Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8

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(added 03 Aug 2009)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8

Panasonic has unveiled a new product – Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 lucky enough, for bagging along highly appealing features like; 12.10mp resolution, 4.60x, equivalent to 28-128m zooming, and LCD viewfinder either.

These features truly are reminiscent of a greater hallmark of this latest string that lead towards excellence and sophistication, in two arenas like; its makeup and capabilities. This series would be officially launched in the yester month. The price mark is USD 300.

Panasonic’s latest widget is truly a sleek and solid digicam lending a better visualization of 12mp from a 1/2.33 inch RGB CCD image sensor, that has been joined to a Leica DC Vario-Elmer produced 4.6x optical zoom lens duly adding a lens – at par to 28mm.

This DMC-FP8 series may occupy a significant niche in its predecessors and contemporary gadgets, soon after reaching the open house, for stacking highly enviable knacks. Besides many other, it also include an LCD having size of 2.7 inch, with the dimensions of 3.8 x 2.3 x 0.8in (96 x 60 x 20mm), 5.4oz (153g) weight.

The significance of Panasonic’s latest gizmo is its lens capabilities – that encompass a finer optical image stabilization mechanism, and by dint of this capability to decrease the blur effect, that usually results owing to camera shudder.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 records all its movies and images on Multi-Media-Cards or Secure Digital, incorporating the latest SDHC styles. This series camera also attaches a higher 40MB fitted-in memory capacity. Interlinking recourses encompass a USB 2.0 high-speed connection, plus standard definition NTSC/PAL video output.

DMC-FP8 can result high-class videos through a normal component cable that is in harmony with the mechanism of Panasonic’s “VIERA Link” that entirely permits the linked TV’s remote control to be employed, to steer the widget’s slideshows. The widget is able to operate by a Lithium Ion rechargeable along with ID-security feature that restricts the exploiting of fake or third party batteries.

This gizmo is rated a finer alternative for 380 shots. The apps encompass PHOTOfunSTUDIO v4.0, ArcSoft MediaImpression, and ArcSoft Panorama Maker. This series offers more than double the stabilizing power of the earlier employed MEGA OIS (optical image stabilizer) mechanism.

The lens of this latest replica lends a two-stage aperture that gives F3.3 and F10.0 at a broader position, of F5.9 and F18.0 at telephoto. The least focusing distance for this latest string is normally 30cm, yet steps downwards to only 5cm at a broader position, at the time swapped to Macro style.

This new progression is attaching along 2.7 inch LCD with 230,000 dot visualization. Rear-side sheet control buttons are having a blue-tinted backlight that is aimed to assist in dim-light snapping, the control labels are actually not backlit, thus you are required to recollect the functionalities of each button.

This latest sequence of Panasonic lends an eleven-point massive-field autofocus mechanism that also encompasses a single-point “high velocity” focusing style. Face recognition feature – nowadays appears a standard being added with almost all latest cameras, along with execution employing the data to modify both focus and exposure modes, to reasonably get shoot-ups of the focal points face.

Additionally, this newest string can also be configured to detect the faces of only three subjects, for label-driven reasons. This FP8 also has a capability of an execution of autofocus tracking that can aptly keep a vigilant eye on the subject, as soon as it starts moving around the frame maintaining to refresh autofocus as needed. Its ISO sensitivity generally varies from 80 to 1600, along with the capability to expand this to the extent that ISO 6400 at par in High sensitivity Auto style.

This Panasonic DMC-FP8 employs Sharp Massive metering, and lends six white balance configurations that encompass Auto, Manual and four other pre-determined formats. An enormous variety of twenty seen scene styles, allow the photographers customize the look of their snaps, productive keeping in view that, the Panasonic FP8 not offers aperture, shutter-priority, or entirely manual styles.

Intriguingly, the body of this digicam is plane, inasmuch as of the retracting lens, which can be folded, and they don’t have the feature of fixed lens barrel. This series has been made up of high-class aluminum, so this plane widget framework lends an appealing look for the camera’s backside view, a part that is continuously viewed by its users.

FP8 comprises of 10 elements, a prism unit in many groups, encompassing 1 ED lens and 5 aspherical lenses with aspherical surfaces, an uphill task even in view of the latest standards, thus this highly qualitative lens segment passes Leica’s strict standards, to dispense extraordinary optical tasks to the corners even adopting the folded optics.

Key Specs and Features

Model: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8

Format: Compact

Price (street): $299.95

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Release Status

Max resolution: 4000 x 3000

Minimum resolution: 4000 x 2672, 4000 x 2248, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1840, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480

Image ratio w:h: 16:9, 4:3, 3:2

Effective pixels: 12.1 million

Sensor photo detectors: 12.7 million

Sensor size: 1/2.33 " (6.13 x 4.60 mm, 0.28 cm²)

Pixel density: 43 MP/cm²

Sensor type: CCD

ISO rating: Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Zoom wide (W): 28 mm

Zoom tele (T): 128 mm (4.6 x)

Digital zoom: Yes, 4x

Image stabilization: Yes, Optical

Auto Focus: TTL autofocus (11-point with face detection)

Manual Focus: No

Normal focus range: 30 cm

Macro focus range: 5 cm

White balance override: 4 positions plus manual

Aperture range: F3.3 - F5.9

Min shutter: 60 sec

Max shutter: 1/1300 sec

Built-in Flash: Yes

Flash range: 5.5 m (Auto ISO)

External flash: No

Flash modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync

Exposure compensation: -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV Steps

Metering: Intelligent Multiple

Aperture priority: No

Shutter priority: No

Focal length multiplier

Lens thread: No

Continuous Drive: Yes, 2.3 fps, 5 images

Movie Clips: Yes, 1280 x 720, 30 fps, 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 30 fps

Remote control: No

Self-timer: Yes, 2 or 10 sec

Orientation sensor: Yes

Storage types: SD/SDHC card, Internal

Storage included: 40 MB Internal

Quality Levels: Fine, Standard

LCD: 2.7 inch

LCD Dots: 230,000

USB: USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)


Battery: Lithium-Ion rechargeable & charger

Weight (inc. batteries): 151 g (5.3 oz)

Dimensions: 96 x 60 x 20 mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 0.8 in)

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(added 03 Aug 2009) / 3206 views

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