CES 2012: Panasonic stand report

A pretty enormous stand for Panasonic at this year's CES, as we'd expect from a company that markets so many consumer electronics products. As well as television and computer screens, audio equipment and 3D technology, Panasonic is also showing off its latest compact and interchangeable mirrorless cameras. Here's what we found when we visited the stand. 

Panasonic's stand is pretty huge this year, but then again, we can't think of much that the Japanese electronics giant doesn't do... It certainly does displays...
And of course cameras. Here's the Lumix DMC-G3 (left) and recently-announced GX1 - Panasonic's latest G-series mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.  Keen sports photographers were encouraged to point Panasonic's latest cameras at these two (somewhat bored-looking) soccer players...
Panasonic is showing two mockup lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. Their 12-35mm and 35-100mm ranges seem fixed but not their apertures (currently shown as F2.8)
The Lumix DMC-SZ7 feature a 25-250mm equivalent stabilized zoom lens, 3.0" automatically adjusting LCD and USB charging.  It is built around a 14MP MOS sensor with 1080i60 video and has a 460k dot LCD screen.
The Lumix DMC-SZ1 features a 25-250mm equivalent stabilized zoom lenses, 3.0" automatically adjusting LCDs and USB charging. It also features a 16MP CCD sensor that captures 720p30 video and has a 230k dot LCD on the rear.
The 16MP Lumix DMC-FH8 is built around 5x, 24-120mm equivalent F2.5-6.4 stabilized lens... ...like its lens range, its screen is slightly reduced, at 2.7 inches.
The Lumix DMC-FH6 is similar to the FH8 but is built around a 14MP CCD sensor, with the same 5x, 24-120mm equivalent F2.5-6.4 stabilized lens. On the rear of the camera can be found a fairly averagely-specified 2.7in LCD screen, offering a resolution of 230k dots. 
Towards the bottom of the Lumix range the Lumix DMC-S2 the S2 offers a 4x, 28-112mm equivalent image stabilized zoom lens... ...its 14MP CCD sensor can also capture 720p video footage, but its LCD screen is basic: 2.7 inches and 230k dots.

Comments

Total comments: 12
JazJon
By JazJon (Jan 14, 2012)

The ZS10 sucks in low light, can't wait for the ZS12/TZ30. There is a thread on here that has some leaked photos of the TZ30 (ZS12) Search for TZ30 on the site. They talked about it possibly having the awesome sensor of the incredible FZ150. I want the FZ150 sensor with the compact size of the ZS10!

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hank1414
By hank1414 (Jan 15, 2012)

Incredible is right... when it comes to FZ150, I love the camera
what I dislike immensely is the now changed 'playback button' that gives no indication wether it's on or off..
On the FZ28 & FZ35 they had a playback selection switch which made it obvious that when it was up it was for 'camera' use and down for 'playback'.
I can't believe they have done this.

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systemBuilder
By systemBuilder (Jan 18, 2012)

ZS10 sucks in high light, too. It just isn't sharp, the new lens is worse than all the lenses of its competitors.

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jeffharris
By jeffharris (Jan 13, 2012)

What, no TS4?

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blue_tooth2k
By blue_tooth2k (Jan 13, 2012)

will the 12-35mm & 35-100mm be compatible with older GF & G series??? 8-))

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Nealoc187
By Nealoc187 (Jan 12, 2012)

Was there nothing from the TZ (ZS) line there?

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JazJon
By JazJon (Jan 14, 2012)

The ZS10 sucks in low light, can't wait for the ZS12/TZ30. dpreview forums has some leaked photos of the TZ30 (ZS12) Search for TZ30 on the site. They talked about it possibly having the awesome sensor of the incredible FZ150. I want the FZ150 sensor with the compact size of the ZS10!

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jan 12, 2012)

Were the mock-up lenses sealed in a polymer time capsule with an inscription "Do not open before 2014," or did Panasonic actually display there use? A great test would be to wake up the soccer players and try to shoot some action shots from a 100' distance under indoor light.

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skimble
By skimble (Jan 12, 2012)

I understand your frustration but aren't their other review sites which specialise more in this field after all depreview stands for Digital Photography review not film review.
Never less not much to see from Panasonic anyway so depreview may as well reports a bit more on film cameras :-)

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JPD2
By JPD2 (Jan 12, 2012)

Video is important. That's why everyone is so keen to get their various 'stills' cameras to produce such good video. I think dpreview should cover both still cameras and have a proper camcorder section. I have a D90 but I'm also very keen on video cameras.

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GarageBoy
By GarageBoy (Jan 13, 2012)

Shutterbug magazine in the 1980s did extensive coverage of new camcorders, so...

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JPD2
By JPD2 (Jan 12, 2012)

Can dpreview please cover the camcorders at Panasonic's stand ? I've seen info on other companies camcorders from this show on here.

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