Panasonic Lumix FX75

It’s a new camera by Panasonic and the model is Lmix FX75.The camera is with 14.1 megapixel sensor, wide-angle F2.2 lens with 5x optical zoom, and the new obligatory HD video.Enjoy Panasonic Lumix FX75…..

Details are still a little scarce at the moment, but it has been said that Panasonic will be releasing a new Lumix point and shoot camera next week in the form of the Lumix FX75. The camera will sport a 14-megapixel sensor, Leica 24mm ultra-wide-angle Summicron f/2.2 lens with 5x optical zoom and support HD video in AVCHD Lite format.

It’s always nice when the highlight of a touch-screen camera isn’t the LCD. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75, for example, has a 3-inch touch-screen LCD, but the main attraction is really the lens: a compact ultrawide-angle 24-120mm-equivalent lens with a maximum aperture of f2.2 and a 5x zoom. The 14-megapixel ultracompact features the company’s Sonic Speed AF system, too, for fast focusing and low shutter lag.

Unlike some previous FX models, this one doesn’t appear to have semimanual or manual shooting modes; it’s a whole lot of automatic and scene modes. Fortunately, Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto is fairly reliable. Enter that mode and you get the full suite of iA features: Power O.I.S. image stabilization, Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, and Intelligent Exposure.

A new Motion Deblur option uses the Intelligent ISO Control and Exposure technologies and combines them with the O.I.S. and f2.2 aperture to help reduce blur from hand shake and subject movement. (Since it’s new I can’t comment on its abilities, but it sounds like a combo that’ll work well.) Also included is Panasonic’s Intelligent Resolution technology, which targets outlines, detailed texture areas, and soft gradation in photos and improves them for overall clarity. (This one I have used and it does work.)

To complement the high-quality video, the Lumix FX75 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high-quality audio. For those users who are recording HD video to view on a computer screen, they also have the option to record in Motion JPEG, as well as WVGA (848 by 480) and VGA (640 by 480).

A 3-inch touchscreen hogs the majority of controls on the back, including a neat touch-to-focus function that we think all these little shooters should have, which is augmented by the camera’s AF tracking a subject once selected. Slick. We’re still no big fans of the AVCHD Lite format used here, but Motion JPEG recording is on offer as well, which is kind of nice.

In playback mode, users can drag an image across the screen with their finger to browse the collection of photos, as though it is a page in a book.

Also included is Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode with a new Motion Deblur mode that updates the motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) to gain the highest shutter speed possible.

The Power optical image stabilizer (OIS) uses the bright lens to reduce blur created from handshake or the subject moving.

The iA suite of technologies includes: Power OIS, face recognition, face detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

A Venus Engine HD II image processor incorporates Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing based on the part for natural clearness with fine details. It also supports super-fast response time. The shutter-release lag time is as short as approximately 0.005 of a second in 1-area AF, and the camera’s quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the Sonic Speed AF.

No price or availability just yet, but we know it’ll be at least a month before you can slather the FX75 with loving fingerprints.

Here is where I’d usually tell you when it’ll be available and for how much, but Panasonic as usual didn’t supply that information. My guess is August for $350.


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