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Summary: Panasonic introduces a new low-end compact camera that sports a 26mm wide-angle f/2.8 lens.
Panasonic is brightening up its compact camera lineup with a brand new entry-level model: Announced today, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5 looks to be a well-featured but basic everyman’s shooter, but it stands out from the crowd with a wider and brighter than average 5x optical zoom lens. The 26-130mm equivalent f/2.8-6.5 lens will allow the average point-and-shoot photographer greater framing flexibility and should deliver better image quality in low light.
Like some entry-level models from Canon and Nikon among others, the LS5 utilizes AA batteries — a departure for Panasonic, which uses rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries in the rest of its lineup. If you don’t want to be replacing your batteries every 160 shots (i.e., the rated battery life using two AA alkaline batteries), you can opt for a NiMH battery, which will give you closer to 320 snaps between charges. But for this camera’s target audience (casual, entry-level snapshooters), the option of being able to easily grab batteries on the go is nice.The rest of the LS5’s feature set is solid, if unremarkable, including:720p HD video recording at 30fpsOptical image stabilizationFace DetectionIntelligent scene selection15 scene modes including Panorama AssistIn-camera red-eye removal2.7-inch, 260,000-dot LCD
Pricing has not yet been set, but the camera (available in black only) is set to begin shipping in November.
For more information, read the press release »
Janice got her hands on a Nikon Coolpix 900 back in 1998 and has been a digital camera enthusiast ever since.