It’s only February, but it seems like we’ve already had a truck load of new cameras in 2019 and the good news is that the launches keep on coming. This time it’s the turn of Panasonic, as the brand launched not one, but two new models.
First up is the TZ965, a pocket-sized premium compact that is sure to be a hit with travel photographers looking for a small camera with beefy resolution. A 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor delivers 20.3-megapixels, which is paired with a versatile 30x zoom, giving an equivalent focal length of 24-720mm – enough to capture everything from wide-angle landscapes to wildlife and close-up travel imagery.
The TZ965’s epic lens is backed up by Power O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) technology to help keep images sharp and photos can be lined up via the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) or the 3-inch tilting LCD which, when flipped up, will enhance the TZ965’s credentials as a Vlogger camera. Speaking of video, the TZ965 can capture 4K UHD (3840×2160) movies at up to 30p.
With a battery life of 380 shots between charges and able to shoot RAW images, the TZ965 also boasts a 4K Photo mode where 8-megapixel JPEGs can be extracted from a 30 frames per second burst rate. Available from the end of April, the TZ965 will cost £399.99 / €449.99.
Joining the TZ965 in the Panasonic stable is the FZ1000 II, a bridge camera offering 20.1-megapixels from a 1-inch sensor and a 16x zoom that gives photographers a focal length of 25-400mm. The variable aperture f/2.8-4 LEICA* DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens benefits from Panasonic’s 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer) technology to keeps things steady and images can be lined up using the 3-inch vari-angle LCD or via the 2,360k-dot resolution Electronic Viewfinder.
The FZ1000 II boasts Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to enable photographers to quickly transfer images to their smart devices and the camera benefits from a Zoom Compose Assist mode helps users locate the subject if it suddenly leaves the frame – especially useful when shooting at the 400mm end of the focal length.
With a decent burst rate of 12 Frames Per Second (FPS), the FZ1000 II can lock onto subjects in just 0.09 seconds and features a speedy max shutter speed of 1/16000secs and the video specs are equally impressive, with the FZ1000 II able to shoot 4K UHD (3840×2160) at 30/25 and 24p. Available from the end of March, the FZ1000 II will cost £769.99 / €849.99.