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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Review @ Neocamera

Tue July 23, 2013 | by Itai Danan

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Neocamera just published a review of Panasonic’s latest compact mirrorless. The Lumix GF6 sports a 16 megapixels sensor in a compact body with a tilting LCD screen and built-in wireless connectivity with both WiFi and NFC. This Micro Four-Thirds camera offers full manual-controls with a single control-dial and 3″ touchscreen LCD with a whopping 1 megapixel of resolution.

Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review to find out how it performs and compares to its peers.

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PANASONIC GF6 REVIEWS
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2013-07-23 Panasonic GF6 Neocamera
2013-04-16 Panasonic GF6 Press Release
2013-04-11 Panasonic GF6 Press Release

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Panasonic Canada Announces the LUMIX DMC-FZ70

Thu July 18, 2013

The LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is the Category Leader with the Number One Zoom Power in the Industryi
20mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens with Super Telephoto 60x Optical Zoomii
Yields 1200mm Shooting and High Speed Response

MISSISSAUGA, ON (July 18, 2013) – Panasonic today unveiled the new LUMIX DMC-FZ70 (FZ70) because life is more than just a single moment captured in time. That’s why the LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is packed full of the best multimedia technologies Panasonic makes. Optically the FZ70 delivers from its amazing 20mm wide-angle to 1,200mm (60X) long zoom, making it a category class leader. With F2.8-5.9 lens brightness, both videos and photos will appear bright under low light conditions. Optical image stabilization assures that both long zoom photos and videos are sharp and blur-free. The FZ70 offers amazing Full HD 1080/60i video recording, thanks to Panasonic’s experience as a world leader in professional broadcast video. It boasts crystal clear audio due to a unique microphone that eliminates ambient noise and wind sound, with the stunning clarity of Dolby® Digital. This unique microphone even zooms with the optical zoom to more precisely zero in on the audio coming from your subject.

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PANASONIC FZ70 REVIEWS
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2013-09-30 Panasonic FZ70 Photoxels
2013-09-03 Panasonic FZ70 Neocamera
2013-07-18 Panasonic FZ70 Press Release (Canada)
2013-07-18 Panasonic FZ70 QuickFact Sheet
2013-07-17 Panasonic FZ70 Press Release

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Thu July 18, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Category: Beginner, Serious

Type: Superzoom

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is currently the world’s most powerful superzoom camera with a whopping 60x (20-1200mm equiv.) optical zoom. It features 16.1MP resolution (1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor), a 3.0-in. (460k-dot) LCD, Continuous Shooting at 9fps, and Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60i. Point-and-Shoot users will choose to leave the camera on Intelligent AUTO mode while beginners and more advanced users have access to all the semi-auto and manual modes with PASM shooting modes and RAW file format.

The 60x optical zoom lens is a Lumix-branded DC VARIO starting at an ultra wide angle 20mm (equiv.), perfect for taking group shots or wide vistas. The tele ends at 1200mm (equiv.) and built-in optical image stabilization effectively helps stabilize the camera at the long focal lengths.

The max. aperture ranges from F2.8 at the wide-angle end and gets progressively smaller to F5.9 at the tele end, not as impressive as the constant max. F2.8 aperture of the FZ200.

Get creative with Creative Control, Photo Style, and 3D Photo Mode. Continuous Shooting is 9fps at full resolution, 5fps/2fps with AF Tracking, 10fps at 3M.

A 3.0-in. 460k-dot fixed LCD and a 0.2-in. EVF (202K dot equiv.) features a 100% field of view.

The DMC-FZ70 shoots Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60i in AVCHD. Sound is recorded by a stereo Windshield zoom microphone to suppress wind noise. Mechanical noise caused by zooming during movie recording is also suppressed to improve the clearness. You can select your preferred shooting mode: iA, PASM or Scene mode for movie recording. There is no High-speed / slow motion playback option. You can also take one still image (3.5-megapixel at 16:9) without interrupting video recording.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is for those who desire an all-in-one powerful camera with a super zoom and full manual control. It’s perfect as a snapshot travel camera and for beginner photography students.

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PANASONIC FZ70 REVIEWS
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2013-09-30 Panasonic FZ70 Photoxels
2013-09-03 Panasonic FZ70 Neocamera
2013-07-18 Panasonic FZ70 Press Release (Canada)
2013-07-18 Panasonic FZ70 QuickFact Sheet
2013-07-17 Panasonic FZ70 Press Release

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First Impressions With The Panasonic FZ70

Wed July 17, 2013

We had the chance to briefly handle and try out the Panasonic FZ70, so these are early impressions only. It is slightly bigger than the FZ200 (and considerably bigger than the FZ60) but handles very well with a deep handgrip. Immediately, you notice the elevated Wind Shield [Stereo] Zoom Microphone which features side vents to help redirect wind away from the microphone and apparently the sealed microphone sits under a sponge that helps dampen wind noise.

The zooming action is smooth and we found we could surprisingly hand hold the camera even when zoomed out at the maximum 1200mm. The POWER O.I.S. must have been set to work at all times for we did not notice any jerking action of the image displayed on the LCD as we panned the camera.

We are a big fan of the titltable LCD and so were mildly disappointed that the FZ70 does not have one. What would be more natural than place this long zoom camera on a tripod, point it at a far away blue egret (that I’ve been wanting to capture since Summer began), and tilt the LCD slightly upward for a comfortable view? We were also surprised that the FZ70 did not improve on the resolution of the EVF (202K dots) and LCD (460K dots) of the FZ60 that it is replacing.

Interestingly, the lens is a LUMIX DC VARIO with max. aperture of F2.8(W) – 5.9(T). When asked how a LUMIX lens can sport a distintly LEICA brand (DC VARIO), the story here is that Panasonic was finally able to convince Leica that it could design/build DC VARIO lenses to Leica’s stringent specifications.

Panasonic intends to keep selling the FZ200 (25-600mm, 24x zoom, F2.8) alongside the FZ70 (20-1200mm, 60x zoom, F2.8-5.9) since some people does not need the 60x zoom power of the FZ70 and still prefers the bright F2.8 aperture that is constant across the full zoom range of the FZ200.

Now to see if the FZ70 can take pictures as good as those from the FZ200. I hope I can review the FZ70 before Summer is over — and before my egret friend flies away for a warmer climate [though it's been scorchingly hot in Toronto these past few days].

The Panasonic FZ70 is priced at US $400, with an expected shipping date of September 2013.


Press Releases

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 With 60x Optical Zoom

Wed July 17, 2013

The LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is the Category Leader with the Number One Zoom Power in the Industry

20mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens with Super Telephoto 60x Optical Zoom
Yields 1200mm Shooting and High Speed Response

*As a digital camera as of July 18, 2013
** 35mm camera equivalent: 20-1200mm

SECAUCUS, N.J., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Panasonic today unveiled the new LUMIX DMC-FZ70 (FZ70) because life is more than just a single moment captured in time. That’s why the LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is packed full of the best multimedia technologies Panasonic makes. Optically the FZ70 delivers from its amazing 20mm wide-angle to 1,200mm (60X) long zoom, making it a category class leader. With F2.8-5.9 lens brightness, both video and photos will appear bright under low light conditions. Optical image stabilization assures that both long zoom photos and videos are sharp and free from blur. The FZ70 offers amazing Full HD 1080/60i video recording, thanks to Panasonic’s experience as a world leader in professional broadcast video. It boasts crystal clear audio due to a unique microphone that eliminates ambient noise and wind sound with the stunning clarity of Dolby® Digital. This unique microphone even zooms with the optical zoom to more precisely zero in on the audio coming from your subject.


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2013-09-30 Panasonic FZ70 Photoxels
2013-09-03 Panasonic FZ70 Neocamera
2013-07-18 Panasonic FZ70 Press Release (Canada)
2013-07-18 Panasonic FZ70 QuickFact Sheet
2013-07-17 Panasonic FZ70 Press Release

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Panasonic Announces the DMC-XS3

Wed July 17, 2013

PRESS RELEASE

New Sophisticated Flat Design LUMIX DMC-XS3 with High Sensitivity MOS Sensor

Achieving High Image Quality in Both Photo and Video Recording Featuring a Host of Creative Effects

Panasonic is introducing a new stylish digital compact camera LUMIX DMC-XS3 in classic camera design that integrates new 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor for high sensitivity photo and 1920 x 1080 full HD video recording. Combining the industry-leading digital technology and miniaturization technology which has long been cultivated in the development of portable electronic devices, the DMC-XS3 boasts ultra slim profile with the thinnest depth of just 14mm. The 24mm wide-angle 5x optical zoom LUMIX lens (equivalent to 24mm to 120mm on a 35mm camera) is equipped for versatile, easy image composition. Taking advantage of Panasonic’s Intelligent Resolution technology, max. 10x Intelligent Zoom is also available to draw subject even closer. A variety of special effects that add fun to shooting experience are integrated in DMC-XS3 – Creative Panorama and Creative Control. Creative Retouch and Beauty Retouch are in-camera retouch functions that let users apply attracting effects on the photo after shooting.

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Firmware Updates

Panasonic GH3 Firmware Update Ver.1.2

Tue July 9, 2013

Panasonic has published Firmware Update V1.2 for the LUMIX DMC-GH3 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. If you have this camera, it is a firmware that is certainly worth applying.

  1. “Low Light AF” is added that makes it possible to set focus on the subject in low-lit situations (-3EV).
  2. “Silent Mode” is added which suppresses electronic shutter, shutter sound, operation sound and flash emission with a single setting.
  3. “Exposure Comp. Reset” is added which resets the setting of exposure compensation to ±0 whenever the camera is turned off or the shooting mode is changed.
  4. Performance of AF is enhanced in use with H-PS14042 and H-PS45175.
  5. Connection problem with Apple Mac computers via Wi-Fi is fixed.

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Firmware Updates

Panasonic G5 Firmware Update Ver.1.1

Tue July 9, 2013

Panasonic has published Firmware Update V1.1 for the LUMIX DMC-G5 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. This is a minor update that may not affect your camera.

  1. Correction of wording on [Motion Picture] menu
    • Correct the wording “60p/60i/30p” of AVCHD frame rate on [Rec Quality] menu to “50p/50i/25p”.
      This update is for PAL broadcast regions only, and you don’t need this update if wording is already “50p/50i/25p”.

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Press Releases

Panasonic Announces New LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH Interchangeable Lens: Multi-Coated Lens Elements Minimize Ghosts and Flare

Thu June 27, 2013

Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH (H-H020A) Interchangeable Lens

Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH (H-H020A) Interchangeable Lens

Panasonic’s new single focal length lens, the LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH (H-H020A) interchangeable lens, has the following highlights:

  • F1.7 brightness
  • 2 aspherical lenses to minimize distortion and chromatic aberration, achieving high resolution corner to corner
  • Contrast AF system support
  • Circular aperture diaphragm for attractive bokeh at large aperture settings
  • Multi-coated lens elements to minimize ghosts and flare
  • Durable metal mount

Please click here for more info about the LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH lens
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NEWS RELEASE

New LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH Interchangeable Lens

Panasonic is pleased to announce the addition of a new single focal length lens, the LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH (H-H020A) featuring a new metallic profile in the Micro Four Thirds standard. It boasts dramatic compactness and light weight despite its F1.7 aperture that enables beautiful soft focus in the background, allowing the subject to stand out impressively.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH (H-H020A) Lens Construction

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH (H-H020A) Lens Construction

Comprised of seven lenses in five groups, the new system uses two aspherical lenses to minimize both distortion and chromatic aberration, achieving incredibly high resolution corner to corner. The versatile 20mm focal distance (equivalent to 40mm on a 35 mm film camera) is suitable for wide variety of photography including scenery such as sunsets and dimly lit indoor shots taking advantage of its beautiful soft focus. It supports the Contrast AF system for high precision auto focusing.


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Panasonic: Father’s Day Gift Guide 2013

Mon May 27, 2013

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16.

Celebrate Dad with some shiny and new tech from Panasonic! If you’re stuck for a gift idea this Father’s Day, Panasonic has you covered with some neat gadgets Dad would love.

Panasonic: Father’s Day Gift Guide 2013

High Zoom Digital Camera – DMC-FZ200K

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Why dad needs it: Give dad the gift of photography with this fully loaded bridge camera – it has tons of features that will unleash his inner shutterbug.

Features:

  • High quality LEICA 25 mm wide angle lens with 24x optical zoom
  • F2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, providing superb image quality
  • 12.1 MP high sensitivity MOS sensor for quick response and excellent low light capture
  • Light Speed Auto Focus and 12 fps in burst mode means that you won’t miss those fleeting images
  • Creative filter effects  in pre and post production as well as creative panorama mode
  • Full 1080p HD video with stereo MIC

Price: $599.99

HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Player – DMP-BDT500

 

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Why dad needs it: For the dad who loves watching movies, this full HD 3D Blu-ray disc player offers an ultra-high-quality digital cinema viewing experience from the comfort of home.

Features:

  • Full HD 3D Blu-ray playback
  • 2D-3D conversion  
  • High clarity sound
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Smartphone and touchpad remote control
  • Multi-user mode
  • Fast booting & loading

Price: $499.99

42″ Full HD 3D SMART VIERA LED Television – TC-L42ET60

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Why dad needs it: Dad will love this new super slim LED TV. With the highest quality picture and breadth of viewing options available, he’ll be the envy of his friends all hockey, (and baseball and football!) season long.

Features:

  • Stylish LED panel with narrow bezel and metal frame
  • 2D-3D conversion and polarized 3D for easy enjoyment of 3D content with friend and family
  • Advanced wide viewing angle
  • Swipe & Share 2.0 for easy sharing of photos, videos and online content
  • Web browser
  • Built-in wireless LAN  
  • Media player

Price: $1,099.99

Wireless Bluetooth / AirPlay speaker system – SC-NE3 

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Why dad needs it: Give dad the complete at-home theatre experience with this wireless speaker system that will have him feeling like he’s right in the action.

Features:

  • Stream music via DLNA, AirPlay or Bluetooth technology
  • Panasonic music streaming app makes playback simple
  • Pure dynamic sound
  • 2-way speaker system
  • Direct vocal surround sound

Price: $299.99

Wireless Bluetooth speaker system – SC-NP10

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Why dad needs it: With this wireless Bluetooth speaker system, dad can enjoy his favourite movies and music stored on his tablet or smartphone, in high quality dynamic sound.

Features:

  • 2.1 CH Bass and dynamic sound with integrated subwoofer
  • Universal tablet stand (landscape / portrait) with sleek metallic finish
  • Stream music via Bluetooth technology from a compatible smartphone or tablet
  • High quality sound and surround playback
  • 2 USB ports for charging

Price: $199.99

Camcorder – HC-V720K

panasonic camcorder – hc-v720k

Why dad needs it: Give dad the ultimate camcorder to meet his on-the-go needs. Wi-Fi enabled with a wide angle lens, 20MP stills and full 1080p HD recording, this camcorder will ensure dad doesn’t miss a minute of the action!

Features:

  • Full HD recording to SD memory cards
  • Wide 28 mm F1.8 lens with 21x optical zoom and 50x intelligent zoom
  • 3.0” LCD touch panel (460k)
  • Wi-Fi enabled with NFC for quick connections
  • Hybrid O.I.S. plus Active Mode for blur free video
  • Level Shot for consistently level video footage
  • 5.1 ch Surround sound with zoom MIC

Price: $599.99

Cordless Bluetooth Phone – KX-TG7872S

panasonic cordless bluetooth phone – kx-tg7872S

Why dad needs it: Give dad the gift that will keep him connected, a Panasonic Cordless Bluetooth phone. With the Link-to-Cell function, he can answer his Smartphone calls from any handset in the house.

Features:

  • Bluetooth link to smartphone with text alert
  • 16 min all digital answering system
  • Power outage backup
  • USB port for charging your cell phone
  • Large White backlit LCD screens on handsets and base unit

Price: $129.99 for two handsets; $159.99 for three handsets


Reviews on the Web

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Review @ Neocamera

Mon May 6, 2013 | by Itai Danan

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Review

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is the  flagship mirrorless from Panasonic and currently their only weather-proof one. This high-end digital camera is aimed at advanced photographers and videographers with a wealth of professional features for both images and videos. The weatherproof body features no less than 3 control-dials and 1.7 megapixel EVF with Eye-Start sensor.

At the core of the GH3 is a low-noise 16 MP LiveMOS sensor with expanded sensitivity range from ISO 125 to 25600, 6 FPS continuous drive and full 1080p HD video at 60 progressive frames-per-second. Stereo recording and input are supported as well as headset-out and 1080p HDMI out.

Read the detailed Panasonic GH3 review to find-out how it performs. Be sure to check out the sample gallery of images to see what it is capable in real-world shooting.

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Press Releases

Panasonic Canada Announces LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/ F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.High Zoom Digital Interchangeable Lens

Tue April 30, 2013

Panasomic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (front-slant view)

Panasomic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (front-slant view)

Panasonic’s new, compact, high zoom lens is the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-FS14140):

  • A new member of LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens assortment
  • The versatile lens can be used in a variety of situations to bring subjects up close and when shooting portraiture with unsharp backgrounds
Panasomic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (side view)

Panasomic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (side view)

PRESS RELEASE

PANASONIC CANADA INTRODUCES THE
LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm /F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.

New Compact and High Zoom Digital Interchangeable Lens Added to Line-up

MISSISSAUGA, ON (April 26, 2013) – Panasonic Canada Inc. today unveiled a new standard zoom lens, the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-FS14140), as a new member of LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens line-up. Complying with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the new lens offers a wide and long zoom range of 14-140mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-280mm) to suit a large variety of shooting situations, with a compact and lightweight profile. This versatile lens can be used in a variety of situations to bring subjects up close and when shooting portraiture with beautifully blurred backgrounds.

Comprised of 14 elements in 12 groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses to achieve dramatic downsizing, despite its powerful 10x optical zoom, while minimizing distortion and chromatic aberration.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates to shoot super clear shots even in low-light situations such as at nighttime or indoors.


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