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Panasonic Lumix DMC FS12 - Aim, Click & Go.

Panasonic has always offered a range of simple and compact digicams in its FS collection from the Lumix range. When they recently announced some new additions to the FS family including the new Lumix DMC-FS12, there was no doubt that this would be another stylish and great performer which can easily slip into a pant or coat pocket.

The compact FS12 features a 12.1-megapixel CMOS, a 4x optical zoom which can go up to 7.8x in 3mp 'Extra Optical Zoom' mode, the Panasonic standard Intelligent Auto (iA) mode and Mega OIS. Also included are the Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection with Digital Red-eye reduction.

Equipped with a 2.7-inch 230,000-dot LCD display, it has a usable battery life of up to 300+ pictures and records movies at 30 fps in the WVGA[848x480], VGA[640x480] or the QVGA[320x240] modes.

Delving a little deeper into the features, the MEGA O.I.S Shake Detection system works using a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second, thus detecting and compensating for even the slightest hand-shake movement. It works for both zoom shots and macro shots, which usually are affected by hand-shake.

The Intelligent ISO Control automatically adjusts the ISO settings & shutter speed based on the subject movement and the ambient light conditions. It goes a long way in preventing blurred pictures.

The Face Detection system detects human faces and adjusts the focus and exposure settings to optimum levels. The system not only detects faces (up to 15 individuals), it can also track and continually adjust for any movement. It even recognize a face turned sideways! The built in red-eye reduction system adjusts the picture to reduce and remove the red-eye effect which may occur when a flash is used.

The Intelligent Scene Selection system will set the scene Mode to either Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery; based on the light and focus inputs. It automatically activates the compensation effects to ensure that the picture is captured as close to reality as possible.

The Intelligent Auto (iA) mode packages the MEGA O.I.S, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection and the Intelligent Scene Selection systems seamlessly to take care of all the technical details and lets you just take great pictures, the point-and-shoot way.

The camera is available in 5 colors - Silver, Black, Blue, Pink and Green. A Photo Editing and Organizing Software called 'Photo Fun Studio Ver 3.0' is included with the camera.

Sun, 03 May 2009 17:34:35 +0000

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