Panasonic unveils four new Lumix pocket digital cameras

Panasonic has announced five new, higher-end members to their Lumix pocket-sized digital camera family, all with some top-of-the-line features.

Panasonic has announced four new, higher-end members to their Lumix pocket-sized digital camera family, all with some top-of-the-line features.

There's a lot to go over, so let's breakdown the details on the Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot quartet:

DMC-TS2 (pictured above)

  • 14.1-megapixel sensor
  • 28mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario Elmar lens
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen
  • 4.6x optical zoom (total zoom boosted to 6x with Intelligent Zoom)
  • AVCHD Lite HD 720p video recording
  • Venus Engine HD II image processing technology (for better noise reduction)
  • Autofocus speeds: 0.24 seconds, 0.28 seconds
  • Special features: Intelligent Resolution (enhances outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation), Intelligent Scene Selector (chooses from six possible scenes: Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset)
  • Rugged digital camera: waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof to 10 feet, freezeproof to 14° F and dustproof
  • Can shoot up to 360 images on a single charge
  • Compatible with SDXC memory cards
  • Available in silver, blue, orange and yellow

DMC-ZR3

  • 14.1-megapixel sensor
  • 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen
  • 8x optical zoom
  • AVCHD Lite HD video recording
  • Autofocus speeds: 0.26 seconds (wide-end), 0.31 seconds (tele-end)
  • 1-inch thick body
  • Special features: Happy Mode (Optimizes color, saturation and brightness), Face Recognition, Intelligent Resolution and Intelligent Zoom (10x)
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards
  • Available in silver, black, red and blue

DMC-ZS5

  • 12.1-megapixel sensor
  • 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica lens
  • 12x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen
  • Records HD video in Motion JPG at 30 fps
  • Venus Engine VI
  • Can shoot 330 photos in a single battery charge
  • Available in black and silver

DMC-ZS7

  • 12.1-megapixel sensor
  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens
  • 12x optical zoom (also works in video mode)
  • Venus Engine HD image processing technology
  • Autofocus speeds: 0.35 second (wide-end), 0.41 seconds (tele-end)
  • Hybrid "superzoom" digital camera
  • Records HD video in AVCHD Lite
  • Special features: Intelligent Resolution, Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Scene Selector, Built-in GPS feature (embeds photos and videos with latitude and longitude details)
  • Comes with PHOTOfunSTUDIO HD Edition Version 5.1 software
  • Compatible with SDXC memory cards
  • Available in silver, black, red and blue

Neither prices nor release dates have been announced on any of these yet, so stay tuned.