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Panasonic LS2

Review Date: Feb 6, 2006

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 features 5.0 megapixel resolution, 3.0x optical zoom with image stabilization, and a large 2-in. (85,000 pixels resolution) LCD screen.

The major advantage Panasonic digital cameras has over its competitors is the MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer. This works to counteract camera shake due to shaky hands or the use of too slow a shutter speed (as in low-light shots), and hence helps avoid blurred shots.

Panasonic claims a release time lag of 0.008 second minimum. You can take up to 5 images in Standard Mode and 3 images in Fine Mode with full resolution. In addition, the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you continue shooting until the memory card or built-in memory is full. Record 320x240 pixels movies (no sound) at 30fps (max. recording time depends on memory card capacity). Exposure is Program AE with 14 additional Scene Modes.

The DMC-LS2 can be powered by two AA alkaline or two rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. Included in the box are two Panasonic Oxyride™ batteries that allow you to take up to 250 photos. Alkaline batteries let you take about 175 photos and nickel-metal hydride batteries allow up to 390 photos. (*1)

The Panasonic LS2 has 14MB of internal memory. PictBridge™ technology allows you to print directly to any PictBridge-compatible printer without going through a PC.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 should appeal to those looking for an affordable and easy-to-use point-and-shoot with image stabilization.

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Panasonic LS2
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2  
  Camera Effective Pixels 5.0 Megapixels  
  CCD (Image Sensor) 1/2.5"
5.36 Total Megapixel CCD
Primary Color Filter
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
3.8x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 1Mega, 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
3.8x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
3.8x for 2 Mega
  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 12x combined with Optical Zoom without Extended Optical Zoom)
(Max. 15x combined with Extended Optical Zoom)
  Focal Length f=5.8-17.4mm (35mm equivalent: 35-105mm)  
  Lumix DC Vario Lens 7 elements in 6 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses/ 3 Aspherical surfaces)
  Aperture Wide: F2.8/F5.6 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.0 - F10 (2 steps)
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )  
  Conversion Lens Compatibility No  
  Focusing Area Normal: 50cm - infinity
Macro/Simple/Motion Picture: Wide 5cm / Tele 30cm - infinity
  AF Metering 1 point
1 point high speed
3 points high speed
5 points
  Focus Auto Focus System
Normal/Macro (Dial)
  AF Assist Lamp No  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400  
  White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/
Halogen/Flash/White Set
White Balance Adjustment (except for Auto Set)
  Exposure Program AE  
  Exposure Button No  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at simple mode)  
  Auto Bracketing (AE) +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple  
  Scene Modes Dial: Simple, Normal Picture, Economy, Macro
SCN1, SCN2:(Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Snow, Baby1, Baby2), Movie, Playback
  Shutter Speed 1, 1/4, 1/2, 1/8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Night Scenery: up to 8 sec.
Starry Sky: 15, 30, 60 sec.
  Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds  
  Auto Review 1 sec/3 sec/zoom  
  Review 1x/4x/8x  
  Picture Adjustment Natural, Standard, Vivid  
  Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG, DPOF corresponding
Motion Image: QuickTime® Motion JPEG
  Image Quality Fine/Standard  
  Motion Image (Quick Time? Motion JPEG) 30 or 10 fps (320 x 240 pixels);
Max. recording time depends on Memory Card capacity
  Recording Image Size (Pixels)    
  4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
  3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
  16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 2560 x 1440
1920 x 1080
  Mega Burst Shooting Mode Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 9 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 5 images
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes
(Number of shots may vary depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression. The consecutive shooting speed varies depending on the memory card or the built-in memory.)
  Still Image Recording with Audio No  
  Real-time Histograms Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes  
  Built-in Memory 14MB (Usable capacity will be less.)  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation Yes  
  Economy Mode Yes (Dial)  
  Built-in Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Forced On/Off
Wide: 0.3 - 3.7m (ISO Auto)
Tele: 0.3 - 2.1m (ISO Auto)
  External Flash No  
  Viewfinder N/A  
  LCD Monitor 2.0" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (85k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
  Playback Mode 25, 16 or 9-Thumbnail Display
Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Image Rotation
Slide Show
Favorite Pictures
Trimming, Copy, Protection
DPOF Setting
  OSD Language English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, French  
  Recording Media Built-in Memory
SD Memory Card
Multimedia Card
  Microphone No  
  Speaker No  
  Interface DC Input, Video Output (NTSC/PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Color Silver  
  Power Supply Included:
Two Oxyride™ AA Batteries
AA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries
AA Alkaline Batteries
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)
  Battery Life (*1) Up to 250 pictures (CIPA Standard) with included AA Oxyride™ Batteries  
  ArcSoft® PhotoImpression™ Yes  
  ArcSoft® PhotoBase™ Yes  
  USB Driver Yes  
  Lumix® Simple Viewer Yes  
  Batteries Two AA Oxyride Batteries  
  Cables Video & USB  
  Strap Yes  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 110.5 x 53.5 x 30.9 mm
(4.35 x 2.11 x 1.22 inch)
(Not including protruding parts)
  Weight 138 g (0.3 lb) (Body) /
186 g (0.41 lb) (with Battery and SD Memory Card)
  MSRP US $199.95 / CDN $299, available in March 2006  

*1: CIPA standard measurement method, using SD Memory Card and the supplied batteries. CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) creates standards for measuring battery life. The CIPA standard measurement method: Switch on the power and LCD, begin shooting in 30 seconds, switch between telephoto and wide-angle every 30 seconds, fire the flash every other shot. After every 10 shots, switch off the camera unit until the battery cools. Ambient conditions: 73.4 degrees Farenheit, 50 humidity.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic Press Release

Sample Images from Panasonic

Owner's Manual

Lumix Web Site

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