Zoom, focus and aperture are manually controlled by ring settings on the lens, which has special multi-coating on all surfaces to minimise internal reflections and provide top image quality.
: Panasonic will release its 5-megapixel DMC-LC1 Lumix camera in April at an RRP of $2499.
A colour EVF and 2.5-inch diagonal polycrystalline TFT LCD display show close to 100% of the field of view, and 235,000 pixel resolution ensures a crisp, clear view of the subject. Composition guide lines are displayed in the viewfinder and LCD and live histograms can be displayed in the LCD monitor as the shot is lined up, showing the status of exposure and contrast in real time. The pop-up flash can tilt through 45 degrees for bounce flash and the camera can accept and synchronise with optional external flash units. The DMC-LC1 captures still images in RAW and JPEG and video as Quick Time MJPEG files. It has a built-in USB 2.0 interface and Secure Digital/Multimedia Card slot plus microphone and speakers for audio recording. PictBridge compatibility supports direct PC-free printing. For details of local availability contact Panasonic on 132 600.