Panasonic compacts

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Three new compact cameras from Panasonic, the ZS40, ZS35, and SZ8.

The ZS40 is a super slim digital compact camera with a LVF (Live View Finder) featuring a powerful 30x optical zoom (equivalent: 24-720 mm) for the latest flagship of the ZS series. The new camera makes significant upgrades especially in functions for more advanced photography such as a Control Ring, RAW compatibility and Focus Peaking.

Panasonic integrated a 30x zoom lens in slim, flat body and the advanced HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) which effectively suppresses hand movement in both photo and video recording.

The 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the advanced image processor Venus Engine feature high speed, high sensitivity image recording achieving 1920 x 1080 60p smooth full-HD video recording in AVCHD Progressive format and high speed burst shooting at 10 fps with high picture quality.

It also has quick start-up and Light Speed Auto Focus.

With the Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet with one-touch or reading the embedded QR code without the need of cabling or searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot.

In addition, users can utilize a smartphone/tablet for a secondary monitor of the camera that enables manual control or Focus Peaking in addition to setting focus, zooming or releasing the shutter with a refined GUI (Graphic User Interface) on the smartphone/tablet.

It is also possible to record video while watching the motion live on a smartphone/tablet.

The DMC-ZS40 is equipped with built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) and complies with GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) for higher accuracy. LUMIX GPS works in association with the internal geographical dictionary of place name information for users who enjoy travelling.

A variety of special effects are integrated in the camera, including Creative Control, Creative Retouch and Creative Panorama. Zoom Macro shooting is also available.

Other features: Level Gauge, Composition Guide, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, HDR (High Dynamic Range), 3D Photo Mode, 3.0-inch monitor with AR Coating.

The DMC-ZS35 digital compact has a 20x optical zoom lens (equivalent: 24-480 mm), 16-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, 1920 x 1080 full-HD high quality video recording and high speed burst shooting at 10 fps with high picture quality. It also has quick start-up and Light Speed Auto Focus. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) is able to minimize blur even when using a powerful zoom and the Active Mode effectively suppress hand vibration in video recording.

With the Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet without a need of cabling or searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The 3.0-inch monitor tilts up to 180-degrees making it extremely easy to take a self-portrait. A variety of special effects that add fun to the shooting experience are integrated into the camera including Creative Control, Creative Retouch and Creative Panorama.

Other features: Manual Exposure, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, HDR (High Dynamic Range), 3D Photo Mode.

The DMC-SZ8 has a 12x optical zoom (equivalent: 24-288 mm) and Wi-Fi connectivity, and features the Intelligent Zoom function, making it possible to extend the zoom up to 24x by combining digital zoom with less deterioration of image quality. The Optical Image Stabilizer can effectively suppress hand movement which tends to occur when shooting with a long zoom.

The image processing by the 16-megapixel CCD sensor and the Venus Engine excels not only in picture quality but also in its processing speed, says Panasonic. It enables 1280 x 720 HD video recording and high speed photo shooting.

With the Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect the camera directly to their smartphone/tablet.

Special effects integrated in the camera include Creative Control, Creative Retouch and Creative Panorama. For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode is available.

With a motion picture button, the 720p HD video recording can be started instantly. The iA mode lets users leave everything to the camera to take beautiful images with its Optical Image Stabilizer, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure and Face Detection.

The DMC-SZ8 also comes with Panorama Shot, 3-inch LCD, HDR(High Dynamic Range).

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