Panasonic has been well-known for manufacturing film photographers for some decades, and now this company has opened its business into digital photography, such as manufacturing a lot of cameras with the easy-to-use features. Following a report of Techno Systems Research, in 2007, Panasonic cameras accounted for the seventh rank all over the world in terms of the manufactured quantity in 2007. This company manufactured approximately 10 million cameras, which accounts for 7.6% of the market share.
The Panasonic Lumix GH1 camera is a recently-released digital SLR camera.
The History of Panasonic
In 1918, Panasonic was established by Konosuke Matsushita in Osaka, Japan when he was 23. At the beginning, the company had just three employees, calculating himself. The initial products of the company were fan insulator plates, an attachment plug, and a two-way socket. Matsushita was the name for the entire global company for some decades while the Panasonic was just the brand name for a global product. Later, in 2008, Panasonic became the official name of the company.
This company has offered a wide range of products since the early days. The initial product included bicycle lamps, television sets, radios, as well electric motors. Later, throughout World War II, the company focused on produce the materials serving the war and came back to the manufacturing of consumer goods in 1945. However, Matsushita decided to restructure the company right from the beginning after the war. By the 1950s, Panasonic has led the market for manufacturing radios and TVs, together with household accessories. Lately, the company has also focused on producing CD and DVD players as well as digital TVs. Panasonic has also made some investment on doing research for the improvement of the he optical disc technologies.
The digital cameras have been manufactured since the mid-2000s and the company uses the Lumix brand name for these products. There is another brand name, known as Leica, which in only in Japan. The design of many Leica and Lumix models are pretty similar.
Current Panasonic and Lumix Products
The product range of Panasonic has been pretty wide to serve the demands of users at different photography skills. You may find it a little bit difficult to remember the names of the models due its complicated numbering system because Panasonic has used a lot of letters as well as numbers to create the camera names. But, the used numbers and letters define the camera type.
- Zoom series. With the Lumix point and shoot models, the optical zoom lenses is commonly large, which are used in the TZ and ZS product line. The price range of these models is from $300 to $400.
- Waterproof series. The cameras of this series include a TS designation which is great for shooting photos in extreme situations, such as underwater photography. The prices of these TS cameras are about $400.
- Ultra thin cameras. With the cameras including FX designations, you are offered the capability to shoot at wide angles capabilities. The cameras with the FS designations are also extremely thin but normally you won’t find any unit that has wide angle capability. The price range of FS cameras is from $150 to $300, while you have to spend around $300-$400 to buy FX cameras.
- Lumix G. Lately, Panasonic started to produce advance digital SLR camera using the Lumix G camera name. These camera use lens which can be interchangeable. Lumix G applies the micro four-thirds standard. You are able to record HD photos and movies using the Lumix GH cameras. While the price range for Lumix G cameras is from $750 to $1,000, you will have to spend around $1,000-$1,500 to buy GH cameras.
- Related things. In addition to digital cameras, there is a wide variety of products aimed at consumers such as TVs, DVD players, mobile phones, telephone systems, digital camcorders, home theater products, refrigerators, microwave ovens, and air conditioners. For corporations, there are many available product lines such as: computers, office equipment, sound systems, air fans, motors, moving equipment, or semiconductors.