Panasonic has announced four new digital cameras, including the weatherproof FT2 and the TZ10 ‘superzoom’ digital camera with built in GPS.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 digital camera
The 12.1Mp TZ10 features a 25-300mm lens and 12x optical zoom. It has GPS technology that electronically tags photos with GPS coordinates.
Panasonic says that ‘images can be pin-pointed on the maps of social media internet maps to be shared with friends and family,’ and that it adds ‘fun to photo shooting during travel’.
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The Panasonic TZ10 captures HD video that can be played back on a PC, a TV or the 3-inch LCD on the rear of the camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 digital camera
The 12.1Mp Panasonic FZ8 digital camera has a 12x optical zoom, set between 25 and 300mm.
It can capture HD video at 1280×720 resolution, but it lacks the GPS connectivity of the TZ10.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 digital camera
The 14.1Mp Panasonic FT2 digital camera is the second ‘tough’ camera from Panasonic, following on from the Panasonic FT1.
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According to Panasonic, the FT2 can survive temperatures as cold as -10C, drops from heights up to 2m, being plunged underwater to a depth of 10m, as well as exposure to dust.
The FT2 a 4.6x optical zoom and a reinforced 2.7-inch LCD.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 digital camera
The 14.1Mp ZX3 has an 8x optical zoom and can record HD video. Panasonic says that the ZX3 is a ‘super compact and versatile’ camera. It comes with 28 scene modes to adjust for different picture settings, and comes with basic HD video-editing software.
The Panasonic digital cameras work with Windows 7. The cameras use SD cards for storage, and the soon-to-be-available SDXC memory cards that can store 2TB (2 terabytes) of data.
The four new Panasonic cameras are due to be launched in May 2010.
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