At CES 2016 Panasonic announced two new compact digital cameras, a tele zoom lens, and five new camcorders. The big headline, however, is that the two digital still cameras are the first cameras from an established digital camera maker to offer the option to change focus after the image has been taken, using similar computational imaging technology based on multiple image capture. Panasonic is calling it “Post-Focus.”
The Lumix DMC-ZS100 is Panasonic’s new flagship compact digital pocket camera, houses a big 1-inch MOS sensor, and is the first Panasonic model to feature “Post-Focus”, which lets you adjust focus after you’ve taken the picture. The camera captures multiple images with optimal focus for 49 individual areas within each frame. You can then manually select which area you want to focus on. You can even generate multiple versions of the same image with different areas in focus.
The ZS100 also features a 25-250mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8-5.9 Leica zoom lens and can record 4K videos, and lets you extract 8MP still images from video footage shot with the camera.
- 20MP 1-inch sensor
- 10x f/2.8-5.9
- 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilization
- Close focus down to 5cm
- Post Focus technology
- PASM Exposure Control
- Over 40 Creative filters and scene modes
- 4K video capture at 30p
- AVCHD/MP4 video capture
- RAW, JPEG still image capture
- ISO range 80-25,600
- Wi-Fi, NFC
- 3-inch Touch Monitor, 1040k dot resolution
Panasonic also introduced the Lumix DMC-ZS60, an 11-ounce compact camera optimized for travel photography. Featuring a 30x zoom lens and 4k still/video capture, the camera packs an 18MP MOS sensor and a 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.3-6.4optical zoom range. In addition to capturing 4K video, the ZS60 also lets you extract an 8-MP still from 4K video, and offers the same Post-Focus feature found on the ZS100. Shutter speeds are as fast as 1/16,000 sec.
• 0.2-inch 1,166k-dot Electronic View Finder
• 1/2.3” High Sensitivity MOS
• 5 AXIS HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization
• Contrast Auto Focus with DFD Technology
• 10fps burst photo mode (full resolution – 5fps with AF)
• Face / eye tracking AF
• Full wireless control and photography via the Panasonic Image App
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm lens
For its line of Micro Four Thirds system cameras, Panasonic announced a new telephoto zoom, the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.4 ASPH with Power Optical Image Stabilization. It is the longest focal length lens for Micro Four Thirds, consisting of 20 elements in 13 groups and a powerful 35mm equivalent range of a 200-800mm lens. Power OIS is said to keep shake under control, while focus limiters and manual focus are available.
- 240fps AF Drive
- Zoom ring lock
- Weather Sealing
- Integrated Quick Shifting Tripod Mount
- Integrated shift-away lens-hood
- 9 rounded diaphragm blades
- Filter size: 72mm
- Closest focus 4.27 feet
The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm lens will be available in April from Adorama for $1,799.99, and can be pre-ordered now.
Panasonic also announced two new 4K UHD camcorders and three full-HD models ranging from semi-pro models to affordable consumer camcorders. All can be pre-ordered now through Adorama; pre-ordered items will ship on a first-come, first-served basis. Credit cards will not be charged until orders are shipped.
The most advanced model is the Panasonic WXF991 ($899.99), a 4K camcorder with an electronic viewfinder, wireless multi-camera recording, twin-camera picture-in-picture recording, a 20x optical zoom, level shot function, 5-axis hand shake detection, HDR movie capture, and built-in Wi-Fi. 4K cropping lets you cut out full HD video from 4K footage within the camcorder, and allows for post-edit effects such as zooming, panning, tracking and stabilizing.
The VX980 lacks the EVF and twin camera features of the WXF991, but otherwise offers a similar set of features.
The Panasonic VX580 ($399.99) is the most advanced of Panasonic’s new full-HD camcorders, offering Twin Camera, a sub-camera built into the edge of the LCD monitor housing, a Narration mode that records the camera user’s voice, and 5-axis level shot function. It also offers wireless multi-camera recording and high dynamic range movie shooting, built-in Wi-Fi, and 50x optical zoom lens that includes a 28mm (equivalent) wide-angle lens.
The Panasonic V380 ($329.99) offers most of the same features as the VX580, but without Twin Camera and HDR movie recording capabilities.
The Panasonic 180 ($229.99) is the most affordable of Panasonic new camcorders. It offers the same basic features as the V380, but without Wi-Fi.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix Leica Vario-Elmar Lens, 100-400mm F/4.0-6.3 for Mirrorless Micro 4/3 Price $1799.99
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 Digital Camera
Panasonic 4K Ultra HD Camcorder WXF991 with WiFi
Panasonic 4K Ultra HD Camcorder VX981 with WiFi Twin Camera and 4K Photo Features
Panasonic Full HD Camcorder W580 with WiFi
Panasonic Full HD Camcorder V380 with WiFi
Panasonic Full HD Camcorder V180 with 50x Stabilized Optical Zoom and Touch-Enabled LCD