Panasonic unwraps two ‘world firsts’

February 14, 2006

Panasonic has unwrapped two new Lumix digital compacts both of which are claimed to be the smallest cameras in their class.

The six-million-pixel Lumix DMC-FX01 (due out in March) and 5MP DMC-TZ1 (available in April) will both cost around £300.

Out in black or silver both sport a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lens.

The DMC-TZ1 is trumpeted as the world?s smallest digital still camera to feature a 10x optical zoom. Touted as a ?traveller?s treasure? it measures 112×58.1×40.2mm and weighs around 234g (without Li-ion battery and SD memory card).

Meanwhile, Panasonic claims that the 6MP DMC-FX01 (pictured) is the smallest camera to include a lens with a 35mm viewing angle of 28mm.

The newcomers sport a ?high-angle? 2.5in LCD screen designed to make it easier to view the monitor when holding the camera up high to ?take pictures over a crowd?, for example.

This model weighs 132g and measures 94.1×51.1×24.2mm.

For full details of these cameras see next week?s AP, in shops on Tuesday 21 February.