Panasonic Launches New Advanced Compact & Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

April 19, 2017

Panasonic will launch a new advanced compact camera and a wide-angle zoom lens in May.

The Lumix ZS70 packs a 20-megapixel sensor and a fixed 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilization.

It incorporates Panasonic’s 4K Photo Mode to isolate 8-megapixel still images from a short 4K video clip. It also includes Post Focus, which lets you save a series of images with different focus points selected. In playback, you can select the image with the ideal focus point or save the entire selection. There’s also a new Light Composition mode which saves a series of images and combines them with an emphasis given to brighter pixels.

The camera’s 3-inch touch display can be tilted upward for, what else, selfies. There are a series of portrait modes to beautify portrait subjects (self, or otherwise).

Additional features include:

  • 10 fps shooting in AF-S and 5 fps shooting in AF-C
  • 49 AF pionts
  • RAW image capture
  • Wi-Fi
  • 4K live cropping to create an HD video with panning effects from a 4K video in camera

Look for the ZS70 at the end of May for $450. It’s available for pre-order now.

Panasonic is also adding a new lens to its lineup. The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 16-36mm.

It’s dust and weather sealed and has coating to minimize flare and ghosting. An inner focus drive system keeps the lens quiet during autofocus with a micro-step drive to enable smooth aperture changes.

Panasonic said the  AF tracking performance when zooming has also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

The 8-18mm lens ships at the end of may for $1,100. It’s available for pre-order now.