Panasonic has come up with new members to the Panasonic’s Lumix family. They are the DMC-G5, DMC-FZ200, DMC-SZ5 and DMC-LX7. DMC LX7 is a faster, more evolved version of its predecessor, LX5. It is an advanced point and shoot camera that is bound to excite the enthusiasts as it is priced at $500. Lumix G5 is a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera with a micro four thirds sensor. SZ5 is also a point and shoot camera but it is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity. Now, let’s get down to the details of each model.
Panasonic Lumix LX7
Like I said earlier, DMC LX7 is a faster and more evolved version of LX5. It is LX5 with more shooting versatility. It has a 1/1.7-inch, 10.1-megapixel sensors (LX5 had a/a.63-imch, 10 megapixal sensors). So, it can capture more light in the dark. The maximum aperture of LX7 is f/1.4 and that for LX5 is f/2.0. it might not be a huge difference but still it counts. The burst mode feaure is awesome in LX7. It can shoot up to 11 full resolution frames per second. Yes you read it right. The maximum ISO sensitivity has been doubled to 6400 from the 3200 in LX5. This gives you the power to shoot fast moving images and objects in a dark surrounding. Now that still cameras are generating more demand for video shooting LX 7 it set to cater to theses needs too. It can shoot Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video at 60 fps. (LX5 used a 1280 x 720 resolution for videos)So, in toto, it looks like a pretty good successor for LX5 and might be a good investment for the enthusiasts. But to be sure of its success we must wait till August.
Panasonic Lumix G5
This latest entrant into the field of mirrorless cameras is slightly bigger than in competitor Sony’s NEX-5N. This increased size gives you better handling and functionality. It’s the successor to the G3 and packs a 16-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 1080p videos at 60fps and stills in up to 6frames per second bursts at a max 12,800 ISO at full resolution. It has an electronic viewfinder, proximity sensor, flip out screen and loads of buttons to make the adjustments and operation easy. It also has a touch screen, some thing the Sony’s SLT-line of mirrorless, DSLR-clones lack. With the touch screen adjusting the settings on compact camera cake walk. When the product is available in the stands it will be available with a choice of black, silver and white models. It looks like a possible winner given the fact that it’s cheaper and less flawed than the Samsung NX20.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
With Samsung and Canon starting to incorporate Wi-Fi connectivity into their cameras, it is logical for Panasonic to come up with one too. DMC-SZ5 is the product Panasonic has come up with. It is a point and shoot camera. Wi-Fi connectivity has become so much essential as these cameras will have to compete with Smartphone and users of Smartphone can upload the pictures online almost instantly. But it has taken a different route. It does not do the uploading jobs. It relies on your computers, Android/iOS apps to do that job. This reduces the need for heavy and solid firmware.
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