Travel camera, wide angle zoom from Panasonic

Panasonic Australia has announced July availability of the $599 Lumix TZ90 travel zoom, and June availability of a new $1599 8-18mm lens, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH  – or H-E08018 to its friends.

The TZ-90 is a 30x optical zoom model with a 20-megapixel MOS sensor. It’s capable of  4K video with stills.  

It has a 180-degree tiltable rear monitor and a 1166k-dot Electronic View Finder (EVF) with eye sensor for easier shot framing in high-contrast situations.

It will be available in silver or black.

Full press release: Panasonic LUMIX TZ90 compact Travel Zoom camera

The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH. H-E08018 (35mm camera equivalent focal length: 16-36mm) has a micro-step drive system for smooth aperture control. The 67mm filter thread allows for the use of ND and PL filters. It can withstand harsh conditions with a rugged splash and dustproof design and is freeze proof down to -10°C.

It’s comprised of 15 elements in 10 groups, including an aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, two ED lenses and the all-important UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens.  

The H-E08018 is compatible with the LUMIX G sensor drive at max 240 fps to take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. The AF tracking performance in zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

Panasonic also flagged a 50-200mm (100-400mm, 35mm camera equivalent) telephoto zoom lens in the future. 

Full press release: Panasonic wide angle zoom lens – H-E08018


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