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Panasonic brings Wi-Fi, NFC to ruggedized and long-zoom Lumix point-and-shoot cams

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Wi-Fi sharing is quickly becoming status quo when it comes to compact point-and-shoot cameras, and Panasonic is the latest to bring that functionality to select models of its 2013 Lumix lineup. The company has introduced the TS5, another entrant in its family of ruggedized cameras that features a 16.1-megapixel sensor, 1080p video recording, and integrated NFC. Aside from the built-in networking, the TS5 offers impressive resistance to the elements: Panasonic says it's waterproof to a depth of 43 feet and shockproof from heights up to 6.6 feet.

Also being unveiled here at CES is the ZS30, a long-zoom model Panasonic says is its most advanced compact camera to date. 20x optical zoom gives you plenty of creative freedom, with the camera also offering 60 frames-per-second 1080p video recording and numerous creative filters. But of course Wi-Fi is given the most focus here, with Panasonic highlighting the ability to share shots directly to Facebook and browse your images and videos via a TV or smartphone.

Several other new members the consumer-focused Lumix line are also debuting this week, like the ZS25, TS25, and the LZ30, a camera Panasonic hopes can pull shoppers away from entry-level DSLRs thanks to its manual controls for aperture, shutter speed, and a 35x optical zoom lens.