Go to:
Previous Item
Current News
Next Item

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX8 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic announces DMC-FX8
(Monday, May 9, 2005 - 05:07 EDT)

Panasonic Japan has today announced an update to its existing DMC-FX7 digital camera.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8 features a similar five megapixel imager and Leica DC Vario-Elmarit-branded optically stabilised 3x zoom lens as the previous model. The FX8 uses the new Venus Engine PLUS and a new battery, which together offer a claimed twofold improvement in battery life, as well as improved autofocus performance (including a new high-speed 1-point AF mode). There's also improved movie performance courtesy of a tweaked image sensor that now offers nine-pixel mixed readout. The camera body has also been restyled slightly. As with the FX7, the new model will be offered in four color schemes for the Japanese market - "Silky Silver", "Comfort Blue", "Misty Pink" and "Gross Black" (perhaps a little something got lost in the translation, but we're actually quoting Panasonic on the names).

Pricing has not been announced at this time, but the camera will go on sale in Japan from June 4th. Five sample photos taken with the camera are available on Panasonic's Japanese website.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX8 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Number DMC-FX8
Dimensions 3.7 x 2.0 x 1.0"
94.1 x 50.5 x 24.2mm
Weight 155.0 g
5.4 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
5.36 megapixels (total)
5.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2560 x 1440 (3.7 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 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 5 frames
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 114,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 16.0x max
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 ??? (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 Evaluative
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Fair, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, 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 / Skin tone / Sport / Food / Landscape / Night scene / Night Portrait / Child / Fireworks / Party / Snow / Self Portrait
Digital Zoom 4x
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
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
More Photos
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX8 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.

Go to:
Previous Item
Current News
Next Item

Powered by Coranto