Panasonic's new compact digital still cameras also take great-looking 720p high-definition videos.
The LUMIX DMC-TZ7 blew out the highlights in this scene, but it did a good job overall of capturing the bright and dark areas in the frame, along with the fine detail in the smoke.
Here's yet another example of close-up shots taken with the LUMIX DMC-TZ7 digital camera.
In a seminar in Singapore this week, Panasonic launched its new FT-rugged, TZ and FS series of LUMIX digital cameras. Among the models released were two hybrid models -- the LUMIX DMC-FT1 and the LUMIX DMC-TZ7 -- which, in addition to being able to capture high-quality still images, can also capture vibrant and clear 720p-resolution videos. We were given the opportunity to road test pre-production models of these two cameras, and test shots are presented over the next few slides. Keep in mind that the firmware in these cameras is yet to be finalised, so the quality of shots taken by the production models will probably end up being better than what you see here (photography skills notwithstanding). None of the photos have been altered, apart from some cropping and re-sizing to fit these pages.
Just remember to clean the lens area once you are out of the surf, as the pictures will tend to look foggy or soft if you don't, as you can see from the example.
While underwater, the amount of light that's available will determine how clear your still photos will turn out. This slide is an example of a shot taken in an indoor pool without a flash. There are no manual settings, so you will have to rely on the camera's intelligent auto mode to handle the exposure. Videos taken underwater look vibrant and clear, but many still shots will come out a little too blurry.
Here is a rear view of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ7 digital camera.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT1's image stabilisation did a reasonable job in low-light conditions, when it was handheld. This was taken in an aquarium, with a shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, an ISO speed of 400 and an aperture value of f/3.3.
You can take the LUMIX DMC-FT1 ruggedised digital camera to the beach with you and take still shots or videos closer to the water than ever before — or even in the water.
Here's the rear view of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT1, showing the position of the dial and 5-way controller.
At its widest point, the LUMIX DMC-TZ7 lens distortion was minimal, and slightly trapezoidal.
This macro shot shows the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ7's ability to capture close-up detail, and also shows off the LEICA DC Vario-Elmar lens' style of bokeh (or blur as it is also known!). You can see that the background shapes are still clearly recognisable. The bell’s colours are vibrant as the sun is shining down on the scene.
Close-up photos and videos of fountains and other water features can be taken without risk of damaging your camera.
Panning shots were reasonable, too, in low light, although some of the fish made it very difficult for us to capture them.
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