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Panasonic - new flash and firmware for DMC-LX3

By dpreview staff on Nov 26, 2008 at 12:51 GMT

Panasonic has announced the launch of the compact FL220 flashgun and will update the DMC-LX3's firmware to accommodate it. Firmware v1.1 not only allows full compatibility with the DMW-FL220 flash unit, it also promises to improve Auto White Balance performance. Firmware v1.1 will be available for download on 15th December, 2008.

Click here to see a the DMW-FL220 as it appeared at the recent Photokina exhibition.

Click here to download the firmware update v1.1

Panasonic DMW-FL220 Specifications

DMW-FL220 specifications
Power requirements

DC 3.0V

Batteries recommended for use AA Alkaline dry batteries (LR6) x 2
AA Rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries (Ni-MH) x 2

Charging time
(Full Flash)

Approx. 5.5 s: AA Alkaline dry batteries
Approx. 5.0 s: AA Rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries
Firing period Approx. 1/20000 s to 1/500 s
(Varies depending on the flash intensity)
No. of flashes (with full flash)

Approx. 140 flashes AA Alkaline dry batteries
Approx. 230 flashes AA Rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries

Flash modes TTL Auto/Manual
Guide Number Automatically selected
Lighting angle 60 degrees up/down, 78 degrees left/right
View angle of 24 mm lens covered (35mm film camera equivalent)
Dimensions 61(W) x 98(H) x 46(D) mm
2 6/16(W) x 3 7/8(H) x 1 13/16(D) in
(excluding the projecting parts)
Weight Approx.111g / 3.92oz (main unit)
Approx.157g / 5.54oz (including batteries)

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