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Panasonic's DMC-FX78 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Panasonic FX78: Faster AF for touch-screen digicam
(Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 00:00 EST)

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has today announced its latest FX-series digital camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78, which follows in the footsteps of the seven month old FX75 model.

The Panasonic FX78 rolls back the resolution just ever so slightly by incorporating a new twelve megapixel CCD image sensor. It also includes a stabilized, Leica DC Vario-Summarit-branded 5x optical zoom lens. Compared to the FX75, focusing speed is said to have improved by around 33%. The Panasonic Lumix FX78 also has a roomier 3.5" LCD display, which like that of the previous model is used not only for framing and reviewing images, but courtesy of a touch panel, as a control device as well.. The DMC-FX78 stores its images and videos on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCard media, or in 70MB of built-in memory, an upgrade of some 30MB. A further upgrade is the availability of 1080i high-def video capture. The Panasonic DMC-FX78 draws its power from a Lithium Ion battery, and the Lumix FX78's connectivity options include USB 2.0 High Speed, NTSC standard-definition video, and mini-HDMI high definition video.

Pricing and availability for the Lumix DMC-FX78 were not available at press time, but are expected to be announced thirty days before US market availability. For more details, read our Panasonic FX78 preview. Detailed product specifications and the official press release for the FX78 follow below.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
Panasonic's DMC-FX78 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeUltra Compact
Model NumberNorth America: DMC-FX78
Dimensions3.9 x 2.2 x 0.8 in.
(100 x 55 x 21 mm)
Weight5.0 oz (142 g)
Planned AvailabilityMarch 2011
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/2.33" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
12.50 megapixels (total)
12.10 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 1814 (5.9 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 SpeedContinuous: 3.7 frames per second for 7 frames
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.5 in. diagonal
230,000 dots (approx. 77,000 pixels)
Lens TypeLEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT; 7elements in 6 groups, 3 Aspherical
5x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.3 - 21.5mm (actual)
24 - 120mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.5 - 8 (W) / f/5.9 - 18 (T)
Focusing SystemContrast Detect: Face, AF Tracking, 23pt, 1pt, Spot, Touch Area
Has AF assist lamp
Focusing RangeNormal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 1.2" - 4,082" (3 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, iISO, 00, 200, 400, 800, 1600; High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)
Shutter Speed60 - 1/4000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesIntelligent Multiple
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, White Set
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Range: 0.6 - 5.9m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.5m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Scene Modes3D Photo, SCN, Cosmetic, My Color; Portrait, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst(Image priority / Speed priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Photoframe
Digital ZoomUp to 4x (Max. 20x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie FormatAVCHD, QuickTime 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 v2.3), MPO
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherMini HDMI, DC Input
Battery Type3.6V, 680mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
SoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.1 HD Lite Edition, QuickTime, Adobe Reader, Super LoiLoScope (trial version)
Battery / C arger1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory70.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesMega OIS image stabilization, 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, 1080i and 720p HD movies, 3D Photos, Beauty Retouch. Available in black, gold and white.
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Panasonic's DMC-FX78 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's DMC-FX78 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's DMC-FX78 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's DMC-FX78 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Panasonic Introduces Stylish And Ultra-Compact Lumix FX78 Digital Camera With Full-HD Video Capabilities

The LUMIX FX78 Features a F2.5 Super-Bright 24mm Ultra-Wide-Angle Leica Lens for Superb Photo and Video Quality and a Large 3.5-inch Smart Touch LCD for Intuitive Operation

SECAUCUS, NJ (January 25, 2011) – Panasonic today expands its LUMIX FX-Series of stylish and compact digital cameras, with the LUMIX FX78, which features a new Smart Touch operation on the large 3.5-inch 16:9 aspect LCD, allowing for intuitive touch operation, including Touch AF, Touch Zoom, Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback. The LUMIX FX78 also incorporates a new LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT, 24mm ultra-wide angle lens that has a 5x optical zoom with F2.5 aperture. The 24mm wide-angle lens offers approximately 213% larger viewing space when compared to a traditional 35mm camera. This high-performing lens has been designed to fit the slim body while still offering exceptional photo and video quality. With its wide and bright lens, the LUMIX FX78 excels when shooting dynamic landscapes and in low-lit situations.

The LUMIX FX78’s Smart Touch Screen allows for the Auto Focus (AF) to be set by simply touching the subject on the LCD and a touch can even release the shutter. Once locked on the subject, the LUMIX FX78 tracks the subject with the AF tracking function even if it moves. With the Intelligent Scene Selector in the iA mode, the FX78 automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject touched. For example, a touch on a human face switches to the portrait mode, and a touch on the background or a landscape changes to the Scenery mode, while a touch on the subject close in the foreground changes to Macro mode. All menu settings are now available with touch control. The touch-screen operation excels not only for shooting, but also in playback, allowing the user to drag the images across the screen with a finger and browse the collection of photos as though flipping the pages of the book.

“With its super-bright and wide-angle lens, the LUMIX FX78 is a high-performing digital camera that excels in image quality, producing exceptional full-HD videos and still photos,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With the new touch-screen operation, the FX78 is intuitive to use and allows the user to take a photo, track a subject and even touch-up a face with just the touch of the finger.”

The LUMIX FX78 also features the Panasonic 3D Photo mode, which produces a realistic 3D photo by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlaying the two best to create a 3D image that can then be played on a Panasonic VIERA 3D HDTV. The format of 3D images is compatible with MPO, and can also be played back on other MPO-compatible equipment such as a televisions, digital photo frames and printers. Panasonic also adds the LUMIX Image Uploader, for seamless and instant sharing via Facebook (for digital photos) or YouTube (for videos). Users can checkmark the photo or video files they want to share, connect the camera to a PC with the included USB cable or by inserting the SD Memory Card directly into the PC’s SD Card slot, and then the uploading automatically launches with an easy-to-follow menu option.

Incorporating a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, the DMC-LUMIX FX78 is compatible with high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 full-HD video recording in AVCHD and high speed continuous shooting. The AVCHD format almost doubles the recording time in HD quality, when compared with the conventional Motion JPEG. The LUMIX FX78 also boasts Dolby Dolby® Digital Creator to record high quality audio.

The advanced image processing LSI, the Venus Engine FHD, assures high picture quality in both photo and movie recording. It also incorporates the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing to give the entire image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details. The LUMIX FX78’s 5x optical zoom is available when shooting video. Thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the LUMIX FX78 which extends the zoom ratio by approximately 1.3x maintaining the picture quality and extending it to a 6.5x zoom equivalent. The Sonic Speed AF, which gains approximately 33% higher speed compared with its predecessor DMC-FX75, has a quick shutter release time lag as short as approximately 0.005 second.

The LUMIX FX78 is not only a high-performing digital camera when it concerns image quality, but it also includes a host of entertaining features that brings photography to a new level of fun with features such as Art Retouch and Beauty Retouch. The Art Retouch function lets the user change the original photo in brightness and color saturation. The Beauty Retouch mode allows users to digitally touch-up faces by applying different effects, such as skin texture, lifting up the face and whitening of teeth. In addition, the Make-up mode gives the user the option to change the face’s complexion, lips, cheeks or eye-shadow coloring.

Panasonic’s iA Mode, a suite of technologies that engage automatically, has evolved for more powerful image stabilization while video recording and taking still photos with Active Mode which boosts MEGA OIS to excel in suppressing blur when recording videos at wide angle while walking. Other features of iA include: Motion Deblur, MEGA OIS, Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. With iA, taking beautiful photos is possible for users at any level. In addition, the Intelligent Resolution technology is always activated in the iA mode, which helps produce even clearer photos by precisely performing signal processing pixel by pixel to help ensure clear and sharp images.

The LUMIX FX78 will be available in March 2011 in black, gold and white models and pricing will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping date. For more on these Panasonic LUMIX models, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.

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Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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 Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company’s Eco Ideas programs.

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