Panasonic S2, S5: Two new entry-level Lumix S-series models
posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM EDT
Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America has announced a new entry-level digital camera for the Consumer Electronics Show which updates last year's Lumix DMC-S1 model, the Panasonic DMC-S2.
Accompanied by the launch of the DMC-S5 in some markets (as an update of the DMC-S3), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2 is a fairly straightforward update of its predecessor, with changes in a number of key areas. There's a slightly higher-resolution 14.1 megapixel image sensor, an updated autofocus system that boasts more than twice as many AF points, a substantial increase in the built-in memory capacity, a worthwhile improvement in battery life, and an updated software package. Panasonic has also updated the available body color selections, and now offers black, pink, and violet.
The Panasonic DMC-S5 model launched overseas, meanwhile, has similar changes. There's a slightly higher-res 16.1 megapixel image sensor, updated AF system, a modest improvement in battery life over the DMC-S3, and an updated software package. Compared to the earlier camera, available memory of the DMC-S5 has not changed, and is now matched by its lower-cost sibling, the S2.
Pricing and availability information had not been disclosed for either model at press time. More details can be found in our Panasonic S2 preview for US-market readers, and our Panasonic S5 preview for those in other markets.
Panasonic Adds A Smart And Stylish Compact Digital Camera To Its Lumix S-Series, Complete With HD Video
With New Panorama and Auto Retouch Modes, the LUMIX S2 Provides Advanced Photographic Features in an Easy-to-Use and Affordable Model
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 9, 2012) – Panasonic today announces a new stylish, compact digital camera, the 14.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-S2, with advanced features, including a 28mm wide-angle LUMIX DC VARIO lens with 4x optical zoom, Sonic Speed Auto-Focus, and MEGA O.I.S. to help reduce blurry photos due to shaking hands, 720p HD video capabilities, plus Panorama and Auto Retouch Mode. The LUMIX S2 merges essential functions and enhanced performance features into a simple and stylish design making it an appropriate camera for users with any level of photography skills.
Featuring the new Panorama Mode, the LUMIX S2 allows users to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image by taking a sequence of shots of one scene and overlaying the grouping of pictures to create one panoramic shot. The new Auto Retouch Mode adjusts contrast and brightness to give a different and unique look to any photo with the press of a button.
“With Panasonic’s LUMIX S2, we are bringing to market an affordable, intuitive, compact digital camera with smart features, designed for users who simply want to take great quality photos and videos,” said David Fisher, Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Marketing Company of North America. “Beyond the powerful 28mm wide-angle lens and HD video, the S2 also offers excellent landscape and large group shooting with the Panorama Mode and convenient retouching with Auto Retouch Mode.”
In addition, the DMC-S2 features dramatically speedier focusing, allowing users to quickly focus on moving subjects when shooting sports and other fast motion scenes. The Sonic Speed AF system includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance.
With Panasonic’s popular iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the LUMIX S2 allows users to easily activate a suite of technologies that engage automatically – with no setting changes needed, for beautiful, natural shots. In addition to MEGA O.I.S., iA also includes Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection. For video shooting, the LUMIX S2 features dynamic 1280 x 720p HD video recording capabilities.
The LUMIX S2 features a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD and 28mm wide-angle LUMIX DC VARIO lens with 4x optical zoom and Intelligent Zoom for extended magnification to 8x, with the newly-integrated Intelligent Resolution technology. The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine is incorporated to enable beautiful image recording with higher quality signal processing, while the Sonic Speed AF makes it easier to capture spur-of-the-moment photos.
Pricing and 2012 availability will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping. The Panasonic LUMIX S2 will be available in a variety of colors, including black, pink and violet. For more information, and live coverage on January 10-11 from Panasonic at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, please visit www.panasonic.com/CES. Plus follow Panasonic’s CES activities on Twitter @PanasonicEvents and join the conversations.
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About Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America, a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American Subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations, offers a wide-range of consumer solutions in the U.S. and Canada. The Company’s portfolio of innovative consumer products ranges from VIERA Full HD 3D Televisions, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Wellness and Personal Care products and more.
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