Apple may not have acknowledged the existence of the wireless communication technology known as NFC, but that’s not going to stop other companies, with Panasonic becoming one of the first camera manufacturers to integrate the tech into compacts and make it easier to share than ever.
Launched in Australia in the past week, several new compact camera from Panasonic will feature the technology known as “Near-Field Communication,” a wireless format that makes it easy for two devices to have a handshake and send information to and from each other.
The technology will be appearing on a couple of new cameras, including the new rugged FT5 series compact camera and one of Panasonic’s super-zoom models, the TZ40, and will effectively make it easier to pair up these models with an NFC-equipped phone to share files over an Android app.
Both cameras feature megapixel counts over the 16 mark, with the TZ40 20x super-zoom upping that to 18 megapixel, and can transfer smaller sizes for easier (and faster) social sharing from a phone, or even take on the whole picture on your device to do with what you want.
With the launch in Adelaide this past week, we went hands on with both of these models to see what they were like before Panasonic brings them to market in May.
Both cameras feature some super features, but only one of these is marketed as such, and that’s the one we checked out first, with the TZ40 super-zoom sitting in our hands first.
This model continues Panasonic’s Lumix Travel Zoom line (the “TZ” in the name), and features a 3 inch touchscreen LCD on the back, 18.1 megapixel sensor, five frame per second autofocus shooting, 1080p video, and a high-speed video mode able to record at 100fps.
The zoom, however, is one of the more important features, with the 20x zoom being roughly equivalent to 24 to 480mm on a 35mm camera, and this allows you to get up close.
Sailing at Glenelg (courtesy of Panasonic for the test), this close zoom allowed us to get up close and personal with the dolphins we were searching for and zoom in on buildings on the landscape.
Some arty modes are included too, such as a miniature mode, a nice monochrome mode, and some cross processing, too.
Our tests with NFC weren’t particularly successful, possibly due to our phone supporting two different Near-Field modes, but you can also link the device up using manual WiFi settings, running Panasonic’s app on either an Android or iOS device and sending over files in batch.