Panasonic has followed up last year's compact megazoom Lumix DMC-TZ3 with two models. The DMC-TZ4 and DMC-TZ5 have similar feature sets, which include an optically stabilised 28mm-280mm 10x zoom lens and the next-generation Venus Engine IV image processing. Panasonic claims the latter provides improved noise reduction, faster performance and more responsive stabilisation.
The cameras differ mostly by resolution and LCD size. The TZ4 incorporates an 8.1-megapixel CCD and 64mm (2.5-inch) display, while the TZ5 uses a 9.1-megapixel CCD and 76mm (3-inch) display. The latter also supports 1,280x720-pixel 30 frames-per-second movie capture.
Colour choices for the $300 (£150) TZ4 are silver or black, while the $350 (£175) TZ5 will come in silver, black and blue. Both cameras are scheduled to ship in March. UK prices are yet to be announced. Click through for a veritable flotilla of new Panasonics. -Lori Grunin