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Panasonic Announces Two New LUMIX Models

Panasonic have two new models cooked up for you heading into this fall, the super-zooming FZ47 and the AA battery-powered LS5. Read on to see what these two cameras have in store and when you can expect to see them.

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Panasonic has announced the release of two new point-and-shoot models today, the LS5 and FZ47. The cameras are extensions of their compact and super-zoom camera lines, respectively. They sit at opposite ends of the fixed-lens Lumix line, but both cameras bring much-needed updates to already popular models.

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The LS5 will be an entry-level (Panasonic's description) point-and-shoot camera with a 5x zoom, HD video recording, and will run off of AA batteries. The FZ47 is a super-zoom camera with an electronic viewfinder, 3-inch LCD, and a 24x optical zoom range.

The FZ47 will feature a typical 1/2.33'' CCD sensor with its 24x optical zoom, with a 25mm (35mm equivalent) wide-angle lens. The camera will shoot still photos at 3.7fps and benefit from 1080i video recording and 12.5-megapixel still images, with a sensitivity range extending from 100-1600 normally, and up to 6400 in its "high sensitivity" mode.

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Panasonic seem to be focusing on video more with the FZ47, with a supposedly quieter zoom and autofocus operation, a "Creative Video" option that will allow aperture and shutter speed modification during video recording, and the option to take a 3.5-megapixel still shot while recording.

The FZ47 will also feature some sort of 3D-recording capability for still photos, with 3D playback on a compatible television.

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The company also announced the release of the LS5, a compact 5x optical zoom camera that will run off of AA batteries. It's likely to be a very entry-level mode, but still featuring a 14.1-megapixel image sensor, 720p HD video recording, and a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The camera will also have a 2.7-inch rear LCD with a resolution of approximately 230k dots.

The LS5 will also sport optical image stabilization, a 26mm (35mm equivalent) wide-angle lens, and Panasonic's typical combination of intelligent auto and intelligent scene selector modes for beginners who don't wish to alter settings too dramatically.

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The FZ47 will debut in black and will be available for a debut suggested price of $399.99, beginning in August. The LS5 will also debut in black, though pricing for the compact camera has yet to be finalized as of press time. Given the LS5's entry-level designation, it's unlikely that it will shatter the bank.

For more information and specifications, you can read the full press release for each camera at Panasonic's press website.

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