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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX100 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic launches DMC-FX100 digicam (UPDATED)
(Monday, May 21, 2007 - 12:11 EDT)

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has today taken the wraps off its newest digital camera model, the Lumix DMC-FX100.

Slated for introduction during July 2007, the Panasonic FX100 couples a 12.2 megapixel , 1/1.72" CCD image sensor with a 3.6x optical zoom lens providing a useful 28mm wide angle. Among other features the Lumix FX100 includes -as you'd expect from a Panasonic camera - the company's optical image stabilization technology. It also offers 9-point AF with an assist lamp, and ISO sensitivity from 80 to 1600 with the ability to push this to a maximum of ISO 6400, although it remains to be seen whether such a high sensitivity from a twelve megapixel imager will actually prove useful. Further functions of the Panasonic DMC-FX100 include a 2.5" LCD display with 207,000 pixel resolution, a built-in five mode flash, and a range of movie modes including an 848 x 480 pixel mode with 30 frames per second rate. Images are stored in 27MB of built-in memory or on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCard media, with compatibility for the newer Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards as well. Power comes courtesy of a 3.7V, 1150mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, rated for 320 pictures to CIPA testing standards.

Pricing for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 hasn't been disclosed at this time.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX100 digital camera. Courtesy  of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberDMC-FX100
Dimensions3.8 x 2.1 x 1.0"
96.7 x 54.0 x 24.5mm
Weight176.0 g
6.2 oz
Planned Availability 2007
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/1.72" 0.58 CCD
12.40 megapixels (total)
12.20 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions4000 x 3000 (12.0 megapixels)
4000 x 2672 (10.7 megapixels)
4000 x 2248 (9.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 megapixels)
3264 x 1840 (6.0 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2560 x 1712 (4.4 megapixels)
2560 x 1440 (3.7 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)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture SpeedStandard: 2.0 frames per second for 3 frames
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.5", 207,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom16.0x max
3.6x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length6.0 - 21.4mm (actual)
28 - 100mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture RangeWide: F2.8 / F9.0 (2 steps) Tele: F5.6 / F18 (2 steps)
Focusing System9-point with AF assist lamp
Focusing RangeNormal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - infinity (5.0 cm - infinity)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250, 1600, High Sensitivity mode (Auto 1600 - 6400 max.)
Shutter Speed60 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesIntelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Range: 0.6 - 5.0m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.5m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Scene ModesPortrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo
Digital Zoom4x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatQuickTime MotionJPEG with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.21)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 1.1
OtherDC Input
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
SoftwareLUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio -viewer-, ArcSoft (PhotoImpression/PhotoBase/Panorama Maker), USB Driver
Battery / Charger1 x proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory27.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX100 digital camera. Courtesy  of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX100 digital camera. Courtesy  of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX100 digital camera. Courtesy  of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX100 digital camera. Courtesy  of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX100 digital camera. Courtesy  of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2007-05-21 13:25ET: Full specifications and numerous product photos added...

Original Source Press Release:


Premium LUMIX DMC-FX100 to Offer a Newly Developed Exclusive 28mm Wide-Angle LEICA DC Lens

SECAUCUS, N.J. (May 21, 2007) - Panasonic today expanded its LUMIX family of digital cameras with the introduction of the compact LUMIX DMC-FX100, the world's first to feature 12.2 Megapixel resolution with a 28mm wide-angle. The newly developed and exclusive 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens features 3.6x optical zoom, f/2.8 brightness, 1/1.72-inch large CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization with Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO Control. The LUMIX DMC-FX100 will be equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and its slim lightweight design makes it extremely portable and stylish.

Intelligent Image Stabilization, a feature across the entire 2007 LUMIX digital camera line, incorporates the industry's most advanced countermeasures against blurring. This system comprises two features - MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) and Intelligent ISO Control. Together the features make it easy to capture beautiful photos by compensating for the effects of hand-shake and image movement, making it possible to take clear, crisp photos anytime, in any mode.

"Thanks in large part to the DMC-FX100's newly developed exclusive LEICA DC lens and the high-quality, high-performance Venus Engine III, you no longer have to sacrifice power in a compact camera," said Alex Fried, National Marketing Manager, Optical Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "With an impressive 12.2 megapixel resolution power, a 28mm wide angle lens and Intelligent Image Stabilization, the DMC-FX100 is raising the bar for the entire compact, point-and-shoot class."

The DMC-FX100 also introduces a more powerful flash with reach up to 16 meters, high-speed burst shooting, which allows consecutive shooting at a lightning-fast eight shots per second** and a new high sensitivity mode in which ISO 6400 recording is realized***.

Furthering Panasonic's commitment to Living in High Definition the DMC-FX100 can also record 1920 x 1080 high-definition still pictures and 1280 x 720 at 15 frames per second motion pictures, both perfect for viewing on 16:9 High Definition Plasmas.

Other advanced features of the LUMIX DMC-FX100 include:

  • Easy Zoom feature that shifts the lens instantly to full 3.6x zoom power. A second touch of the button activates the Extra Optical Zoom function and extends zoom all the way to 7x.****
  • 27 MB of built-in memory: Perfect for backing up SDHC/SD Memory Card recording.
  • Added Scene Modes: New high sensitivity mode and new high speed burst shooting mode, making it easier than ever to get beautiful photos in a range of photographic situations and taking further advantage of high resolution image recording.
  • Picture Playback by category: Sorts images into categories such as portraits, landscapes, nightscapes, events and motion pictures. Also, allows slideshow playback of images in the same category.
  • Available in two colors: silver and black.

The LUMIX DMC-FX100 will be available in July 2007.

* As of 22 May, 2007, as a digital camera with 28mm wide angle zoom lens
** In 2-megapixel(4:3), 2.5-megapixel(3:2), 2-megapixel(16:9) recording.
*** In 3-megapixel(4:3), 2.5-megapixel(3:2), 2-megapixel(16:9) recording.
**** When the picture size is set to 3 megapixels or larger, the photo is automatically resized to 3 megapixels. When the lens is shifted back to the wide-end, the picture size is set to the original size automatically. The original size is maintained for photos smaller than 3 megapixels.

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. In its commitment to provide consumers with extensive imaging resources, Panasonic LUMIX established the Digital Photo Academy, a series of nationwide workshops designed to instruct consumers how to optimize the features on their digital cameras and produce high-quality photos. Panasonic is honored to support OUR PLACE - The World's Heritage, a project that will create the world's largest photographic collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites, with acclaimed photographers exclusively using LUMIX digital cameras to capture all images. Information about Panasonic LUMIX digital still cameras and its affiliated programs is available at www.panasonic.com/dsc.

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