Most people would think of point-and-shoots as a mostly done category, but makers like Sony and Panasonic keep trying to prove it otherwise.
As of latest, Panasonic has brought a major update to the rugged Lumix TS7 in the form of an electronic viewfinder (EVF).
This being a rugged camera, it comes with waterproof-resistance of up to 102 feet, as well as shock resistance against drops of up to 6.6 feet (and temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius), thanks to military-grade MIL-STD 810F certification.
The major quirk in its design is the new EVF, however, which won’t blow again anyone away with its 0.2-inch dimensions, 1.1 million-dot resolution, and 0.45X magnification. It’s still a rare feature to have in point-and-shoot cameras. There’s also a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot LCD at the back for people who fancy giving their eyes more comfort.
Sensor and Autofocus
Elsewhere, you get a 20.4 MP CMOS, 1/2.3″ BSI sensor on the front, with a f/3.3-5.9, 28-128mm lens. It supports optical zoom of up to 4.6X. It can also detect up to 49 autofocus points and has shooting speeds of up to 10 fps with single autofocus. Video modes include up to 4K at 24/30p, FHD at 60 fps as well as slow-motion at HD 120 fps.
For connectivity, you get USB, Wi-Fi, and microSDXC-UHS support. There’s also the option to take snaps from a 30 fps video.
Finally, the Lumix TS7 will be available in blue, orange and black just in time for summer this year. It’ll be priced at $449.99, being a notable option for people who take their photography to the extreme.