Panasonic Lumix LX7 has an F1.4 lens

One of five new Panasonic cameras announced today, the Lumix LX7 premium compact camera has the fastest lens in the fixed-lens realm.

By Tim Moynihan, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, digital cameras

The other new megazoom is the 24X Lumix FZ60, which has the same zoom lens but lacks the constant F2.8 aperture and RAW mode. Its 16-megapixel CMOS sensor is also different, which leads to slightly different video and burst-mode specs. Video capture tops out at 1080i resolution at 60fps, while burst mode maxes out at 10fps at full resolution.

No official pricing information has been announced for either camera, but Panasonic expects the FZ200 to cost around $600 and the FZ60 to be priced around $400 when they become available in August.

Panasonic SZ5: New Wi-Fi-Enabled Compact Camera

With a body measuring only 0.82 inches deep, the Lumix SZ5 somehow fits a 10X-optical-zoom lens (25mm to 250mm) in front of its 14-megapixel CCD sensor. The Lumix SZ5 can shoot at a clip of 10fps in burst mode, but video capture maxes out at 720p/30fps.

It's loaded with built-in Wi-Fi features, including the ability to control the camera remotely and offload photos wirelessly via a free app for iOS and Android devices. The camera also can be set up to sync its photos wirelessly to a computer whenever it's plugged in for charging, and it can beam photos to the big screen whenever it's in close proximity to a Panasonic HDTV set.

Due in August, the Lumix SZ5 will be priced at around $200.

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