Panasonic introduces Lumix DMC-FH7 touch-screen compact
Panasonic has introduced the Lumix DMC-FH7 digital compact camera (DMC-FS22 in Europe). Featuring a Leica 4x zoom lenses starting at 28mm and 720p HD video recording, the 16Mp FH7 comes with a similar feature set to the 6-month-old FH5 but boasts a 3" touch-sensitive LCD screen. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.
PANASONIC'S NEWEST SLIM AND STYLISH LUMIX DIGITAL CAMERA FEATURES AN EASY-TO-USE TOUCH-SCREEN
SECAUCUS, NJ (May 12, 2011) – Panasonic today announces the new 16.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-FH7, which features an incredibly slim and stylish design, making this new digital camera easy to carry – and with intuitive touch-controls, it's also easy to use. While the LUMIX FH7 is a stylish standout, it does not compromise on performance, featuring a retractable high-quality 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens with an impressive 4x optical zoom and High Definition video capabilities that record in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 24 fps, producing clear and vivid images.
The LUMIX FH7 features a 3-inch Smart Touch Screen allowing users to enable Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Zoom, Touch Shutter and Intelligent Scene Selector simply by touching the screen. All menu setting options are now available with touch control. In playback mode users can drag the image across the screen with their finger to browse the collection of photos, as if it were a page in a book. Additionally, the LUMIX FH7 features three modes that let users get creative by manually (with the touch of a finger) editing their photos on the digital camera. These modes include:
- Beauty Retouch – allows users to retouch faces
- Esthetic – creates effects on faces such as clearing skin texture and whitening teeth
- Makeup – gives color options such as foundation, eye-shadow or coloring for the lips and cheeks
"Panasonic continues to offer consumers choice in the digital camera they use and with LUMIX, we want to ensure there are stylish, compact options that still maintain Panasonic's high standards of image quality, both in still photos and HD videos," said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "With the new FH7, we're confident that this small and attractive digital camera will produce photos and videos that users are proud to share, and with new seamless uploading features, they can do so easily to sites, such as Facebook and YouTube."
The Panasonic LUMIX FH7 features the LUMIX Image Uploader, which instantly share images via Facebook© and video via YouTube™ when the digital camera is connected to a computer or the SD Memory Card is inserted – and the easy on-screen instructions are followed.
Panasonic's popular iA mode, a suite of technologies that engage automatically – with no setting changes needed by the user – makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos. With a dedicated iA button for easy access, the following features can be quickly engaged:
- MEGA OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) – Reduces blurry photos due to hand-shake
- Intelligent ISO Control – Reduces blur when the subject is moving
- Face Detection – Ensures registered faces are captured in focus with appropriate exposure and digitally corrects unwanted red eyes
- Intelligent Scene Selector – Selects the best option from: Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset
- Intelligent Exposure – Optimizes the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helps ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully
The Panasonic LUMIX FH7 encompasses Panasonic's Venus Engine VI image processor, which helps to power Intelligent Resolution technology. With Intelligent Resolution technology, three areas - outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation – are automatically detected and the LUMIX FH7 performs optimum processing to each, resulting in naturally clear images. Furthermore, thanks to Intelligent Resolution technology, Panasonic's Intelligent Zoom extends the LUMIX FH7's zoom to a 5x equivalent. The multitasking Venus Engine VI also supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is incredibly quick, at approximately 0.006 second and its quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities.
Other features of the Panasonic LUMIX FH7 include:
- Intelligent LCD detects the lighting conditions and controls the brightness level in 11 finely graduated steps, to display the most appropriate setting
- 84MB of built-in memory
- Newly-added Image Stamp mode enables users to decorate photos with 32 different stamps, for those wanting to personalize their images.
|Sensor|| 1/2.33" Type CCD
16.6 million total pixels
16.1 million effective pixels
Primary colour filter (RGB)
|Image sizes||4:3 Aspect Ratio:
4608 x 3456 (16M)
3648 x 2736 (10M)
2560 x 1920 (5M)
2048 x 1536 (3M)
640 x 480 (0.3M)
3:2 Aspect Ratio
4608 x 3072 (14M)
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
4608 x 2592 (12M)
1:1 Aspect Ratio:
3456 x 3456 (12M)
|Movie clips|| HD Movie: 1280 x 720 pixels, 24fps (Motion JPEG)
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 2.3)
QuickTime Motion JPEG
|Lens|| 4x Optical zoom
28 - 112mm (35mm equiv.)
f = 5-20mm
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
6 elements in 5 groups (3 Aspherical lenses, 5 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: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Motion Picture : Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
High Sensitivity Mode : Auto (1600 - 6400)
|Exposure comp.||± 2EV, 1/3EV steps|
|Shutter speed|| 8-1/1600 sec
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
|Aperture||F3.1 - 6.5 / 2-Step (F3.1 - 9.0 (W) / F6.5 - 20 (T))|
|Modes|| Intelligent AUTO
|Scene modes||Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, 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, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame|
|White balance|| Auto
|Self timer||2, 10 sec|
|Flash|| Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
0.4 - 3.3m (Wide/I.ISO), 1.0 - 1.6m (Tele/I.ISO)
|LCD monitor|| 3" touch-sensitive TFT LCD Display
Power LCD mode, AUTO Power LCD mode, High Angle mode
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Full speed
AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
|Storage|| Approximately 70 MB built-in memory
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
|Power|| ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack
|Weight (no batt)||109g (0.24 lb)|
|Weight (with batt and card)||126g (0.28 lb)|
|Dimensions||95.3 x 56.3 x 19.4 mm
(3.7 x 2.2 x 0.7 in)
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