CES: Panasonic intros entry-level Lumix S1, S3 digital cameras

Panasonic also has a pair of simple cameras for beginner photographers or anyone looking for a simple shooter with decent photo and video specs.

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Panasonic also has a pair of simple cameras for beginner photographers or anyone looking for a simple shooter with decent photo and video specs.

Dubbed as "easy-to-use" cameras, the 12.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-S1 and 14.1-megapixel DMC-S3 models each sport a 28mm wide-angle 4x optical zoom lenses and are powered by Venus Engine VI image processors.

Just like the rest of the Lumix compact cameras announced today, expect many Intelligent shooting features such as face detection, Intelligent ISO and scene selectors and optical image stabilization. Panasonic has also placed a big emphasis on sharing with the Lumix Image Uploader. No software is required. All a user has to do is connect the camera to a computer via USB, and a prompt will come up to send images and videos to Facebook and YouTube, respectively.

The S1 will be available in five shades (blue, black, gold, pink and silver), while the S3 will be outfitted in blue, red, black and violet.

Pricing and availability for the S1 and S3 models will be revealed 30 days prior to shipping, but expect these two to be on the budget-friendly end of the cost spectrum.