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Panasonic 8-18 mm lens

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Panasonic has announced a new Micro Four Thirds zoom lens, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18 mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH., the equivalent of a 16-36 mm lens in full format.

The lens features Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosting and flaring. The lens also boasts a rugged, dust/splash-proof design and is freeze-proof.

Filter size is 67 mm.

Comprised of 15 elements in 10 groups, the lens system features an aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, three aspherical lenses, two ED lenses and an UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens. The use of these lenses, according to Panasonic, effectively suppresses spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve high resolution and contrast from centre to corners.

The company also notes the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to silent operation achieved by an inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly capture brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming, says the company, which also notes the AF tracking performance when zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

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panasonic-gh5Panasonic teased us with an announcement at Photokina in September that it would soon unveil a new top-of-the-line digital single lens mirrorless camera, the Lumix GH5. The time has come, and the camera will be available in late March.

It’s quite the camera, as a flagship model should be, a Micro Four Thirds camera delivering a high-end, hybrid performance to photo enthusiasts and professional videographers looking to capture 4K 60p/50p video and 6K Photo.

The proof will be in the pudding, as the saying goes, but let’s see what the company has to say about the GH5 and its performance:

The camera is able to achieve high-quality images with real-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and colour reproduction. Its new Digital LIVE MOS Sensor increases the pixel count by 25 percent compared to the GH4, from 16.05-megapixels to 20.3-megapixels, while also removing the low-pass filter.

The camera also comes with a new image processor Venus Engine, which achieves improvement especially in natural texture expression. The engine’s Multi-pixel Luminance Generation renders clear, sharp images by referring to a 9x larger area of pixel information during the de-mosaic process for precise detail reproduction. With Intelligent Detail Processing, the characteristic of every single pixel is analyzed to detect whether the pixel is located at a flat, detail or edge part of the picture. Optimum processing according to the characteristic of each pixel is then applied. This results in high-precision yet natural images with stunning detail suppressing false colours at its edges.

Also, Three Dimensional Colour Control detects not only hue and saturation, but also brightness, and applies optimum control according to the value of each factor. This achieves rich colour reproduction from shadows to highlights of the image. The conventional Multi Process NR (Noise Reduction) is upgraded to High Precision Multi Process NR. It boasts 4x the noise identification accuracy compared to the previous engine and preserves details even after the noise reduction process. As a result, photos can be clearly shot even at high sensitivity ISO values of up to 25,600.

There’s more, as might be guessed:

The GH5 also incorporates the 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) 2, which suppresses blurring in more powerful and advanced ways for both photo and video recording, including 4K video. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), it compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable. The high-precision gyro sensor controls both the O.I.S. and B.I.S. compensation by studying the focal length and shooting conditions, making it possible to use a maximum 5-stop slower shutter speed.

Panasonic touts the GH5 as a lean, mean, video machine:

Signal readout speed has been accelerated by a maximum 1.7x in the new Digital Live MOS Sensor, and the new Venus Engine processes signals at a maximum 1.3x higher speed. This, says the company, realizes 4K 60p/50p ultra high-definition, smooth, video recording for the first time in a DSLM camera. It is also capable of internal 4:2:2 / 10-bit video recording, which is the colour subsampling commonly used for film production, for even more faithful colour reproduction.

The high-sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine effectively suppress rolling shutter distortion and realize high-speed readout of full digital signals. This ensures an outstandingly high image quality for every single frame. In addition, the focal length in video recording is kept the same as that in photo shooting (no cropping).

Users can freely choose between MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD formats at a variety of frame rates, and there is no recording time limit for both FHD and 4K video. Professional users working globally can set the system frequency to 59.94Hz, 50.00Hz or 24.00Hz.

While ‘Cinelike D’ and ‘Cinelike V’, which have similar gamma setting characteristics for film production, are available in Photo Style for video recording, the GH5 also provides ‘Like 709’ for compatibility with HDTV. A paid software upgrade to support V-LogL video recording is also available.

In response to requests from professional users, the camera comes with a Waveform Monitor and Vector Scope. It also embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which makes it easy to synchronize multiple video footage or sound sources in the post production workflow. Luminance levels can be selected between 64-1023 / 64-940 / 0-1023 (10-bit). Synchro Scan mode suppresses flicker and Color Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) are also available.

The GH5 comes with a newly improved Depth from Defocus and Contrast AF technology, which not only calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels, but also analyzes the form, size and even motion of the subject comprehensively. Thanks to the new Venus Engine, the time for measuring the distance to the subject is 6x faster, while factoring the distance into in-plane or in-depth is 2x faster.

The speed of sensor drive during auto focusing in photo shooting mode has been increased to 480 fps, which is 2x faster than that of the GH4. Consequently, the GH5 realizes ultra-high-speed AF of approximately 0.05 sec and 12 (AFS) / 9 (AFC) fps high-speed burst shooting using a mechanical shutter in full resolution. By analyzing every single frame precisely, it achieves a maximum 200 percent higher precision frame detection with minimum motion detection error for higher tracking tolerance against moving subjects.

For even more precise focusing, the number of focus areas has been increased from 49 to 225. Users can create a group of focus areas depending on the composition and can control it easily with a new joystick located on the thumb position, without taking your eyes off the subject. This is possible even when using the LVF or releasing the finger off the shutter button.

If focus is not exactly as the user intended when the shutter is pressed, the GH5’s Post Focus function enables users to select the specific focus point even after shooting. In addition, the camera also features a Focus Stacking function. Taking a single macro photo with specific areas in focus, for example, can sometimes be difficult; Focus Stacking enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different focus points. You can then combine them into one image with the defocus as you like.

The 6K Photo function makes it possible to capture at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of the 6K burst file (in 3:2 or 4:3 aspect) to save as an approximately 18-megapixel equivalent high resolution photo. 4K Photo has also been upgraded enabling 60 fps high speed capture in approximately 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. In 6K/4K Photo, three exclusive modes are available to choose from depending on the situation; 6K/4K Burst, 6K/4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 6K/4K Pre-burst.

By compensating the signal information between the frames, the Venus Engine makes it possible to apply Post Recording Refinement over the pictures to correct distortion and reduce noise when playing back or cutting images out of the 6K/4K burst file. As a result, the picture quality of 6K/4K Photo shot at high shutter speed in high sensitivity or those shot in panning are dramatically improved.

The GH5’s main structure is magnesium alloy, a full die-cast front/rear frame. Secure construction and the sealing of every joint, dial, and button makes the camera not only splash/dust-proof, but also freeze-proof down to -10 Celsius.

The camera is equipped with two SD Memory Card slots compatible with high-speed, high capacity UHS-IIs. Users can flexibly choose the recording method either in Relay Rec, Backup Rec or Allocation Rec.

The GH5 has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x / 0.76x (35 mm camera equivalent). The high-precision, high-speed, OLED, 3.2-inch, free-angle, rear screen display features 100 percent field of view.

And, oh yes, the shutter unit is durable for approximately 200,000 releases.

The GH5 integrates Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) connectivity.

There’s an optional battery grip, to extend shooting time.

The optionally available microphone adaptor is a plug-in type adaptor for XLR microphone to record high quality stereo sound.

To save power, the camera automatically enters sleep mode after detecting the eye is off the LVF sensor.

Various shutter systems are available with the GH5: A mechanical shutter with maximum 1/8000 sec, an electronic-first curtain shutter with maximum 1/2000 sec which can be used with flash while suppressing the shutter shock, and an electronic shutter without shutter shock with maximum 1/6000 sec.

Firmware updates will add: Full HD 4:2:2 10bit video recording capability (scheduled for April); 400Mbps 4:2:2 10bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p/25p/24p; Full HD, high resolution video recording in Anamorphic mode; Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style mode which enables 4K HDR video recording and USB tethering (all scheduled for second half of 2017).

The Lumix GH5 will be available (body only) in late March.

Panasonic Lumix GX850

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pansaonic-gx850Designed for selfie-takers, the compact mirrorless camera Lumix GX850 offers a flip-up rear monitor and 4K Photo and 4K Video in a compact body.

The 3.0-inch touch control screen boasts a 180-degree tiltable structure and the camera goes into Self Shot mode automatically once the monitor is flipped. In Self Shot mode, a variety of functions for selfies are available, including a newly-added 4K Selfie mode. The beauty functions enable users to shoot portraits more attractively and after shooting, aesthetic/make-up retouching can even be applied in the camera with the Beauty Retouch function. Users can also choose to capture the background clearly or defocused depending on the situation with the new Background Control mode. Panorama pictures can be shot in Self Shot mode.

The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high-resolution images in fine details with high-contrast, impressive colour reproduction and maximum ISO 25,600 high sensitivity, notes the company.

The GX850 records QFHD 4K videos in 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30p or 24p in mp4. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can also enjoy 4K Photo shots and a variety of derivative functions, such as Focus Stacking, Post Focus and Light Composition.

For more creative freedom, Creative Control, Creative Panorama and Photo Style including L. Monochrome mode are included. The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode and Scene Guide are said to make the camera easy to use even for those new to digital interchangeable lens system cameras. Also the camera integrates Wi-Fi connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.

A variety of beauty functions enable users to shoot more attractive portraits, offering Soft Skin, Defocusing and Slimming effects.

Face Shutter and Buddy Shutter functions can also be used to trigger the shutter release. They work when the face is once covered with a waving hand or when two faces come closer in a frame.

In 4K Photo, three modes can be chosen: 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All of these let the user save pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds following a designated frame can be saved.

The LUMIX also offers a Post Focus function that lets users select the in-focus area even after shooting. This function was developed by combing DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and 4K technology.

For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode provides a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control and Food Recognition.

The Scene Guide offers 21 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the one closest to their shooting situation and the optimum parameters for shooting the scene will be automatically set.

Creative Control mode features a total of 22 filter options.

The camera automatically starts recording photos at a time lapse sequence once the start time, interval and the number of pictures to shoot are set.

Users can record video in a designated short period of time (2/4/6/8 sec) as they shoot “moving photos.” In this function, rack focusing or addition of a fade effect (colour in/out, black in/out, white in/out) are available.

Available in silver and black, the Lumix GX850 will be available in early February.

Panasonic Lumix FZ80

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panasonic-fz80Panasonic’s Lumix FZ80 features the Lumix DC Vario 60x optical zoom (equivalent: 20-1200 mm). The 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and advanced image processor Venus Engine help achieve high-speed response and high-quality images.

For fast response and high mobility, the camera boasts a high-speed, high-precision AF with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology1, which shortens the focusing time. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels at a high 240-fps signal exchange speed. As a result, the camera achieves focus in approximately 0.09 sec. This benefit is said to increase as the focal length grows. The company notes Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.

The FZ80 also offers high-speed burst shooting at 10 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC). Thanks to the touch-control system, users can quickly focus right on the subject and even release the shutter with touch operation.

The camera records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30p. The optical zoom and POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode suppresses blurring, even in video recording, says the company. Users can enjoy 4K photo shots and a variety of derivative functions, such as the new Focus Stacking, Post Focus, Light Composition, and 4K Live Cropping. For more creative freedom, Creative Control and Creative Panorama options are available.

As well as a rear monitor with touch-control system, the camera has an EVF (Electronic View Finder). It also includes Wi-Fi connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image-sharing with easy operation, plus a hot shoe.

Intelligent Zoom extends the lens zoom ratio up to 120x equivalent.

The camera offers the Post Focus function which enables users to select the in-focus area even after shooting. This function has been developed by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology with 4K technology. Both Post Focus and Focus Stacking can be activated quickly with the dedicated button on the top panel.

As well as QFHD 4K videos, the camera records Full-HD 1920×1080 videos at 60p in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with full-time AF.

The FZ80 enables 4K Live Cropping in video recording to achieve stable panning or zooming in video recording. Thanks to its digital operation, panning and zooming images are smooth because it does not physically move the zoom lens.

A variety of video recording options are also available: High Speed Video, Time Lapse and Stop Motion Animation. High Speed Video records at 120fps.

Full manual control is available with the camera

Panasonic also notes the design of the grip has been re-engineered for stable holding during extended shooting.

The FZ80 will have a black body and will be available in March.

Panasonic 12-60 mm lens

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pansonic-12-60-lensPanasonic has a new standard zoom digital interchangeable lens, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60 mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (equivalent: 24-120 mm), the first lens in what the company says is the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.0 Series.

Designed for both stills and video, all of the lenses in this series feature a 9-blade diaphragm to give the aperture a rounded shape for an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. All lenses also use Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring. They boast a rugged, dust/splash-proof design and are even freeze-proof to withstand professional use under harsh conditions.

The 12-60 mm lens comprises 14 elements in 12 groups, and features four aspherical lenses and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses to suppress spherical distortion or chromatic aberration.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for blurring, says the company, making it easy to shoot even in dim lighting. The lens works with the Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer), 5-axis Dual I.S., and 5-axis Dual I.S.2 systems when mounted on an applicable Lumix mirrorless cameras.

The linear motor enables the camera to comply with the sensor drive at 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF.

Notably, says Panasonic, the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming. The AF tracking performance in zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

Panasonic says the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.0 Series lineup will expand with additional lenses; an 8-18mm (16-36 mm equivalent) and 50-200 mm (100-400 mm equivalent) are presently under development.

Panasonic 12 mm lens

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pana 12 mmPanasonic has announced the Leica DG Summilux 12 mm f/1.4 ASPH. for Micro Four Thirds cameras. It’s the equivalent of 24 mm in full format. The lens boasts a rugged, splash/dust-proof design (when combined with splash and dustproof camera).

Integrating two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, the lens system is comprised of 15 elements in 12 groups. Panasonic says the adoption of five special lenses makes it possible to meet the stringent Leica standard for exceptional image quality with high resolution and minimum distortion.

The company also notes flare is commonly seen around the periphery of a point source with many high-speed lenses when a large aperture is employed. However, this new lens is said to achieve high resolution from the centre of the image to the corners by suppressing this flare. Multi-coating also minimizes ghosting and flaring.

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the lens is capable of smooth, silent operation.

The new lens has an aperture ring for direct aperture control. Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.

A metal mount assures durability for repeated use, says Panasonic. The lens barrel and hood are also made of metal.

The lens weighs 335 g (0.74 lb).

No word as yet on availability and price.

Panasonic GX85

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pana gx85Panasonic has unveiled another member of its G-series mirrorless cameras, the Lumix GX85, featuring no low pass filter and therefore delivering a nearly 10 percent boost in fine detail resolving power when compared to other 16-megapixel sensors, says the company.

The GX85 incorporates a new 5-axis Dual I.S. (image stabilizer) for more effective suppression of blur. Combining an O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and a B.I.S.(Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), the 5-axis Dual I.S. compensates for a larger range of movement than ever before, says Panasonic.

The 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor without a low pass filter and a new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high resolution images in detail with high contrast, impressive colour reproduction, the company states. The camera adopts a new electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit; the shock caused by the movement of the shutter is said to be reduced by about 90 percent in comparison with a conventional spring-powered shutter unit. Shutter sound is also minimized. The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and is claimed to excel in both speed and accuracy by exchanging the digital signal between the camera and the lens at up to 240 fps, resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec. A variety of AF functions including Face/Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, One-shot AF, and advanced Low Light AF are available.

The GX85 integrates a LVF (Live View Finder) with 2764K-dot equivalent high resolution and approximately 100 percent colour reproduction. This 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts 100 percent field of view. The new 3.0-inch high resolution static-type touch monitor with approximately 100 percent of field of view tilts up by 80-degrees and down by 45-degrees for shooting at either high or low angles.

For even more creative photography, the GX85 integrates the new L.Monochrome mode in Photo Style that offers monochrome capture with rich gradation comparable to that of B&W film. Focus Bracket and Aperture Bracket are also new additions to conventional Exposure Bracket and WB Brackets.

Thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone / tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images.

The camera is capable of recording 4K video in 3840 x 2160 at 30p or 24p in addition to the full-HD 1920 x 1080 60p videos with full-time AF.

4K PHOTO is on tap, to extract photos from video. Three modes are available: 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All these enable saving pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent high resolution.

The GX85 comes with the Post Focus function that enables users to select an in-focus area even after shooting. You can get multiple shots with different focus points with a single shutter release to choose from. This function has been developed by combining the DFD (Depth From Defocus) autofocus technology that enables measuring the distance to the subject, and 4K technology. Just shoot an image in a Post Focus mode and touch on the point where you want to set focus while playing it back.

In addition, the camera incorporates the Light Composition function as a new option of 4K PHOTO mode. The camera synthesizes the images by choosing and saving a brighter pixel. Panasonic says this makes it possible to produce a more luxurious, dramatic image of situations such as fireworks or night scenery in camera.

The camera also enables 4K Live Cropping in video that yields stable panning or zooming while video recording. In panning shots, you can just set the viewing angle to start and end to get smooth panning imagery without using special equipment such as a slider. When zooming, you can set the after-zoomed viewing angle first, so that the subject can fit perfectly in the frame. Thanks to the digital operation, the imagery of zooming is smooth because it does not physically move the zoom lens.

About that 5-axis Dual I.S.: Panasonic says it makes possible a 4-step slower shutter speed, and works in both photo and motion picture recording, including 4K video. Most of Panasonic’s lenses will comply with this 5-axis stabilization, says the company, even when a lens without O.I.S. is used.

The Venus Engine is said to reproduce vibrant, impressive colour by dividing hue, saturation, and luminosity, and finely adjusts them separately. The GX85 enables users to choose a preset of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction according to the shooting subject in Photo Style.

Minimum noise is claimed even at ISO 25,600.

The Low Light AF makes it possible to set focus on the subject more precisely even without the AF assist lamp in low-lit situations down to -4EV, which is as dark as moonlight, according to the company. Plus, the GX85 integrates Starlight AF which allows users to shoot a star in the sky at night with autofocus.

There are 49 focus detection areas; with Custom Multi AF mode users can select the focus blocks. In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the GX85 incorporates Face / Eye Detection AF which automatically sets focus on the eye of a human face. With the Pinpoint AF, users can magnify the target area to set precise focus.

The camera’s viewfinder comes with Eye Sensor, and Eye Sensor AF starts auto focusing by just looking into the LVF.

The GX85 has a thick, solid grip. The front/rear dual dial system enables direct setting; for example, users can adjust white balance with a front dial and set ISO with a rear dial while choosing the shutter speed or seeing the noise effect.

Creative Control mode features a total of 22 filter options. The effect parameter of each mode is also adjustable. Now it is possible to apply one of these filters even in P/A/S/M mode. Users can combine a favourable setting and filter to make specific effect. TheGX85 is capable of taking pictures “with” and “without” filter effect simultaneously, so that users can compare them and choose later.

The GX85 integrates Wi-Fi connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) for instant image sharing via smartphone/tablet.

The camera also offers RAW data development in camera, silent mode, and Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation.

Also announced is an accessory flash, the DMW-FL200L with 90-degree vertical bounce lighting. It also can be used as LED light when video recording.

No word yet on Canadian availability and pricing, although it will be available in the U.S. in May, in both silver and black versions with a 12-32 mm kit lens.

UPDATE: Available at the end of May in Canada. Body only $999.99 and with a 12-32 mm kit lens, $1099.99.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60 mm lens

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Pan 12-60Designed specifically for the Lumix G line of cameras, the Lumix G Vario 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. / Power O.I.S. lens (24-120 mm equivalent) features a splash/dust-proof design and Dual I.S. (image stabilization).

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the lens is said to deliver smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video (including 4K) recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps to take maximum advantage of cameras with high-speed AF.

A highly reliable metal mount assures durability for active use, and the lens uses multi-coated lens elements to minimize ghosts and flare.

It also features 0.54x (equivalent) magnification for macro shots.

Comprised of 11 elements in 9 groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens which effectively suppresses spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve stunning picture quality.

The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. will be available in May.

Panasonic 100-400 mm lens

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pana 100 400Panasonic has added a new telephoto lens to its Lumix G range of Micro Four Thirds system cameras. It’s the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm f/4.0-6.3 lens (200-800 mm equivalent).

The lens is constructed of 20 elements in 13 groups and incorporates a number of aspherical and extra low dispersion elements to ensure best quality and avoid flaring.

The company says the lens provides superb image rendering across the entire zoom range.

The lens also incorporates Power O.I.S. to keep unwanted shaking under control and ensure pictures look crisp and clear.

A compact, two-part tripod mount has been incorporated to enable faster conversion between landscape and portrait orientation. While turning to the 90° angle, the levers for Focus Limiting, Power O.I.S. and the manual focus switch do not move when you turn the lens.

The lens incorporates Panasonic’s high speed 240 fps AF-motor.

The company notes the lens also sports weather sealing and an integrated, hideaway hood.

The Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm lens will be available starting in March with a manufacturer’s suggested price of $2,499.99.

Panasonic zoom cameras

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ZS60
ZS60

Panasonic has announced two new zoom point and shoot cameras, the Lumix ZS60 and ZS100.

The ZS60 features an 18-megapixel sensor and 4K capability, with a 30x (24-720 mm equivalent) Leica lens.

The high sensitivity MOS sensor is said to deliver exceptional low-light performance, with crisp, clear and natural results with minimal noise. The sensor complements a Venus processing engine to reproduce colour that remains accurate to the composition seen through the lens.

The camera offers smooth, high-quality video recording in 4K (3840×2160) at 30 fps in MP4, as well as high-resolution Full HD (1920×1080) 60p videos in MP4.

Panasonic’s 4K Photo function allows the extraction of an 8-megapixel still from 4K video (30fps).

Another new addition to the range is the Post-Focus feature, which allows the user to select the focal point of the picture, even after it’s taken.

The camera’s autofocus system uses 49 focus points. Once the photo is taken, simply select the precise area of focus, with the option to export multiple photos from a single shot.

The ZS60 also offers extensive and easy-to-use manual settings. A dedicated Control Ring gives smooth control of settings such as zoom, aperture and shutter speed. A 3.0-inch touch screen makes navigating menus and selecting preferred settings incredibly quick and easy.

Images can be easily shared with the press of a button. Simply connect to a smartphone or tablet to share pictures on social media, attach them to an email, or view remotely on a bigger screen.

ZS100
ZS100

The Lumix ZS100 is described as a premium compact travel camera, sporting a 10x (25-250 mm equivalent) f/2.8-5.9 Leica DC lens.

There’s a 1-inch MOS sensor which, combined with the camera’s Venus engine, captures consistently bright and beautiful images, says the company. The camera also features 4K Photo and Post-Focus, and images and video can be shared with friends and family at the press of a button.

Panasonic says the camera captures shots that look crisp, clear and natural, even when photographing at high ISO, such as dusk and dawn, with “unrivalled colour accuracy for a travel camera.”

The ZS100 offers smooth, high quality video recording in 4K (3840×2160) at 24 and 30 fps in MP4; as well as high-resolution Full HD (1920×1080) 60p videos in MP4.

Panasonic’s 4K Photo function allows the extraction of an 8-megapixel still from 4K video (30fps).

Post-Focus allows you to choose the focal point of any picture, even after it’s taken.

The Live View Finder (LVF) features high resolution, as well as LVF AF that detects when you’re about to take a shot. The camera also provides extensive manual controls.

Combining Wi-Fi and QR code connectivity, it is easy to connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet, allowing you to post to social media almost as soon as they’ve been recorded.

The Lumix DMC-ZS60 will be available in black and silver staring in April with a manufacturer’s suggested price of $649.99. The ZS100 will be available in black and silver with a manufacturer’s suggested price of $999.99.