Count Panasonic as the first point-and-shoot camera maker to unleash a set of new cameras designed for holiday sales.
Panasonic recently announced six new cameras, five of which should be in the upper end of the fixed-lens market. The sixth camera is a digital interchangeable lens (DIL) model. The new cameras are:
- DMC-FZ60. The FZ60 has a 24X optical zoom lens.
- DMC-FZ200. High-speed video shooting at up to 100 frames person at 720p HD resolution and a 24X optical zoom lens highlight this model.
- DMC-G5. The G5 is the latest DIL camera from Panasonic, preceded by models like the GH2, GF2, and the G2.
- DMC-LX7. The LX7 features a larger MOS image sensor than in most thin cameras (1/1.7 inch).
- DMC-LZ20. You'll find a 21X optical zoom lens with the LZ20 (pictured here).
- DMC-SZ5. Panasonic is offering the SZ5 as a good all-around camera, with a thin design, 10X zoom, and WiFi capabilities.
As usual, Panasonic did not release pricing information or a projected release date for any of these cameras. However, I'm sure that we'll see all six of these models available for purchase in plenty of time for the holiday season. As they're released, I'll have more information on each camera coming up in my blog in the next couple of months.
Photo courtesy Panasonic