Panasonic have added two new cameras to its award-winning range of ‘super-zoom’ digital cameras, the DMC-FZ150 and the DMC-FX90, as well as a firmware upgrade for the DMC-LX5. I have to admit that, unlike their uncanny ability to make their subjects look remarkably more attractive and even younger, zooms don’t seem to be a digital camera’s strongest asset. No wonder therefore has Panasonic’s FZ, which boast powerful zooms that can tackle proximity issues, won awards.
Evolving its ‘super zoom’ stature is the range’s newest addition – the DMC-FZ150. With its commanding 24x optical LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT, 25mm ultra wide angle lens, with Panasonic’s Black Box Nano Surface Coating Technology to minimise the light reflection that causes ghosts and flares, the FZ150 looks like it is meant for a more serious of photographer.
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In addition to its powerful lens, the FZ150 can record high-resolution full HD 1920 x 1080 50p videos for the photographers amongst us looking to record and shoot in high definition.
For those looking to update visual aspects of their social media locates directly from their camera, they now can, with Panasonic’s new DMC-FX90. As well as offering all the usual features the FX range has become renowned for, although minus the mega zoom of the FZ150, Panasonic have lifted cameras into being the latest gadget with Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning users can share their photographic marvels with their contacts almost instantly. Being ultra-compact and definitely stylish, we reckon the FX50 is going to be a hit with all those Facebook junkies out there.
Another development in the FX range is the upgrade of the DMC-LX5, which, with updated firmware, has improved functions and performance. Such improvements include the addition of the High ISO NR (Noise Reduction) mode specifically aimed at reducing noises of images shot at high ISO 1600/3200 sensitivity, as well as boasting a redesigned algorithm, making it possible to speed up the AF time by reducing it by approximately 23% at the wide-end.