updated 11:55 am EST, Tue February 1, 2011
Panasonic prices, dates CES cameras, camcorders
Panasonic on Tuesday revealed pricing for its HD still and video cameras introduced at CES, including the 3MOS HD camcorders and FH-series point and shoots, among others. The 3MOS sensor-equipped HDC-HS900 will have a $1,400 price tag, the TM900 $1,100 and the SD800 $850. The three have the ability to record 1080p60 video and can create 3D videos when paired with an optional, $350 conversion lens.
The TM900 and HS900 get a manual control ring, a 20x zoom and a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD. While all can record onto SDXC/SDHC/SD memory cards, the TM900 has 32GB of built-in memory and the HS900 has a 220GB hard drive onboard.
As for the 1MOS 1080p camcorders, the HDC-TM90 and HDC-HS80 will cost the same $600, the HDC-SD90 $550, the HDC-TM80 $500, the HDC-SD80 $450, the HDC-TM40 $400 and the HDC-SD40 $350. Each of these has a wide-angle lens but the TM90 and SD90 alone can shoot 1080p60 video and can accommodate the optional 3D lens. The TM80 and HS80 have a 42X Intelligent Zoom function, while the TM40 and SD40 weigh just 0.39lbs, making them the lightest Panasonic camcorders. All have SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card slots, with the TM90, TM80 and TM50 getting 16GB of internal memory and the HS80 adding a 120GB hard drive.
The standard definition camcorders will cost $350, $270 and $250, respectively, for the SDR-H100, SDR-T70 and SDR-S70. The H100 carries an 80GB hard drive, the T70 has 4GB of flash memory built-in and all get SDXC card slots.
The eight new Lumix point-and-shoot cameras have also been priced, with all capable of recording video in HD, using optical image stabilization and shooting in Panasonic's scene-detecting iA mode. The ultra-slim FP7 will cost $230 and the FP5 $200. A 4X optical zoom lens is retractable and the FP7 has a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD.
The FH27 and FH25, which share a 28mm wide angle lens, will cost $230 and $200, respectively. The former gets a three-inch touchscreen and 16.1-megapixel sensor and the latter has a 14.1-megapixel sensor.
The 16.1-megapixel FH5 will carry a $150 price, with the 14.1-megapixel FH2 priced at $140. Both get a 4X optical zoom and a new retractable lens.
The entry-level, 14.1-megapixel S3 and 12.1-megapixel S1 will cost $130 and $120, respectively, with either getting a 28mm wide-angle lens with 4X optical zoom.
All 13 camcorders and the VW-CLT1 3D conversion lens ship in March, as do the new Lumix cameras.