Panasonic Announces 12.2-Megapixel Camera

Panasonic has announced the DMC-FX100. Panasonic claims the Lumix DMC-FX100 is the world's first 12.2Mp digital camera with 28mm wide-angle lens. This follows Monday's announcement from Casio of the U.K.'s first 12Mp compact digital camera.

Panasonic's DMC-FX100 is equipped with a 28mm wide-angle lens featuring f/2.8 brightness, a 3.6x optical zoom and a 12.2Mp CCD.

The 28mm wide-angle lens should allow photographers to easily capture a large group of people, or expansive architectural structures and landscapes with dynamic width and rich perspective. Panasonic squeezed the 28mm wide-angle lens and large CCD into a compact body.

The new lens unit comprises seven elements in six groups, including an EA (extra-high refractive index aspherical) lens and four lenses with five aspherical surfaces to generate high optical performance.

The zoom ratio can be extended up to 7x in 3Mp resolution mode with minimal deterioration thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom.

Panasonic has also squeezed an image stabiliser into the compact DMC-FX100. This minimises the jitter from shaky hands that causes photos to look blurred.

Like the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200, the Panasonic contains intelligent ISO control comes in. This system detects whether the subject is moving and, as necessary raises the ISO setting and shutter speed according to how fast the subject is moving and the light conditions.

This happens automatically and should reduce blurring from object motion.

Panasonic claims a 0.009 second shutter release time lag (the time between pressing the button on the camera and the photo being taken) and shutter interval as short as 0.9 seconds. Panasonic says the DMC-FX100's burst shooting mode boosts the capability of sequential shots to a rate of two frames per second at full resolution

The DMC-FX100 can shoot hi-definition 1,920x1,080 pixel photos that are ideal for full-screen viewing on a wide-screen (16:9) TV.

The DMC-FX100 will be available from July. Pricing details were not available at the time of writing.

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