Panasonic TS3, ZS10, ZS8 & FX78 Lumix Cameras Unveiled; Arriving in March

January 25, 2011, By Leo Xavier

Panasonic has introduced its latest point-and-shoot Lumix cameras, which are the newest additions to the company’s pocket megazoom, rugged camera, and ultracompact camera lines. The newly unveiled products include the pocket megazoom Lumix DMC-ZS10 and the Lumix ZS8, the ultracompact Lumix DMC-FX78, and the rugged Lumix DMC-TS3.

The above pictured Lumix TS3 is a 3D-and-GPS-fueled update to Panasonic’s rugged camera lineup. The TS3, which is a 12-megapixel CCD camera with a 4.6X optical zoom lens, is waterproof up to depths of 40 feet, shockproof when dropped from heights of up to 6.6 feet, freezeproof, and dustproof.

It also comes with in-camera GPS functionality, a barometer, a compass, and an altimeter, and provides full HD video recording at 1080i/60fps. The price has not yet been announced, but the camera will be available in March.

The Lumix DMC-ZS10 and the Lumix ZS8 replace last year’s Lumix ZS7 and Lumix ZS5, respectively. The high-end cameras extend the zoom range of last year’s 12X ZS models to 16X.

Both are coming with support for full manual controls, revamped optical image stabilization, and a “nano surface coating” on the lenses that reduces ghosting and improves image sharpness.

While the ZS10 has a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor with a fast 10fps burst mode at full resolution, the ZS8 comes equipped with a 14-megapixel CCD sensor and 1.9fps continuous capture at full resolution. The ZS10 also offers in-camera GPS tagging, a map interface and a 3D-shooting mode. The ZS10 and the ZS8 will also be released in March.

The other camera that was unveiled, the Lumix DMC-FX78, is a replacement to the Lumix FX75. The new camera comes with a 12-megapixel CCD sensor, a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, an ultra-wide-angle 5X optical zoom lens, and full HD video.

The FX78 is also scheduled to be launched in March, but the price is not available at the moment.

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