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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LS1 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic: New 4mpix image stabilised compact digicam
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - 10:22 EST)

Panasonic has today announced a new digital camera model featuring an image-stabilised 3x optical zoom lens coupled to a 4.0 effective megapixel CCD imager.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 forgoes any form of optical viewfinder in favor of a 2.0" LCD display with 85,000 pixels. Images are stored on SD and MMC memory cards, or in 14MB of internal memory. The camera offers USB 1.1 connectivity, as well as NTSC / PAL switchable video output. Power is supplied by two AA batteries, with disposable Oxyride batteries included in the camera bundle.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 will ship this April at a price of $229.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LS1 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Number DMC-LS1
Dimensions 3.7 x 2.5 x 1.2"
93.5 x 63.0 x 30.7mm
Weight 6.6 oz
188.0 g
Planned Price $229.00
Planned Availability Apr 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
4.23 megapixels (total)
4.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 2304 x 1728
1920 x 1080
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
Capture Speed Standard: 4.0 frames per second for 4 frames
Continuous: 4.0 frames per second
Image Preview / Review
LCD 2.0", 85,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 16.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Lumix DC Vario
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 5.8 - 105mm (actual)
35 - 105 (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 - f/5.6 (wide); f/5.0 - f/10.0 (tele)
Focusing System 1, 3 or 5 point; spot
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity
Macro: 2.0" - infinity
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Intelligent multiple
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Halogen / White Set, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Off
Range: 0.3 - 4.2m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Fireworks, Party, Snow
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format QuickTime Motion JPEG without audio
320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (Exif 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Oxyride / Alkaline disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Software SD Viewer for DSC, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, USB driver
Battery / Charger 2 x AA Oxyride disposable
Flash Memory 14MB Built-in memory
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
Internal Microphone No
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
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Original Source Press Release:

NEW PANASONIC LUMIX CAMERA FEATURES 3X OPTICAL ZOOM, MEGA OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZER AND 14MB BUILT-IN MEMORY

SECAUCUS, NJ (February 8, 2005) - With Panasonic’s Lumix™ digital camera, simple point-and-shoot operation does not mean sacrificing quality or performance. New model DMC-LS1 is an easy-to-use marvel that offers 4-megapixel resolution and 3x optical zoom along with sophisticated features like MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer).

The DMC-LS1 also features 14 megabytes of built-in memory, enabling users to capture those spontaneous moments even when they don’t have an SD memory card on hand.

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 digital camera is slated for an April introduction, and will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $229.95.

“This model packs some of today’s most advanced digital camera technology into a fun, easy-to-use camera that anyone can enjoy, whether you’re a first-time digital camera user or an experienced photographer,” said Monica Helmer, Marketing Manager for Panasonic’s Optical Group.

The camera’s 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 37mm to 222mm on a 35mm film camera lens), combined with its 4X digital zoom1 can capture clear, crisp photos at maximum 12X magnification.

Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S. function automatically detects and optically compensates for movement, helping to ensure clear, distortion-free pictures even when taking ultra-telephoto or macro shots, or photos of distant or moving subjects

The O.I.S. function features two corrective modes to suppress jitter. Mode 1 constantly detects and follows movements and continuously compensates for them. In Mode 2, the lens is moved at the moment the shutter button is pressed, in order to capture the image as close to the center of the lens as possible.

Panasonic’s Venus Engine Plus image processing LSI provides high quality and quick response with low energy consumption. In addition to a consecutive shooting function that allows users to take 4 frames per second at full resolution, the newly developed Venus Engine Plus enables unlimited* consecutive shooting. Successive shots can be taken until the memory card or build-in memory reaches capacity.

Auto angle detection, a new feature, records whether an image was taken horizontally or vertically and displays it accordingly, whether viewed on the camera’s LCD or on a connected TV.

Other features include Burst Shooting Mode, four spot focusing modes, Simple Mode for automatic settings, built-in flash and 2.0 inch TRM (Transmissive with Micro Reflective) LCD display.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS1 runs on two AA size batteries, and comes equipped with Panasonic’s new, super-powerful Oxyride™ Extreme Power™ batteries.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Information about Panasonic products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom or through the company’s toll-free fax-back system at 888-734-7490.

1 As digital magnification increases, resolution significantly decreases.
* Consecutive shooting speed varies depending on the memory card or built-in memory. The number of recordable picture depends on the memory card and built-in memory size, battery life, picture size and compression.

All prices are in U.S. dollars.

MODEL AVAILABILITY MSRP**
DMC-LS1 April 2005 $229.95

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