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Panasonic has today announced the LUMIX DMC-TZ200 – its latest flagship model of the popular “Travel Zoom” TZ series. With incredible 15x optical zoom from the new 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and a 1-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, the TZ200 offers users the ability to capture incredibly detailed, high-quality pictures. You can also shoot ultra-high resolution 4K video, all within a compact, pocket-sized camera that’s perfect for travelling.
Sophisticated lens design
The LUMIX TZ200 boasts exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity and minimum distortion and flare, thanks to its sophisticated lens design. Its 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) offers a versatile angle of view while suppressing hand-shake in both photo and video recording. It also enables stunning macro shots as close as 3cm, meaning users can capture extreme close up images with incredible detail.
The TZ200’s 1-inch MOS sensor is incredibly large for such a compact camera, giving photographers the ability to capture high quality images in stunning detail.
Advanced Live View Finder – capture incredible images in all light conditions
The Live View Finder (LVF) has been upgraded in this new model, boasting an incredibly high resolution of 2,330K dots, as well as a generous magnification ratio of approximately 1.45x / 0.53x (35mm camera equivalent). The inclusion of a LVF in a camera of this size is extremely beneficial to users if they are looking to capture photographs in bright, sunny environments.
In addition to the LVF, the LUMIX TZ200 has a 3-inch rear monitor with touch control system. It boasts 1,240K dots resolution, allowing users to easily set focus on the screen. It’s very simple to enlarge images on the monitor, giving the photographer precise control. The LUMIX TZ200 also boasts a Focus Peaking function that shows the peak of focus in manual focus mode.
High-speed, high-precision auto focus and fast response
The LUMIX TZ200 newly integrates a dedicated linear motor into the focus system to achieve ultra high-speed Auto Focus (AF). In addition, the Light Speed AF is further enhanced with an adoption of Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology which further shortens the time to set focus. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different focal settings at 240 fps high signal exchange speed. As a result, the LUMIX TZ200 achieves ultra-high speed AF of approx. 0.1 sec.
High resolution video to capture unmissable moments
The LUMIX TZ200 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840×2160 pixels at 30p / 25p (50Hz Area) 30p (60Hz Area) or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of the camera’s 4K capabilities, you can capture fleeting moments from video taken at 30 frames per second and save in 8-megapixel high resolution photos. Choosing the best shot out of hundreds of frames recorded with 4K PHOTO is now easier than ever before with newly added Auto Marking function. It detects motion or a face, sets a marker and allows you to jump directly to the frame as soon as a situation changes; therefore minimising time spent choosing the best shot. Sequence Composition makes it possible to make a stromotion image by synthesising multiple images shot at fixed frame with 4K PHOTO. As a result, unique images can be produced easily on the camera itself, without the need for special retouching and editing.
The LUMIX TZ200 also enables 4K Live Cropping in video recording, offering stable panning or zooming in video recording. In panning shots, you can just set the viewing angle to achieve smooth panning imagery without the need for special equipment such as a slider. In zooming, you can set the after-zoomed viewing angle first, so that the subject can sit perfectly in the frame.
High Speed Video enables the recording of fast-moving subjects in Full HD at 120 fps (60Hz Area – NTSC)/100 fps (50Hz Area – PAL), while Time Lapse / Stop Motion Animation are also available.
New shooting modes and Monochrome filter – creativity in your pocket
One of the most enjoyable aspects of travelling are the millions of impressions you can capture. As the perfect companion, the TZ200 not only boasts its flexible LEICA zoom lens, but enables you to capture diverse images with a myriad of creative filter options. Popular Lumix Classics such as the High Dynamic, Color Key, Miniature filter and many more have been joined by a new and classy filter: L.Monochrome. With a specially adjusted gamma setting, it boasts rich gradation resulting in impressive monochrome pictures with deep blacks reminiscent of the classical black and white film.
There are two exciting new shooting modes to expand the creative vision of TZ200-users: Focus- and Aperture-Bracketing, which allow automated burst shots while alternating the focal distance or aperture setting respectively. The best setting for focal distance or depth of field can be decided later, so by using these new Bracketing modes the photographer never misses the moment.
To complete the creative package, TZ200 is capable of internal RAW development, giving travellers total independence from a PC to edit while they’re away.
Connectivity options to share your photos on the go
The LUMIX TZ200 offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® connectivity to provide a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing, providing constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption.
The LUMIX TZ200 is armoured with pressed aluminium plates to form a sleek, solid profile, meaning you can be assured of a compact but robust camera to capture all of your unforgettable memories from your travels.