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Panasonic introduces ultrathin DMC-XS1 compact camera

By dpreview staff on Jan 7, 2013 at 18:30 GMT

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-XS1 compact camera. The 16MP XS1 body is only 14mm thick, sports a 24mm (equiv.) 5x optical zoom lens and includes the company's MEGA O.I.S image stabilization system. Panasonic has also announced the Lumix DMC-FH10 and F5 compact cameras. The FH10 provides the functionality of the XS1 (minus the Creative Control filters) in a larger camera body, while the entry-level F5 uses a slightly smaller-resolution 14MP sensor. All three cameras will be available at the end of March. 

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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-XS1: Slim and Stylish for the Photographer-Around-Town

A combination of style and performance, the compact LUMIX DMC-XS1 offers a premium camera experience in an ultra slim, beautifully designed form.

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2013) – The brand new LUMIX DMC-XS1 offers users the ultimate in compact style and substance, combining amazing camera performance with stunning design. With 16.1 megapixels and at just 14mm thick, the XS1 is the perfect accessory for anyone taking regular pictures on the go.

Small enough to slip inside your pocket, the XS1 is the perfect camera for all those unplanned photo opportunities – that beautiful sunset on your way home from work or a great image of friends on a big night out.

Available in a range of 3 different colours including, white, black and red, there is a LUMIX XS1 to suit all personalities.

Ultra slim and stylish 
At just a little more than a half inch thick, the XS1’s body is designed to fit perfectly into your pocket, so you can have amazing camera performance on hand whenever and wherever you need it, providing excellent picture quality results.

Whether you’re taking pictures on a big night out or have spotted the perfect photo while out and about, the XS1’s simple, sleek and modern design is the perfect accessory to complement your style.

No compromise on performance
Despite its small, slim yet stylish design, the LUMIX XS1 is packed with a host of features that provide amazing results in every situation.  A 16.1 megapixel lens housed in the camera’s slender frame means you are guaranteed amazing quality with every shot. What is more, an Ultra Wide Angle 24mm lens ensures that you get the most from your indoor and landscape photography.

With a 5x Optical Zoom, and 8x advanced digital zoom, the XS1 is capable of getting up close and personal at the press of a button, without sacrificing picture quality. Also, the LUMIX XS1 is not just the ideal camera for photography on the move, 1280x720 HD recording capability also makes it the perfect accessory for capturing impromptu movie content.

For both photos and movies, the XS1’s optical image stabilizing system (MEGA O.I.S.) makes sure that neither a shaky hand nor a bump in the road compromises your creativity. With MEGA O.I.S even the slightest camera movements are compensated for by moving the lens in the opposite direction.

A new level of creativity
Aspiring photographers can take advantage of the XS1’s wide range of creative and artistic features and functions. All-new Creative Control allows you to choose from a selection of 13 different filters before you take your photo. Options such as ‘Retro’, ‘Pop’ and ‘Miniature’ provide a new level of creativity and control to your photography, adding to even the simplest of pictures. Stunning panoramic shots are achievable with the 180 degree panorama mode, and you’ll also be able to make any necessary changes after you have taken your picture with Creative Retouch. Applying your creativity could not be easier or more intuitive with a simple user interface and a large 2.7 inch LCD screen. 

Intelligent technology for perfect results
The LUMIX XS1’s Intelligent Auto (iA) capability can be set with one-touch and prevents out-of-focus photos.  With iA it is easy for any standard of photographer to take great photos anywhere, at any time.

The iA’s Intelligent Scene Selector automatically recognizes your conditions and selects the perfect mode for you. Whether you are taking an image in a poorly lit nightclub or a vacation shot in the midday sun, the LUMIX XS1 will do all the complicated work for you, ensuring amazing quality every time.

The best in form and function
Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Marketing Manager, said: “With the LUMIX XS1’s stunning design and slim shape, it is the perfect accessory for any fashion conscious photographer. Offering amazing performance and unbeatable control, users can capture high quality photos and movies and amaze their friends and family with their creativity.”

Key features:

  • Beautiful design: The LUMIX XS1 fits amazing capability into a stunning modern design that is just 14mm wide (17.6mm including lens)
  • Tailored to your style: 3 colors mean that there is a camera to suit any style and preference
  • Uncompromising performance: A 5x Optical Zoom lets you get up close and personal every time, and a 24mm Ultra Wide Angle lens means every detail of those special moments is captured
  • Stunning results in any environment: A 16.1-megapixel sensor provides amazing image quality even in low light and the intelligent Auto capability - including POWER O.I.S - ensures amazing quality, every time
  • Great quality movies: High Definition 1280x720 30p video recording allows you to make amazing quality movies on the go
  • Stay in control: The XS1’s 2.7 inch LCD screen and intuitive user interface mean you can get the most out of the camera quickly and simply
  • Do justice to your view: The Panoramic Shot mode enables you to take stunning 180 degree panoramic shots just by swivelling the camera
  • Explore your creative side: The Creative Control feature includes many creative filters such as soft focus, toy camera effect and retro. Creative Retouch also means you can fix any imperfections on the move.

The XS1 will be in available in the stores and online at the end of March.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH10 & LUMIX DMC-F5
Two similarly stylish LUMIX compact cameras are also available from Panasonic in the shape of the DMC-FH10 and DMC-F5. The LUMIX FH10 provides identical performance to the XS1 (minus Creative Control filters) in an ever so slightly larger camera. The new, entry-level LUMIX F5 retains the stunning design of the XS1 and FH10 – as well as features such as MEGA O.I.S. and iA – and the inclusion of a 14.1 megapixel sensor make it an amazingly affordable option.

The FH10 and F5 will be in available in the stores and online at the end of March.

Panasonic DMC-XS1 specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
Image
ISOAuto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatUnknown
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–120 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F6.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1600 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Normal Picture
  • Creative Control
  • Panorama Shot
  • SCN
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Panorama Shot
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
  • Photo Frame
  • Starry Sky
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.40 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation±2
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included90 MB Internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)260
Weight (inc. batteries)103 g (0.23 lb / 3.63 oz)
Dimensions94 x 54 x 14 mm (3.7 x 2.13 x 0.55)
Other features
GPSNone

Panasonic DMC-FH10 and DMC-F5 specifications

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH10Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 34564320 x 3240
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Effective pixels16 megapixels14 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels15 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
Image
ISOAuto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOpticalUnknown
Uncompressed formatUnknown
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)26–130 mm28–140 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F6.9F3.2 - F6.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1600 sec1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Normal Picture
  • Panorama Shot
  • SCN
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Panorama Shot
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
  • Photo Frame
  • Starry Sky
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.40 m5.70 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation±2
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included90 MB Internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)260250
Weight (inc. batteries)103 g (0.23 lb / 3.63 oz)121 g (0.27 lb / 4.27 oz)
Dimensions94 x 54 x 18 mm (3.7 x 2.13 x 0.71)97 x 58 x 22 mm (3.82 x 2.28 x 0.87)
Other features
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 11
channelmaniac
By channelmaniac (2 months ago)

I forgot to take my wife's Canon on a trip so I picked up one of these in Heathrow at a duty free shop and paid what came out to be about $89 after conversion. I figured it would be a cheap throwaway to use while in Europe for 2 weeks - well, I was wrong. It turned out to be a very nice camera for the price and the with the OIS I was able to get some nice low light shots of the city wall in Warsaw.

It's not without its nitpicks like not being able to zoom while recording videos and poor image stabilization when zoomed out to farther distances, but for the price, I was very surprised. It's now my travel camera as it takes up precious little space in the laptop bag and charges via a USB cable.

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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Shrapnel
By Shrapnel (Jan 9, 2013)

Almost what I'd open my wallet for.... but still no stereo movies!
Is one more ickle microphone too hard to squeeze in there?
Are Panny camera designers all deaf or one-eared?
Come on, it's 2013 already - if 720p "HD" is worth doing, so is stereo!!

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spencerberus
By spencerberus (Jan 9, 2013)

Looks like a very rough draft of an attempt to marry a smart phone with a more fully-functional camera than most have. They've got the form factor, now it's time to add the smartphone. I would expect a few more rough drafts with incremental additions before they reach this goal, if they ever do.

Or maybe they don't have a goal, in which case, goal achieved!

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jj74e
By jj74e (Jan 8, 2013)

maybe panasonic and canon are trying to say "look, our cameras are so small you won't mind having them alongside your better smartphone"

oh wait...

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (Jan 7, 2013)

Looks like the cheap-o Pentax Optio

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Buhl213
By Buhl213 (Jan 7, 2013)

"...3 different colours including, white, black and red, ..."

I will now go and figure what the remaining included colours could possibly be. Stay tuned, but do not hold your breath.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jan 7, 2013)

Let's just see who can make the slowest long zoom lens possible. It almost appears that they are trying to make cameras that don't take good pictures now.

I think the marketing departments just hear that people would like a little more zoom and interpret that to mean "The zoom is the most important feature above everything else".

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 7, 2013)

With that many boring compacts, Panasonic compact camera department is ripe for severe downsizing.

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logbi77
By logbi77 (Jan 7, 2013)

So we have Fujifilm naming a superzoom X-S1 while Panasonic names an ultrathin compact XS1.

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citizenlouie
By citizenlouie (Jan 7, 2013)

It is very annoying isn't it? There is a Canon G series, and there is also a Panasonic G series. There is a Canon G1x, and there is a Panasonic GX1.

Some marketing department's conversations are weird. They typically ask for a special letter to be in the model name. The most popular ones are X, Z, and Q, but there is no Y. ;)

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b534202
By b534202 (Jan 7, 2013)

The overuse of X & 1 in camera names continues ...

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