LAS VEGAS u2013 Panasonic is set to exploit the boom in Selfie [digital self-portraits] with the launch of the Wi-Fi enabled Lumix DMC-TZ55.
Acknowledging that the Selfie is ‘the big thing at the moment’, Panasonic says the TZ55 compact sports a 3in, 180°, tiltable LCD (460,000-dot resolution) screen.
The camera’s Self Shot mode allows the user to activate the self-timer.
Features on board the 16.1MP model include a 20x (24mm) wideangle zoom lens, Full HD video, Optical Image Stabilisation and 10 frames per second shooting.
The camera can be controlled remotely using a smartphone or tablet which may prove useful when taking group shots or photographing wildlife, for example.
The TZ55 carries an unconfirmed price of £229.
Last year, ‘Selfie’ was made word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries after research found that its usage frequency had risen 17,000% in a year.
A Selfie is officially described as ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website’.
The word’s roots have been traced back to 2002, when it was used in an Australian online forum.