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Panasonic LZ8 Intro

Panasonic has revealed two closely related digital cameras that join its Lumix LZ-series, the DMC-LZ8 and DMC-LZ10. Both have wide-angle lenses, manual controls and Intelligent Auto technologies.

Panasonic LZ8 Features

The Panasonic LZ8 includes a 1/2.5" 8.1 effective megapixel RGBG CCD image sensor, while the Panasonic LZ10 bumps this in favor of a 1/2.33" 10.1 effective megapixel imager. Both cameras couple this with a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit branded F3.3 - F5.9 5x optical zoom lens, although the difference in sensor size means that the 35mm-equivalent focal range differs somewhat - 32-160mm for the LZ8, or 30-150mm for the LZ10. Both cameras also include a 2.5" LCD with 230,000 pixel resolution, and both store images on SD / SDHC / MMC cards or in 20MB of built-in memory. Power comes from two AA batteries, which are rated for some 470 shots on a charge in the LZ8, and just slightly less at 460 shots per charge for the LZ10. (CIPA standard testing using NiMH rechargeables with 50% flash usage at room temperature).

Additional Panasonic LZ8 features and details (adapted from the press release):

Panasonic LZ8 Pricing and Availability

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 will retail for around US$180, and goes on sale in the USA from February 2008.