Point-and-shoot cameras may be a dying breed but companies sure aren’t going to give up that easily. Yesterday, Sony announced three new point-and-shoot cameras (oddly after predicting the aforementioned impending death of the category) and now it’s Panasonic’s turn.
The new range includes six new Lumix cameras, the ZS20, the ZS15, the TS4, the TS20, the FX80 and the LS6. The ZS20 (TZ30 outside the US) has a 14.1 megapixel, 1/2.33-inch CMOS sensor sensor and 24mm wide angle lens with 20x optical zoom. Panasonic claims that it is actually the world’s slimmest 20x zoom camera. The ZS20 can also do 1080p60 video recording and has built-in GPS. This camera will be available in March for $349.99.
The ZS15 (TZ25 outside the US) is similar, but has a lower resolution 12.1 megapixel sensor, 1080i60 video recording and 16x optical zoom instead. It will cost you $279.99.
The TS4 (FT4 outside the US) is a rugged camera that also happens to be waterproof up to 12m, shockproof up to 2m, freeze proof up to -10 degree C as well as dust proof. It also has a built-in GPS, compass, altimeter and a barometer. The TS4 has a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 4.6x optical zoom, 2.7-inch display and 1080i60 video recording. It will cost you $399.99.
The TS20 (FT20 outside the US) is similar to the TS4 but has a higher resolution 16.1 megapixel sensor. It does do video only in 720p30, though and has 4x optical zoom instead. It has the same rugged body of the TS4 but lacks all the sensors such as barometer, altimeter, compass as well as GPS. The TS20 will cost you $179.99.
The FX80 is a slim stylish camera with 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 24mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom and 1080i60 video recording. The LS6 is the simplest and the cheapest of the lot. It has a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom and can do 720p30 video.
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