Samsung, Panasonic Bow Digicams For Fall
By Greg Tarr On Aug 2 2010 - 3:01am
NEW YORK — Looking to bring
some excitement into the point-andshoot
digital camera market, electronics
manufacturers Panasonic and Samsung
unveiled new fall entries designed
to push holiday shoppers’ buttons with
new expanded creativity options.
Panasonic took the
wraps off of five Lumix
with SLR-like burst
and manual override
The new Lumix additions
include the TS10,
FX700, FZ40, FZ100 and LX5.
The Lumix LX5 (shipping in August
at a $500 suggested retail) replaces
the popluarl LX3 and is targeting the
“high-level amateur” photographer. It
offers a 3.8x F2.0 (24mm-90mm equivalent)
Leica Summicron lens, power optical
image stabilization and a 10-megapixel
1/1.63-inch CCD sensor.
It will record HD video in 720p
AVCHD Lite format and will store
high-resolution stills in RAW format.
Included is high-res 3-inch 460,000-
dot LCD monitor, and users can add
to that an optional color electronic
retail). The camera
will be available
in a choice of black or
For improved highspeed
results, the camera
high dynamic range and noise-reduction
capability using a Venus Engine
Panasonic adds a Sonic Speed autofocus
system with a 0.3-second auto focusing
time, enabling up to 3 picture per second burst shooting.
The FX700 (shipping in mid-August
at $400) offers a 14-megapixel MOS
sensor that will record stills and Full-
HD 1080/60i video.
It offers high-speed burst shooting at
up to 10 fps and includes a redesigned
Leica Summicron 5x/f2.2 optical zoom
lens and a 3-inch touchpanel LCD.
It has manual exposure control, a
RAW image capture option, and will
ship in a choice of black or silver.
New in the Lumix FZ series is the
DMC-FZ100 (shipping in mid-August
at $500) and DMC-FZ40 (shipping in
late August at $400); both offer a powerful
24x optical zoom and creative
manual operations to present greater
The FZ40 includes a 14.1-megapixel
CCD while the faster FZ100 adds
a 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor. Both
have 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica lenses
and a new image-processing system
that achieves high picture quality for
both still images and videos.
The FZ100 is billed as a sports camera
with high-speed shooting at up to
11 fps using a mechanical shutter or 60
fps at reduced 2.5-megapixel resolution
using an electronic shutter.
It records HD video in 1080i format
while the FZ40 records in up to 720p
format in AVCHD Lite mode.
The Lumix FZ40 has upgraded intuitive
manual and creative controls including
the new jog dial that helps to
elevate the camera’s operability.
A 3-inch intelligent LCD monitor
is added to both models, along with
a Wind Cut function that blocks out
noise from background wind when
The TS series Lumix DMC-TS10
(shipping in mid-September at $250)
is designed for rugged performance out
or indoors. It features a flat, slim profile,
a folded optics design, 4x optical zoom
lens, and the new 14.1-megapixel sensor
with a Venus Engine IV processor with
advanced signal-processing technology.
The TS10 is waterproof to 10 feet,
shockproof to 5 feet, dustproof and coldproof
to 14 degrees F. It ships with a silicone
jacket for further protection.
It will record 720p HD movies in
Motion JPG format, includes a 2.7-inch
230,000-dot intelligent LCD that automatically
detects light on the screen and
boosts the backlighting by 40 percent.
Samsung follows the successful introduction
of its DualView cameras
last year with two new additions.
Shipping in September, the ST600
($330 suggested retail) and ST100 ($350)
are 14.2-megapixel digital still cameras
that continue Samsung’s use of LCD
screens on both the front and rear to enable
easy self-portrait photography as well
as shooting more conventional fare.
New to the DualViews this year is a
tap-activated front panel, which now measures
1.8 inches, up from 1.5 inches in last
year’s off erings, while the rear LCD screen
measures 3.5 inches on both cameras.
The front-facing screen continues
the animation, self-timer and smiletriggered-
shutter modes from last year
but adds a new Jump Shot mode that
prompts a subject to jump at a specific
time, then shoots three rapid-fire images
while they’re in mid-air.
Both cameras also feature Samsung’s
Smart Gesture UI interface that enables
switching modes by tilting the camera,
to delete photos by drawing an X on the
screen, and to rotate shots during playback
by drawing a circle on the screen.
The ST600 combines a telescoping
27mm wide-angle focal length lens with
a 5x optical zoom, while the ST100 is
the first Samsung DualView digital
camera to feature an internal, 5x optical
zoom, allowing for a thinner cosmetic.
The Samsung DualView ST600 and
ST100 are also available in a choice of
colors, including purple (ST600) and
pink (ST100), and are encased in a
compact frame with a metallic finish.
Other features in the new models
include: video capture in 720p/30 fps
HD H.264 format; and Smart Auto
(for both stills and video) scene-recognition
Samsung also unveiled the PL200
(September, $180) midrange 14.2-
megapixel digital point-and-shoot camera
featuring a long 7x zoom lens.
It combines 720p high-definition video
recording, a 3-inch LCD screen, and
a compact body measuring 3.9 inches
by 2.3 inches by 0.83 inches.