The Panasonic DMC-ZS9 features a “new high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens system [that] is even more versatile with 24mm ultra wide-angle* to powerful 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm).” Best of all, it’s currently on sale for $129.99 shipped, originally priced at $279.99. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures.

Comprising 12 elements in 10 groups, including an ED lens and 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit suppresses chromatic aberration which tends to occur in telephoto shooting. It also boasts a short total length of lens unit despite its higher versatility with longer zoom range, which is made possible by development of a new mechanism for the structure of lens barrel.

[via Amazon]