Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 and SZ3 up the mid-range offering

Panasonic has announced two new "ready to shoot cameras for everyone" at CES in Las Vegas and Pocket-lint has already had a play.

The new models, the Lumix DMC-SZ9 and Lumix DMC SZ3, build on the company's previous SZ range, updating key features such as the sensor and processor to offer the latest advancements Panasonic has to offer.

The DMC-SZ9 comes with the same 10x optical zoom 25mm wide-angle Leica DC lens, but adds a new 16.1 megapixel sensor (up from 14.1 in its predecessor), a 3-inch LCD screen, creative panorama, Wi-Fi, and GPS connectivity.

The camera also boasts 10fps (frames per second) burst shooting, Full HD 50i video recording and 14 creative effects.

In the flesh, and although we weren't really able to put the camera through any tests, it feels and looks the part, with a good solid build and quick shutter reflexes. Like the SZ7, the SZ9 looks to offer plenty. It has a substantial lens, that should offer decent image and movie quality, plus speedy autofocus all wrapped up in a thin, well-designed - if not very similar to other Lumix ranges - body.

Those not looking to splash the cash as much, could opt for the new SZ3. It comes with similar features, such as the same 16.1 megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom lens, but opts for a smaller 2.7-inch LCD screen.

Both cameras will be available in an array of fetching colours around the world, however Panasonic has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it won't be taking the pink variant in the UK. Fans of the colour brown, will be pleased to know that you will be able to get the SZ3 in that colour.



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