Panasonic Focuses on 4K at CES and Lumix Cameras for Hybrid Photography

Panasonic Focuses on 4K at CES and Lumix Cameras for Hybrid Photography


Newark, NJ—Panasonic Corporation exhibited its latest 4K products and technologies at the 2014 CES, showcasing devices to add value to customers by utilizing the high volume of information made possible by 4K high resolution, as well as ultra-realistic images, which are the strengths of 4K technology.

Panasonic’s 4K exhibit was based on this core concept, offering both consumer and business customers 4K solutions, from in-store displays with 4K signage and a prototype 4K-compatible projector to a 20-inch 4K Performance tablet, 4K Ultra HD TVs and a 4K wearable camera that can be used hands-free for sports or in everyday life. Panasonic also announced the development of a digital single-lens mirrorless camera compatible with 4K video. In addition, several new Lumix compact cameras debuted, offering functionality for hybrid photography.

Lumix DMC-LZ40. Boasting a 42x optical zoom lens from 22mm ultra wide angle to 924mm (equivalent) with an optical image stabilizer as well as a 20 megapixel CCD sensor coupled to a high-performance image processor, the LZ40 supports high-quality still and 720p HD video capture. Its iA (intelligent auto) mode lets users leave everything to the camera, utilizing face detection, intelligent scene selector and intelligent exposure automatically. There are also modes for users a step above beginners, like creative control and creative retouch with 15 filter effects and creative panorama with 13 effects. Other specs include a 3.0-inch, 60k-dot LCD and a 1250 mAh large capacity Li-Ion battery for shooting 320 pictures per charge (CIPA).

Lumix DMC-ZS40.
This ZS flagship compact provides a 24–720mm equivalent, 30x ultrazoom lens that covers ultra-wide-angle to telephoto scenes with an advanced Hybrid OIS+ (hybrid optical image stabilizer plus) system that suppresses hand movement in photos and 60p Full HD video recording. Its 18.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor enable 1,920×1,080 60p video recording in AVCHD Progressive format and 10-fps burst shooting with “light speed autofocus.
Other key features include: an LVF (live viewfinder); 3.0-inch, 920-dot LCD; Wi-Fi/NFC and GPS; a control ring; RAW compatibility; focus peaking; a level gauge; a composition guide; iA mode; HDR; and 3D photo mode.

Lumix DMC-ZS35. Specs include a 20x optical zoom lens (24–480mm equivalent); a 16MP HS MOS sensor; a 3.0-inch, 460k-dot monitor; Full HD video recording; 10-fps bursts; fast autofocus; Power OIS to minimize blur even when using the zoom and active mode to suppress hand vibration in video recording; special effects like creative control, creative retouch and creative panorama; Wi-Fi that connects the camera to a smartphone/tablet without cables or searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot (or to use a smartphone/tablet for a secondary monitor to set focus, zoom and release the shutter remotely); an instant transfer function that automatically sends photos to a designated device right after shooting; manual exposure, iA, HDR and 3D photo modes; and AC/USB charging.

Lumix DMC-SZ8. With an ultra-wide-angle 24–288mm, 12x optical zoom lens that features an intelligent zoom function to extend the zoom to 24x and an optical image stabilizer, the SZ8 uses a 16MP CCD sensor and a Venus engine. Features include: a 3.0-inch, 460K-dot LCD; 1,280×720 HD video recording; Wi-Fi connectivity with an instant transfer function; creative control, creative retouch, creative panorama, HDR and iA modes; a motion picture button to start recording instantly; panorama shot; and AC/USB charging.

Full HD Camcorders

In addition, Panasonic showed a lineup of five Full HD camcorders. The HC-W850 features “twin camera” to enable shooting picture-in-picture video with a sub-camera located on the side of the LCD. The Twin Camera captures two scenes at once, such as a close-up shot and landscape shot in the same direction, or front and side shots.

The W850, V750, V550 and V250 camcorders include the new baby monitor feature that permits users to monitor a sleeping baby in another room through a smartphone. They can even speak to the baby using the smartphone or have notifications sent to the smartphone when the babys crying voice is detected. These four camcorders also include built-in Wi-Fi and one-touch NFC connectivity to transfer to a smartphone or use Ustream to deliver live images of events to distant relatives and friends. All except the V250 also offer 5-axis hybrid OIS+ to minimize the effects of hand movement and tilting.