Panasonic has announced a new ultra compact camera, called Lumix DMC-XS3, which features a 1/2.3″-type sensor and Venus processor.
The Panasonic XS3 has become the company’s second camera of the day, after the Lumix DMC-DZ70, an impressive bridge shooter with a 60x optical zoom lens. The XS3 is not as featured as the FZ70, but it is worth taking into consideration that these two devices are aimed at different types of consumers.
Panasonic XS3 officially announced with a 14.1-megapixel sensor and 24-120mm lens
The specifications list of the new Panasonic XS3 begins with a 1/2.3-inch-type 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS image sensor. It continues with a 5x optical zoom lens providing a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm.
The lens is made out of six elements divided into five groups with three aspherical elements. Image quality is also ensured by a Venus engine, which cuts down noise among others.
Optical image stabilization technology has been added into the mix, in order to ensure that videos are steady and shots are not blurry.
Astrophotographers will find the Starry Sky Mode very useful
Panasonic XS3 is capable of recording full HD videos at 30 frames per second and extending the photographer’s creative possibilities with a number of scene modes, including Panorama, Retro, Sepia, and High Dynamic.
There are 13 filter effects found in the shooter and they can be applied during taking the shots or after that. Meanwhile, the apparatus can capture 10 frames per second in continuous shooting mode.
The shutter speed range is pretty limited at first sight, as it supports times between 1/1600th of a second and 8 seconds. However, a Starry Sky Mode is available, too, and offers shutter speeds of 15, 30, and 60 seconds for taking beautiful star trail photos.
Ultra-slim compact camera to be released this September
Photographers will be able to store their photos and videos on an SD / SDHC / SDXC card. The Panasonic XS3 measures 3.63 x 2.14 x 0.73-inches, while weighing 0.23lbs with the batteries and the microSD card included in the package.
The compact camera’s release date is expected to be September 2013 with a rather affordable price of £119 in the UK. The rest of the Europe will get the device soon after that for a similar price, while availability on the US market remains in doubt.