Original Source Press Release:
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.
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.
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 |
|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 |
|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 |
|Lens Type ||LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT |
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 |
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|PANASONIC INTRODUCES TWO NEW STYLISH AND COMPACT FX SERIES LUMIX DIGITAL STILL CAMERAS|
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.
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.