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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX9 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic USA: Lumix DMC-FX8, DMC-FX9 (UPDATED)
(Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 12:42 EDT)

Panasonic has today announced a new digital camera model that updates its previous Lumix DMC-FX8, a camera that was announced some months ago in Europe and Asia, and today was announced for the US market as well.

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 digital camera is a fairly self-explanatory update to its elder sibling, increasing resolution from five to six megapixels, and increasing the resolution of the LCD display from 114k pixels to 207k pixels. The only other update we noticed is that where the original FX8 camera offered a 4x interpolated digital zoom, the new FX9 model couples this with what Panasonic is referring to as an "extra optical zoom". This function essentially crops the center portion from the image at lower resolution, discarding the outside pixels, and when used in concert with the standard 4x digital zoom, gives an effective digital zoom strength of just under 5.4x.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX9 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Number DMC-FX9
Dimensions 3.7 x 2.0 x 1.0"
94.1 x 50.5 x 24.2mm
Weight 155.0 g
5.4 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
6.37 megapixels (total)
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2816 x 1880 (5.3 megapixels)
2816 x 1584 (4.5 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 3.0 frames per second for 6 frames
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 207,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 16.0x max
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 5.8 - 17.4mm (actual)
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 or f/5.6 (wide) / f/5.0 or f/10.0 (tele)
Focusing System 1 / 3 / 5 point with AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - infinity (5.0 cm - infinity)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 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 Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Halogen, Set, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto / Red eye reduction auto / Forced / Red eye reduction slow synch / Off
Range: 0.3 - 4.0m (wide) / 0.3 - 2.2m (tele) at auto ISO
Scene Modes Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Self-Portrait, Food, Baby, Soft Skin, Candle, Starry Sky
Digital Zoom 4x (5.36x in Extra Optical Zoom mode)
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format QuickTime Motion JPEG without audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary 3.7v 1150mAh
Product Bundle
Software LUMIX Simple Viewer, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, USB Driver
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 16.0MB SD Memory card
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS

UPDATED 2005-07-20 16:37ET: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8 and DMC-FX9 have both now been announced for the US market, and this item updated with that information and the US press release. Both models will ship this September, with the DMC-FX8 costing $349.95, and the DMC-FX9 listing at $399.95.

Original Source Press Release:


5-Megapixel FX8 and 6-Megapixel FX9 Feature Long Battery Life, Brilliant LCDs

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 20, 2005) - Panasonic is updating its impressive sleek and stylish FX series of Lumix digital still cameras with the 5 megapixel DMC-FX8 and the 6 megapixel DMC-FX9, both coming to market later this fall. Both cameras incorporate Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, a feature that counters shaky hands, the main culprit for blurry pictures.

"Unintentional hand movement is the leading cause of blurry pictures, so our MEGA OIS is absolutely necessary to good picture taking, especially in a cameras this small," explains Monica Helmer, national marketing manager for Panasonic's optical group. "At Panasonic, we want your pictures to be as sleek, stylish and satisfying as the cameras are themselves."

Both the FX8 and FX9 have 3x optical zoom, a 2.5 inch LCD display, various scene modes for fun picture taking in all kinds of settings and situations, and a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens for high-quality image capture.

The 5 megapixel FX8 boasts a powerful and long lasting lithium-ion battery, providing up to 300 pictures on one charge. The 6 megapixel FX9 can capture up to 270 with each charge. Both cameras use Panasonic Venus Engine Plus to manage image processing, camera functions and features, and very efficient energy usage.

Both the FX8 and FX9 let you record VGA movies at 30 frames per second. New the FX series is audio playback capability, so you can enjoy both the video and the sound of your movies, right from the camera. Of course, the FX8 and FX9 utilize SD memory cards, which can be used with Panasonic Diga DVD recorders for easy playback and transfer to DVD-R discs or DVD-RAM discs.

"The Lumix FX8 and FX9 are sleek and small, but very capable," Helmer says. "With MEGA OIS and with the Venus Engine Plus advanced power management, you have everything you need to get your perfect shot."

Both cameras are coming to retail this September, with the FX8 at an MSRP of $349.95 and the FX9 at an MSRP of $399.95.


About Panasonic
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, markets a broad line of digital and other consumer electronics products. Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Corporation of North America is 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. Additional information on Panasonic Corporation of North America is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

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