updated 05:35 pm EST, Mon January 11, 2010
Range features 12.1- and 14.1-megapixel sensors
Panasonic is set to expand its line of LUMIX digital cameras with several new models in the FH- and FP-series, along with the DMC-F3. The FH cameras are designed with slim profiles and 28mm wide-angle lenses, with 8x optical zoom for the FH20 and 5x optical zoom with the FH3 and FH1. The FH1 integrates a 12.1-megapixel sensor, providing slightly less resolution than the 14.1-megapixel components in the FH20 and FH3.
Each supports 720p recording at 30 fps, while the 2.7-inch LCDs automatically adjust brightness levels depending on the ambient light. The cameras also feature Panasonic's iA mode which automatically handles image stabilization and other settings such as face detection, ISO and scene selection.
The DMC-FP3 and FP1 feature 4x optical zoom, with a flush design on the front of the camera. The FP1 offers a 12.1-megapixel sensor and 2.7-inch display, while the FP3 can capture 14.1-megapixel stills and presents the images on a 3-inch touchscreen. Both cameras also feature 720p recording and iA mode settings.
The DMC-F3 entry-level camera offers 4x optical zoom, a 12.1-megapixel sensor, and a 2.7-inch LCD. Users can still record 720p video at 30 fps, while the Auto Scene mode provides ISO control, face detection, and an automatic scene selector.
Pricing and release dates for the new cameras has yet to be announced.