Panasonic will hit March streets hard with their 720p Lumix DMC-TZ5 camera

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Some Panasonic Lumix goodness today, predominantly with the DMC-TZ5, which has – count ’em – 9.1-megapixels, a 10x optical zoom lens, and 720p (that’s HD, folks, but not the best resolution you can get, admittedly) video recording.

You’re probably thinking this will cost a bomb and a half, but actually? It’ll only be $349.95 in the US, so with any luck it’ll convert neatly to £175. Yes, in our dreams, that is.

The lens is a Leica DC 28mm wide-angle, so those wider-framed shots will be possible. Not only that, but it’s incorporated the use of Panasonic’s new image processing LSI which means less noise. Also featured are Intelligent Exposure, Digital Red-eye Correction, and an Intelligent LCD (detects the lighting condition and controls brightness levels of the screen based on available light sources) which is a nice 3.0 inches.

There’s a slightly less superior model, the TZ4, which has the same lens and zoom as its bigger brother, but just a 2.5″ LCD and is 8-megapixels. Needless to say, that one won’t be shooting in HD.

The TZ5 will be available in black, silver and blue for $349.95, and also in March, the TZ4 will be $299.95 in black and silver.

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