Panasonic Australia has released details of ten new Lumix cameras that are scheduled to go on sale in coming months.


February 15, 2011: Panasonic Australia has released details of ten new Lumix cameras that are scheduled to go on sale in coming months.

In April, the company will add two new models to its popular TZ Series of digicams for travellers, the Lumix DMC-TZ20 (RRP $599) and DMC-TZ18 (RRP $499). Both models are equipped with 16x optical zoom, 24mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lenses and 14.1 megapixel MOS sensors. Both feature improved Sonic Speed AF, which claims approximately 49% faster speed than the DMC-TZ10.
The DMC-TZ20, which will be offered in black, boasts an enhanced iA (Intelligent Auto) mode. A new Active Mode is added to the conventional POWER O.I.S. system to minimise blur when recording movies at wide-angle. This model also offers Full HD AVCHD movie recording and GPS functionality plus a new 3D Photo mode that records 20 panning shots from which the camera automatically selects the best stereo pair.
The DMC-TZ18, which comes in silver, records HD video in 1280 x 720p at 30 fps. It also offers WGA (848 x 480) and normal VGA (640 x 480) resolutions. Built-in iA modes for easy shooting include POWER O.I.S, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking.
Scheduled for release next month, the 12.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-FT3 (RRP $599) is a third-generation model that is waterproof to 12m, shockproof to 2m, freeze-proof to -10 degrees Celsius and dustproof. New additions include built-in GPS function, compass, altimeter and barometer. This model features a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with folded optics and angle-of-view coverage equivalent to 28-129mm in 35mm format. Up to 6x digital zoom magnification is provided by the Intelligent Zoom function.
The Lumix DMC-FX78 (RRP $499), which will go on sale in April, features a 3.5-inch Smart Touch Screen. It also boasts a new Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens with a zoom range equivalent to 24-120mm in 35m format plus a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor and Venus Engine FHD processor. In addition to the normal iA (Intelligent Auto) mode and Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus), this model comes with a new Lumix Image Uploader that offers direct, instant image sharing via social networking sites Facebook and YouTube with any PC.

The new Lumix DMC-FH27 ($349) and DMC-FH25 ($299), which go on sale next month, feature 16.1-megapixel sensors and 8x optical zoom lenses plus Venus Engine VI processing chips. The DMC-FH27 is distinguished by its 3.0-inch Smart Touch LCD monitor. Both models record HD video clips in 1280 x 720p at 24 fps and come with the Lumix Image Uploader.
Other entry-level models being released next month include the DMC-FH5 (RRP $249) and the DMC-FH2 (RRP $199) and 14.1-megapixel DMC-S3 (RRP $169) and 12.1-megapixel DMC-S1 (RRP $149). Full details of the new models can be found at For re-seller information, phone 132 600.