Panasonic has introduced a new 6-megapixel addition to its LUMIX range of compacts, featuring 3x optical zoom, MEGA O.I.S stabilization technology and a maximum 1600 ISO.

Panasonic has introduced a new 6-megapixel addition to its Lumix range of compacts.

The 3x optical zoom model features a 35-105mm (equivalent) lens, Panasonic?s MEGA O.I.S stabilization technology and a maximum 1600 ISO. This latter feature underpins a new ?High Sensitivity Mode? which the manufacturer hopes will complement its long running commitment to image stabilization technology.

The Venus Engine Plus LSI processor lies at the core of the new camera, which Panasonic promises will ensure, ?high performance image processing, both in terms of speed and image quality, while still preserving low energy consumption.? A total of sixteen scene modes are included in the fully automatic FX3, including a unique ‘Baby’ mode. As part of this feature, the child?s age at the time of image capture is automatically recorded onto that image, determined by the date of birth which has been preset by the user. A separate Underwater mode is also provided, which Panasonic is targeting at consumers who invest in an optional Marine Case.

Pricing of the camera will be revealed nearer to the FX3?s September release, when it will be available in black or silver colour options. In the meantime check out www.panasonic.co.uk for more information.

FX3 KEY FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS:

3x Optical Zoom f/2.8 LEICA DC

The FX3 features a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 mm to 105 mm on a 35mm camera) f/2.8 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens housed in a compact body. The lens part comprises of seven elements in six groups, incorporating three aspherical lenses. The zoom ratio can be extended up to 4.1x in 3MP resolution mode thanks to an Extra Optical Zoom function that gives extra magnification by intentionally using the centre part of the CCD.

MEGA O.I.S and High Sensitivity Mode

MEGA O.I.S compensates for handshake by shifting the O.I.S. lens unit to keep the optical axis aligned straight against the CCD, helping to keep images sharp. Furthermore, the FX3 allows shooting at a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO1600, with a new High Sensitivity mode. This mode is made possible by the pixel-mixed readout method on the CCD.

Venus Engine Plus processor

Thanks to Panasonic?s Venus Engine Plus, the manufacturer is boasting response times with a shutter release time lag of 0.006 sec and a shutter interval of 0.7 sec. In burst shooting mode it is possible to shoot at three frames per second in full resolution. The FX3 also allows unlimited consecutive shooting up to the capacity of a SD/SDHC Memory card.

2.5? LCD with High Angle function

The pixel-mixed readout method performed by the FX3?s CCD automatically increases the brightness level of the live image in low-lit situations. With the help of a Power LCD function, which boosts the backlighting of the LCD by a promised 40%, High Angle mode makes the display easier to view from low or high angle.

High speed AF

Five AF methods can be selected according to the shooting environment and the position of the subject: 5-point, 3-point high-speed, 1-point high-speed, 1-point normal-speed and spot. The inclusion of an AF assist lamp provides further assistance in low light situations when focusing is difficult.

Video capture in Wide VGA Size at 30 fps

In addition to standard VGA (640×480) video recording, the FX3 also records full-size movies in 16:9 wide VGA (848×480) at 30fps. This capability is matched by 16:9 reviewing when displayed on a wide screen TV.