Original Source Press Release:
Panasonic announces DMC-FX30|
(Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 02:53 EST)
Rounding out three new FX-series digital cameras for this year's PMA show, Panasonic has revealed its new Lumix DMC-FX30 digital camera.
The Panasonic FX30 is a replacement for the existing DMC-FX07 model, a camera that began shipping last September. Scheduled to reach the market this February priced at $349.95 - the same price point hit by the FX07 - the DMC-FX30 is said by Panasonic to be "the world's slimmest camera available with a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens". Compared to the FX07, the FX30's body has been slimmed down by 10%, while the same 3.6x optical zoom lens, seven megapixel CCD imager, and 2.5" LCD display have been retained. Other changes include compatibility with newer SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards as well as the existing SD / MMC card compatibility, the addition of 27MB of built-in memory in place of the 16MB SD card included with the older camera, and two new scene modes (pet and sunset modes).
The Panasonic DMC-FX30 will ship in silver, black, blue and light brown variants.
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30|
|Dimensions||3.7 x 2.0 x 0.9"|
94.9 x 51.9 x 22.0mm
|Planned Availability|| 2007|
|Sensor Type||1/2.5" CCD|
7.38 megapixels (total)
7.20 megapixels (effective)
|Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Image Dimensions||3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)|
3072 x 2048 (6.3 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 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)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
|Image Quality||2 levels|
|Image Preview / Review|
|LCD||2.5", 207,000 pixels|
|Playback Zoom||8.0x max|
|Lens Type||LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT|
3.6x optical zoom
|Focal Length||4.6 - 16.4mm (actual)|
28 - 100mm (35mm equivalent)
|Aperture Range||Wide: f/2.8 - f/8.0; Tele: f/5.6 - f/16|
|Focusing System||1-point, 1-point high speed, 3-point high speed, 9-point, Spot with AF assist lamp|
|Focusing Range||Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)|
Macro: 2.0" - infinity (5.0 cm - infinity)
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250, 3200* (high sen sitivity mode)|
|Shutter Speed||60 - 1/2000 second|
|Metering Modes||Intelligent Multiple|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments|
|White Balance||Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set, Manual|
|Internal Flash||Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off|
Range: Wide: 0.6 - 5.0m; Tele: 0.3 - 2.5m
|Scene Modes||Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-portrait, Food, Party, Candle, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Baby1, Baby2, Snow, High Sensitivity, Aerial photo, Beach, Underwater, Sunset, Pet|
|Self Timer||Yes, 2 or 10 seconds|
|Movie Format||QuickTime Motion JPEG with audio|
848x480 and 640x480
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
|Recording Medium||SD/MMC, SDHC|
|File System||FAT16, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)|
|File Format||JPEG (EXIF 2.2)|
|Video||Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable|
|Computer||USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion rechargeable|
|Battery Form Factor||Proprietary|
|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||27.0MB Internal|
|Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant||Yes|
|Panasonic Introduces Lumix DMC-FX30, World's Slimmest Digital Camera With 28mm Wide Angle Lens|
7.2 Megapixel Camera Features Intelligent Image Stabilization
SECAUCUS, N.J., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic today introduced the new Lumix DMC-FX30 compact digital still camera, the successor to the widely-popular DMC-FX07. The 7.2 megapixel DMC-FX30 is currently the world's slimmest camera available with a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens, which allows users to fit more people in a photo when space is tight or to capture beautiful landscapes with sweeping scenery or large structures.
The slim downed DMC-FX30 -- which is 10-percent smaller than its predecessor -- also boasts a 3.6x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-100mm on a 35mm film camera), f/2.8 brightness and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. When married with the Intelligent Image Stabilization system -- which combines MEGA O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Intelligent ISO Control -- takes the blur out of photos caused by unsteady hands and moving subjects -- the camera packs top line features into one of the slimmest form factors available.
Using Leica's advanced lens technology, the DMC-FX30's lens unit is comprised of seven elements in six groups, including five lenses with six aspherical surfaces. Furthermore, in 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to provide additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 5.3x. This advanced lens unit passes Leica's stringent standards and delivers exceptional optical performance.
"The smart, sleek design of the DMC-FX30 combines the power of a wide-angle lens and Intelligent Image Stabilization, with a compact body of one of the smallest point-and-shoot cameras," said Alex Fried, National Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Corporation of North America. "The DMC-FX30 is the perfect camera for the person on the go because it enables consumers to capture high quality images with unmatched convenience and style."
With the incorporation of Intelligent ISO Control, Panasonic is the first in the industry to fight motion blur that can occur when a subject moves as the photo is being snapped. The Intelligent Image Stabilization system detects whether or not the subject is moving and automatically raises the ISO setting accordingly, allowing the camera to shoot at a higher shutter speed when needed. With the combination of Intelligent ISO Control and MEGA O.I.S., Panasonic has equipped its entire line of cameras with the industry's most advanced countermeasures against blurring.
In addition, the camera accepts large capacity SDHC memory cards, giving the user more flexibility in shooting and recording. The DMC-FX30 also incorporates a wide variety of scene modes for different situations including the new Pet and Sunset modes. These modes take advantage of the Intelligent ISO Control to fight against unexpected motion and give the user great results.
The DMC-FX30 will be available in silver, black, blue and light brown, each with a specially textured finish that takes best advantage of the color. Intelligently designed and packed with features, the DMC-FX30 adds to the Lumix legacy of delivering advanced digital cameras that capture clear, crisp, beautiful images.
The DMC-FX30 will ship in February 2007 with a MSRP of $349.95.
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 http://www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at http://www.panasonic.com/pressroom .