Panasonic has introduced 2 new point-and-shoot digital cameras to its Lumix FS series -- the DMC-FS7 and the DMC-FS15.
The new additions to the series are meant to offer consumers more ease-of-use over its predecessors, says the company.
The 12.1 megapixel DMC-FS15 features a 29mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with a 5x optical zoom, while the DMC-FS7 is a 10.1 megapixel camera featuring a bright F2.8 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with 4x optical zoom.
Both these cameras feature the Intelligent Auto Mode (iA) from the previous FS models to now include AF tracking and Intelligent Exposure functions in addition to Mega O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection.
AF Tracking enables the user to lock the focus onto a moving subject. The camera then automatically tracks the subject as it moves, keeping it in focus without the need to hold the shutter button halfway down.
Additionally, Intelligent Exposure helps capture natural-looking images by suppressing blocked shadows and blown highlights. It continually monitors the light source in the shooting environment and automatically activates the backlight compensation function if it detects the light source is behind the subject.
The FS7 and FS15, both sport a newly-added independent iA button on top of the camera that lets the user enter directly into the mode without going into the menu.
The FS-Series is also capable of recording WVGA (848 x 480) motion pictures at 30 frames per second in 16:9 wide-screen format, as well as standard VGA (640 x 480) format.
Other features of both FS models include a Venus Engine IV processor, which enables an advanced processing system and quick response times. An intelligent LCD screen detects light conditions and automatically adjusts the brightness levels for viewing in sunlight and helps to preserve battery life, The company claims.
The new Photo Frame mode lets the user put attractive borders around photos, so when printed, they look like postcards in picture frames. Also, the new My Scene setting lets the user assign their most frequently used Scene modes to the setting, and with a simple switch, access that scene instantly.
The DMC-FS15 will be available in silver, black and blue at a suggested retail price of $199.95 (approximately Rs. 9, 637). The DMC-FS7 will be available in silver, black, blue, pink and green at an SRP of $159.95 (approximately Rs. 7,836). Both models will be available internationally in late March 2009, while will be launched in India sometime in April this year, a company official has informed us.