Panasonic has announced the addition of three new compact cameras to its Lumix FS series. The 12MP FS12 with 4x (31-124mm equiv.) optical zoom and a 2.7" LCD incorporates Intelligent Auto mode, Optical Image Stabilization and Face Detection. The FS42 and image-stabilized FS62 are both packed with 10 megapixel sensors, 2.5" LCDs, 4x (33-132mm equiv.) zoom lenses and include features such as Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection. We expect the FS62 to be widely available, the other two models through select retailers.

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Panasonic Digital Camera Lumix FS Series
Expands Its Line-up for More Variety of Choice

April 17, 2009: Panasonic is pleased to announce that the simple and stylish Lumix FS series expands its line-up by adding new DMC-FS12, FS62 and FS42 responding to the market demand.
 
DMC-FS12

  • 12.1-megapixel high resolution imaging and long battery life of 330 pictures. (CIPA)
  • 4x Optical Zoom (Max 7.8x in 3-megapixel recording using Extra Optical Zoom) F2.8 LUMIX DC VARIO Lens
  • iA(Intelligent Auto)mode including MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection with Digital Red-eye Correction
  • 2.7-inch 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD
  • WVGA(848x480), VGA(640x480, QVGA(320x240) at 30 fps Movie Recording
  • Photo Editing and Organizing Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 featuring Face Recognition bundled.

DMC-FS62

  • 10.1-megapixel high resolution imaging and long battery life of 370 pictures. (CIPA)
  • 4x Optical Zoom (Max 7.1x in 3-megapixel recording using Extra Optical Zoom) F2.8 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens
  • iA(Intelligent Auto)mode including MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection with Digital Red-eye Correction
  • 2.5 -inch 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD
  • WVGA(848x480), VGA(640x480, QVGA(320x240) at 30 fps Movie Recording
  • Photo Editing and Organizing Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 featuring Face Recognition bundled.

DMC-FS42

  • 10.1-megapixel high resolution imaging and long battery life of 390 pictures. (CIPA)
  • 4x Optical Zoom (Max 7.8x in 3-megapixel recording using Extra Optical Zoom) F2.8 LUMIX DC VARIO Lens
  • Auto Scene mode including Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection
  • 2.5 -inch 230,000-dot clear LCD
  • WVGA(848x480), VGA(640x480, QVGA(320x240) at 30 fps Movie Recording
  • Photo Editing and Organizing Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 featuring Face Recognition bundled.

Available Colors
DMC-FS12: S-Silver, K-Black, A-Blue, P-Pink, G-Green
DMC-FS62: S-Silver, K-Black, R-Red, A-Blue, P-Pink
DMC-FS42: S-Silver, K-Black, P-Pink

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12, FS62 and FS42 specifications

FS12
FS62
FS42
Sensor

• 1/2.33" Type CCD
• 12.7 million total pixels
• 12.1 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB)

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 10.35 million total pixels
• 10.1 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB)
• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 10.35 million total pixels
• 10.1 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB)
Image sizes 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
• 4000 x 3000 pixels
• 3264 x 2448 pixels
• 2560 x 1920 pixels
• 2048 x 1536 pixels
• 1600 x 1200 pixels
• 640 x 480 pixels

3:2 Aspect Ratio
• 4000 x 2672 pixels
• 3264 x 2176pixels
• 2560 x 1712 pixels
• 2048 x 1360 pixels

16:9 Aspect Ratio:
• 4000 x 2248 pixels
• 3264 x 1840 pixels
• 2560 x 1440 pixels
• 1920 x 1080 pixels
4:3 Aspect Ratio:
• 3648 x 2736 pixels
• 3072 x 2304 pixels
• 2560 x 1920 pixels
• 2048 x 1536 pixels
• 1600 x 1200 pixels
• 640 x 480 pixels

3:2 Aspect Ratio
• 3648 x 2432 pixels
• 3072 x 2048 pixels
• 2560 x 1712 pixels
• 2048 x 1360 pixels

16:9 Aspect Ratio:
• 3648 x 2056
• 3072 x 1728 pixels
• 2560 x 1440 pixels
• 1920 x 1080 pixels
4:3 Aspect Ratio:
• 3648 x 2736 pixels
• 3072 x 2304 pixels
• 2560 x 1920 pixels
• 2048 x 1536 pixels
• 1600 x 1200 pixels
• 640 x 480 pixels

3:2 Aspect Ratio
• 3648 x 2432 pixels
• 3072 x 2048 pixels
• 2560 x 1712 pixels
• 2048 x 1360 pixels

16:9 Aspect Ratio:
• 3648 x 2056
• 3072 x 1728 pixels
• 2560 x 1440 pixels
• 1920 x 1080 pixels
Movie clips

• 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps
• 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps

File formats • JPEG( Exif 2.21)
• QuickTime Motion JPEG
Lens • 4x Optical zoom
• 31 - 124mm (35mm equiv.)
• 5.5 - 22mm
• F2.8- 5.9
• LEICA DC VARIO
• 6 elements in 5 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces)
• 4x Optical zoom
• 33 - 132mm (35mm equiv.)
• 5.5 - 22mm
• F2.8- 5.9
• LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
• 6 elements in 5 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces)
• 4x Optical zoom
• 33 - 132mm (35mm equiv.)
• 5.5 - 22mm
• F2.8- 5.9
• LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
• 6 elements in 5 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces)
Image stabilization MEGA O.I.S. Lens-shift stabilization MEGA O.I.S. Lens-shift stabilization None
Digital zoom Yes, up to 4x
Focus

• Normal
• Macro
• Quick AF (Always On)

AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 50cm - infinity
• Macro : Wide 5cm / Tele 50cm - infinity
Metering

• Face
• Multi (9pt) / 1pt

ISO sensitivity • Auto
• 80
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
• 1600
• High Sensitivity Mode : Auto (1600 - 6400)
• Auto
• 80
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
• 1600
• High Sensitivity Mode : Auto (1600 - 6400)
• Auto
• 80
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
• 1000
• High Sensitivity Mode : Auto (1600 - 6400)
Exposure compensation ± 2EV, 1/3EV steps
Exposure bracketing ± 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames
Shutter speed • 8-1/2000 sec
• Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Aperture F2.8 - 5.9 / 2-Step (F2.8 - 8 (W) / F5.9 - 16 (T))
Modes • Intelligent AUTO
• Normal Picture
• Motion Picture
• My SCN
• SCN
• Intelligent AUTO
• Normal Picture
• Motion Picture
• My SCN
• SCN
• Auto Scene Mode
• Normal Picture
• Motion Picture
• SCN
Scene modes

Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Film Grain, Photo Frame

Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Film Grain, Photo Frame

Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Film Grain, Photo Frame

White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Halogen
• White Set
Self timer 2, 10 sec
Continuous shooting

• Full-Resolution Image, 1.8 frames/sec  Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode)
• High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 5 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

• Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec  Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode)
• High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

• Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec  Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode)
• High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Flash

• Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
• Range: 0.3 - 6.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.5 - 3.0m (Tele/ISO Auto)

LCD monitor • 2.7" TFT LCD Display
• 230K pixels
• 2.5" TFT LCD Display
• 230K pixels
• 2.5" TFT LCD Display
• 230K pixels
Connectivity • USB2.0 Full speed
• AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
• DC Input
Print compliance • PictBridge
• DPOF
Storage • Approximately 50MB built-in memory
• SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Power • Li-ion Battery Pack
• Charger included
• AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Weight (no batt) 117g  (0.258 lb) 115g  (0.25 lb) 112g  (0.25 lb)
Dimensions

97.0 x 54.4 x 21.7 mm (3.82 x 2.14 x 0.85 in)

 97.0 x 54.4 x 21.2 mm (3.82 x 2.14 x 0.84 in) 97.6 x 55.4 x 22.3 mm (3.84 x 2.18 x 0.88 in)

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