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Panasonic Revamps Compact Camera Lineup with Six New Models

Panasonic Revamps Compact Camera Lineup with Six New Models

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Faster lenses, Wi-Fi and more

By Fred Singer

July 18, 2012

Panasonic today unveiled 6 new compact cameras—the Lumix G5, Lumix LX7, Lumix FZ60, Lumix SZ5, Lumix FZ200, and Lumix LZ20 digital cameras, as well as a new G-series lens, breaking several technological barriers along the way.


Note: Adorama is now accepting pre-orders for the all of the new cameras described below. Click on the camera links to pre-order. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; credit cards will not be charged until orders ship.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5: A mid-range mirrorless interchangeable-lens EVF camera with a new 16MP CMOS sensor and new Venus Engine that Panasonic claims improves overall image quality. New features include 3DNR, which is said to improve noise reduction and maintain brightness while reducing noise selectively within an image and HDR. Other key features include:

  • 1.440 Million Dot EVF
  • 920k dot swivel LCD
  • Direct adjustment of zoom, shutter speed or aperture from button next to shutter release
  • 14 Creative control filters
  • Scene guide to help beginners choose best exposures that match up to 23 sample scenes
  • 1920x1080p 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive or MP4
  • Dolby Digital Stereo, wind cut filter

The Panasonic G5 will be available in kits in Black, Silver or White in late august. It will be available body only in Black, Silver, or White this fall.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7: Compact camera with fast f/1.4 built-in zoom lens. Read more.


Panasonic Lumix FZ200:
The world's first superzoom camera with a lens with a 24x optical zoom (25-300mm 35mm equvialent) to have a wide aperture of f/2.8 that remains consistent throughout the focal length. Read more.

Panasonic Lumix FZ60

Panasonic Lumix FZ60: Replacing the FZ47 in the lineup, this offers the same 24x, 25-600mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range as the FZ200, but with a variable aperture f/2.8-5.2 lens. Improvements over the FZ47 include a higher-resolution 1.3 million dot EVF and a 16MP sensor replacing the 12MP.

Panasonic Lumix LZ20

Panasonic Lumix LZ20, an entry-level superzoom with no EVF but with a 25-525mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.1-5.8 lens and the same 16MP sensor, as well as the ability to capture 720p 30fps HD video in JPEG format.

Panasonic Lumix SZ5

Panasonic Lumix SZ5: Panasonic's first Wi-Fi-capable camera, the SZ5 is a pocket camera with a 10x optical zoom that starts at 25mm.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4-5.6 Telephoto lens

 

Finally, Panasonic introduced the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 Telephoto lens. The lens offers Mega Optical Image Stabilization and has 12 elements in 9 groups. Panasonic says the lens focuses to full-size macro.



For details, read the Panasonic press releases, below:

PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE LUMIX G5, THE NEWEST DIGITAL SINGLE LENS MIRRORLESS CAMERA FROM LUMIX G LINE

The New LUMIX G5 Offers High Image Quality with High Speed Response Time

July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic today announced a new addition to the popular line of LUMIX G series cameras, the LUMIX DMC-G5.  The newest Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera offering from Panasonic, the LUMIX G5, features a newly integrated 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine to render clear, crisp images in both photo and video recording.  Featuring a compact, lightweight body with built-in flash, the LUMIX G5 boasts ultra-high mobility while offering users powerful camera performance which achieves spectacular image quality, realizing true-to-life photo details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color production. 

 

The LUMIX G5’s high-grade lens and precision AF (Auto Focus) achieves high resolution, optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction to produce lifelike image rendering and high precision auto exposure and white balance for faithful color reproduction.  A redesigned Venus Engine features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities, producing clear, crisp images in both photo and video recording.  The 3DNR detects smooth areas or edges in photos and adjusts the strength of noise reduction (stronger for smooth portion, milder for edge portion) to maintain object descriptiveness.  The Multi-process NR quickly detects brightness in each part of a picture and applies optimal noise reduction in multiple steps.  The newly incorporated HDR (High Dynamic Range) allows for several pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels to be overlaid, producing a single composite picture to eliminate over-exposure or under-exposure.

 

Like all cameras in the LUMIX G series, the LUMIX G5 adopts Contrast AF (Auto Focus), so focusing is controlled by the image sensor.  Compared with the Phase difference system AF, Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy, especially when shooting with a bright lens with small F values.  To further advance the Contrast AF, the G5 incorporates full-area Touch AF, making it possible to set the focus on any point in the field of view.  Additionally, ultra high-speed Light Speed AF, quickly locks onto a subject, making it possible to capture even fast moving subjects clearly.  Combined with Touch AF control and high-speed burst shooting at six frames per second in 16.05-megapixel full resolution, it has never been easier to capture fast-moving objects clearly.

 

The LUMIX G5 offers users simple operation controls with minimal stress, so users can concentrate on shooting.  A newly added function lever conveniently located near the shutter release allows for direct adjustment of zoom*1, exposure or aperture*2 control and can be used to magnify images in playback mode and page flip in menu mode.  Additionally, the combination use of the function lever and turn-and-push rear dial allows users to adjust major shooting settings, accelerating the camera’s simple, intuitive operation.

 

The LUMIX G5’s large, bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) retains outstanding viewability and features approximately 100% field of view.  Suppressing color breakup, the LVF assures stunning image view for any subject or scene.  The LVF is newly designed to integrate an eye sensor for the LUMIX G5, which allows image output between the LVF and LCD screen to be switched automatically with the eye sensor on the LVF (which features optional sensitivity of high, low and off).  Additionally Eye Sensor AF (Auto Focus) automatically starts focusing when the photographer looks into the EVF to capture spur-of-the-moment shooting opportunities.

 

A large, 920,000-dot high resolution LCD screen with wide-viewing angle rotates 180 degrees to the side, tilts 270 degrees up and down and offers approximately 100% field of view.  Touch screen operation on the LCD screen allows for simple shooting or playback of images and the new Touch Pad function enables the use of both LVF and LCD simultaneously, which encourages more intuitive shooting.  Lag time of image output has been minimized by approximately 18% compared to the LUMIX G5’s predecessor, the LUMIX G3, making it easier to monitor fast-moving subjects.  The  Level Gauge give the camera the ability to automatically detect the horizontal or vertical angle of view so that photos shot in a portrait aspect will automatically be displayed vertically, no matter which lens is used.  The newly added Electronic Shutter mode allows silent operation which is helpful in areas where silence is needed. 

 

Creative Control Mode has been upgraded in the LUMIX G5 with an increase of filter options from five options to 14, adding Soft Focus*3, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter, in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, Hi Dynamic, Miniature Effect*4 modes.  With the new GUI menu tab, switching filter effects is seamless.  A preview of filter effects can be seen on the large LCD screen via Live View mode and the camera intuitively recommends filters depending on the scene that the camera detects in iA (Intelligent Auto) or iA Plus mode.  Furthermore, iA Plus mode allows users to adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control while activating automatic shoot assist functions such as AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent D-range Control, Face Recognition and Intelligent Scene Selector.   

 

For beginner users of interchangeable lens system cameras, the LUMIX G5 features the new Scene Guide which offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers.  Users can choose the photo closest to the situation that they are shooting and optimal parameters for shooting the scene will be set automatically*5.  Additionally, procedures, technical advice and recommended interchangeable lens options for the scene can be shown to allow users to better understand and learn photography.

 

Not only does the LUMIX G5 produce stunning still imagery, but it also records high quality video.  With the ability to record high-resolution full-HD 1,920x1,080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4) or MP4*6 format, subjects with fast motion and fine details are reproduced clearly.  In addition to practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets the user enjoy professional-like selective focusing which allows the focus to be shifted while shooting video and AF Tracking easily locks onto a subject to focus, even when it moves.  The Extra Tele Conversion function extends zoom range Max 4.8x without deterioration of image quality.  The LUMIX G5 features a dedicated video record button on the top of the camera body so users can instantly start recording videos while shooting photographs without changing any settings.  The camera can also take photos while recording video live just by hitting the shutter button.  Along with full-HD video capabilities, the LUMIX G5 also features high-quality sound, recorded with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator and noise from background wind is minimized with the Wind Cut function.

 

The LUMIX DMC-G5 will be available in black, white and silver in various kit options.  Pricing and availability will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping.  For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix

 

*35mm camera equivalent.

*1 When used with Power Zoom lenses H-PS14042 or H-PS45175.

*2 In M(Manual) mode

*3 For photo only

*4 Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)

*5 Video recording using Scene Guise is not possible in some scenes.

*6 30p in MP4

•Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

•"AVCHD Progressive", "AVCHD", the "AVCHD Progressive" Logo and the "AVCHD" Logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.

•Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

•HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

•All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.

•This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)

•Some accessories are not available in some countries.

•The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.

•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.



PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE LUMIX FZ60, NEW SUPER-ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA EQUIPPED WITH 24X OPTICAL ZOOM LENS


 

The New FZ60 Features High Speed Response and Excels in Full-HD Video Recording

 

July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new LUMIX DMC-FZ60, the latest in the popular FZ series, which packs a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability including manual operation over both photo and full-HD video recording.

 

The LUMIX FZ60 is equipped with a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm), allowing for flawless shooting of dynamic landscapes or indoor group portraits.  With the camera’s Intelligent Zoom function, zoom can be increased to 48x equivalent while Intelligent Resolution technology maintains picture quality. Nano Surface Coating technology, is dramatically minimizes light reflection for the entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens resulting in super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.  Compared of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, the LUMIX FZ60’s advanced lens system fits within an outstandingly compact body while delivering exceptional optical performance and suppressing distortion at the wide-end and color bleeding at the tele-end.

 

The LUMIX FZ60’s newly developed 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor combined with the high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine results in elevated response, sensitivity and image quality.  Integrating high-speed digital signal output technology, the LUMIX FZ60 shoots 10 fps (frames per second) in 16.1-megapixel full resolution*1 with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF.  Combined with its quick start-up time of approximately 0.9 seconds, the LUMIX FZ60 is able to capture even the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

 

“The new LUMIX FZ60 is a powerful, super-zoom camera which boasts extremely fast speed, and stellar image quality,” said Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America.  “The high energy efficiency of the camera’s Venus Engine extends the LUMIX FZ60’s battery life by about 12% as compared to its predecessor, the FZ45, making it possible to shoot 450 images per single charge making it an ideal companion for field shooting.”

 

The LUMIX FZ60 is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful high-resolution full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60i (NTSC, sensor output 30p) videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or 30p in MP4.  A special, separate button on the top of the camera body allows the user to instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to change any settings.

 

The powerful 24x optical zoom with POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording and Active Mode encourages recording at a wide angle such as shooting while walking, without causing deterioration of image quality.  The popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available in video recording and Creative Video mode lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive videos. The high-quality stereo sound of Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator offers highly realistic sound to accompany the motion images. The stereo microphone comes with zoom noise reduction system and the Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind.

 

The LUMIX FZ60 incorporates Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of missed shots.  A comprehensive integration of POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode, AF Tracking, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Handheld Night Shot, Intelligent HDR(High Dynamic Range) and Motion Deblur*2 functions, iA mode lets the camera do all the work, leaving the user free to compose shots, aim and shoot subjects.  Additionally,  iA Plus mode is newly enhanced to enable defocus control, exposure compensation and white balance adjustment using iA mode.

 

While offering a convenient shooting-assist function such as iA / iA Plus, the LUMIX FZ60 is capable of full manual control for users a step beyond the beginner stage who enjoy more creative photography. With its P/A/S/M mode, users can enjoy creative shooting, expressing themselves not only in photos but also in video.

 

The popular Creative Control mode has been upgraded, adding eight new filter options including Soft Focus*3, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter*3 in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect*4 modes .

 

Additional features of the LUMIX FZ60 include:

    3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Wide Viewing Angle Intelligent LCD screen
    HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode
    Panorama Shot mode
    3D Photo mode
    Optional Accessories including Tele Conversion Lens, Close-up Lens, Lens Adaptor, ND Filter, PL Filter, MC Protector, Battery Pack, Soft Case, Camera Bag, etc


PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE LUMIX FZ60, NEW SUPER-ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA EQUIPPED WITH 24X OPTICAL ZOOM LENS

 

The New FZ60 Features High Speed Response and Excels in Full-HD Video Recording

 

July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new LUMIX DMC-FZ60, the latest in the popular FZ series, which packs a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability including manual operation over both photo and full-HD video recording.

 

The LUMIX FZ60 is equipped with a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm), allowing for flawless shooting of dynamic landscapes or indoor group portraits.  With the camera’s Intelligent Zoom function, zoom can be increased to 48x equivalent while Intelligent Resolution technology maintains picture quality. Nano Surface Coating technology, is dramatically minimizes light reflection for the entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens resulting in super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.  Compared of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, the LUMIX FZ60’s advanced lens system fits within an outstandingly compact body while delivering exceptional optical performance and suppressing distortion at the wide-end and color bleeding at the tele-end.

 

The LUMIX FZ60’s newly developed 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor combined with the high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine results in elevated response, sensitivity and image quality.  Integrating high-speed digital signal output technology, the LUMIX FZ60 shoots 10 fps (frames per second) in 16.1-megapixel full resolution*1 with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF.  Combined with its quick start-up time of approximately 0.9 seconds, the LUMIX FZ60 is able to capture even the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

 

“The new LUMIX FZ60 is a powerful, super-zoom camera which boasts extremely fast speed, and stellar image quality,” said Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America.  “The high energy efficiency of the camera’s Venus Engine extends the LUMIX FZ60’s battery life by about 12% as compared to its predecessor, the FZ45, making it possible to shoot 450 images per single charge making it an ideal companion for field shooting.”

 

The LUMIX FZ60 is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful high-resolution full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60i (NTSC, sensor output 30p) videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or 30p in MP4.  A special, separate button on the top of the camera body allows the user to instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to change any settings.

 

The powerful 24x optical zoom with POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording and Active Mode encourages recording at a wide angle such as shooting while walking, without causing deterioration of image quality.  The popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available in video recording and Creative Video mode lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive videos. The high-quality stereo sound of Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator offers highly realistic sound to accompany the motion images. The stereo microphone comes with zoom noise reduction system and the Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind.

 

The LUMIX FZ60 incorporates Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of missed shots.  A comprehensive integration of POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode, AF Tracking, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Handheld Night Shot, Intelligent HDR(High Dynamic Range) and Motion Deblur*2 functions, iA mode lets the camera do all the work, leaving the user free to compose shots, aim and shoot subjects.  Additionally,  iA Plus mode is newly enhanced to enable defocus control, exposure compensation and white balance adjustment using iA mode.

 

While offering a convenient shooting-assist function such as iA / iA Plus, the LUMIX FZ60 is capable of full manual control for users a step beyond the beginner stage who enjoy more creative photography. With its P/A/S/M mode, users can enjoy creative shooting, expressing themselves not only in photos but also in video.

 

The popular Creative Control mode has been upgraded, adding eight new filter options including Soft Focus*3, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter*3 in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect*4 modes .

 

Additional features of the LUMIX FZ60 include:

    3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Wide Viewing Angle Intelligent LCD screen
    HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode
    Panorama Shot mode
    3D Photo mode
    Optional Accessories including Tele Conversion Lens, Close-up Lens, Lens Adaptor, ND Filter, PL Filter, MC Protector, Battery Pack, Soft Case, Camera Bag, etc


PANASONIC ANNOUNCES THE LUMIX LZ20, A NEW COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERA WITH POWERFUL 21x OPTICAL ZOOM

 

LUMIX LZ20 Super Zoom Camera Offers Users Shooting Versatility and Ease-of-Use

 

July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic today announced the new LUMIX DMC-LZ20 which features a powerful 25mm ultra wide angle 21x optical zoom(35mm camera equivalent: 25-525mm) lens with Optical Image Stabilizer.  A 16-megapixel high resolution CCD sensor and advanced image processing LSI supports shooting both high quality photos and video.

 

“The LUMIX LX20 is an ideal digital camera for users looking to capture exceptional, high-quality images in a compact camera body,” said Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America.  “The camera’s 21x optical zoom can be extended to 48.5x*1 with the Extra Optical Zoom function to draw in distant subjects which is helpful in shooting dynamic landscapes.”

 

Blurring caused by a hand movement typically occurs in shooting using a high zoom setting, however, the LUMIX LZ20’s Optical Image Stabilizer prevents blur without deterioration of image quality.  Furthermore, linking smoothly with the camera’s 16-megapixel high resolution CCD sensor, the image processor produces high quality images even in high sensitivity recording at ISO 1600 and max. ISO 6400 in High Sensitivity mode.

 

To provide users with the ultimate ease of operation and reduction of error, the LUMIX LZ2- is equipped with iA (Intelligent Auto) mode.  A comprehensive integration of Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure, iA mode lets the camera do all the work so users are free to compose shots, aim and capture the subject. Face Detection sets appropriate AF/AE on the face of people in an image while removing the unwanted red-eye. Intelligent Exposure corrects the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash. Finally, Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects one of six Scene modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset - that best suits the shooting situation.  The LUMIX LZ20 can also produce a dynamic panoramic image in the camera by overlaying pictures shot horizontally or vertically with the Panorama Shot function.

 

In addition to capturing stunning photographs, the new LUMIX LZ20 also records dynamic HD video in 1280 x 720p at 30 fps in Motion JPEG. Users can enjoy high quality image playback that perfectly fits a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing together with HD (High Definition) photos taken in 16:9 aspect ratio. With the bundled software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.2 Lite Edition, videos can be easily edited and uploaded to YouTube to share with family or friends.

 

The LUMIX LZ20’s large, 3.0-inch 460,000-dot LCD assures high visibility in various lighting circumstances which is excellent for both shooting and playing back images.  The camera’s body design offers users a stable, comfortable grip despite it’s compact size.


 

PANASONIC INTRODUCES NEW DIGITAL INTERCHANGABLE LENS FOR LUMIX G SERIES

Panasonic’s Premium LUMIX G VARIO 45-150 mm Telephoto Zoom Lens Achieves Exceptional Image Quality in a Compact, Lightweight Design

 

July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic is pleased to announce a new interchangeable telephoto zoom lens for the Digital Single Lens Mirrorless LUMIX G that complies with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the LUMIX G VARIO 45-150 mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS45150).  Featuring an ultra-compact size and lightweight body, the new LUMIX G VARIO 45-150 mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens offers a versatile zoom range of 45-150 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 90-300 mm) which is suitable for impressive telephoto shots.

 

The new LUMIX G VARIO 45-150 mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens incorporates Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even in low-lit situations by suppressing the blur caused by a hand movement.  The lens’s superior inner focus system enables excellent resolution and contrast from full life-size magnification to infinity and the inclusion of a stepping motor makes focusing action smooth and silent for use in both video and photo recording.  When mounted on the cameras of the LUMIX G line, users can also take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) System.

 

Comprised of 12 elements in nine groups, one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens and two aspherical lenses in the LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. achieves uniform sharpness from the center to the corners for high optical performance.  The lens’s seven aperture blades produce an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas, even when shooting at large aperture.  Additionally, a multi-coated lens element reduces ghost and flare, to deliver high optical performance.

 

Available in a sophisticated metal look, the new LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. will be available in black or silver.  Pricing and availability will be announced 30 days prior to shipping.  For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras and lenses, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.

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