Panasonic releases FS30 and FS33
Pre-CES 2010: Panasonic has released a slew of compacts, starting with the Lumix DMC-FS33 and DMC-FS30. Both cameras feature 8X image-stabilized zoom lenses starting at a 28mm-equivalent wideangle, 14MP 1/2.33"-type sensors, and HD video recording in the MJPEG format at 720p. They are distinguished by their screens - the FS33 has a 3" touch-screen with an anti-reflective coating, that allows users to select the focusing and metering areas simply by tapping the desired point on the preview image. Meanwhile the FS30 makes do with a conventional 2.7" LCD. As usual both cameras will be available in a range of colors.
28mm Wide-Angle 8x Optical Zoom Lens*1
14.1-Megapixel LUMIX DMC-FS33/FS30
January 6, 2010: Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new 14.1-megapixel DMC-FS33/FS30 cameras of newly developed 28mm wide angle lens with powerful 8x optical zoom (equivalent to 28mm to 224mm on a 35mm camera) as a member of Lumix new FS series. The FS series, a sister line of the Lumix’s popular FX series, pursues easy and simple operation with its high-grade profile for users at every stage to enjoy taking beautiful pictures. All cameras from the new FS series are equipped with 28mm wide angle lenses with 8x or 5x optical zoom. The 8x optical zoom models have two types of LCD, 3.0-inch touch-screen Intelligent LCD for FS33 and 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD for FS30.
Panasonic's world-acclaimed iA (intelligent auto) mode makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos by various shooting-assist functions. It comprehends MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) for hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control for subject movement, Face detection and Intelligent Scene Selector. The dedicated iA button on the top of the camera lets you enter the iA mode directly. Once you enter iA mode, these multi-capable functions happen automatically so you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. You can enjoy easy, trouble-free shooting in any situation and get the satisfaction that comes with capturing clear, beautiful images.
What is newly featured in the FS33/FS30 is HD(high definition) movie recording capability in 720p motion jpeg. Not only viewing the movie on PC but also burning the movie and photos made into a slideshow of MPEG2 file on a DVD disc to enjoy watching it on TV via the bundled software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0.
The DMC-FS33 incorporates a 3-inch, while the DMC-FS30 a 2.7-inch 230,000-dot LCD with Intelligent LCD function, which detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level of the LCD in 11 fine steps, to offer a display with the most appropriate clarity in any situation. The 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD for FS33 features a touch-screen that features intuitive hybrid operation combined with the buttons. Clear menus are easy to navigate, even for seniors, thanks to the display size option. Other various upgrades make FS33/FS30 enhance fun of taking pictures.
Dressed in the brushed metal-finished panel, the slim and sleek DMC-FS33/FS30 offers an enjoyment of taking great snapshots casually with committed ease of operation even for beginners. The DMC-FS33 will be available in silver, black and red while FS30 in silver, black, red, blue and violet.*2
28mm Wide Angle Powerful 8x Optical Zoom (28-224mm*1) LUMIX DC Lens, 14.1-megapixel High Resolution CCD and High Performance Venus Engine IV
The 14.1-megapixel DMC-FS33/FS30 packages a newly developed 28mm wide-angle*1 high quality LUMIX lens with powerful 8x optical zoom into a slim, compact body. Comprising 9 elements in 7 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body yet achieving exceptional optical performance. Further, in 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 16.9x (284mm*1) by taking advantage of the high resolution CCD.
The image-processing LSI, Venus Engine IV, features advanced signal processing technology for rendering high quality images. Featured in the DMC-FS33/FS30, the multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine IV supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.006 second and the camera's quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the sonic speed AF(auto focus) that lets you lock on the subject minimum 0.35 second*3 and the short startup time of approx. 0.97 second.
The Venus Engine IV also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the DMC-FS33/FS30 record at a setting of up to ISO 6400, sensitive enough to capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash.*4
The iA(Intelligent Auto) mode for every photographer to be a good photographer
Panasonic incorporated the Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. This mode is of course comes with the new FS33/FS30. The MEGA O.I.S. suppress hand-shake and the Intelligent ISO control prevents moving subject to be blurred by optimizing the shutter speed and ISO setting, to render sharp, clear images whatever the shooting situation is. Human faces are captured in focus and appropriate exposure with the Face Detection. Unwanted red-eyes are digitally corrected and backlight compensation automatically activates if they happens. Intelligent Scene Selector, which automatically selects whichever of 6 scene modes -- Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and newly added Sunset - that best suits the shooting situation. The Quick AF system allows the camera to keep focus on the subject while the camera is in recording mode even before without pressing a shutter button halfway, to get best result out of a shutter chance because the focus is always near the subject and the AF time is minimized.
The user can activate all of these useful, convenient shooting-assist functions by simply pressing an dedicated iA button on the top of the camera. All these make the FS33/FS30 the ultimate, super-versatile automatic camera for capturing clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease.
Exciting Options to Expand the Fun of Photography in the High-Definition Era
All Lumix cameras can take 16:9 HD (high-definition) quality photos that perfectly fit a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing. You can enjoy slideshow of photos taken with the camera in stunning HD quality by inserting an SDHD/SD memory card in to the SDHC/SD card slot with the VIErA HDTV (VIErA Image Viewer).
The new DMC-FS33/FS30 even records dynamic HD movie in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30 fps, in addition to WVGA (848 x 480) and normal VGA (640 x 480). It is also possible not only to watch the movie on PC but also to upload it on YouTube with the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO ver.5.0.
･Use a card with SD Speed Class*5 with “Class 6” or higher when recording motion pictures.
･For Europe, motion images can be recorded continuously for up to 15 minutes.
Advanced 3.0-inch Touch-Screen(FS33) / 2.7-inch (FS30) Large Intelligent LCD for Easy Shooting and Playback
The DMC-FS33/FS30 incorporates an easy-to-see, 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD for comfortable viewing while both monitoring shots and playing back the results. The Intelligent LCD function detects the light condition and automatically boosts the LCD backlighting by Max. 40% when shooting outdoors in bright sunshine, and adjusts the frame rate when shooting in low-lit situations in addition to using the pixel mixed readout method to secure clarity in such situations. Detecting the lighting condition precisely and automatically controlling the brightness with a total of 11 fine steps, this function gives the display the most appropriate clarity in any situation without using extra energy. The High-angle mode makes the LCD screen extremely easy to view when the camera is held high, such as when shooting over a crowd.
The newly adopted static sensor type 3.0-inch touch screen LCD on FS33 gives users an easy, intuitive control thanks to a hybrid operation combined with the four major operation buttons. Touch operation is free and smooth either in recording and playing back images. In recording mode, once you compose the flame, all you have to do is touch the area you wish to focus before pressing the shutter button halfway. In playback mode, you can drag the image across the screen with a finger to browse the collection of photos as you flip over the pages of the book.
Exciting Options to Expand the Fun of Photography
The new DMC-FS33/FS30 feature a variety of functionalities to expand fun and convenience for users at every stage to enjoy taking beautiful pictures.
A rich variety of scene modes make it easy to get beautiful photos in a range of photographic situations. Baby, Pet and Sports mode take advantage of the Intelligent ISO Control as previously described, to let you get great results even if the subjects have unexpected motion. Furthermore, you can record the name and birthday of your children or pet and embed the information of the name and at which age in year and month the photo was taken on the photo, and choose to print either or both of them on the photo. Photo Frame mode lets the user put attractive borders around the photo. When printed, the photos look like postcards in picture frames, making them ideal postcards.
The functions and settings used most often, such as O.I.S., consecutive shooting, auto focus point, white balance adjustment, ISO level, image size and LCD mode are quickly and easily accessed via the Quick Setting function. There's no need to open menus to adjust them.
The user can select from among several pretty icons for the camera to use for indicating when the subject is in focus. With the My Scene setting, the user can assign up to specific Scene modes to that setting, and switch instantly to the mode when desired. Menus look clearer with the Display Size option for FS30, which makes it easier to navigate, even for seniors.
Using the Macro Zoom function, the user can pull subjects even closer than the closest point possible with the wide-angle setting by using 3x digital zoom, and capture dramatic close-ups.
In addition to the conventional SD/SDHC memory card, the DMC-FS33/FS30 accepts next-generation SD format SDXC, that features high potential in both capacity and data transfer speed. The DMC-FS33/FS30 is compatible with Windows 7.
*135mm camera equivalent
*2Availability of models and colors may vary depending on the sales area.
*3At wide-end, using 1-area AF.
*4In 3-megapixel(4:3), 2.5-megapixel(3:2), 2-megapixel(16:9) recording
*5SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.
1/2.33" Type CCD
|Image sizes||4:3 Aspect Ratio:
4320 x 3240 (14M)
3648 x 2736 (10M)
2560 x 1920 (5M)
2048 x 1536 (3M)
640 x 480 (0.3M)
3:2 Aspect Ratio
4320 x 2880 (12.5M)
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
4320 x 2432 (10.5M)
HD Movie: 1280 x 720 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)
|File formats|| JPEG( Exif 2.21)
QuickTime Motion JPEG
|Lens|| 8x Optical zoom
28 - 224mm (35mm equiv.)
f = 5- 40mm
LEICA DC VARIO
9 elements in 7 groups (3 Aspherical surfaces)
|Image stabilization||MEGA O.I.S. Lens-shift stabilization|
|Digital zoom||Yes, up to 4x|
Quick AF (Always On)
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| Normal: 50cm - infinity/ Tele 200cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO : Wide 5cm / Tele 100cm - infinity
Multi (9pt) / 1pt
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
High Sensitivity Mode : Auto (1600 - 6400)
|Exposure compensation||± 2EV, 1/3EV steps|
|Shutter speed|| 8-1/1600 sec
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
|Aperture||F3.3 - 5.9/ 2-Step (F3.3 - 10 (W) / F5.9 - 18 (T))|
|Modes|| Intelligent AUTO
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, Sand Brust, Photo Frame
|White balance|| Auto
|Self timer||2, 10 sec|
High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 4.6 frames/sec (image priority) (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
|LCD monitor|| 3.0" TFT Touch Screen LCD Display
| 2.7" TFT Screen LCD Display
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Full speed
AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
|Storage|| Approximately 40MB built-in memory
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
|Power|| ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
|Weight (no batt)||140g||138g|
100.0 x 56.5 x 27.2 mm
|100.0 x 56.5 x 27.8 mm
(3.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 in)