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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 and DMC-FP1 with HD movie


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 Black
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 Silver
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1
 

January 6, 2010 - Panasonic has today announced new LUMIX compact digital cameras for the 2010 line with the additions to the ultra-slim FP-Series, the LUMIX DMC-FP3 and FP1.

Both the Panasonic Lumix FP3 and FP1 feature a 4x optical zoom with a folded optics design so the front has a flat and stylish design, incorporating a newly-adopted lens cover that protects the lens, and also serves as the camera's power switch. The Panasonic LUMIX FP3 also features an intuitive 3.0" touch-screen LCD for an easy-to-use operation combined with buttons.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 and FP1 Specifications

The Panasonic LUMIX FP3 (14.1-megapixel) features a 3.0" touch-screen LCD, while the LUMIX FP1 has 12.1-megapixels and a 2.7" 230,000-dot LCD.

The newly adopted, 3.0-inch touch screen LCD on the LUMIX FP3 provides an intuitive control thanks to a hybrid operation combined with the four major operation buttons. The touch-screen operation is fluid and smooth - whether in record or playback mode. While recording, once the frame is composed, users can simply touch the area they want focused before pressing the shutter button.

In playback mode, users can drag the image across the screen with their finger to browse the collection of photos, as though it is a page in a book. Both models include Intelligent LCD, which detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level of the LCD in 11 fine steps, to offer a display with the most appropriate clarity in any situation.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 back view

"Panasonic's new LUMIX FP-Series models are designed to be sleek in appearance and easy-to-use, perfect for a user who is concerned with the look and style of their digital camera, but does not want to compromise performance," said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "Starting with how the camera is turned on - simply by sliding the lens cover, the FP-Series is innovative and uniquely designed. Add our Intelligent Auto Mode, making it easy for consumers to take High Definition-quality photos, plus an intuitive touch-screen, and we are confident the LUMIX FP3 will be a standout this year."

Panasonic's popular iA (intelligent auto) mode, a suite of technologies that engage automatically - no setting changes needed by the user - makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos.

The LUMIX FP3 and FP1 include iA with the following technologies: MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) to help reduce blurry photos due to hand-shake; Intelligent ISO Control to help reduce blur when the subject is moving; Face Detection to ensure registered faces are captured in focus with appropriate exposure and unwanted red eyes are digitally corrected; and Intelligent Scene Selector which automatically selects the best option from six popular Scene modes: Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and newly added Sunset. To make it even easier, the new FP-Series models feature the dedicated iA button, which lets the user engage iA easily with a click of the button.

New to the FP-Series is High Definition (HD) video recording capability at 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30 fps, in addition to WVGA (848 x 480) and normal VGA (640 x 480). The FP-Series models are compatible with Windows® 7*.

The new Panasonic Lumix FP-Series models include the Venus Engine IV processing engine, which supports a fast response time. The shutter release time lag is approximately 0.006 second for the DMC-FP3 and 0.007 second for the FP1. With fast shutter speeds, the Panasonic FP-Series makes it easy to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities. Both LUMIX FP-models also have a start-up time of approximately 0.97 second.

Other features of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FP3 and DMC-FP1 include:

Quick Setting - Allows the users' most frequently-used settings, such as O.I.S., consecutive shooting, Auto Focus Point, White Balance - to be easily accessed through the "Quick Menu" button. There's no need to open several menu screens to adjust them - the user simply selects convenient icons displayed on the menu.

Scene Modes: Variety of options, such as Baby, Pet and Sports - lets the user set in this Mode and the camera does the rest. Users can also record the name/birthday of a child or pet and embed the information in the photo and have it printed if desired.

Photo Frame: Put attractive borders around the photo and when printed, the photos look like postcards in picture frames.

My Scene - Lets the user customize specific Scene modes that they like best, so they can quickly and conveniently switch instantly to the mode.

Macro Zoom - Pulls subjects even closer by using 3x digital zoom, and captures even more dramatic close-ups.

SDXC Computability - Compatible with SDXC Memory Cards, including Panasonic's newly announced 64 GB** and 48 GB SDXC Memory Cards - to enable high capacity content storage and fast data transfer speeds.

Battery Life - Can take up to 300 images on a single battery charge.

Pricing and availability for the Panasonic LUMIX FP3 and FP1 will be announced 30 days prior to shipping date. Both models are built of solid, high-quality aluminum, and will be available in the following colors: silver, black and navy for the LUMIX FP3; silver, black, red, blue and pink for Panasonic LUMIX FP1.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3, FP2 and DMC-FP1 Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D)
98.6 x 58.9 x 18.6 mm / excl. protrusions: 16.4 mm
(3.88 x 2.32 x 0.73 inch / excl. protrusions: 0.65 inch)
Weight
Panasonic Lumix FP3:
Approx. 145 g (0.32 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
Approx. 125 g (0.28 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
Lumix DMC-FP2, FP1:
Approx. 141 g (0.31 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
Approx. 121 g (0.27 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
Camera Effective Pixels
Lumix DMC-FP3, FP2: 14.1 Megapixels
Lumix DMC-FP1: 12.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
FP3, FP2:
1/2.33-inch / 14.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
FP1:
1/2.33-inch / 12.7 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture
F3.5 - F5.9 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.5 - 5.6 (W) / F5.9 - 7.1 (T))
Optical Zoom
4x
Focal Length
f = 6.3 - 25.2 mm (35 - 140mm in 35mm equiv.)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
FP3, FP2:
4.7x (4:3 / 10M), 6.8x (4:3 / 5M), 8.4x (under 3M)
FP1:
4.9x (4:3 / 8M), 6.3x (4:3 / 5M), 7.8x (under 3M)
Lens
LUMIX DC VARIO
11 elements in 10 groups
(4 Aspherical Lenses / 7 Aspherical Surfaces / 1 ED Lens)
Optical Image Stabilizer
MEGA O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Digital Zoom
4x
(Max. 16.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
FP3, FP2: (Max. 33.8x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
FP1: (Max. 31.3x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 50 cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent Auto : Wide 10 cm - infinity / Tele 50cm - infinity
Focus Range Display
Yes
AF Assist Lamp
Yes
Focus
FP3: Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Quick AF (Always On), Touch AF
FP2, FP1: Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Quick AF (Always On)
AF Metering
FP3: Face / 9-area / 1-area / Touch Area on screen
FP2, FP1: Face / 9-area / 1-area
Shutter Speed
Still: Approx. 8 - 1/1600 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
Shutter Interval
FP3, FP2: Approx. 1.2 sec
FP1: Approx. 1.0 sec
Optical Image Stabilizer
Photo & Movie
Intelligent ISO Control
Yes for Photo
Face Detection
Yes for Photo
Intelligent Scene Selector
Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro)
Digital Red-Eye Correction
(Red-Eye Removal)
Yes for Photo
iA Direct Button
Yes
File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21)
Motion Picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Mode Switch
[Recording] / [Playback]
Mode Button
Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, SCN, My SCN, Motion Picture
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Film Grain, Photo Frame
Continuous Shooting Mode
FP3, FP2:
Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 4.6 frames/sec
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
FP1:
Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 5.5 frames/sec
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
FP3, FP2: 1.5 frames/sec
FP1: 1.8 frames/sec
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode)
Motion Picture Recording
4:3
VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9
WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
HD Movie: 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Exposure
Program AE
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Backlight Compensation
Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple
ISO Sensitivity
I.ISO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity (ISO 1600 - 6400)
Aspect Ratio
4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Still Picture Recording
FP3, FP2:
4:3
4320 x 3240 (14M) / 3648 x 2736 (10M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ)
3:2
4320 x 2880 (12.5M)
16:9
4320 x 2432 (10.5M)
FP1:
4:3
4000 x 3000 (12M) / 3264 x 2448 (8M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ)
3:2
4000 x 2672 (10.5M)
16:9
4000 x 2248 (9M)
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Photo Frame)
Quick Menu
Yes
Color Mode
Standard, Vivid, Natural, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Composition Guide Line
Yes (1 pattern)
Auto Review
1 sec, 2 sec, Hold
Macro Zoom
Yes
Orientation Detector
Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen
Yes
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec
Playback Mode
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Favorites Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails / Max. 16x
Calendar Display
Yes
Set Favorites / Rotate Image
Yes / Yes
Playback Motion Picture
Yes (Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode
All / Category / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Delete Image
Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
Yes / Yes
Resize / Trimming
Yes / Yes
Copy / Text Stamp
Yes / Yes (only Baby, Pet, Travel)
PictBridge Support
Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
OSD language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek
Travel Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
LCD Monitor
FP3: 3.0" TFT Touch Screen LCD Display (230,000 dots)
FP2, FP1: 2.7" TFT Screen LCD Display (230,000 dots)
Field of View: Approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High-angle Mode
Touch Panel LCD
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 only
Built-in-Flash
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
0.3 - 4.9 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.5 - 2.9 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in-Memory
Approx. 40MB
Microphone / Speaker
Mono / Yes
Interface
AV Output (NTSC / PAL, NTSC only for N. America), USB2.0 Full-speed, DC Input
Power
ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7V, Minimum: 695mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)
Battery Life
Approx. 300 pictures (CIPA standard)*
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 Edition, QuickTime, Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories
Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM


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