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Panasonic launches eight new Lumix models

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All about the new Panasonic Lumix digital camerasThe new models also replace the previous 1/2.5-inch CCD with a larger 1/2.33-inch CCD, and in most models resolution has been increased to 10 megapixels. All new models feature Panasonic's Venus Engine IV imaging engine. Developed to further improve image quality, this advanced system provides improved signal processing and greater noise reduction compared with its predecessors.

These improvements to the lenses, CCD and imaging engine give the new 2008 Lumix models greater image quality than previous models, but Panasonic didn't stop there. The new models have also evolved significantly in terms of ease of use, by incorporating multi shooting-assist mode, called Intelligent Auto mode. This mode comprises Mega O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and the new TZ and FX series feature Intelligent Exposure, all work automatically just setting the camera to the mode. Panasonic's Intelligent LCD, featured on all new models, offers high 230,000-dot resolution (except the TZ5, which has even higher 460,000-dot resolution), and gives users fine 12-step control (LZ series)** of the LCD's brightness. Whether shooting outdoors in bright sunshine or in a dim room at night, users can set the LCD brightness to the optimal level and enjoy clear, easy viewing.

The graphic user interface (GUI) features a new design that improves viewing ease and takes advantage of the wide LCD screen, and the menu items and expressions have been improved. The LCDs in the new models offer the same acclaimed viewing ease as previous models, while adding information optimized to each model. Panasonic has also standardized menu items across all Lumix series, with a consistent order and operating procedure. The Quick Menu, designed to let users quickly access the menu items used most often, has also been made easier to use. The indication on the camera body has been changed from the previous FUNC to Q.MENU, and difficult-to-understand icons have been replaced with item names. Operating improvements to the camera body on all models include addition of a Record/Play selection switch that lets users switch from shooting to viewing quickly and easily. These improvements add up to give the new models a level of ease and convenience that both current Lumix fans and new users will appreciate.

The new models also make photography more fun after the shooting is done. All models include a slideshow function complete with a range of background music to select from. The slideshow effects have been improved, and users can select the type of music that best suits the photos and mood. Also new on the TZ5, TZ4 and FX35 is an HD output terminal. Connecting an optional component cable from this terminal to an HD (high definition) TV is all you need to view beautiful, HD slideshows of your photos. The new Lumix models can also accompany the slideshow with background music for more viewing fun. The TZ5 and FX35 can record high-quality 720p HD motion images at 30 frames per second. Actively incorporating HD functions, Lumix cameras are vital members of Panasonic's growing "Living in High Definition" product family.

The eight new Lumix models introduced today reflect major advances by Panasonic in all-round digital camera performance. With its newly expanded lineup, the Lumix family of digital cameras brings superior image quality, outstanding ease of use, and a host of convenient functions and enjoyable features to an even wider range of users. *Due to the CCD size, the lens specifications differ for LZ 8-megapixel models. FS 8-megapixel models also use a different, new lens. **11-step control for the TZ, FX, and FS series.

Additional information: All about the new Panasonic Lumix digital cameras
February 2, 2008
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