Anyone awaiting a new Micro Four-Thirds camera from Panasonic will be disappointed, but the company did announce six new point-and-shoot cameras today at CES 2010.
All of Panasonic's new Lumix offerings will support the superhigh-capacity SDXC card format, as well as SDHC and SD cards. The unveiled models include the brand-new Lumix FH series, as well as a touchscreen camera.
Three FH-series models will be available in 2010, and all of the cameras will have slim frames (about an inch thick), wide-angle zoom lenses, and 720p high-definition video capture at 30 frames per second.
The highest-end FH series model is the 14-megapixel Lumix DMC-FH20, which offers an 8X-optical-zoom lens (28mm to 224mm), a 2.7-inch LCD, optical image stabilization, and Intelligent Auto mode.
The 14-megapixel Lumix DMC-FH3 has a less-powerful, 5X-optical-zoom lens (28mm to 140mm), but otherwise offers the same specs. The lowest-end FH series model, the 12-megapixel Lumix DMC-FH1, also offers the 5X-optical-zoom lens (28mm to 140mm) and the same basic specs.
Panasonic has not announced pricing or availability for the new Lumix point-and-shoots.
Panasonic also announced two additions to the existing FP series of cameras. Neither of the new FP models offers wide-angle lenses; both the DMC-FP3 and the DMC-FP1 have 4X-optical-zoom lenses that range from 35mm to 140mm.
The 14-megapixel, touchscreen-controlled Lumix DMC-FP3 serves up a 3-inch-diagonal touchscreen LCD, 720p high-definition video capture at 30 fps, and Intelligent Auto mode. The camera will have touchscreen-controlled playback navigation and touch-to-focus features.
A non-touchscreen model, the Lumix DMC-FP1, will also ship in 2010. It provides a 12-megapixel sensor, a 2.7-inch LCD, 720p HD video capture at 30 fps, and Intelligent Auto features. Pricing and availability are still in the works for the new FP models, as well.
Rounding out the announcements is the wide-angle Lumix DMC-F3, a 12-megapixel model with a 4X optical zoom (28mm to 112mm), 720p HD video capture at 30 fps, a 2.7-inch LCD, and digital image stabilization.