Panasonic introduced Friday the Lumix TS7 20.4 megapixel/4K camera optimized for outdoor use.

The compact ruggedly-built point-and-shoot features a 28mm wide angle 4.6x optical zoom lens, 4K video capture, 20.4 megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor, new Live View Finder (LVF) and high-resolution rear monitor.

Ready for active photographers and videographers, the Lumix TS7 camera has a tough, lightweight body designed to take a lot of punishment while still getting the shot. It will be available for purchase at a $449 suggested retail price in early summer, in a choice of blue, orange and black body colors.

For video use the Lumix TS7 records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 pixels at 30p or 24p in MP4 compression. It will also capture video in Full-HD 1,080/60p in MP4 (MPEG-4/H.264) format with practical full-time AF.

Using 4K video and 4K Photo mode, videographers can extract single images from 30 fps video frames to save as 8-megapixel equivalent resolution still photos. Panasonic includes three proprietary convenience features including 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. 4K Burst Shooting provides consecutive shooting at 30 fps, which can be used like photo burst shooting.

The Lumix Post Focus function enables selecting in-focus areas after shooting, for use in situations like macro shooting where severe focusing is required.

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The Lumix TS7’s 4.6x optical zoom is supported with POWER O.I.S. technology (also available in video recording) to suppress hand shake, while an Auto Wind Cut function blocks most of the noise created by background wind. A High Speed Video feature enables recording in HD (1280×720) at 120 fps/100 fps.

Time Lapse/Stop Motion Animation functions are also available.

The camera’s high-speed response enables burst shooting of stills at up to 10 fps in full resolution with a mechanical shutter, 5 fps with continuous AF, together with the quick, accurate AF Light Speed AF system.

The Lumix TS7 incorporates a 28mm wide-angle Lumix lens with a 4.6x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-128mm) in folded optics. Lumix Intelligent Resolution technology enables the Intelligent Zoom to virtually extend the zoom ratio to a 9.1x equivalent, maintaining picture quality even in combination with the digital zoom feature, Panasonic said.

The Lumix TS7 integrates a new 0.2-inch, 1,170K-dot equivalent Live View Finder (LVF) to make it easier to capture subjects under strong sunlight or in backlighting while reducing power drain in harsh conditions. Both the sensor and LVF are in a 4:3 aspect ratio, and the 3.0-inch tempered-glass rear LCD monitor has a 3:2 aspect ratio and 1,040K-dot resolution for a near 100% field of view. Image output between the LVF and the rear monitor is instantly switched with a dedicated button.

Other key features include a waterproof rating up to 102 feet; dust resistance, shock resistance to a drop of 6.6 feet; freeze resistance down to 14 degrees F, pressure resistance to 220 foot pounds, light speed auto focus optimized for diving, snorkeling, surfing, climbing, skiing and snowboarding; Wi-Fi connectivity with creative control, Lumix Shooting Assist function iA (intelligent auto) mode, and LED photo light.

By Greg Tarr


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