Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Panasonic unveils 8.1 Megapixel camera

updated 10:35 am EDT, Tue July 24, 2007

Panasonic digital camera

Panasonic today expanded its LUMIX family of digital still cameras by introducing its new LUMIX DMC-FZ18, an 8.1 Megapixel compact camera with an 18x optical zoom. A 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens accompanies "Intelligent Auto Mode" for face detection as well as an Intelligent Scene Selector and continuous auto-focus functionality. Similar to the entire 2007 line of LUMIX digital still cameras, the LUMIX DMC-FZ18 includes advanced countermeasures against blurring which include an Intelligent Image Stabilization system, which combines MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) to compensate for hand-shake and Intelligent ISO Control to detect and adjust for motion blur caused by subject movement. The new camera also features a 2.5-inch large, high resolution LCD with 207,000 pixels, a 0.44-inch Electric Viewfinder with 188,000 pixels, f/2.8 brightness and is powered by the high-performance Venus Engine III capable of shooting at ISO 1600 in normal recording mode. The DMC-FZ18 has been redesigned to make the camera more stylish and easier to use, according to Panasonic, which plans to ship the device in September for $400.

The new camera's auto focus, auto exposure lock, and Macro buttons are independent to allow quick and direct operation, while a metal-finished mode dial adds design strength and an enhanced rubber grip makes the camera easier to hold. The redesigned body also incorporates the joystick made popular by the DMC-FZ8 model, which makes settings like manual focusing and exposure faster and easier to use.

Other features of hte LUMIX DMC-FZ18 include:

  • Custom Setting Mode that memorizes your frequent setting patterns for instance use applied by simply selecting this function on the mode dial.
  • 1920 x 1080 pixel photos ideal for full-screen viewing on a wide-screen HDTV.
  • Six auto-focusing methods including: face detection, multi, three-point high-speed, one-point high-speed, one-point normal-speed, and spot. With the one-point auto-focus or spot auto-focus method, the auto- focusing area can be chosen from as many as 11 points with the joystick or cursor button.
  • Advanced Scene Modes provide users more control over some frequently- used scene modes such as, indoor and outdoor modes when selecting portrait or sports mode and nature or architecture settings when selecting portrait mode.
  • Bundled SILKYPIX Developer Studio 2.0SE software application for editing and developing images in the RAW file format.
  • 27 MB of built-in memory: Perfect for backing up SDHC/SD Memory Card recording.
  • Extra Optical Zoom feature extends zoom power to 28.7x at 3 Megapixels.
  • Compatibility with large-capacity SDHC memory cards.
  • Title Edit Function allows inputting of text and additional picture information.
  • Picture Playback by category: Sorts images into categories such as portraits, landscapes, nightscapes, events and motion pictures. Also, allows slideshow playback of images in the same category.
  • Optional accessories including a tele-conversion lens, close-up lens, ND filter, MC protector, lens adapter, AC adapter, battery pack, soft case and camera Bag.
  • Available in two colors: silver and black.




By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Cat B100

Cat is primarily known for its heavy-duty machinery used in the construction industry and farming, among other areas. What may not be ...

Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home ...

D-Link DIR-510L 802.11AC travel router

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it wa ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News