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Panasonic adds 4K video to the ZS series

Create: 01/06/2016 - 18:23
Panasonic Lumix ZS100 and ZS60

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cameras can shoot 4K video
  • Both models are fitted with Leica zoom lenses
  • Photographer can adjust the point of focus after taking the photograph

Panasonic has released two Lumix cameras that are part of its ZS series – the Lumix DMC-ZS100 and ZS60.

Both cameras share some traits, including the same physical dimensions.

The cameras are fitted with Leica zoom lenses and electronic viewfinders. On the ZS100, Panasonic calls it a Live View Finder. The cameras have fixed 3.0-inch touchscreen LCDs and can be controlled wirelessly using the Panasonic Image App.

The ZS100 and ZS60 are capable of shooting at 10 frames per second, which drops to six frames per second when autofocus is turned on for each shot.

Lumix DMC-ZS100, US$699.99

The higher-end ZS100 is fitted with a one-inch 20.1-MP MOS sensor, which has an ISO range of 125-12,800. That can be extended to 80-25,600.

The lens an f/2.8-5.9 Vario-Elmarit LEICA DC lens. It's a 10x zoom with the focal length of 25-250mm (35mm camera equivalent). The lens has five-axis optical image stabilization.

Still images are saved to SD cards in either RAW or JPG. The camera can record full 4K and full HD video. One feature is ability to extract one 8-MP still image from a 4K video clip.

The camera has a unique "post-focus feature" that allows the photographer to change the point of focus post-capture. In each photo, the camera captures "optimal focus" for 49 individual frames, which can be selected later and exported separately.

Panasonic says the Live View Finder can detect when you are about to take a photo. There also are manual controls that allow you to set the aperture and shutter speed and either zoom and focus the lens.

The DMC-ZS100 will be available in mid-March 2016 in silver and black.

Lumix DMC-ZS60, US$449.99

This camera uses a smaller 1/2.3-inch 18-MP MOS sensor, which has an ISO range of 80-3,200. It can be extended upward to 6,400.

The lens is a 30x Leica Vario-Elmar f/3.3-6.4 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens. Luckily, the camera has five-axis optical image stabilization, which should help steady the camera on the long telephoto shots.

Still images are saved to SD cards in either RAW or JPG. The camera can record full 4K and full HD video. One feature is ability to extract one 8-MP still image from a 4K video clip.

The ZS60 also has the "post-focus feature" that allows the photographer to change the point of focus post-capture. In each photo, the camera captures "optimal focus" for 49 individual frames, which can be selected later and exported separately.

The camera's dedicated Control Ring can be set to control zoom, aperture or shutter speed.

The DMC-ZS60 will be available in mid-March 2016 in silver and black.

 

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.