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Panasonic introduces four Lumix models, calls ZS20 'the world's slimmest 20x zoom camera'

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Panasonic announced four new Lumix cameras today: the ZS20, ZS15, TS4, and TS20.

Gallery Photo: Panasonic Lumix ZS, SZ, FH, TZ line refresh press pictures
Gallery Photo: Panasonic Lumix ZS, SZ, FH, TZ line refresh press pictures

Panasonic announced a number of new point-and-shoot cameras at CES, but the company saved its best for today: it just announced four new Lumix models, filling out the higher end of its lineup. The flagship new device is the Lumix ZS20, which Panasonic says is the world's slimmest 20x zoom camera at just 1.11 inches thick. Slim or not, the ZS20's specs impress: a 20x optical zoom Leica lens that extends from 24-480mm, 1080p video recording at 60 frames per second, a 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor, 10fps burst shooting, GPS and geotagging, lots of manual control, and the usual cadre of filters and effects. It will be available in March, for $349.99. For $70 less, there's also the new ZS15, which drops the megapixel count to 12.1, the video recording to 1080i60, and the zoom to 16x, but still has many of the same advanced features.

Panasonic also updated its rugged camera line, which has always been among the best on the market. The new Lumix TS4 is waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to 6.6, freezeproof, and dustproof. It also features 1080i60 video recording, a 28mm, 4.6x zoom lens, upgraded controls from the TS3, and a 12.1-megapixel CCD sensor, plus travel-friendly features like GPS, an altimeter, and a compass. Its $399.99 price tag is steep, but if it's out of your price range there's also the new TS20, a less impressive but also less expensive rugged camera that offers 720p video, 4x zoom, and lots of filters and effects. It'll be available for $199.99 in late February, but you'll have to wait until March for the TS4.