Four new digital cameras have been added to the Panasonic Lumix digital camera line-up.
: Four new digital cameras have been added to the Panasonic Lumix digital camera line-up.
The 5-meghapixel DMC-FZ20 (RRP $1099) and the 3-megapixel DMC-FZ3 (RRP $769) are both fitted with 12x zoom lenses, while the compact 5-megapixel DMC-FX7 (RRP $879) and 4-megapixel DMC-FX2 (RRP $769) have 3x optical zoom lenses. All the new models feature high-quality Leica optics, coupled with Panasonic’s MEGA OIS optical image stabilisation. The stabilisation system is based on a built-in gyro sensor that applies automatic compensation to counter detected hand shake. A linear motor moves the lens to guide the imaging light straight to the CCD. Two compensation settings are available: in Mode One, continuous adjustment is applied, while in Mode Two, the correction is only applied when the shutter button is pressed, giving maximum compensation in all directions.
The DMC-FZ20 boasts a wide range of user-adjustable controls, including P, A, S and M shooting modes, nine scene pre-sets, macro focusing to 5 cm and a ring-operated manual focus setting. Still images can be saved in either TIFF or JPEG format and movies are captured with QVGA quality at 30 frames/second. The FZ20 also supports AF distance metering and has an AF assist lamp for quick focusing in low light conditions. Three light metering modes are provided, along with 10 steps of white balance adjustment, sharpness, contrast and saturation controls and adjustable flash output. A histogram display is also provided, along with a flashing highlight indicator that shows overexposed parts of a shot.
More information can be obtained by phoning Panasonic at 132 600 and product details are available at www.panasonic.com.au.