Panasonic Goes Big on Zoom at CES

Micro 4 Thirds photographers will love the lengthy lenses and telephoto zoom on Panasonic’s compact fashions.

Panasonic ZS100

LAS VEGAS—Panasonic is saying a couple of merchandise at CES, together with a pair of premium digital cameras, a new lens for its Micro 4 Thirds mirrorless camera system, and a handful of camcorders.

CES 2016 Bug ArtThe Lumix DMC-ZS100 is an all-new design. It is a pocket camera constructed across the 20-megapixel 1-inch image sensor utilized by the FZ1000 and a slew of cameras provided by Sony and Canon.

The Canon G3 X nonetheless has the longest zoom of 1-inch fashions—a 24x (25-600mm) vary—however it will not slide right into a pocket. The ZS100 features a 10x (25-250mm) lens with an f/2.8-5.9 variable aperture vary, and is eminently pocketable. It boasts an built-in digital viewfinder with a 0.2-inch diagonal measurement and a 1,166k-dot decision, in addition to a 3-inch 1,040k-dot touch-delicate rear display.

Uncooked and JPG image seize can be found, with the JPG processing engine tuned to make use of what Panasonic is looking Random Filter Noise Discount, which it guarantees will higher protect particulars and mimic movie grain when capturing JPGs at greater ISO settings. The image sensor has a base ISO one hundred twenty five sensitivity, however could be pushed all the best way to 12800 in its native vary, or to ISO 25600 in prolonged mode.

Video seize is obtainable at 4K decision. A hybrid 5-axis stabilization system, which mixes lens-based mostly and sensor-based mostly stabilization, is there to regular handheld footage. There’s additionally a 1080p video crop mode, which can be utilized to increase the ZS100’s telephoto attain when capturing video, in addition to to carry out automated zooms and pans which might be smoother than what most armchair cinematographers can accomplish on their very own.

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Help for Panasonic’s 4K Photograph mode is included. The ZS100 additionally helps Publish Focus, which captures a fast collection of 4K photographs, every with a special focus level. It additionally provides a new feature, Mild Composition, which is analogous to the Stay Composite mode you will discover in Olympus cameras. It permits you to seize lengthy publicity pictures at night time with out blowing out highlights or washing out shadows—helpful for mild portray, capturing star path photographs, and capturing fireworks.

Astrophotographers will respect the Starlight AF perform, which is designed to convey stars into sharp focus. And when capturing terrestrial objects, the DFD AF system guarantees to lock and hearth in 0.1 seconds. The ZS100 can shoot at 5fps with steady focus enabled, or at 10fps with locked focus.

The usual bells and whistles—Wi-Fi file switch and distant management—are constructed-in. As for battery life, the camera is rated for 300 photographs utilizing the rear LCD or 240 with the EVF based mostly on CIPA requirements.

The ZS100 is priced at $ seven hundred. It can go on sale at the top of March. Panasonic is providing the camera in silver or black.

Panasonic ZS60

It’s joined by the Lumix DMC-ZS60. It is an replace to our present favourite pocket superzoom, the ZS50. The camera retains the identical 30x zoom lens, however ups the image-sensor decision to 18-megapixels and provides 4K video. It is priced at $ 500 and can go on sale in mid-March.

House owners of Micro 4 Thirds mirrorless cameras may have a new lens to lust after in 2016. The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH. Energy O.I.S. has each an extended identify and telephoto attain. It covers the identical subject of view as a 200-800mm would on a full-body camera. 

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The lens is sealed towards mud and splashes, features optical stabilization, and a linear drive focus motor, which is fast sufficient to maintain up with the demanding activity of sustaining focus whereas recording 4K video. It doubles as a macro, providing 1:4 magnification at its widest angle and 1:2 magnification when zoomed all the best way in. Regardless of its excessive telephoto design, it is pretty mild (2.1 kilos) and compact (6.8 by 3.3 inches). Pricing and availability haven’t but been introduced.

Lastly, Panasonic is refreshing numerous its camcorder fashions. There are two new 4K fashions, the WXF991 ($ 999) and the VX981 ($ 899). New 1080p fashions embrace the W580 ($ 399), V380 (price to be decided), and the V180 ($ 230).

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