Panasonic today announces a new “travel zoom” pocket-friendly camera, the LUMIX TZ90, featuring high image quality and utilizing unique Panasonic features including 4K Photo. The camera is an ideal travel companion and includes a range of features such as a 30x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-720mm), an improved sensor and a new tilting screen.
The compact camera also has a wide 24mm Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens which should prove to be useful for most shooting conditions, extending to 720mm at the telephoto end. It passes Leica’s stringent standards resulting in crisp clarity and minimum distortion and flare. Power O.I.S is on hand to help keep your shots sharp, no matter which focal length you’re using, too.
A new 20.3MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor is a boost in resolution from the TZ90’s predecessor, the Lumix TZ80 (18.1-megapixels). Combined with a high-power Venus processing engine, you can be assured of high image quality in a range of scenarios, even low light.
Lumix TZ90 can capture 4K images, use the dedicated button on the TZ90’s body to access the various 4K photo modes. Capture moments at 30fps and extract stills at 8MP equivalent resolution. There is also a range of other useful functions which utilize 4K technology. Post Focus means you can utilize the point of focus after shooting.
Panasonic’s DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, the Lumix TZ90 boasts a 0.1 second AF speed. You can also employ burst shooting at 10 (AF-S) fps or 5 (AF-C) fps. A range of AF functions include Touch AF, 49-point AF points and Low Light AF help to lock on focus in a wide variety of different conditions. For those who are concerned with manual focusing, there’s lots of help on board for that too, including Focus Peaking and MF assist.
One of the key highlights is the 3.0-inch, 1,040k-dot touch-sensitive screen which, tilts to face forwards. Simply flip the monitor and the camera will automatically enter into a self-shot mode. You have lots of choices when it comes to capturing the perfect self-portrait, with the new 4K Selfie mode ensuring you get the look you want.
Another new feature is Panorama Selfie, putting you at the center of a sweeping landscape – ideal for travel shots. Background control helps to give your portraits a professional look and feel, while beauty functions help make sure you always look your best. Keep it hands-free by using Buddy Shutter or Face Shutter to automatically trigger the camera when you pose a certain way.
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As well as the rear monitor, there’s an also a 0.2-inch, 1,166k-dot EVF (Electronic View Finder), giving you the flexibility to compose your images however you like. There’s an eye sensor which switches the EVF on automatically for seamless operation, while you can continue to use the screen to set AF point using TouchPad operation.
Additionally, there’s a range of manual and enthusiast-level controls, giving you the power to adjust settings to match your exact way of shooting. There’s a full complement of manual and semi-automatic modes (PASM), while you can also shoot in the super flexible RAW format. Use the control ring around the TZ90’s lens to adjust settings such as aperture, while the control dial on the rear of the camera is also on hand to change other settings.
Lumix TZ90 Video Mode
You can record smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 at frame rates up to 30p. Not only that, but there’s a range of functions to help you get the best videos possible, including tilt-correction and 5-axis image stabilization. Use 4K Live Cropping to the pan and adjust composition even after you’ve finished recording. You can also shoot stunning high-speed videos at 120 fps / 100 fps in full HD for a dramatic slow-motion effect.
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Using Wi-Fi connectivity, you can connect the Panasonic Lumix TZ90 to your smartphone or tablet to take remote control over the camera, or send images across to your device for quick sharing to social networking sites and email. USB charging gives you the flexibility to power up the camera without the need for a dedicated battery charging unit.
Panasonic Lumix TZ90 Compact Camera will go on sale in by the end of May for $450 (approximately Rs. 30,600).