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Panasonic announces DMC-FS25 and FX40 digital camera

Panasonic announces the DMC-FS25 and FX40 digital cameras. The FS25 is a 12.1 megapixel digital camera featuring a 29mm Wide-angle 5x Optical Zoom lens, a 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD, and Intelligent Auto Mode. In this iA mode the camera does all the work, activating AF tracking, Intelligent Exposure, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Optical Image stabilizer, and Intelligent ISO Control. The new Lumix DMC-FX40 is a sleek, super slim 12.1 megapixel camera with a 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom...

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All about the new Panasonic DMC-FX40 digital camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25


29mm Wide-angle 5x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens, Large 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD, and iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode

Press the iA button, aim, and shoot. With the FS25, taking great photos is that easy. iA mode activates six detection and correction functions – MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to compensate hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control to detect subject movement, Face Detection AF/AE to focus on faces in the frame and remove unwanted red-eye, Intelligent Scene Selector to select the optimal scene mode automatically, Intelligent Exposure to correct the brightness level, and AF Tracking to continually track a moving subject and keep it in focus.


The DMC-FS25 features a 29mm wide-angle 5x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm film camera equivalent: 29-145mm). Renowned in the film camera world for its superb performance and compact size, the LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens inherits its outstanding quality and form. The 29mm wide-angle lens can be used to capture groups of people at parties and other indoor scenes, as well as magnificent architectural structures and landscapes. The 5x optical zoom allows you to capture distant subjects without degrading image quality.


The DMC-FS25 hosts a large 3.0-inch, 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD. It features the Intelligent LCD function. The Auto Power LCD function increases the backlight brightness in 11 steps according to the ambient light intensity. At the highest of these 11 steps, the LCD backlight becomes approx. 1.4 times brighter than normal. This makes both shooting and viewing photos easier and more convenient.


In addition to having a large 3.0-inch LCD, the DMC-FS25 features an easy-to-read user interface with enlarged fonts and icons. The new simple slide switch interface also help users




Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40

Sleek and Super Slim Profile – Panasonic's new Lumix DMC-FX40 featuring Face Recognition

Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new Lumix 12.1-megapixel DMC-FX40 with astonishing 25mm ultra-wide-angle* LEICA DC lens and powerful 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 25mm to 125 mm on a 35mm film camera), which captures almost double the viewing space at the same shooting distance compared to ordinary 35mm cameras, resulting in remarkable images with unprecedented width and depth. The world-acclaimed FX series pursues high picture quality and unique features in an urbane, sophisticated profile to which the DMC-FX40 proudly joins.


The 12.1-megapixel DMC-FX40 packages a 25mm Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT high-quality lens with 5x optical zoom, offering F2.8 brightness (1). Comprising 7 elements in 6 groups, including 4 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit passes Leica's stringent standards and delivers an exceptional optical performance.

(1) 35mm film camera equivalent: 25-125mm


Notably, an unevenly thick concave meniscus EA (extra high refractive index aspherical) lens makes it possible to achieve the 25mm ultra-wide-angle high optical performance while keeping the lens unit thin and the body slim. The 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens records almost double the viewing space at the same shooting distance compared to ordinary 35mm cameras. Further, in 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 9.8x by using the center part of the CCD.

Additional information: All about the new Panasonic DMC-FX40 digital camera
January 27, 2009
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