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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LS5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Panasonic LS5: New entry-level compact camera
(Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 01:01 EDT)

Alongside its long-zoom FZ47 model, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has also revealed its upcoming Panasonic LS5 entry-level compact.

The Panasonic Lumix LS5 digital camera coupled a 14.1 megapixel, 1/2.33"-type CCD image sensor with an unbranded 5x optical zoom lens. The LS5's lens provides a generous 26mm-equivalent wide angle, and features true optical image stabilization system. The lens' two-step aperture offers a maximum aperture varying from F2.8 at wide angle to a rather dim F6.5 at telephoto.

The LS5's rear panel features a 2.7" LCD display, but no optical viewfinder. ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 1,600 equivalents, which can be extended as far as ISO 6,400 equivalent in High Sensitivity mode. As well as JPEG still images, the Panasonic LS5 can capture 30 fps movies at 1280 x 720 pixels or below, using the older QuickTime Motion JPEG compression type. Data is stored on Secure Digital cards, including the newer SDHC and SDXC types, while power comes from two standard AA batteries.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5 ships from November 2011, and pricing is expected to be announced in early November. For more details, read our Panasonic LS5 preview.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LS5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberNorth America: DMC-LS5
Dimensions3.8 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.
(97 x 62 x 27 mm)
Weight6.1 oz (173 g)
Planned AvailabilityNovember 2011
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/2.33" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
14.50 megapixels (total)
14.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions4320 x 3240 (14.0 megapixels)
4320 x 2880 (12.4 megapixels)
4320 x 2432 (10.5 megapixels)
3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 0.8 frames per second
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.7 in. diagonal
230,000 dots (approx. 77,000 pixels)
Lens Type5x Optical Zoom; 7 elements in 5 groups, 5 Aspherical lenses, 8 Aspherical surfaces
5x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.7 - 23.5mm (actual)
26 - 130mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.8 or f/7.9 (wide) / f/6.5 or f/18.4 (tele)
Focusing SystemContrast Detection: Face / 9 pt / 1 pt
Does not have AF assist lamp
Focusing RangeNormal: 6" - infinity (15 cm - infinity)
ISO SensitivityAuto, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed8 - 1/2000 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, Forced On/Red- eye Reduction, Forced Off , Slow Sync./Red- eye Reduction.
Range: 0.6 - 4.6m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.6 - 2.0m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Scene ModesPortrait, Self- Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Baby, Sunset, High sensitivity, Fireworks, Beach, Snow
Digital ZoomUp to 4x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie FormatQuickTime 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)
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
Battery TypeNiMH rechargeable, Alkaline or Lithium disposable
Battery Form Factor2 x AA
Product Bundle
SoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 Edition, QuickTime, Adobe Reader
Battery / Charger2 x AA Alkaline disposables battery
Flash Memory10.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesOptical Image Stabilization, 720p Movies, Intelligent Scene Selector.
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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LS5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LS5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LS5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Panasonic Announces Easy-to-Use Digital Camera With 26mm Wide-Angle F2.8 Lens, Ideal For Low-light Shooting

The LUMIX LS5 Shoots 720 HD Video and Runs on AA Batteries

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 21, 2011) -- Panasonic today announces a new 14.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-LS5 digital camera that features a high-quality 26mm wide-angle, 5x optical zoom lens. With an incredible F2.8 lens and Optical Image Stabilization, the LUMIX LS5 excels in taking clear photos, even in dimly-lit situations. The LUMIX LS5 also features 720p High Definition video capabilities and runs on AA batteries, perfect for the user who is looking for added convenience.

“The LUMIX LS5 is the ideal digital camera for an entry-level user who wants an extremely easy to use digital camera that does not sacrifice image quality,” said David Fisher, Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With top-quality features like HD video and an F2.8 26mm wide-angle lens, the LS5 is giving consumers exceptional performance and value, while being easy-to-use and convenient. By adding a LUMIX model that runs on AA batteries, we are mindful that consumers have different needs and preferences.”

To further its ease-of-use, the LUMIX LS5 features Panasonic’s popular iA (Intelligent Auto mode), which automatically engages the following features, without the user making any setting adjustments:

  • O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) -- Helps reduce blur caused by a shaky hand

  • Face Detection -- Finds human faces to give appropriate focus and exposure

  • Intelligent Scene Selector -- Detects the environment and sets the best shooting parameters based on Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Macro

The new LUMIX LS5 records HD video in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30 fps -- which is ideal for viewing on a High Definition Television. Users with a VIERA® HDTV, can simply remove the SD Memory Card from the LUMIX and insert it into the built-in SD Memory Card Slot on the VIERA HDTV to enjoy HD videos and photo slideshows. The LUMIX LS5 can also record video in standard VGA (640 x 480) and QVGA (320 x 240). With the included YouTube and Facebook Image uploader, users can easily share their photos and videos via popular social networking sites.

The Panasonic LUMIX LS5 will be available in black in November 2011. Pricing will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping. For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit: www.panasonic.com/lumix.

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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•This unit is compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)

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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