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Panasonic has released the Lumix DMC-FZ100 super-zoom digital camera with Full HD AVCHD video recording. With a 24x zoom lens (25mm - 600mm equiv.), 14.1 MP CMOS sensor and 460K dot 3.0 inch tiltable LCD, it includes features such as Image Stabilization, the latest Venus Engine FHD processor and P/A/S/M shooting modes. It also offers the industry's fastest full resolution burst shooting using a mechanical shutter at 11 fps. The camera is designed with a focus mode switch on the lens barrel, and a rear jog dial for better control while shooting manually. It will be available from the end of August for a suggested retail price of $499.95. Now with demonstration of zoom range added.
If you're having difficulty getting your head around what 25-600mm equivalent looks like in the real world? Here's a simple demonstration. Images shot with a pre-production FZ100, so may not represent final image quality.
|25mm equiv||600mm equiv.|
Stockholm, Sweden (July 7, 2010) – Panasonic, is pleased to introduce new DMC-FZ100, top-of-the-line of LUMIX popular FZ series that packs a powerful optical zoom and creative options including manual operation, adding full HD movie recording capability. The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in the DMC-FZ100 extends its optical zoom range from 27mm to 25mm at wide end and the zoom power from 18x to 24x to be even more versatile compared with the DMC-FZ35*1.
Also the newly developed 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor lets the FZ100 record high quality 1920x1080 full HD movie as smooth as 50i (PAL). Together with a host of options, the unlimited expression of not only photo but also of movie is now easily available with FZ100. The high speed MOS sensor realizes the industry’s fastest level of burst shooting in 14.1-megapixel full resolution at 11 fps with mechanical shutter and even 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel recording mode*2. It also enables the camera to record high speed movie at 220 fps in QVGA size, to capture the motion of a subject the naked eye cannot see.
The new image processing LSI the Venus Engine FHD assures high picture quality in both photo and movie recording. It also compiles the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing depending on the part of a picture to give a whole image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details. The powerful 24x optical zoom*1 can be increased its power to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even using digital zoom. The Sonic Speed AF in the FZ100 features its speed at the industry's fastest level. Combined with a high-speed start-up, this gives the FZ100 an industry's fastest level of response that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.
The manual control of FZ100 elevates the operability even higher with the incorporation of new jog dial. Focus switch is newly equipped on the lens barrel true to the system camera. User can enjoy creative shooting expressing their intention not only in photo but also in movie, utilizing a host of options including Creative Movie mode and My Color mode.
The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode – an advancing hallmark of LUMIX – now comprehends Motion Deblur mode*2. The Motion Deblur mode is available by updating the motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) to gain as high shutter speed as possible. Combined with the outstanding brightness of the lens and the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), the DMC-FZ100 thoroughly prevents any kind of blur - whether the blur is caused by a handshake or the subject's motion.
The POWER O.I.S., Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure work appropriately just by entering the iA mode for any user to take beautiful photos with maximum ease.
The 3.0-inch free-angle Intelligent LCD has now 460,000-dot high resolution to dramatically, improve visibility during recording and playback. The battery life is also as powerful as approx. 410 pictures shooting thanks to the highly energy efficient MOS sensor and image processing LSI, the Venus Engine FHD.
Recording both high quality photo and movie with super fast response at 25mm ultra wide angle to super telephoto 24x, the DMC-FZ100 is none-the-like versatile digital compact camera with functions that satisfies users at any level of photography from beginners to high amateurs.
25mm Ultra Wide-Angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens with Powerful 24x Optical Zoom for Ultimate Versatility in Both Photo and Movie Recording
The FZ100 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom(35mm camera equivalent:25-600mm). Comprising 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly compact body while passing Leica's stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance suppressing distortion at wide end and color bleeding at tele end. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the FZ100 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 24x optical can virtually extend to 32x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 50.6x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the large MOS sensor to bring subjects even closer.
Newly Developed 14.1-Megapixel MOS Sensor Pursuing Even Higher Level in Resolution, Sensitivity and Speed
To realize the 1920x1080 full HD movie recording with high image quality, the new 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor is developed for DMC-FZ100. For the effective concentration of light, the newly developed sensor adopts microfabrication technology to achieve even higher sensitivity. With an advanced micro light tube structure, both color mixture and signal loss are prevented. The result is that the photo and movie shot at any sensitivity from low to high have outstanding clearness.
The high speed digital signal output technology integrated in the DMC-GH1 is applied also to the DMC-FZ100 realizing the high speed consecutive shooting and full HD movie recording. It lets the DMC-FZ100 shoot 11 fps in 14-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. Even higher speed burst shooting is available with DMC-FZ100 if electronic shutter is used– 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel*2. It also enables the camera to record Full HD 50i (PAL) smooth movie. In addition, the high speed movie at 220 fps in QVGA size is another advantage of the sensor which captures the motion of a subject. The frame rate, AF setting and the recording resolution can be easily selected according to the movement of the subject with a dedicated button on the top of the camera.
Photos shot with the burst shooting are automatically organized and it is easy to play them back later either in the camera or on PC using the bundled software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.2 HD Edition.
Despite its outstanding performance, the high performance MOS sensor contributes to energy efficiency extending the battery life up to 410 shots (CIPA) per a single charge.
1920x1080 60i Full HD Movie Recording in the AVCHD format
The LUMIX DMC-FZ100 is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful full-HD movies. In addition to Motion JPEG images, the DMC-FZ100 can record high-resolution full-HD 1920 x 1080 50i (PAL) movies in AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264)*4 format. The AVCHD format features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than the conventional Motion JPEG and excels in the compatibility with AV equipment like HDTVs or Blu-ray players. A special, separate button on the top lets the user instantly start recording movies while shooting photos without any having to make any extra settings.
The powerful 24x optical zoom is available in movie recording with the mechanism designed to minimize the noise of auto focusing or zooming. With DMC-FZ100, there are always two options to record spur-of-the-moment scenes – high-quality photos or movies. The user can simply choose the one that saves precious memories most beautifully.
The popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available in movie recording. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Face Detection, and Intelligent Scene Selector also support shooting beautiful movie with ease. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality. The Intelligent Exposure that also optimizes the exposure to prevent over/under exposure part from occurring.
The movies also come with the high-quality stereo sound of Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, to offer highly realistic sound to the movie. For more creative sound recording, an optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1) is available. And a Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind.
It is also possible to take still image while recording motion picture simultaneously (3.5-megapixel)*2.With the Video Divide function, users can divide the video into two sections to shorten or delete the unwanted part on the spot in the camera. You can cut out a clear still image from a movie in the camera thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. A host of options enhances the usability and fun of recording high quality full HD movie.
Photos or movies recorded in AVCHD on SD Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV. Simply insert the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD Memory Card slot) on VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player to playback your contents. Alternatively, you can use an optional mini HDMI cable to output the still and motion images you took from the FZ100 directly to the TV for VIERA Link. You can take maximum advantage of LUMIX camera's playback functions including the slideshow in which both still and motion images are integrated in the timeline, category playback according to the scene mode you used or calendar display and so on. All control is possible using only the TV's remote control.
In addition, with the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.2 HD Edition, it is easy to view and edit your recorded contents. You may also choose to upload your videos to YouTube or burn them to a DVD disc for archiving.
|Price|| US: $499.95|
|Sensor|| 1/2.33" Type MOS
15.1 million pixels total
14.1 million effective pixels
|Image sizes|| 4:3
4320 x 3240 (14M)
3648 x 2736 (10M)
3072 x 2304 (7M)
2560 x 1920 (5M)
2048 x 1536 (3M)
640 x 480 (0.3M)
4320 x 2880 (12.5M)
3648 x 2432 (9M)
3072 x 2048 (6M)
2560 x 1712 (4.5M)
2048 x 1360 (2.5M)
640 x 424 (0.3M)
4320 x 2432 (10.5M)
3648 x 2056 (7.5M)
3072 x 1728 (5.5M)
2560 x 1440 (3.5M)
1920 x 1080 (2M)
640 x 360 (0.2M)
3232 x 3232 (10.5M)
2736 x 2736 (7.5M)
2304 x 2304 (5.5M)
1920 x 1920 (3.5M)
1536 x 1536 (2.5M)
480 x 480 (0.2M)
|Movie clips|| AVCHD : 1980 x 1080 (FSH: 17Mbps / FH:13Mbps)
AVCHD Lite: 1280 x 720 pixels (SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps )
Motion JPEG: 1280 x 720 pixels @ 30fps
4:3: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels @ 30 fps
16:9: 848 x 480 pixels @ 30 fps
|File formats|| Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.21), RAW
Motion picture: AVCHD, AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG
|Lens|| 24x optical zoom
25 - 600mm (35mm equiv.)
F2.8 - 5.2
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
14 elements in 10 groups
|Image stabilization||Power O.I.S lens-shift stabilization|
|Digital zoom||Yes, up to 4x|
Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto)
Continuous AF On/Off
Manual Focus (Jog dial and cursor key button)
One Shot AF
AF Area Select
|AF area modes|| Face / AF tracking
1-point High speed
Spot (flexible/ scalable)
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| Normal: Wide 30cm - infinity, Tele 200 cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ Clipboard: Wide 1 cm / Tele 100cm - infinity
|Metering|| Intelligent Multiple
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
High Sensitivity Mode : Auto (1600 - 6400)
|Exposure compensation||± 2 EV, 1/3EV steps|
|Exposure bracketing||± 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames|
|Shutter speed|| 60-1/2000 sec
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec
|Aperture|| F2.8 - 5.5 (F2.8- 8 (W) / F5.2 - 8 (T))|
|Modes|| Intelligent AUTO
A (Aperture Priority)
S (Shutter Priority)
Creative Movie mode
My Color mode
Night Portrait mode
|Scene modes|| Panorama Assist
High Speed Movie
|White balance|| Auto
White Set 1,2
|Self timer||2, 10 sec|
|Continuous shooting|| 11 frames/sec
60 frames/sec High Speed Burst mode
|Image parameters||Standard, Dynamic, Nature, Smooth, Vibrant, Nostalgic, Standard B&W, Dynamic B&W, Smooth B&W, My Film 1/2, Multi Film (My Color Mode) Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, High Dynamic, Dynamic Art, Dynamic B&W, Silhouette, Pinhole, Film Grain, Custom, Happy (only in iA mode)|
|Flash|| Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.3 - 9.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
|Viewfinder|| 0.20" 202K Pixel equiv.
Approx 100% Field of view
|LCD monitor|| 3.0" Free Angle TFT LCD Display
Field of View : approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
|Connectivity|| USB2.0 High speed
AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
|Storage|| SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
40MB internal memory
|Power|| Li-ion battery
AC adaptor (optional)
|Weight (no batt)||496 g|
|Weight (with batt)||540 g|
|Dimensions||124 x 82 x 95 mm
(4.89 x 3.20 x 3.74 in)