Next up we have the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10 and DMC-FX12 cameras. Featuring 6.0 and 7.2 million pixels respectively, both cameras have a Leica DC lens, 3x zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer and a 2.5-inch LCD and will be available in black, silver or a blue finish.
Panasonic’s DMC-FX10 and DMC-FX12 Simply Superb
Beautiful Image Rendering and 3x Optical Zoom
Panasonic’s new DMC-FX10 and DMC-FX12 digital still cameras offer a wealth of features disproportionate to their ultra slim and stylish size. Featuring a superb optical 3x zoom (35-105mm, on a 35mm film camera equivalent) Leica DC lens with f/2.8 brightness, Panasonic’s ingenious anti blur systems – MEGA O.I.S and Intelligent ISO control – you have to look twice to believe these really are Panasonic’s entry level stylish compact models.
The 7.2 megapixel DMC-FX12 and 6.0 megapixel DMC-FX10 feature a bright f/2.8 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 3x optical zoom. The high quality Leica DC lens carries on the proud tradition of its famous Leica brand, the German camera maker renowned for lenses that combine superb performance with compact size. Comprising seven elements in six groups, including three lenses with three aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit matches Leica’s stringent standards and delivers an exceptional optical performance.
The zoom ratio can be extended up to 4.5x (4.1x for the FX10) in 3 megapixel resolution mode with minimal deterioration thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom. By using the central part of the CCD, this powerful zooming function allows you to easily capture and magnify distant subjects.
Keeps your shots steady, even if you’re not
Jitter from handshake is far and away the biggest single cause of blurry shots. Lumix cameras help solve this problems with an advanced optical image stabilising system – Panasonic’s ingenious MEGA Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS). This system uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement and then shifts a lens in the opposite direction to compensate, giving you sharp, clear images without deterioration.
Detects movement, prevents blurring
While hand-shake is the single biggest cause of blurry images, it is not the only one. Another problem is the motion blur that can occur when a subject moves as the shot is being taken – particularly common when taking pictures of sports or young children for example. In these conditions Intelligent ISO Control comes into its own. This system actually detects whether the subject is moving and, as necessary raises the ISO setting and shutter speed according to how fast the subject is moving and the light conditions. This happens automatically, so you can effortlessly shoot without the need to adjust the settings every time the conditions change.
Panasonic Lumix now offers solutions for both major causes of blurred images – O.I.S when you are moving, and Intelligent ISO Control when the subject is moving. Thanks to Panasonic, you can now take clear and beautiful images in even the trickiest situations.
Lightning speed, superb performance
The DMC-FX12 and DMC-FX10 feature the Venus Engine III, Panasonic’s advanced image-processing engine that can record at a sensitivity setting as a high as ISO 1250 at full resolution. This engine features the type of technology you expect to find in a higher end camera, providing an exceptional level of functionality for cameras in this class.
Passionate about pictures
Boasting an impressive 2.5inch large LCD monitor for comfortable viewing both while monitoring shots and playing back the results, these new additions to the Lumix range are designed with flexibility in mind. Panasonic is the first manufacturer to offer the High Angle function on a digital still camera LCD. This new mode makes the FX12 and FX10’s LCD display extremely easy to view from below, for example, when holding the camera up high to take pictures over a crowd. The difficulties faced when shooting in bright outdoors situations are also overcome by the Power LCD function, which boosts the backlighting of the LCD by 40%. The DMC-FX12 and DMC-FX10 are also perfect for underwater photography, for use with the Marine case (available separately), thanks to the new ‘underwater’ mode.
The slim and stylish new additions features approximately 27MB of built-in memory, which can save the day should you happen to fill up or forget your memory card. They also accept large-capacity SDHC memory cards, giving more flexibility in shooting and recording.
With such a wealth of innovation included in the well-designed and compact casing, the DMC-FX10 and DMC-FX12 offer superb performance and impressive quality. The new models will be available from March 2007.
1/2.5 " Type CCD
| 1/2.5 " Type CCD
7.38 million pixels total
7.2 million effective pixels
|Image sizes|| 2816 x 2112
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
2816 x 1880 (3:2)
2048 x 1360 (3:2)
2816 x 1584 (16:9)
1920 x 1080 (16:9)
| 3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
3072 x 2048 (3:2)
2048 x 1360 (3:2)
3072 x 1728 (16:9)
1920 x 1080 (16:9)
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 @ 30 / 10fps
320 x 240 @ 30 / 10 fps
848 x 480 @ 30 / 10 fps (16:9)
|File formats|| JPEG Exif v2.21
QuickTime Motion JPEG
|Lens|| 35-105mm (35mm equiv)
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
3x optical zoom
Extra optical zoom (4:3: 4.1x for 5MP, 4.5x for 3/2/1/0.3MP, 3:2: 4.1x for 2.5MP, 16:9: 4.1x for 2MP)
| 35-105mm (35mm equiv)
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
3x optical zoom
Extra optical zoom (4:3: 3.6x for 3/2/1/0.3MP, 3:2: 4.5x for 2.5MP, 16:9: 4.5x for 2MP)
|Image stabilization||MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1/ Mode2)|
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|AF area modes||1-point/1-point high speed/5-point|
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| Normal: 50cm - infinity
Macro / Simple mode / Intelligent ISO / Motion image: wide 5cm/Tele 30cm - infinity
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
High Sensitivity mode ISO 3200
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps|
|Shuttter speed|| 8-1/2000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60sec
|Aperture||F2.8 / 8.0 (Wide: 2 steps) F5.0 / 14 (Tele: 2 steps)|
|Modes|| Program AE
|Scene modes|| Portrait
Baby1 / Baby2
|White balance|| Auto
|Self timer||2 or 10 sec|
|Image parameters||Black & White, Sepia, Natural, Standard, Vivid|
Auto / Red-eye Reduction
Range: 0.3 -5.0m (wide) 0.3 - 2.8m (tele)
|LCD monitor|| 2.5-inch TFT
|Connectivity|| DC in
|Storage|| SD / SDHC / MMC card compatible
27 MB built-in memory
|Power|| Li-ion battery pack
Optional AC adapter
|Weight (no batt)||125 g (0.28lb)|
|Dimensions||94.1 x 51.4 x 24.2 mm (3.70 x 2.02 x 0.95 in)|
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