Panasonic LUMIX LZ8 and LZ10 Digital Cameras introduced

Panasonic LZ10 and LZ8 Digital Cameras

Panasonic has introduced two new point-and-shoot models to its already large line-up of LUMIX digital cameras. They are the 10.1 mega pixel DMC-LZ10 and the 8.1 mega pixel DMC-LZ8 digital cameras that feature wide-angle shooting, manual controls, convenient AA-battery operation, 5x optical zoom, Intelligent Auto Mode and the Venus Engine IV, which is the new high-speed, image-processing LSI.

The Panasonic LZ10 feature 30mm Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR lenses, while the LZ8 model features a 32mm one. The presence of these lenses assists users in capturing longer group photos or more expansive scenic shots.

Both of Panasonic’s LZ models sport manual control over aperture and shutter speed because of the cameras’ newly-integrated iris. When shooting, users can choose from three modes- A-aperture priority, S-shutter speed priority and M-manual, allowing them to enjoy added control and creativity which is normally available only in higher-end cameras.

Another new feature in the LZ models seems to be the Advanced Scene Mode, which gives users manual control when using some modes which are used very often such as Portrait, Sports, Landscape and Night portrait.

Alternatively, if users are not quote comfortable with complete manual control, the LZ-Series also features Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Mode, which is comprised of five distinct technologies designed to provide users with intuitive and automatic camera adjustments, regardless of the shooting conditions.

The features common to both of Panasonic’s newest digicams include Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection, Quick AF.

Both these Panasonic cameras also features the new 2,30,000-dot high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD screens which can detect the lighting condition and also controls the brightness level to offer the best clarity in any given situation.

Further, the new LUMIX LZ-Series cameras integrate a speaker that allows users enjoy a slide show with music. They can select from natural, slow, urban or swing tunes or even add voice to a motion video.

Here are some of the new features added to the Panasonic DMC-LZ10 and DMC-LZ8 digital cameras:

  • Title Edit function which allows the consumer to input text to accompany a photo, for instance, the names of children or travel locations.
  • Ability to record WVGA (848 x 480) motion images at 30 frames per second in a 16:9 aspect ratio, ideal for viewing on High Definition televisions, such as Panasonic VIERA Plasmas and LCDs.
  • The ability to shoot 1920×1080 pixel High-Definition ready photos, ideal for wide-screen viewing on a 16:9 VIERA Plasma or LCD.
  • The DMC-LZ10 can shoot up to 160 images and DMC-LZ8 shoots 180 images with the included Alkaline batteries and 460(LZ10) /470(LZ8) images with optional Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (2600mAh).
  • A record/playback mode switch, which lets the photographer switch between recording and playback modes, while always knowing the current mode.
  • The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LZ10 and DMC-LZ8 digital cameras will be available in black and silver colors in February 2008 for a price of $249.95 and $179.95 respectively.