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Panasonic Lumix cameras debut at CES 2011

CES 2011 sees the debut of Panasonic's S-series

Panasonic has announced six new Lumix digital cameras at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Las Vegas.

The new Panasonic cameras will compliment existing FS-series models according to the company, sitting towards the lower-end of Panasonic’s range of digital compacts.

Panasonic DMC-S1 and DMC-S3

The S1 and S3 are Panasonic’s first models in its new S-series range. Designed to be easy to use, they are squarely aimed at newcomers to digital photography. Panasonic says that ease of use from at the heart of the new camera designs, resulting in simple-to-use features. 

Both cameras sport a 2.7-inch LCD screen, a wide-angle 28-112mm lens and optical image stabilisation for sharper shots. HD video recording at 720p features.

The S1 has a 12.1Mp sensor, while the S3 has 14.1Mp sensor.

Check out our CES 2011 news highlights for the latest updates from this year’s show.

Panasonic FS16

The slim Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16

Panasonic DMC-FS16 and DMC-FS18

At just 0.7-inch thick, Panasonic’s new FS16 and FS18 are smaller and easier to carry round than the S-series. They share 720p HD video recording, lens focal length and screen size with the S-series, but the FS18 pushes the megapixel count up to 16.1Mp. 

Megapixel considerations

However, Which?’s expert testing has found that many cameras with high megapixel counts often perform less capably in more challenging low-light conditions, producing grainier photos, though Which? hasn’t tested Panasonic’s new range of cameras to see if they suffer from this. 

Very high resolutions are only useful if you do lots of digital cropping and editing, or if you’re getting your photos enlarged to poster sizes.

Camera-buyers are also becoming increasingly wary of the higher prices that large megapixel counts can command.

Panasonic DMC-FS35 and DMC-FS37

The FS35 and FS37 are two more cameras with 16.1Mp. They have larger lenses of 28-224mm, useful for when you have to zoom close-in as well as for wide-angle shots. 

The F37 has a 3-inch LCD screen with touch-screen focusing and shooting. You just touch your subject on the screen to focus and then shoot.

Touch-screen focusing isn’t available on the F35, which has a 2.7-inch LCD screen

Find out how other Panasonic Lumix cameras fared in our in-depth, lab-based digital camera reviews.

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