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Panasonic releases DMC-LS85 / LS86 firmware version 1.1


Panasonic releases firmware update version 1.1 for the Lumix DMC-LS85 / LS86 digital camera.

This first update offers the following improvements:

• Improved the stability of playing back videos and images,when the AV cable is connected.
• Added a feature to change the volume of the shutter sound, and the volume is controlled by adjusting the sound volume of menu operations...
Check-out the Panasonic DMC-LX3 specifications & reviewsGoto the Panasonic DMC-LS85 / LS86 firmware download page

Panasonic DMC-LS85 highlights

Running on AA batteries and featuring ultimate ease of use with iA(Intelligent Auto), the LS85 is a successor to the LS80. Setting itself apart from conventional AA battery operation cameras, the DMC-LS85 boasts a powerful 4x optical zoom and bright F2.8 high quality LUMIX DC VARIO lens (equivalent to 33mm to 132 mm on a 35mm film camera).

Intelligent Auto Mode - Great Shots Regardless of the User!
Panasonic believes that anyone, even at entry technical level of photography, should be able to take beautiful pictures with ease - this is where the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode steps in. Comprising of four major functions (MEGA O.I.S, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection and Intelligent Scene Selector) that work together to provide the best possible shooting results everytime. The two most advanced countermeasures against blurring – MEGA O.I.S (Optical Image Stabiliser) to compensate for hand-shake and Intelligent ISO Control to detect and suppress motion blur – are built into the LS85. Both image stabilizing technologies have been further advanced in detection accuracy and correction effect thanks to the new image-processing LSI, Venus Engine IV.

In addition to these two paramount anti-blurring technologies, the Face Detection system helps the camera to recognize human faces and to focus and set the exposure automatically. Up to 15 faces can be recognized simultaneously. Plus, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the appropriate scene mode according to the scene you're going to take from among the most frequently used scene modes, such as Portrait, Scenery, Macro, Night Scenery and Night Portrait mode. It now features an automatic backlight compensation function that activates whenever the camera detects that the light source is behind the subject. The Quick AF system allows the camera to keep focus on the subject while the camera is in recording mode even before without pressing a shutter button halfway, to get best result out of a shutter chance because the focus is always near the subject and the AF time is minimized.

Additional information: Check-out the Panasonic DMC-LX3 specifications & reviews
March 10, 2009
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