Panasonic announced two new serious compact cameras and a new Leica 100-400mm lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60
The new Lumix DMC-ZS60 is a compact camera that’s geared toward travelers: it has 4K video recording and a 30x zoom lens (24-720mm equiv.). It’s also small and lightweight (11oz).
Inside the camera is an 18MP CMOS sensor that measures 1/2.3 inches. Other features include 8MP still extraction from 4K video, the company’s new Post Focus feature, a 3-inch 1040k-dot touchscreen, manual controls, a dedicated Control Ring, a 0.2-inch 1,166k-dot electronic viewfinder, 5-axis optical image stabilization, contrast-detect AF, 10fps burst mode, face/eye tracking AF, and wireless control using Panasonic’s Image App.
The DMC-ZS60 will be available starting in mid-March 2016 in silver and black for $450.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100
The new ZS100 is a tier above the ZS60. It packs a larger 1-inch 20.1-megapixel sensor and also offers 4K video recording. On the front of the camera is a 10x (25mm-250mm equiv.) f/2.8-5.9 Leica DC lens.
Other features include Post-Focus, 4K Photo, 0.1s Light Speed Auto Focus, a 1,166K-dot electronic viewfinder, physical rings and dials for manual settings, Wi-Fi and QR code connectivity, a 3-inch 1,040k-dot touchscreen, 5-axis optical image stabilization, 10fps burst mode, face/eye tracking AF, in-camera RAW development, wide panorama, and wireless control via Panasonic’s app.
The ZS100 will be available at the end of March 2016 in silver and black for $700.
The Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH
Panasonic also announced a new Leica 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 lens for Micro Four Thirds system cameras. It offers the longest focal length available for MFT, has the 35mm-equivalent range of 200-800mm, and features a durable and lightweight body.
Features include 20 elements in 13 groups, Power optical image stabilization, a 9-blade aperture, a gapless build that keeps dust and rain out, a tripod mount that keeps controls fixed at your fingertips as you turn the lens, an integrated hide-away hood, a 240fps AF motor, and zoom ring lock.
The new Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH will be available in April 2016 with a price tag of $1,800.