Panasonic Unveils Ultra-slim LUMIX FP-Series Digital Cameras With Folded Optics Design, Advanced Features

Written By Sam on 17 January 2011

Looking for a Panasonic has chic camera with advanced photo and video features? Check Panasonic’s two latest ultra-slim LUMIX models. A part of the company’s 2011 range, the LUMIX DMC-FP7 (16.1 megapixel) and LUMIX DMC-FP5 (14.1 megapixel) incorporate an ultra-thin 4x optical zoom lens with folded optics.

Lookwise, the models have been designed to impress with a mirror finish on the LUMIX FP7 and a matte finish on the FP5. The duo flaunts features like 720p High Definition (HD) video recording, touch-control LCDs and Intelligent Auto (iA) settings. While LUMIX FP7 comes with a new 3.5-inch 16:9 LCD, the LUMIX FP5 features a 3.0-inch 3:2 LCD. Both the models include Smart Touch Screens that enables users:

  • Touch Auto Focus (AF)
  • Touch Zoom
  • Touch Shutter
  • Use Intelligent Scene Selector by touching the screen.

In addition, all menu setting options have now been made available with touch control. In playback mode, users can drag an image across the screen with a finger and browse pictures. The LUMIX FP7 also features three new modes to manually edit photos:

  • Beauty Retouch mode that lets users to retouch faces
  • Esthetic mode allows creation of effects on faces, including clearing skin texture and whitening teeth
  • Make-up mode, which gives color options like foundation, coloring for the lips and cheeks as well as eye-shadow

The two cameras come with:

  • Venus Engine VI image processor that has Intelligent Resolution technology
  • Shutter release lag times of 0.006(FP7) / 0.005 (FP5) per second
  • Sonic Speed AF
  • New zoom button. An Intelligent Zoom function allows the 4x optical zoom to increase to 5x equivalent.
  • iA mode/iA functions – AF Tracking, Intelligent Exposure and Intelligent Scene Selector
  • Automatic backlight compensation
  • LUMIX Image Uploader – Share images via Facebook and video via YouTube
  • Intelligent LCD – Detects the lighting conditions and controls the brightness level in 11 finely graduated steps, to display the most appropriate setting
  • 70MB of built-in memory

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