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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
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