Panasonic have announced an interesting new digital camera, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28. Featuring a 10 MP sensor, a 27-486mm (equivalent) optically stabilized lens, ISO 6400 (in reduced quality "high sensitivity" mode) and a 2.5fps continuous shooting capacity the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 looks quite interesting. It also offers a reduced resolution burst mode which can shoot at 13fps and 30fps HD video (1280 x 720 pixels) capability. Of course it's not exactly a pocket camera, though it is smaller than a DSLR. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 should be available in August 2008 at a price under $400.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 looks like a reasonable alternative for those photographers who don't want the size and complexity of an interchangeable lens DSLR. Of course the smaller sensor will inevitably lead to lower image quality, but that's a trade off many are prepared to make, and probably won't be noticeable in small to moderate size prints shot at lower ISO settings.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (July 21, 2008) Panasonic today unveiled the LUMIX DMC-FZ28 digital camera, which boasts a premium 27mm wide-angle LEICA lens with an 18x optical zoom, ideal for tight indoor shots and long-distance action photos. The 10.1 megapixel digital camera also features an enhanced Intelligent Auto Mode (iA), with the new AF (auto focus) Tracking function, making it easier for photographers at any level to shoot sharp, well-focused photos, even when the subject is moving making it ideal for action shots.
The AF Tracking function, the latest component to be added to Panasonics iA system, allows users to lock focus on a moving subject. The camera then automatically tracks the subject as it moves, keeping it in focus without the need to hold the shutter halfway down. AF Tracking makes it easier to capture moving subjects and spur-of-the-moment action shots. The AF Tracking technology also improves Face Detection (up to 15 faces), by providing continuous adjustment of the focus and exposure, even if the face is turned away from the camera.*
The FZ28 packs a wide-angle lens and a high-powered zoom, so shooting outdoor events or vacation adventures is easy with this powerful camera, said David Briganti, National Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. Without sacrificing Panasonics reputation for high-quality lenses and innovative technologies, the FZ28 expands the Intelligent Auto Mode, allowing a user at any level to take high-quality photos.
In addition to the AF Tracking functionality, Panasonics other iA technologies include:
The high-quality, high-performance Venus Engine IV supports a faster response time, allowing the camera to shoot 2.5 shots per second at full resolution and 13 shots per second in High-Speed Burst mode. In High Sensitivity mode, the FZ28 can shoot up to ISO 6400 in extremely low-lit situations. The LUMIX DMC-FZ28 also is equipped with a 2.7-inch large, high resolution LCD with 230,000 pixels, and a high resolution electric viewfinder equivalent to 201,600 pixels.
The DMC-FZ28 also features High Defintion (HD) video capabilities with a resolution of 1280 x 720p at 30fps. Still photos can also be shot in a 16:9 aspect ratio for optimal full-screen viewing on a HDTV. Panasonic VIERA Plasma or LCD HDTVs also feature an integrated SD Memory Card slot, allowing users to easily view photos by simply inserting the SD Memory Card into the convenient SD Card slot built into the TV. Consumer can also enjoy watching videos in HD quality and view still images by connecting the DMC-FXZ28 via an optional Panasonic component cable (DMW-HDC2).
Additional features of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 include:
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 will be available in silver and black in August 2008 for a suggested retail price of $399.95.