Panasonic compacts

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Panasonic has added two slim and stylish digital cameras to its Lumix FH-Series: the ultra-compact 16.1-megapixel DMC-FH5 and 14.1-megapixel DMC-FH2, both with newly-developed, retractable 28 mm wide-angle Leica DC lenses with a 4x optical zoom. The two are about 20 percent slimmer than their predecessors. Both record 1280 x 720p High Definition (HD) video.

The newly-incorporated Venus Engine VI in the FH5 and FH2 elevates resolution and autofocus performance, zooming capabilities, and start-up speed, says the company. Intelligent Resolution realizes optimum signal processing to give the entire image outstanding natural clarity and the camera’s optical zoom is increased to 5x with the Intelligent Zoom function.

Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, a suite of technologies, engages automatically with no setting changes needed. The two new cameras add AF Tracking and Intelligent Exposure. AF Tracking locks onto any subject and keeps it in focus. Intelligent Exposure optimizes the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights, while helping to ensure that gradation and details are reproduced flawlessly.

Other features: MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization); Intelligent ISO Control; Face Detection; Intelligent Scene Selector; Scene Modes. Built-in memory has increased to 70MB.

The Lumix DMC-FH25 shoots 16.1-megapixel images and combines a 28 mm Leica DC lens with an 8x optical zoom. Redesigned with an easy-to-hold grip and slim, stylish profile, the FH25 features a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD, 720p High Definition (HD) video recording and an advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) technology.

The camera uses the Venus Engine VI image processor with Intelligent Resolution technology, Sonic Speed AutoFocus, and the Intelligent Zoom extends the zoom to 10x equivalent.

As with the previously mentioned models, this one has the added iA functions and features.

Fashionable cameras with advanced features. That’s how Panasonic describes the DMC-FP7 (16.1-megapixels) and DMC-FP5 (14.1-megapixels) with slim profiles and 4x optical zoom lens with folded optics. The FP7 has a mirror finish, the FP5 a matte finish. Both offer 720p High Definition (HD) video recording, touch-control LCD and Intelligent Auto (iA).

The FP7 has a new 3.5-inch 16:9 LCD that offers not only a larger view of images, but also adds more features like the Beauty Retouch function. The FP5 has a 3.0-inch 3:2 LCD and both models include Smart Touch Screens allowing users to enable Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Zoom, Touch Shutter and Intelligent Scene Selector simply by touching the screen. All menu setting options are now available with touch control, and in playback mode, users can drag the image across the screen with their finger to browse the collection of photos. Additionally, the FP7 features three new modes that let users get creative by manually (with the touch of a finger) editing their photos: Beauty Retouch mode allows users to retouch faces; Esthetic mode creates effects on faces such as clearing skin texture and whitening teeth; Make-up mode gives colour options such as foundation, eye-shadow or colouring for the lips and cheeks.

Other features are as above.

The entry-level 14.1-megapixel DMC-S3 and 12.1-megapixel DMC-S1 are easy-to-use models offering smart features, 720p/30fps High Definition videos, new rounded design, 28 mm 4x optical zoom lens, Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, MEGA OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD, built-in memory of 70MB (DMC-S3) and 20MB (DMC-S1); and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

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