Panasonic Lumix TZ20
Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix TZ18 (ZS8) and Panasonic Lumiz TZ20 (ZS10). Both cameras feature a 14.1 megapixel sensor, wide angle 16x optical zoom lens (24-384mm), optical image stabilisation, 3.0″ screen, high speed shooting, lithium ion batteries, P/A/S/M modes, and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card support. Further details of the differences are outlined below. The Panasonic Lumix TZ20, shown above, will be available in Red, Blue, Silver and Black from the 7th of March from Amazon UK

TZ20 (ZS10): 1920×1080 HD Video up to 29min with stereo sound, GPS, 10fps shooting at 14mp, 3.0″ touch screen (460k), MOS sensor, 260 shot battery life, and 3D Photo mode. Review(s): Cameralabs TZ20 / ZS10 Review.
TZ18 (ZS8): 720p HD Video up to 15min with mono sound, CCD sensor, 3.0″ screen (230k), 340 shot battery life. Review(s): ePHOTOzine TZ18 / ZS8 Review.

“Panasonic’s multiple award winning TZ series is pleased to welcome a two outstanding new additions – the TZ20 and TZ18. Brimming with the very latest Lumix technology and key features fundamental to the TZ success story – including HD movie recording capability, full manual control, a 24mm ultra wide angle and powerful 16x optical zoom in a compact body – the TZ20 offers and even higher standard with built-in GPS and FULL HD AVCHD movie recording.”

Panasonic Lumix TZ18

The Panasonic Lumix TZ18, shown above, will be available in Black or Silver from the 7th of March from Amazon UK

“A compact and versatile lens system is the hallmark of the LUMIX TZ series and for the new TZ20 and TZ18 this lens system is entirely redeveloped in both optical and mechanical design. Featuring a new high-quality 24mm ultra wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 16x optical zoom. The newly applied Nano Surface Coating boasts an extremely low reflectance ratio compared with the conventional multi coating to suppress image ghosting. Thanks to this very latest Panasonic technology, adopted for the first time to the LUMIX cameras, the images delivered through the lens of a TZ20 and TZ18 have exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity that passes Leica’s stringent standards.”

“For the TZ20, a newly adopted 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor and the advanced image processor, Venus Engine FHD, feature high speed, high sensitivity image recording to realize 1920 x 1080 full-HD movie recording and high speed burst shooting. It lets the TZ20 shoot 10 fps in 14-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. Even higher speed burst shooting is available with TZ20 if electronic shutter is used – 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel*. While the new TZ18 takes advantage of the Venus Engine VI.”

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