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Panasonic announces six new digital cameras

Range includes Panasonic's first 'rugged' compact

Panasonic DMC-FT1

Panasonic DMC-FT1

Panasonic has unveiled six new compact digital cameras including a waterproof model which also can also record video using AVCHD Lite high definition technology.

Two models in the range feature AVCHD Lite – the waterproof DMC-FT1 and the DMC-TZ7.

AVCHD is a high definition format commonly found in today’s HD camcorders, and while AVCHD Lite is a reduced resolution version of this; both cameras are likely to offer better-than-average camera video quality.

‘Drop-proof’ and ‘waterproof’ cameras

Christopher Christoforou, Which? researcher, said: ‘The FT1 is a good looking little camera that Panasonic claims is waterproof to 3 metres, and drop proof from a height of 1.5 metres.

‘The FT1 will compete with the Olympus mju Tough range. We think the Panasonic certainly beats the Olympus on style.’

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Panasonic DMC-TZ7

Panasonic DMC-TZ7 Hybrid

Panasonic extends TZ range

The DMC-TZ7 is the latest incarnation in Panasonic’s TZ-series, popular for its small, compact bodied cameras with high power, image-stabilised, optical zoom lenses.

The TZ7’s 25-300mm lens will take you in closer to faraway objects and zoom you out more than its predecessor, the Best Buy TZ4.

The DMC-TZ6 is a slightly cheaper version of the TZ7, but offers 10Mp of resolution rather than 12Mp.

Panasonic has also unveiled the 12.1Mp DMC-FX40, which has a 25-125mm lens, and the touchscreen DMC-FX580, which should compete with similar touchscreen models from Sony

Budget digital cameras

Fans of budget digital cameras will be pleased to hear of the launch of the DMC-FS25. Although the price has yet to be announced, we think the FS25 will have a similar price level to the excellent value Best Buy Panasonic FS3.

This new range of Panasonic digital cameras will become available in April 2009. 

For news on the Panasonic digital cameras launched at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, read our Sony Cyber-shot range gets megapixel boost article.

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