Panasonic Lumix range helps you get closer to the action – and share it with friends

By Naomi Mackay,

If you’re hoping to get closer to the action this summer – whether it’s at one of the sporting summer’s events, or taking photos of the kids or wildlife in safari parks or in the countryside, then Panasonic’s latest Super-Zoom digital camera might do the trick.

Panasonic Range

The LUMIX DMC-FZ62 has a 24x optical zoom lens and also offers full HD video capture. The 16-megapixel camera also has a 25mm ultra wide angle lens and 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD. There are plenty of manual operation options too, making it a good choice for enthusiastic photographers, while also offering enough help to less experienced snappers.

Taking those impromptu images should be easier, thanks to the fact that the camera fires up in 0.9 seconds and can shoot 10fps in full resolution with the mechanical shutter and 5fps in continuous autofocus.

AF tracking ensures it locks on to your subject and maintains focus even if it’s moving fast – plus the optical image stabiliser ensures there’s less handshake, especially in low light and night time shooting,

If you like to have fun with your shots, the good news is that the Creative Control mode has been upgraded to offer eight new filter options including : Dynamic Monochrome, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter along with Retro, High Key, Sepia, and Miniature Effect5.

The LUMIX DMC-FZ62 will sell for around £349.99.

If you like to share fun photos and videos with friends, take a look at the Panasonic LUMIX SZ5. The LUMIX SZ5 has a number of connectivity options – from Wi-Fi, to DLNA to smartphone compatibility – making it easier to post images and videos online. It is also possible to use your smartphone as a remote control. The LUMIX SZ5 has a 14-megapixel sensor, plus a 10x optical zoom, the LUMIX SZ5 allows you to boost the quality of your daily photography.

This compact camera is on sale for a tad under £180.

Finally, Panasonic is launching a budget price superzoom camera in the shape of the LUMIX DMC-LZ20, which has a 16MP CCD, 25mm ultra wide angle lens with 21x optical zoom and optical image stabiliser. Video is restricted to 720p at 30fps but the camera costs a very reasonable £150 or thereabouts.