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Panasonic Lumix SZ9 SZ3 Super Zoom Announced

Panasonic Lumix SZ9 SZ3 Super Zoom Announced - Panasonic has announced two new compact super zoom cameras, the Panasonic Lumix SZ9 and SZ3 with 10x zoom.

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Lumix SZ9

Panasonic has announced the new Lumix SZ9 and SZ3 updates to the Super Zoom series, with 10x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation. The Panasonic Lumix SZ9 offers Wi-Fi, high speed shooting at 5fps with continuous AF, full HD video recording with stereo sound, a 3 inch screen with 460k dots, while the SZ3 offers 720p video and a 2.7 inch screen.

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From Panasonic: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ9: The Slim, Ready To Shoot Camera for Everyone

CES, 7th January 2013 – Panasonic’s new compact LUMIX DMC-SZ9, is packed with features to cater for any photographer, whether looking to capture family and friends, holiday scenery or a night on the town. With an impressive 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC lens, 20x digital intelligent zoom, 25mm wide angle lens, 10fps (frames per second) burst shooting, Wi-Fi connectivity and 14 creative effects, all packed into a sleek slim design, the SZ9 is every photographer’s friend.

Impressive zoom features

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 may be small and slim, but certainly outperforms its size when zoom is required.  Fitted with a 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC lens alongside a 20x digital intelligent zoom which keeps the shape and light of the image automatically, distant images can be brought visually closer while image quality is kept thanks to the camera’s Intelligent Resolution technology.

Incredibly clear, high quality photos and video

The 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor has increased from its predecessor’s 14.1-megapixels. It boasts high-speed signal output and high-sensitivity image recording producing superb results. The excellent signal-to-noise ratio of the MOS sensor and the Intelligent Noise Reduction system, which prioritises reducing noise in specific areas, found in the Venus Engine ensures both photo and videos shot at any sensitivity from low to high, are produced with outstanding clarity. Furthermore, the high quality of the images and video is easily viewed on the 3.0 inch LCD screen.

Small, yet mighty

The high-speed digital signal output technology lets the SZ9 shoot at 10 fps in full 16.1 megapixel resolution and 5 fps with continuous auto focus (AF). It also enables the camera to record Full HD videos smoothly. The frame rate, AF setting and the recording resolution can be easily selected according to the movement of the subject. The SZ9 boasts approx. 0.1 sec Light Speed AF that helps to catch even the most fleeting of moments in an image or video.

Instant Wi-Fi transfer and GPS

Once you’ve taken your photographs or video, you can now instantly transfer, share and back-up your material. Just select the Wi-Fi button on the camera and connect to your internet enabled device to share your images with friends online, wirelessly connect to your TV for large screen viewing, print wirelessly or store all your photos in the LUMIX club cloud. You can also tag the image with a GPS location to record exactly where it was taken.


Fully loaded with features

Equipped with 14 creative effects such as soft focus, toy effect and retro, the SZ9 puts creativity at your fingertips. With the filter effect panorama mode and beauty retouch included in this model, you can alter and modify your images as you go.

Slim and small, yet clever and mighty

Mark Robinson, Head of Imaging, Panasonic UK, comments: “Panasonic’s SZ9 may be small but it punches well above its weight. Packed full of features, from a super 10x Optical Zoom, Full HD recording and 14 creative modes including beauty retouch, the SZ9 will allow you to produce high quality images and video time and time again.”

Key features:

  • Impressive intelligent zoom features: Fitted with a 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC lens alongside a 20x intelligent zoom, best possible image quality is kept thanks to the camera’s Intelligent Resolution software functionality.  This performs precise signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way according to the area. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp.
  • Incredibly clear, high quality photos and video: The SZ9 has a 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor allowing images to be shot at up to ISO3200.  When combined with the Venus Engine’s intelligent Noise Reduction system both photo and videos, shot at any sensitivity from low to high, boast outstanding clearness
  • Instant Wi-Fi transfer: The built in Wi-Fi function allows you to transfer, share and back-up your images. Also, you can wirelessly connect the camera to your TV for large screen viewing and print to wireless devices
  • Map your memories: The GPS functionality allows you to record your location and view the map with the associated photos directly on your camera
  • Quick burst shooting: The high-speed digital signal output technology lets the SZ9 shoot 10 fps in 16.1 megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. The frame rate, AF setting and the recording resolution can be easily selected according to the movement of the subject
  • Creativity at your fingertips: Equipped with 14 creative effects such as soft focus, toy effect and retro, the LUMIX SZ9 puts creativity at your fingertips. With the filter effect panorama mode and beauty retouch included in this model, you can change and modify your images as you go

The SZ9 will be in available in the stores and online with the release date tbc.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

The sister to Panasonic’s LUMIX SZ9, the LUMIX DMC-SZ3 retains the slim, stylish design this family of compacts is known for. Photos and videos can be captured and viewed on its slightly smaller 2.7” LCD screen, yet by packing in a serious 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor and 1280 x 720 HD video capabilities, quality is not compromised. With a 10x optical zoom LEICA DC lens and a 20x intelligent zoom, and creative functions which include miniature and beauty retouch, the SZ3 is the price friendly alternative.

The SZ3 will be in available in the stores and online with the release date tbc.

Comparison Table

Panasonic Lumix SZ9Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3
ManufacturerPanasonicPanasonic
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.1 - f/5.9f/3.1 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent25mm - 250mm25mm - 250mm
Optical Zoom10x10x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)46084608
Pixels (H)34563456
Sensor TypeLive MOS SensorCCD
Sensor Size1/2.331/2.33
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.6mm4.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in2.7in
Screen resolution460k230k
Touch ScreenNoNo
Focusing
Min Focus5cm5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Zoom macro
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/1600sec1/1600sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec60sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Multi Pattern
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity100 - 3200100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps1.4fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS50i24fps
Stereo SoundYesNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesYes
Interface
HDMIYesNo
USBUSB 2USB 2
Wi-FiYesNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-IonLithium-Ion
CIPA Rating220250
Box Contents
Box ContentsBattery Pack, AC adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROMNo Data
Dimensions
Weight119g111g
Width96.5mm94.8mm
Height56.8mm52.8mm
Depth21.2mm21.9mm
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