Panasonic has introduced a new bridge camera to sit in its lineup of Lumix FZ cameras.
The Panasonic FZ72 boasts the world's longest optical zoom with a 60x offering, making it an equivalent of 20-1200mm in 35mm terms. At the wide angle end of the lens, 20mm is approximately 140% wider than a standard 24mm lens provides.
Comprising 14 elements in 12 groups, including six aspherical lenses with nine aspherical surfaces and 3ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses, the lens is small but Panasonic says it will still deliver superb results.
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Intelligent Zoom and Intelligent Resolution are included to boost the zoom ratio up to 120x equivalent. A 1.7x tele conversion lens will also be sold separately to boost the lens up to 102x.
Other features include a new 16.1 million pixel MOS sensor, a Venus processing engine, Light Speed AF and Power OIS (Optical Image Stabliser) to provide correction for blur when shooting handheld or in low light.
Of course, it wouldn't be a modern camera without Full HD video recording available in 60i, 50i and 25p.
Full manual control is available for advanced photographers, while a hotshot is also included for attaching a range of optional accessories.
The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 will be available from the end of August, with prices yet to be confirmed.