 sec., Bulb (up to approx. 120 sec.)
SH: 20 frames/sec (4M), H: 6.0 frames/sec (with AFS), M: 3.7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2.0 frames/sec (with Live View)
9 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800
(Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Dust Reduction System
Supersonic wave filter
Contrast AF system
Focus mode: AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF mode : Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
AF Assist Lamp
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
7.5 cm / 3.0 in. Free-angle Touch Panel LCD, 920k-dot
Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format
MP4: 1,920 x 1,080, 1,280 x 720, and 640 x 480, all at 30p (NTSC) / 25p (PAL)
Cabled remote control with bulb function DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
The new LUMIX LX7 is equipped with a fully redesigned lens, image sensor and image processing engine and continues in the tradition of one of the most popular serious compact digital camera among photo enthusiasts. The LX7 features 10.1MP resolution (on a new 1/1.7-in. MOS sensor), a new 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens with 3.8x optical zoom and F1.4 brightness at wide-end and F2.3 at tele-end, optical Image Stabilization to help reduce blurred shots due to camera shake, a new 7.6-cm (3.0-in.) 920k-dot Intelligent LCD screen, and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 60p videos with stereo sound.
The new sensor and Venus Engine allows a high-speed Continuous Shooting at 11 fps in full resolution. Advanced users will appreciate PASM shooting modes, RAW, a hot shoe, built-in Flash, optional Optical View Finder DMW-VF1, optional tilt-shift Live View Finder DMW-LVF2, and optional Wide Conversion Lens. The LX7 is equipped with an Aperture Ring, internal ND Filter, a new Focus Lever, Rear Dial and electronic Level Gauge. The new Aperture Ring makes selecting an aperture very intuitive and convenient. The internal ND filter makes it possible to reduce the light to use slower shutter speed by 3 steps for creative effects.
A dedicated movie button records high resolution Full HD 1920×1080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with stereo sound. You can also record high-speed videos at 120 fps (NTSC / HD) / 100 fps (PAL / HD) in MP4 format for dramatic slow motion playback. A Creative Video Mode lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture when shooting video.
Want to get creative? The LX7 has 16 filters, plus Time Lapse, Multi Exposure and Panorama.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 promises to be a popular choice among enthusiast photographers desiring a pocketable high performance digital camera that captures high quality images. It is available in Black (and White in some countries), priced at about US $499.99 (CAD $499.99).