Panasonic Rolls Out New LUMIX Digital Still Cameras

Feb 08, 2005
New LUMIX Digital Still Cameras

Panasonic, the leading brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, today introduced three new models in its LUMIX digital still camera series, the 5.0-megapixel DMC-FZ5, the dry cell operable 5.0-megapixel DMC-LZ2 and 4.0-megapixel DMC-LS1 as well as two new colors for the 5.0-megapixel DMC-FX7. Loaded with Panasonic's ideas and technologies such as MEGA O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer) and new Venus Engine image processing LSI, all of these are designed to ensure blur-free, crisp pictures anywhere, at anytime, on the go with ease and fun. The new models will be released globally starting in Japan from February.

The latest model in the FZ high-power zoom series, the DMC-FZ5, features a 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 36 mm to 432 mm on a 35 mm film camera), a top-class Leica DC Vario-Elmarit compact lens and Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. in the 290 g compact body. The remarkable 12x optical zoom function allows users to capture large frames of photo subjects even a long distance away. Furthermore, MEGA O.I.S. assures stability of the magnified image and resolves the problem of blurring when the zoom photography is operated by hand without using a tripod.

Auto-focus time is shortened in every AF mode of 9 points, 3 points, 1 point and Spot. In the newly added 1-point high speed AF mode, the auto-focus time lag has been reduced by 31 percent to 0.33 second, compared to the previous model DMC-FZ3. Coming in black and silver, the DMC-FZ5 will be in the Japanese market on February 25.

The DMC-LZ2 and the DMC-LS1 incorporate the MEGA O.I.S., the essential feature especially for smaller and lighter cameras. The 5.0-megapixel DMC-LZ2 comes with a 6x optical zoom (equivalent to 37 mm to 222 mm on a 35 mm film camera) lens in the 178 g compact body, and the 4.0-megapixel DMC-LS1 comes with a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 mm to 105 mm on a 35 mm film camera) lens.

Both of them feature the newly developed Venus Engine Plus image processor, which achieves 50 percent lower power consumption, comparing to the Venus Engine I, while providing crisp and clear images and the industry-leading shutter release lag of 0.008 second (LZ2) and 0.006 second (LS1).

The built-in 14-megabyte memory enables users to take pictures even when an SD Memory Card is not installed. With the two included AA Oxyride batteries, a maximum of 235 photos can be taken with the LZ2 and 215 photos with the LS1. The LZ2, available in silver and black, will be marketed from February 25 and the LS1, coming in a choice of silver, bronze or blue, will be available on March 25.

Popular since its introduction in August 2004, the compact and stylish 5.0-megapixel model DMC-FX7, is now offered in two new colors, gloss rouge and pearl white, in addition to the current color variation of silky silver, pink bronze, comfort blue and gloss black. As different materials are used to give each color, each one has a different texture. Shipment of the two new colors is scheduled for February 25.

Panasonic continues to enhance quality, mobility, style and joy of photography with a compact camera.

Explore further: Underfire Uber ramps up rider safety

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

People finding their 'waze' to once-hidden streets

1 hour ago

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

1 hour ago

As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so he would ...

Observers slam 'lackluster' Lima climate deal

1 hour ago

A carbon-curbing deal struck in Lima on Sunday was a watered-down compromise where national intransigence threatened the goal of a pact to save Earth's climate system, green groups said.

Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do?

1 hour ago

Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. ...

New Bond script stolen in Sony hack

1 hour ago

An "early version" of the screenplay for the new James Bond film was the latest victim of a massive hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, its producers said in a statement on their website Sunday.

Ag-tech could change how the world eats

7 hours ago

Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world's newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming - the world's oldest industry - with an audacious agenda: to make sure there is enough ...

Recommended for you

Underfire Uber ramps up rider safety

5 hours ago

Uber is ramping up driver background checks and other security measures worldwide after the smartphone-focused car-sharing service was banned in New Delhi following the alleged rape of a passenger.

US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking

6 hours ago

A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future.

Sony cancels NKorea parody film release after threats

6 hours ago

Hollywood studio Sony Pictures on Wednesday abruptly canceled the December 25 release date of "The Interview," a parody film which has angered North Korea and triggered chilling threats from hackers.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.