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25mm Ultra Wide-Angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens with Powerful 24x Optical Zoom for Ultimate Versatility in Both Photo and Movie Recording
The FZ45 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 FZ45 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 CCD to bring subjects even closer.
Enjoy Easy Shooting of HD Movie in AVCHD Lite with Advanced iA(Intelligent Auto) Mode
The DMC-FZ45 is capable of recording high quality HD Movie in AVCHD Lite. The AVCHD Lite features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG and excels in the compatibility with TV and other AV equipment. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. The DMC-FZ45 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio.
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.
A special, separate button on the top lets the user instantly start recording movies while shooting photos without any extra settings. The powerful 24x optical zoom is available in movie recording, too. With the newly added 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 Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind.
Photos or movies recorded in AVCHD Lite 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 FZ45 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 5.0 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.
The Evolving iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode Makes Every Photo Blur-less
Panasonic incorporated the Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. In the iA mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments. Just press, aim and shoot.
The hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed, is recognized as a low-frequency vibration, for which the new POWER O.I.S. is particularly effective. This greatly improves the quality of shots taken with high zoom and at night or indoors where a flash cannot be used, or where the photographer doesn't want to use a flash because it would spoil the mood. It captures beautiful photos in situations that previously resulted in blurring.
The Face Recognition function remembers registered faces to give an appropriate AF/AE on the people while removing the unwanted red-eye. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects whichever of 6 Scene modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset - that best suits the shooting situation.
In addition, the Intelligent Resolution technology is always activated in the iA mode which results in the clearer and higher picture quality in every photo and movie with extended zoom range equivalent to 32x optical zoom by the Intelligent Zoom.
Once you enter the iA mode, these functions happen automatically together with other powerful shooting-assist functions - AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control and Intelligent Exposure - 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.
The newly added Happy mode, a color mode option in the iA mode, optimizes color, saturation and brightness to make both photos and movies more vivid and true to the color of the scene you memorized.
The Intelligent Resolution Technology Compiled in the New Venus Engine HD II Assures High Picture Quality for Both Photo and Movie
The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine HD II is newly incorporated in the DMC-FZ45 to enable the recording of beautiful photo and high-definition movie with higher quality signal processing including the Intelligent Resolution technology.
With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas - outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, superior noise reduction process of the Venus Engine HD II is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology, Intelligent Resolution, precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording.
The Intelligent Resolution technology also realizes Intelligent Zoom, which virtually extends the optical zoom ratio to its approx. 1.3x equivalent maintaining the picture quality even combining the digital zoom. Details of an image in high sensitivity recording tend to be lost in the noise reduction process; however, the Intelligent Resolution works to keep them.
At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine, the Venus Engine HD II achieves 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). The high performance Venus Engine HD II is also more energy efficient compared with the conventional Venus Engine HD, extending the battery life up to 580 shots (CIPA) per a single charge.
5. Intuitive Manual Control and Creative Option
The excellent manual controllability is the advantage of DMC-FZ45, making it stand out of standard compact cameras. The newly adopted jog dial enhances the operability together with the focus button on the back of the camera.
In movie recording, the DMC-FZ45 goes further than simply recording HD movies. Apart from the movie recording capability of conventional digital compact cameras, the DMC-FZ45 also features a Creative Movie mode, which lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to movies, which is especially suitable for shooting fast-moving subject. The ability to control the aperture is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances and it is desired to have each of them stand out.
My Color mode, which is popular in the LUMIX G Micro System cameras, is a special option that gives free reign to the user's creativity. With a variety of options including new Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic and High Dynamic B&W, the My Color mode makes it easier and more fun to create interesting, expressive images by shooting images with most intensive color, brightness and saturation parameters. The popular My Color mode is available also in movie recording giving the user a wider range of expressive possibilities to explore together with the Creative Movie mode.
Other features Enhances Photographic Experience
The DMC-FZ45 features 3.0-inch large 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD (which boasts a wide viewing angle) and 0.2-inch 201,600-dot EVF, both with 100% field of view. A large, clear, easy-to-see LCD offers even more comfortable view for both monitoring when shooting and for playing back the results.
The DMC-FZ45 offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style.
|Price|| US: $399.95|
|Sensor|| 1/2.33" Type CCD
14.5 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 Lite: 1280 x 720 pixels (SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps )
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: 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
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||± 3 EV, 1/3EV steps|
|Exposure bracketing||± 1/3 EV ~ 3EV step, 3 frames|
|Shutter speed|| 60-1/2000 sec
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec
|Aperture|| F2.8 - 5.2 (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
|White balance|| Auto
White Set 1,2
|Self timer||2, 10 sec|
|Continuous shooting|| 1.8 frames/sec
5 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" Color EVF (201,600 Pixels equiv.), Approx 100% Field of View|
|LCD monitor|| 3.0" 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)||450 g|
|Weight (with batt)||494 g|
|Dimensions||120 x 80 x 92 mm
(4.74 x 3.14 x 3.62 in)
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