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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX700 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Panasonic FX700: Touch-screen, 5x zoom digicam
(Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 02:01 EDT)

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has today announces its latest FX-series digital camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700.

The Panasonic FX700 includes the combination of a fourteen megapixel MOS image sensor and a stabilized, Leica DC Vario-Summicron-branded 5x optical zoom lens with generous 24mm wide angle and bright F2.2 maximum aperture at wide angle. Other than the lens, the standout feature of the Panasonic Lumix FX700 has to be its 1080i full HD movie recording capability, saved using the AVCHD format. The FX700 also includes a 3.0" LCD touch panel display, which is used not only for framing and reviewing images, but courtesy of a touch panel, as a control device as well.

The FX700 stores its images and videos in 40MB of built-in memory, or on Secure Digital cards, including the newer SDHC and SDXC types. The Panasonic DMC-FX700 draws its power from a Lithium Ion battery, which includes Panasonic's ID-Security feature that prevents use of counterfeit or third-party batteries. The Lumix FX700's connectivity options include USB 2.0 High Speed, NTSC standard-definition video, and mini-HDMI high definition video.

The Panasonic FX700 ships in late-August 2010, priced at $400. Our Panasonic FX700 preview contains more details on this camera. Detailed product specifications and the official press release follow below.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX700 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberNorth America: DMC-FX700
Dimensions4.1 x 2.2 x 1.0 in.
(104 x 56 x 25 mm)
Weight6.2 oz (176 g)
Planned AvailabilityAugust 2010
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCMOS
1/2.33" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
15.10 megapixels (total)
14.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions4320 x 3240 (14.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
4320 x 2880 (12.4 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1712 (4.4 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
640 x 424 (0.3 megapixels)
4320 x 2432 (10.5 megapixels)
3648 x 2056 (7.5 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1440 (3.7 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 10.0 frames per second for 15 frames
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
230,000 dots (approx. 77,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom16.0x max
Lens TypeLEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICR, 7 elements in 6 groups, 3 aspherical elements
5x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.3 - 21.5mm (actual)
24 - 120mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.2 (wide) / f/5.9 (tele) - f/6.3 (up to f/11 in movie mode)
Focusing SystemContrast Detect: Face / AF Tracking / 11pt / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot / Touch AF/AE
Has AF assist lamp
Focusing RangeMacro: 1.2" - 4,082" (3 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, iISO, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed60 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesIntelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, Color Temperature, White Set
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Range: 0.6 - 7.4m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.8m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Scene ModesPortrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1/2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic...
Digital ZoomUp to 4x ( Max. 20x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )
Self TimerYes, 2, 10 seconds
Movie Format AVCHD / QT Motion JPEG with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.3)
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC Input, Mini-HDMI with Viera Link
Battery Type3.6V, 940mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
SoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory40.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesPower OIS, touchscreen LCD, full HD 1920x1080 60/50i movies, high-speed burst mode (10 fps at full resolution).
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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX700 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Panasonic Packs Advanced Photo And Video Functions Into A Sleek, Slim And Stylish Lumix Digital Camera

New LUMIX FX700 is small in size and big on features, including a MOS sensor, 3” Touch-Screen LCD and Full 1080 High Definition Video

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 21, 2010) – Panasonic announced today the addition of the new LUMIX DMC-FX700 digital camera, which records 1080 full High Definition (HD) videos in the AVCHD format and features a 3-inch touch-screen LCD. The 14.1-megapixel digital camera features a 24mm ultra wide-angle F2.2 super bright LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens with a 5x optical zoom*1 making the LUMIX FX700 extremely versatile in low-light conditions and when capturing moving subjects.

“The 24mm ultra wide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom on the LUMIX FX700 makes it a powerful and advanced addition to the FX-Series, known for being slim, sleek and high-performing,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “The LUMIX FX700 offers a complete suite of creative ways to capture superior quality photos and full HD videos in all shooting situations.”

The LUMIX FX700 adopts full touch-screen operation, which allows for Auto Focus (AF) to be set by touching the 3.0-inch, 230,000-dot LCD screen. Once a subject is locked with a single touch, the AF tracking function will follow the subject while moving. With the Intelligent Scene Selector, the camera automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject selected. All menus settings are now available with one-touch control for shooting images and videos.

The LUMIX FX700’s advanced 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens, a rarity for a compact camera of this size, makes it easy to capture many subjects due to the great depth-of-field provided by the extra light. Additionally, photographers now have a wider range of composition possibilities with approximately 213% larger viewing space compared to that of a 35mm camera.

The LUMIX FX700 can also record HD video in the AVCHD format, which allows for almost double the recording time in HD quality compared to the conventional Motion JPEG format. The LUMIX FX700 records in 1920x1080 full HD with enhanced picture quality and Intelligent Resolution technology. Along with this high-quality HD video with a 5x optical zoom*1, the FX700 also features Dolby Digital Stereo Creator to record high-quality audio.

Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode is further advanced in the FX700 with the addition of Motion Deblur mode* by updating the motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) to gain the highest shutter speed possible. Combined with the outstanding brightness of the lens and the POWER O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer), the LUMIX FX700 reduces any blur either caused by handshake or a moving subject. Intelligent Burst mode now determines the frame rate in burst shooting according to the speed of the subject’s motion, making it easy to capture any image. Included in the iA suite of technologies is: POWER O.I.S., Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

The LUMIX FX700 features the new Venus Engine FHD image processor which includes advanced signal processing capabilities. It also incorporates Intelligent Resolution technology, which examines three areas pixel-by-pixel, to automatically detect and enhance any degradation created during the digital zoom process.

Other features of the Panasonic LUMIX FX700 include:

  • Handheld Night Shot: Using the high-speed MOS sensor, this new mode shoots 10 consecutive shots to simulate and detect the perfect shot of any subject while simultaneously fixing the subject’s position. Through the MOS sensor’s short shutter speed, exposure is increased while noise is reduced to create a blurless, beautifully- illuminated night shot without the use of a tripod.

  • Battery Life: The high-performance Venus Engine FHD is also highly energy efficient despite its high processing capabilities, extending the battery life up to 300 shots (CIPA) on a single charge.

The Panasonic LUMIX FX700 will be available in black in late-August for a suggested retail price of $399.95. For more information on Panasonic LUMIX digital camera models, please visit: http://www.panasonic.com/lumix.

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