PANASONIC ENHANCES LINEUP OF POPULAR FH-SERIES DIGITAL CAMERAS WITH THREE SLIMMER, MORE COMPACT MODELS
Featuring a Bright, Fast LEICA f2.5 Lens, the New LUMIX FH4 and FH6 are Equipped with HD Video Recording and Panoramic Shooting, While the LUMIX FH8 Also Adds a Creative Miniature Effect Mode and USB Charging Capability
MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 10, 2012) – Panasonic Canada Inc. today introduced the new 16.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-FH8 and 14.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-FH4 and FH6, all of which feature slim, compact stylish designs and are packed with advanced photography functions to enhance a consumer’s ability to easily take beautiful photos, even in low light situations. Beyond their capability to shoot high-quality still photos, these models can record 720p High Definition (HD) video. The LUMIX FH4 and FH6 shoot HD video in Motion JPEG format while the LUMIX FH8 records HD video in MP4 format and incorporates a dedicated video button so users can quickly and easily switch from capturing photos to recording video.
“The new LUMIX FH Series incorporates high-quality lenses with advanced imaging technologies that help create stunning picture quality in an extremely compact camera size. All offer the ability to capture exceptional photos and video with an ultra-slim point-and-shoot camera that will bring their memories to life for years to come,” said Doug Borbath, Senior Product Manager, Imaging Group, Consumer Products Division, Panasonic Canada Inc.
Equipped with a 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT lens, the LUMIX FH8 and LUMIX FH6 offer an incredible 5x optical zoom with f2.5 brightness, all while maintaining a stylish, and slim camera body. This high-end lens excels in shooting dynamic landscapes with wide-angle view and also in capturing moving subjects even in low-lit situations, like indoors or at night. Offering exceptional optical performance to provide minimal distortion and chromatic aberrations while suppressing ghosting and flare, the advanced lens unit allows for higher shutter speed and captures stunningly clear images.
The 5x optical zoom also increases its power to the equivalent of 10x with the iA Zoom (Intelligent Auto Zoom) function with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to Intelligent Resolution technology. The multi-tasking image-processing Venus Engine enables beautiful image recording and Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus) combined with a quick camera start-up time to offer a high-speed response time to ensure users can capture even the most spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities.
To encourage creative shooting, the LUMIX FH Series features image effects that allow users to have more fun with their photographic experience. The Panorama Shot makes it possible for users to shoot horizontal or vertical panoramic images by taking consecutive shots and then overlaying for the effect of a panoramic photo. Available on the FH6 and FH8, the popular Beauty Retouch function allows users to give photos a variety of cosmetic effects and Auto Retouch adjusts contrast and brightness levels to give photos a different look. The LUMIX FH8 also adds Miniature Effect mode where peripherals are defocused, and saturation and contrast are emphasized to make the picture look like a diorama. Video recorded in Miniature Effect mode is played back in 10x fast-forwarding, making it comical and fun to watch*.
For those looking for a large screen, the LUMIX FH8 offers a bright 3-inch LCD screen, while the LUMIX FH4 and FH6 are slightly more compact with a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The Intelligent LCD screens on both models are equipped with automatic backlight adjustment to offer a clear view of photos under any lighting conditions. In addition, both models offer LUMIX Image Uploader which lets users instantly share images and videos on Facebook© or YouTube© via a computer. The LUMIX FH8 also allows users to enjoy the new flexibility of USB charging or conventional AC adapter charging methods.
In iA mode users can automatically activate a suite of technologies to enhance photos without adjusting settings every time conditions change. As part of iA mode, the LUMIX FH8 features AF Tracking, making it easy to lock on subjects in a frame and keep them in focus – even as they move. All models include the following features in iA: MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization), Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.
Adding to its stylish look, the LUMIX FH8 will be available in March in black and violet for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Price of CAD $169.99. The LUMIX FH6 will be available in March for CAD $149.99, and the LUMIX FH4 will be available in April for CAD $119.99 MSP. The FH6 and FH8 will be available in black only.
* Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)
For DMC- FH8/ [MP4] Motion pictures in [MP4] can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. Also, motion picture recorded continuously in [MP4] is up to 4 GB.Use a card with SD Speed Class with “Class 4” or higher when recording videos.
For DMC-FH6/ [Motion JPEG] *Recorded at 30p. Use a card with SD Speed Class* with “Class 6” or higher when recording videos
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