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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Thu August 1, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Category: Serious, Advanced

Type: Compact Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Successor to the GX1. After watching other competitors claim the throne to the compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, Panasonic has finally decided to make a claim itself with the Lumix DMC-GX7. From a new image sensor that promises higher resolution and higher sensitivity to a tiltable high resolution EVF, the GX7 seems to tick off all the wants of the enthusiast photographers.

Inside the magnesium alloy full diecast frame, there is a new 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor which, paired with the Venus Engine’s advanced noise reduction, achieves max. ISO25600. The built-in EVF (Panasonic calls it the LVF – Live Viewfinder) features a high 2764K-dot equiv. resolution. It is also tiltable by 90° upward. (An optional Eyecup DMW-EC1 is avauilable for a more comfortable fit for both the naked eye and glasses.)

A new high-speed Light Speed AF allows fast focus tracking of moving subjects. Low Light AF allows the camera to lock focus in -4EV lower lit situations (e.g. under a starry sky). Focus Peaking with color choice (blue, white, orange) is available to help in Manual Focus.

A new for Panasonic is the in-camera Sensor-shift Image Stabilization that will now allow lenses without optical I.S. to gain an image stabilization advantage. When an optically image stabilized lens is mounted, the sensor-shift IS is disabled.

Movie recording is full HD 1920 x 1080, 60p (60 Hz) / 50p (50 Hz) for smooth, high quality video recording in AVCHD Progressive and MP4 with stereo sound. Full-time Tracking AF is available in video recording. You can manually set aperture and shutter speed by using PASM modes during video recording.

Burst shooting is at 5 fps at full in 16MP resolution (4.3 fps when AF Tracking enabled). Use the electronic shutter and a max. 40 fps is achieved. Maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

The LCD is 3.0-inch with 1040k-dot resolution. It is touchscreen and tilts up by 80° and down by 45°. Touch AF in video recording lets you enjoy professional-like rack focusing. The Touch AE (Auto Exposure) function lets you set the appropriate exposure by simply tapping the subject displayed on the monitor. Even when you are peering through the LVF, the Touch Pad function keeps the monitor functioning so you can still perform touchscreen functions.

Twin control dials control exposure setting. One is around the Shutter Release button and a second one on the back. Major controls, such as the aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation settings, can be quickly adjusted with the front and rear dials.

The GX7 has a built-in flash has a light intensity that is equivalent to GN5.0 (ISO100), GN7.0 (ISO200), and you can adjust the intensity within a range of ±EV 3 in 1/3 EV steps. It can be synchronized with max.1/320 second shutter speed (max.1/250 second for External Flash).

Four function buttons and five Menu tabs allow you to customize the camera to the way you prefer shooting. Time Lapse allows you to record a series of consequent images at a set time interval that can then be recombined to produce a time lapse video. Stop Motion Animation enables producing a stop motion (stop frame) video in camera with the pictures that are sequentially shot while moving the object by degrees. There are 22 filters available for creative photography. Multiple Exposure lets you take up to four exposures in a single frame and Clear Retouch erases unwanted objects or figures in an image by just tracing over them on the monitor with a fingertip.

The GX7 features built-in Wi-Fi with NFC (Near Field Communication) to allow easy picture sharing and instant photo transfer (the picture is transferred to designated electronic device right after shooting) with a smartphone or tablet. To connect the camera with the smartphone or tablet, just bring them near each other. The free Panasonic Image App allows you to instantly upload and share your images on an SNS (Social Networking Service).

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is compact, elegant and targets the enthusiasts who desire a configurable and compact high quality interchangeable lens camera with DSLR-level image quality and performance without the bulk and weight associated with a traditional mirrored DSLR.



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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Thu July 18, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Category: Beginner, Serious

Type: Superzoom

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is currently the world’s most powerful superzoom camera with a whopping 60x (20-1200mm equiv.) optical zoom. It features 16.1MP resolution (1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor), a 3.0-in. (460k-dot) LCD, Continuous Shooting at 9fps, and Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60i. Point-and-Shoot users will choose to leave the camera on Intelligent AUTO mode while beginners and more advanced users have access to all the semi-auto and manual modes with PASM shooting modes and RAW file format.

The 60x optical zoom lens is a Lumix-branded DC VARIO starting at an ultra wide angle 20mm (equiv.), perfect for taking group shots or wide vistas. The tele ends at 1200mm (equiv.) and built-in optical image stabilization effectively helps stabilize the camera at the long focal lengths.

The max. aperture ranges from F2.8 at the wide-angle end and gets progressively smaller to F5.9 at the tele end, not as impressive as the constant max. F2.8 aperture of the FZ200.

Get creative with Creative Control, Photo Style, and 3D Photo Mode. Continuous Shooting is 9fps at full resolution, 5fps/2fps with AF Tracking, 10fps at 3M.

A 3.0-in. 460k-dot fixed LCD and a 0.2-in. EVF (202K dot equiv.) features a 100% field of view.

The DMC-FZ70 shoots Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60i in AVCHD. Sound is recorded by a stereo Windshield zoom microphone to suppress wind noise. Mechanical noise caused by zooming during movie recording is also suppressed to improve the clearness. You can select your preferred shooting mode: iA, PASM or Scene mode for movie recording. There is no High-speed / slow motion playback option. You can also take one still image (3.5-megapixel at 16:9) without interrupting video recording.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is for those who desire an all-in-one powerful camera with a super zoom and full manual control. It’s perfect as a snapshot travel camera and for beginner photography students.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Wed July 18, 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Back View

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Back View

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 updates the G3 with some significant improvements that keeps it as one of the best mirrorless DSLRs available.

The Lumix G5 features 16.05MP resolution on a Four Thirds Live MOS sensor. It is compact and light, with all smooth curves. The body feels solidly constructed. The molded handgrip is larger than on the G3 for a more comfortable hold, and the Shutter Release Button is now in a more natural angled position. This is easily one of the most beautiful DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless).

There is a new Function Lever that functions like a top dial. It can be customized a number of ways: to act as a Zoom Lever when using Power Zoom lenses, thus allowing one handed operation of the G5; to control exposure or aperture in Manual mode; to magnify images in Playback mode; and, to page flip in Menu mode.

A large, bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) integrates an eye sensor to automatically switch the image from the LCD to the LVF when you bring the camera to your eye. Additionally, Eye Sensor AF (Auto Focus) automatically starts focusing when the photographer looks into the LVF. A Diopter Adjustment Dial on the left side of the LVF is easy to set.

The Panasonic G5 has a large 3.0-inch LCD screen with a high 920k-dot resolution for a bright, clear and impressively sharp display. The LCD is of the rotating type so that you can protect it when not in use or turn it all the way to face the front. Touch-control shooting lets photographers focus on the subject by simply touching it on the screen. Pinpoint AF allows extremely precise near–pixel-level focus point setting at the touch of a finger. For those who prefer it, there is also manual focus.

An innovation here allows the touch AF feature to still work even when you are looking through the LVF. Even when there is no image displayed on the LCD (since the eye sensor has switched it to the LVF), you can move your thumb on the LCD (of course, the LCD would be opened wide as in the picture above) to set the AF point.

A practical addition is the new Electronic Level Gauge that is one of the easier implementations I’ve used.

Image quality is preserved at high ISOs: selective noise reduction creates a more naturally-balanced curve without deterioration of the image.

Those upgrading from a point-and-shoot digital camera will love the iA (Intelligent AUTO) and scene modes; the more advanced users has PASM shooting modes for complete control.

The Panasonic G5 uses the SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a compact, elegant and powerful DSLM for those serious about their photography but do not want the bulk and weight of a traditional mirrored DSLR.

Editor’s Note: We have a Hands-on preview of the Lumix G5. Only the Handling & Feel and Photo Gallery sections are currently available. We will complete it with more detail when we get a camera for review.

 




Panasonic G5
QuickFact™ Sheet
Panasonic G5 US | CA | UK | Lumix  
Image Sensor 16.05 Megapixel, Live MOS 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Image Stabilization Optical, therefore dependent on lens attached
File Format JPEG, RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Media SD, SDHC, SDXC (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Viewfinder Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent)
Magnification: Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35 mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Diopter Adjustment
Shutter Speed 1/4000 – 60 sec., Bulb (up to approx. 120 sec.)
Continuous Shooting SH: 20 frames/sec (4M), H: 6.0 frames/sec (with AFS), M: 3.7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2.0 frames/sec (with Live View)
9 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Shooting Modes Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual
Exposure Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800
(Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Dust Reduction System Supersonic wave filter
Autofocus Contrast AF system
Focus mode: AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF mode : Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
AF Assist Lamp
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
Display Monitor 7.5 cm / 3.0 in. Free-angle Touch Panel LCD, 920k-dot
Movie Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format
MP4: 1,920 x 1,080, 1,280 x 720, and 640 x 480, all at 30p (NTSC) / 25p (PAL)
Remote Control Cabled remote control with bulb function DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Battery Li-ion (approx. 310 shots, CIPA) included, Battery Charger
Dimensions (W x H x D) 119.9 x 83.2 x 70.8mm / 4.72 x 3.28 x 2.79 in. (excluding protrusions)
Weight (body only) 346g / 12.21 oz.
MSRP body only: US $699.99 / CAD $ / UK £599 / €
with 14-42mm lens: US $799.99 / CAD $ / UK £699 / €
with 14-42mm Power Zoom lens: US $ / CAD $ / UK £829 / €
with 45-150mm lens: US $ / CAD $ / UK £879 / €

*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.




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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wed July 18, 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 (Back View)

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The new LUMIX LX7 is equipped with a fully redesigned lens, image sensor and image processing engine and continues in the tradition of one of the most popular serious compact digital camera among photo enthusiasts. The LX7 features 10.1MP resolution (on a new 1/1.7-in. MOS sensor), a new 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens with 3.8x optical zoom and F1.4 brightness at wide-end and F2.3 at tele-end, optical Image Stabilization to help reduce blurred shots due to camera shake, a new 7.6-cm (3.0-in.) 920k-dot Intelligent LCD screen, and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 60p videos with stereo sound.

The new sensor and Venus Engine allows a high-speed Continuous Shooting at 11 fps in full resolution. Advanced users will appreciate PASM shooting modes, RAW, a hot shoe, built-in Flash, optional Optical View Finder DMW-VF1, optional tilt-shift Live View Finder DMW-LVF2, and optional Wide Conversion Lens. The LX7 is equipped with an Aperture Ring, internal ND Filter, a new Focus Lever, Rear Dial and electronic Level Gauge. The new Aperture Ring makes selecting an aperture very intuitive and convenient. The internal ND filter makes it possible to reduce the light to use slower shutter speed by 3 steps for creative effects.

A dedicated movie button records high resolution Full HD 1920×1080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with stereo sound. You can also record high-speed videos at 120 fps (NTSC / HD) / 100 fps (PAL / HD) in MP4 format for dramatic slow motion playback. A Creative Video Mode lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture when shooting video.

Want to get creative? The LX7 has 16 filters, plus Time Lapse, Multi Exposure and Panorama.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 promises to be a popular choice among enthusiast photographers desiring a pocketable high performance digital camera that captures high quality images. It is available in Black (and White in some countries), priced at about US $499.99 (CAD $499.99).

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Wed July 18, 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Back View

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Top View

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Swivel LCD

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is Panasonic’s top-of-the-line super zoom camera. It features 12.1MP resolution (1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor), a 24x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (25-600mm equiv.), a 3.0-in. (460k-dot) Free-angle LCD, Continuous Shooting at 12fps, and Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60p. Point-and-Shoot users will choose to leave the camera on Intelligent AUTO mode while beginners and more advanced users have access to all the semi-auto and manual modes with PASM shooting modes and RAW file format.

The 24x optical zoom lens is a Leica DC starting at an ultra wide angle 25mm (equiv.), perfect for taking group shots or wide vistas. The tele ends at 600mm (equiv.) and built-in optical image stabilization helps stabilize the camera at the long focal lengths.

The impressive feature of the FZ200 is the F2.8 aperture that is available throughout the full range, even at 600 mm, which should help tremendously with being able to use a fast shutter speed — and hence prevent camera shake — at the long focal lengths. The FZ200 also features optical image stabilization to help further reduce camera shake when using slow shutter speeds.

Get creative with Creative Control, Photo Style, and 3D Photo Mode. Continuous Shooting is 12fps at full resolution, 5.5fps/2fps with AF Tracking, 40fps at 5M and 60fps at 2.5M.

A 3.0-in. 460k-dot Free-Angle LCD rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down, making it very convenient when shooting at low-angle, high-angle and on a tripod. The 0.2-in. EVF features a 100% field of view, 1,312K-dot equivalent with a 60fps frame rate.

The DMC-FZ200 shoots Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60p for progressive recording. Sound is recorded by a stereo zoom microphone using the high-quality Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Mechanical noise caused by zooming during movie recording is suppressed to improve the clearness. The Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind to help make the human voice to stand out. Active Mode suppresses blur in video recording especially at wide angle while walking. You can select your preferred shooting mode: iA, PASM or Scene mode for movie recording. High-speed videos at 120 fps/240 fps allows slow motion playback. You can also take still images (3.5-megapixel at 16:9) without interrupting video recording. An optional Stereo Microphone DMW-MS1 clearly captures distant sounds in superb quality.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is for those who desire an all-in-one high quality and powerful camera with a super zoom and full manual control. It’s perfect for photography students and as a travel camera.

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Panasonic FZ200
QuickFact™ Sheet
Panasonic FZ200 US | CA | UK | Lumix  
Image Sensor 12.1 Megapixel (1/2.3-in. High Sensitivity MOS sensor)
Aperture F2.8 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 – 8.0 (W,T))
Optical Zoom f = 4.5 – 108 mm (25 – 600 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
(28 – 672 mm in 35 mm equiv. in video recording)
Image Stabilization Power O.I.S. (Optical)
File Format RAW / JPEG
Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (Compatible with UHS-I standard)
Approx. 70 MB Built-in Memory
Viewfinder 0.21" Color EVF (1,312K dots equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 18.4x
Shutter Speed Still Image: Approx. 60 – 1/4,000 sec
Motion Picture: Approx. 1/30 – 1/20,000 sec
(Creative Video Mode: 1/8 – 1/20,000 sec)
Continuous Shooting

Full-Resolution Image: 12 frames / sec Max. 12 images
with AF Tracking: 5.5 frames / sec, 2 frames / sec
Intelligent Burst Shooting

High-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 40 frames / sec (recorded in 5M for 4:3)
Approx. 60 frames / sec (recorded in 2.5M for 4:3)

Shooting Modes iA, PASM, Custom, Scene, Creative Control
Exposure Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 (Extended)
High Sensitivity Mode (ISO1600 – 6400)
Macro Normal: Wide 30 cm – infinity / Tele 200 cm – infinity
AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 1 cm – infinity / Tele 100 cm – infinity
Autofocus Normal / AF Macro / MF, Quick AF On / Off (on in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture), Focus Button, AF/AF Macro/MF Switchable, AF/AE Lock Button, Manual Focus, One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Assist Lamp
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / Color Temperature
(2-axis adjustable)
Display Monitor 3.0" (7.5 cm) Free-angle TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating
Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide Viewing-angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Movie 1920 x 1080/60p
(Max. of approx. 4 GB of continuous motion picture can be recorded in MP4. In AVCHD, recording may be continued until the card is full.)
Remote Control n/a
Battery Li-ion (540 shots, CIPA) included
Dimensions (W x H x D) 125.2 x 86.6 x 110.2 mm
(4.93 x 3.41 x 4.34 in.)
Weight 537 g (1.18 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
588 g (1.29 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
MSRP US $599.99 / CAD $599.99 / UK £ 499 / €

*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.




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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Thu April 5, 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 with 14-42mm manual zoom kit lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 with 14-42mm manual zoom kit lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 with 14-42mm manual zoom kit lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5X (with Power Zoom kit lens)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5X (with Power Zoom kit lens)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5X Back View

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5X (with Power Zoom kit lens) Top View

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 (with manual zoom kit lens) Top View

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is a compact and lightweight digital Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) with a built-in flash. It basically retains the design of the GF3, and adds a rubberized handgrip for a more comfortable and secure hold.

Like the GF3, the GF5 is squarely targeted to the point-and-shoot crowd who wants to step-up to DSLR image quality and performance but finds the traditional mirrored DSLRs to be more bulky and complex than they want to bother with. The GF5 packages all the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System allowing the same image quality and performance of an entry-level DSLR in a compact, light and user-friendly camera.

The Lumix GF5 features 12.1MP resolution of a FourThirds sensor, a 3.0-in. (920k-dot) Touch Panel LCD, Contonuous Shooting at 4fps, and Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60i. Point-and-Shoot users will choose to leave the camera on Intelligent AUTO mode while beginners and more advanced users have access to all the semi-auto and manual modes with PASM shooting modes and RAW file format.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is compact, elegant and targets those who are thinking of upgrading from their compact point-and-shoot digicams to a DSLR-level camera without the bulk and weight of a traditional DSLR.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mon November 7, 2011

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Popup Flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Back View

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Successor to the GF1. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is the rightful successor to the GF1. Remember that with both the GF2 and GF3, Panasonic decided to reach out to the point-and-shoot crowd with cameras that are easy to use with few external controls. In so doing, it gained a new marketshare but also sorely disappointed the enthusiast photographers who had migrated to the GF1 and was hoping for an upgrade. Not only does the Panasonic GX1 provide that upgrade, but it also rebrands the GF1 to a new product line, with changes that affect what accesories from the GF1 can or cannot be used on the GX1.

The GX1 adds a 3.0-in. (460k-dot) Touch Panel LCD, Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60i with stereo sound, an Electronic Level Gauge and 2 extra Fn buttons. In addition, this Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC, or “compact mirrorless DSLR”) features 16MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), Shutter Speed range of 1/4,000 – 60 and Bulb, Continuous Shooting of 4.2fps (at 16MP; 20fps at 4MP), iA, PASM, Scene Modes, ISO 160-12800, Built-in Flash, and RAW. You can attach an optional 1,440,000-dot equivalent tiltable Live View Finder (LVF) DMW-LVF2 (purchase separately).

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is compact, elegant and targets the enthusiasts who desire a configurable and compact high quality interchangeable lens camera with DSLR-level image quality and performance without the bulk and weight associated with a traditional mirrored DSLR.




Panasonic GX1
QuickFact™ Sheet
Panasonic GX1 US | CA | UK | Lumix  
Image Sensor 16.0 Megapixels, Live MOS 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Image Stabilization Lens-shift (optical), therefore dependent on lens attached
File Format RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
Viewfinder n/a
Shutter Speed 1/4000 ~ 60 sec., B (2 min)
Continuous Shooting SH: 20 frames/sec, H: 4.2 frames/sec (When AFS mode), M: 3 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
9 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Shooting Modes Auto, PASM
Exposure Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Dust Reduction System Supersonic wave filter
Autofocus Contrast AF system
AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Touch (1-area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint)
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White Balance Bracket
Display Monitor 3.0 in. [3:2] Touch panel LCD, 460k-dot
Movie [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH: 17 Mbps)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) (SH: 17 Mbps)
Remote Control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Battery Li-ion (300-340 shots, CIPA) included
Dimensions (W x H x D) 116.3 x 67.8 x 39.4 mm / 4.58 x 2.67 x 1.55 inch (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 318g / 11.22 oz (SD card, Battery, Body)
Approx. 272g / 9.59 oz (Body only)
Approx. 373g / 13.16 oz (SD card, Battery, H-H014 lens included)
Approx. 413g / 14.59 oz (SD card, Battery, H-PS14042 lens included)
Approx. 483g / 17.04 oz (SD card, Battery, H-FS014042 lens included)
MSRP body only: US $ / CAD $749.99 / UK £ / €
with with 14-42 (HFS014042) lens: US $799.99 / CAD $849.99 / UK £757.99 / €
with 14-42 (HPS14042) power zoom lens: US $ / CAD $999.99 / UK £ / €

*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.




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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Fri August 26, 2011

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Back View

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Top View

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is Panasonic’s top-of-the-line super zoom camera. It features 12.1MP resolution (1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor), a 24x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (25-600mm equiv.), a 3.0-in. (460k-dot) Free-angle LCD, Continuous Shooting at 12fps, and Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60p. Point-and-Shoot users will choose to leave the camera on Intelligent AUTO mode while beginners and more advanced users have access to all the semi-auto and manual modes with PASM shooting modes and RAW file format.

The 24x optical zoom lens is a Leica DC starting at an ultra wide angle 25mm (equiv.), perfect for taking group shots or wide vistas. The tele ends at 600mm (equiv.) and built-in optical image stabilization helps stabilize the camera at the long focal lengths. New is the Power Zoom lever on the side of the lens which makes it much easier and smoother to zoom the lens, though not as creatively flexible as a manual zoom ring. Slide the lever a small amount for slow zooming, and a larger amount for high-speed zooming. Macro is at 1cm.

Get creative with Creative Control, Photo Style, and 3D Photo Mode. Continuous Shooting is 12fps at full resolution, 5.5fps/2fps with AF Tracking and 60fps at 3.5MP. For more precise focus, 1-area AF is both flexible (31 x 23 areas) and scalable (4 sizes: Spot, Normal, L, and XL).

A 3.0-in. [3:2] 460k-dot Free-Angle LCD rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down, making it very convenient when shooting at low-angle, high-angle and on a tripod. The 0.2-in. EVF features a 100% field of view, 201,600-dot equivalent, and a large, comfortable eyepiece.

The DMC-FZ150 shoots Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60p for progressive recording. Sound is recorded by a stereo zoom microphone using the high-quality Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Mechanical noise caused by zooming during movie recording is suppressed to improve the clearness. The Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind to help make the human voice to stand out. You can select your preferred shooting mode: iA, PASM or Scene mode for movie recording. High-speed videos at 220 fps in QVGA size (320 x 240 pixels) allows slow motion playback. You can also take still images (3.5-megapixel at 16:9) without interrupting video recording. An optional Stereo Microphone DMW-MS1 clearly captures distant sounds in superb quality.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is for those who desire an all-in-one high quality and powerful camera with a super zoom and full manual control. It’s perfect for photography students and as a travel companion.

Read our Panasonic FZ150 review




Panasonic FZ150
QuickFact™ Sheet
Panasonic FZ150 US | CA | UK | Lumix  
Image Sensor 12.1 Megapixel (1/2.3-in. High Sensitivity MOS sensor)
Aperture F2.8 – 5.2 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 – 8.0 (W) / F5.2 – 8.0 (T))
Optical Zoom 24x (25 – 600 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
Image Stabilization Power O.I.S. (Optical)
File Format RAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard
Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
Viewfinder 0.20" Color EVF (201,600 Pixels equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
Shutter Speed Still: Approx. 15 – 1/2,000 sec
Video Mode: 1/30 – 1/20,000 sec (1/8 – 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Creative Video Mode)
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30 sec
Continuous Shooting Full-Resolution Image: 12 frames / sec Max. 12 images (Standard Mode / Fine Mode)
With AF Tracking: 5.5 frames / sec, 2 frames / sec
High-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 40 frames / sec (recorded in 5M for 4:3, 4.5M for 3:2, 3.5M for 16:9, 3.5M for 1:1)
Approx. 60 frames / sec (recorded in 2.5M for 4:3, 3M for 3:2, 3.5M for 16:9, 2M for 1:1)
Shooting Modes iA, PASM, Custom, Scene, Creative Control
Exposure Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
High Sensitivity Mode (ISO1600 – 6400)
Macro Normal: Wide 30 cm – infinity / Tele 200 cm – infinity
AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 1 cm – infinity / Tele 100 cm – infinity
Autofocus Normal / AF Macro / MF (side lever and cursor key button) / Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On / Off, Focus Button, AF/MF Switchable Button, AF/AE Lock Button, One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Assist Lamp
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / Color Temperature /
White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9 steps each, Blue / Amber and Magenta / Green bias)
Display Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0") Free-angle TFT Screen LCD Display (460,000 dots), AR Coating
Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide Viewing-angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Movie [NTSC Model]
AVCHD 60p (PSH: 28Mbps) (Sensor output is 60p)
AVCHD 60i (FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 60p)
MP4, 30fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
[PAL Model]
AVCHD 50p (PSH: 28Mbps) (Sensor output is 50p)
AVCHD 50i (FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 50p)
MP4, 25fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
Remote Control n/a
Battery Li-ion (410 shots, CIPA) included
Battery Charger DE-A83
Dimensions (W x H x D) 124.3 x 81.7 x 95.2 mm
(4.89 x 3.20 x 3.74 in.)
Weight 484 g (1.06 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
528 g (1.16 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
MSRP US $499.99 / CAD $499.99 / UK £ 469.99 / €

*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.




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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Mon June 13, 2011

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 with 14mm pancake lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 with 14mm pancake lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 (Red)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X Power OFF

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is Panasonic’s smallest and lightest digital Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) with a built-in flash. If cuteness were a review criteria, the compact GF3 would win it in spades with smooth curves, no hard edges, an aluminum body that comes in a number of attractive colors, including a stunning white version.

The GF3 or GF3X (a GF3 with a new X series power zoom lens attached) is squarely targeted to the point-and-shoot crowd who wants to step-up to DSLR image quality and performance but finds the traditional mirrored DSLRs to be more bulky and complex than they want to bother with. The GF3 packages all the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System allowing the same image quality and performance of an entry-level DSLR in a compact, light and user-friendly camera.

The Lumix GF3 features 12.1MP resolution of a FourThirds sensor, a 3.0-in. (460k-dot) Touch Panel LCD, Contonuous Shooting at 3.8fps, and Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60i. Point-and-Shoot users will choose to leave the camera on Intelligent AUTO mode while beginners and more advanced users have access to all the semi-auto and manual modes with PASM shooting modes and RAW file format.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 (GF3X) is compact, elegant and targets those who are thinking of upgrading from their compact point-and-shoot digicams to a DSLR-level camera without the bulk and weight of a traditional DSLR.

Read our Panasonic GF3 Review




Panasonic GF3
QuickFact™ Sheet
Panasonic GF3 US | CA | UK | Lumix  
Image Sensor 12.1 Megapixel, Live MOS 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Image Stabilization Lens-shift (optical), therefore dependent on lens attached
File Format RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
Viewfinder n/a
Shutter Speed 1/4000 ~ 60 sec.
Continuous Shooting H: 3.8 frames/sec, M: 2.8 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Shooting Modes iA, iA+, PASM, Custom, Scene, Creative Control
Exposure Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400
Dust Reduction System Supersonic wave filter
Autofocus Contrast AF system
AFS / AFC / MF
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
AF Assist Lamp
Touch shutter, Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch MF Assist
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting / Portrait / Beauty Skin / Sport / Flower / Collection / Baby / Pet / Defocus Control
White Balance Bracket
Display Monitor 3.0 in. Touch panel LCD, 460k-dot
Movie [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH: 17 Mbps)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) (SH: 17 Mbps)
Remote Control n/a
Battery Li-ion (340 shots, CIPA) included
Dimensions (W x H x D) 107.7 x 67.1 x 32.5 mm / 4.24 x 2.64 x 1.28 inch (excluding protrusions)
Weight 222 g / 7.83 oz (Body only)
264 g / 9.31 oz. (with card and battery)
MSRP with LUMIX G X VARIO 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S. kit lens: US $749.99 / CAD $799.99 / UK £ / €

*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.




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