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New panasonic DMC-FX01 featuring MEGA optical image stabilizer

Panasonic announces the 28 mm wide-angle lens DMC-FX01, the world's smallest of their kind. Spanning all the way from 28 mm to 102 mm (35 mm equivalent), the bright F2.8 lens provides more width and depth to the pictures, perfect for taking group photos or sprawling landscapes. The EX function enhances the zoom power up to 5x in 3-megapixel resolution without deteriorating the picture quality...

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New panasonic DMC-FX01 featuring MEGA optical image stabilizer - digital camera and photography newsThe World's Smallest Camera* with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens

Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new LUMIX 6-megapixel, 3.6x optical zoom DMC-FX01, as the next-generation model of the world-renowned stylish and compact MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer)-equipped FX series.

The FX series boasts high picture quality, a large LCD and a slim and stylish design; all desirable features for a compact digital camera. The DMC-FX01 features a remarkable upgrade from previous FX models, with the newly incorporated 28mm wide angle* 3.6x optical zoom LEICA DC lens, while still maintaining the same compact body size. The wide angle shooting capability offers a new array of photographic opportunities; now you can capture an entire group portrait at parties, for example, or an expansive landscape or architectural scene, and enjoy the benefit of wide panoramas with real perspectives.
Panasonic has long since been leading the industry with its incorporation of an optical image stabilization system - MEGA O.I.S. - into even its compact range of cameras. This system produces no deterioration of picture quality and has now become a standard feature for all digital cameras in the market. Now the FX01 also benefits from a new High Sensitivity mode** which allows shooting at a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 1600. This mode acts as another anti-blurring measure, in addition to the MEGA O.I.S., by suppressing image blur which can be caused by the movement of subjects, such as children and pets, and especially benefits indoor photography by shooting at fast shutter speeds. Furthermore, the FX01 has an extended battery life, able to take 320 pictures (CIPA) on a single charge. Motion picture recording capability has also been enhanced to take clear, bright and wide aspect VGA (848 x 480) moving images at 30 fps, in addition to the standard VGA images (640 x 480), so that now you can enjoy full screen motion pictures even on your wide screen TV.

Just like its predecessor, the DMC-FX9, the DMC-FX01 incorporates the Venus Engine Plus LSI for high performance image processing, both in terms of speed and image quality, while still preserving low energy consumption. The remarkably quick AF response time, especially in the 1-point high speed AF mode, means that you will never miss that spur-of-the-moment shot. Other features to enrich your photographic experience include a large, bright, high resolution 2.5” LCD and a comprehensive selection of useful scene modes.
The LUMIX DMC-FX01 is not just a compact and stylish camera; it is an aspiring newcomer with its 28mm wide angle LEICA DC lens and the winning combination of High Sensitivity mode, for the compensation of subject movement, and MEGA O.I.S. for the compensation of camera movement, enabling every type of user to take clear, beautiful and blur-free pictures. The FX01 will be available in silver, black, white and blue, each with a specially textured finish. The new FX01 is outstandingly stylish & compact and can be confidently recommended as a best-in-class camera for saving those precious memories of your family and friends.
*On a 35mm film camera, at wide-angle.
**Resolution significantly decreases in High Sensitivity mode.

1. 28mm Wide Angle 3.6x Optical Zoom f/2.8 LEICA DC lens in a Compact Body

The 6-megapixel LUMIX DMC-FX01 has a 28mm* wide angle 3.6x optical zoom f/2.8 LEICA DC lens housed in a compact body as slim as its predecessor, the DMC-FX9, achieved thanks to the incorporation of a Extra High Refractive Index Aspherical Lens. This new wide angle lens enables easy capture of large indoor group subjects or expansive architectural structures and sceneries with dynamic width and rich perspective. The lens part comprises of a LEICA DC lens of seven elements in six groups, incorporating four aspherical lenses to generate high optical performance while preserving the compactness of the unit. The zoom ratio can be extended up to 5x in 3-megapixel resolution mode thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom function which gives extra magnification (and minimal image deterioration) by intentionally using the centre part of the CCD.
*On a 35mm film camera, at wide-angle.

2. MEGA O.I.S. for Suppressing Hand-shake and High Sensitivity Mode for Freezing Subject Movement

MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), deemed by Panasonic as indispensable for all digital cameras, is featured on the entire LUMIX range and, having been highly evaluated and appreciated by the users across the world, has now become a standard requirement within the digital imaging arena. It compensates for hand-shake by shifting the O.I.S. lens unit to keep the optical axis aligned straight against the CCD, ensuring that the image is always captured sharply. As a result, MEGA O.I.S. produces beautiful pictures, free from blur and with no deterioration of image quality, at slower shutter speeds of more than 3 steps compared to other conventional models which do not have O.I.S. You can now shoot stunningly clear pictures with ease, even in situations that require slow shutter speeds, such as indoor portrait shots, nighttime scenery, or close-up shots of a delicate flower using macro mode.
Furthermore, the FX01 allows shooting at a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 1600, with the new High Sensitivity mode*, which reduces image blur caused by subject movement, such as young children and pets, and especially benefits indoor photography by shooting at fast shutter speeds. This High Sensitivity mode* is made possible by the pixel-mixed readout method on the CCD. The picture quality is good enough for printing out to standard 4” x 6” (10cm x 15cm) size.
Thanks to this winning combination of image stabilization technology, both hand-shake and subject movement, the two major causes of image blur, are compensated for. With MEGA O.I.S. and the new High Sensitivity mode*, you can take clear and sharp shots in so many ways.
*Resolution significantly decreases in High Sensitivity mode.

3. High performance, low energy consumption image processing LSI: Venus Engine Plus

The DMC-FX01 can take 320 pictures on one charge thanks to the Venus Engine Plus LSI. It provides high performance image processing while consuming only 70% of the energy compared with the Venus Engine II. With its multi-task image processing capabilities, the Venus Engine Plus also boasts excellent response time with a shutter release time lag of only 0.005 sec. and a shutter interval of 0.7 sec*. Start-up time has also been reduced by 20% of the level of the DMC-FX9, at only 1.6 sec., which enables easy capture of the those spur-of-the-moment shots. In the burst shooting mode, it is possible to shoot at three frames per second in full resolution**. The FX01 also allows unlimited consecutive shooting up to the capacity of your SD memory card***.
* Not including the time for AF.
** Max. eight images in standard mode / six images in fine mode.
***The speed of the consecutive shooting varies depending on the memory card.

4. Bright 2.5” Large LCD with High Angle Function for Easy Shooting and Playback

The FX01 has a high resolution (207K pixels), 2.5” large LCD. The pixel-mixed readout method performed by the CCD automatically increases the brightness level of the live image on the LCD, which greatly facilitates shooting in low light situations.
The new High Angle mode makes the display extremely easy to view from low angles, for example, when holding the camera up high to take pictures over a crowd and can be accessed easily and quickly by using the dedicated button.* With the help of the Power LCD function, which boosts the backlighting of the LCD by 40%, even shooting in bright outdoors situations is no longer a problem.
This high-resolution LCD also allows both a full display of your images in up to 25 thumbnails on a multi-split screen and also the ability to date search an image with the new Calendar Display mode.

5. Clear, Bright Motion Image Recording in Wide VGA Size at 30 fps

In addition to standard VGA (640x480) motion image recording, as featured on the DMC-FX9, the FX01 also records stunning full-size movies in wide-aspect VGA (848x480) at 30 fps, enabling you to view them on your wide screen TV. The brightness level of these moving images is also enhanced as a result of the pixel-mixed readout method performed by the CCD.

6. Fast AF for No Missed Chances

The various AF methods can be selected according to the shooting environment and the position of the subject: 5-point, 3-point high-speed, 1-point high-speed, 1-point normal-speed and spot. As with the DMC-FX9, the 1-point high-speed AF mode, in particular, achieves outstanding focusing with both speed and precision. The inclusion of an AF assist lamp provides further assistance in low light situations when focusing is difficult. Stress free photography with never a moment missed.

7. A Variety of Scene Modes and Other Features to Enrich Your Photography

In addition to its predecessor FX9's 14 modes, the FX01 contains two new scene modes to provide a total of sixteen scene modes* to assist you in a wide range of photographic situations. When shooting in our unique “Baby” mode, your child's age at the time of image capture is automatically recorded onto that image, determined by the date of birth which has been preset by you. This much-loved mode, which also features on other recently released LUMIX models, has now doubled its appeal with the ability to set two birthdays for two children. In “Party” mode, it becomes possible to take clear, beautiful pictures by capturing the warm and rich nuances of light and atmosphere. Another new mode is the “Underwater” mode, a great mode for underwater photography, for use with the Marine Case, which is available separately.

The new LUMIX DMC-FX01 – a beautifully designed and featured-packed digital camera, ideal for recording and preserving all those precious moments that life gives.
*Not including Macro Mode.
February 14, 2006
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