Panasonic has officially announced the Lumix ZS50 and Lumix ZS45 compact cameras at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015, which feature Leica-branded superzoom lenses.
After revealing the Lumix SZ10, Panasonic has also introduced the ZS50 and ZS45 compact cameras, two models which share similar names, but different feature sheets.
The Lumix ZS50 is the higher-end of the duo, albeit its image sensor has a smaller number of megapixels and its screen is fixed. However, it is offering superior image stabilization Technology, a viewfinder, and a more extended zoom among others.
Panasonic Lumix ZS50 / TZ70 becomes official with Leica 30x optical zoom lens
As stated above, the Panasonic Lumix ZS50 is considered the better camera when compared to the Lumix ZS45. This ZS50 model comes packed with a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, which is a bit unusual, considering the fact that its predecessor used to feature an 18-megapixel sensor.
Either way, the device also features a 30x optical zoom lens, which will provide a 35mm equivalent of 24-720mm, whereas its maximum aperture sits at f/3.3-6.4. The lens is bearing the Leica DC Vario-Elmar branding, which means that it offers superior image quality.
The camera employs a 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilization technology that should reduce the effects of vibration even at the telephoto end of the lens.
Panasonic Lumix ZS50 records full HD videos and RAW photos, which can be framed using its fixed 3-inch LCD screen or using the built-in electronic viewfinder.
This compact camera comes with integrated WiFi and NFC, allowing users to connect to a smartphone and to share photos on the web instantly. Panasonic will release the shooter in a few weeks for a price of $399.
WiFi-ready Panasonic Lumix ZS45 / TZ57 announced with 16-megapixel sensor
The Lumix ZS45 may be considered a lower-end camera than the Lumix ZS50, but this shooter is also looking very good on paper. Panasonic has added a 16-megapixel image sensor into the device along with a Power Optical Image Stabilizer system to keep things steady when capturing stills and videos.
Panasonic says that the compact camera comes with a 3-inch 1,040K-dot tilting LCD screen, which could be useful when taking photos from awkward positions.
In addition, the Panasonic Lumix ZS45 comes with a 20x DC Vario optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 24-480mm and a maximum aperture of f/3.3-6.4.
Just like its sibling, the ZS45 is offering built-in WiFi and NFC in order to allow users to share photos on the internet. The company will release the compact camera soon for a price of $299.
It is worth noting that the cameras will go on sale under the names of TZ70 for the ZS50 and TZ57 for the ZS45, respectively, depending on the market.