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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Ilse Jurriën : January 27th 2009 - 15:00 CET
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PanasonicPanasonic Lumix FS25 digital camera : Panasonic introduces the new 12.1-megapixel DMC-FS25 camera of 29mm wide angle Leica DC lens with 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 29mm to 145 mm on a 35mm film camera) with 3.0-inch large LCD as a member of Lumix new FS series. The new FS series, a sister line of the world-acclaimed FX series, pursues easy and simple operation with its high-grade profile for users at every stage to enjoy taking beautiful pictures. Panasonic's iA (intelligent auto) mode, which makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos by detecting the scene and optimizing the settings, has been further enhanced for new Panasonic Lumix FS25 to comprehend AF tracking and Intelligent Exposure functions.
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Panasonic Lumix FS25 features AF Tracking function
The newly added AF Tracking function automatically tracks the subject once the AF has been set even if the subject moves around, making it easier to capture sharp, well-focused photos of decisive moments. The Intelligent Exposure function helps capture natural-looking, true-to-life images by suppressing blocked shadows and blown highlights. Also, the backlight compensation automatically turns on if the subject is in backlight. Face detection accuracy has also been increased, allowing continuous AF/AE adjustment even if a face moves or turns sideways to the camera. Not only that, the unwanted red-eye effect caused by the use of the flash can be digitally corrected. The newly added independent iA button on the top of the camera lets enter the iA mode directly. Once you enter iA mode, these multi-capable functions happen automatically so you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. You can enjoy easy, trouble-free shooting in any situation and get the satisfaction that comes with capturing clear, beautiful images.

Enjoy taken pictures on the 3" LCD screen
The Panasonic DMC-FS25 incorporates a 3-inch large 230,000-dot LCD with Intelligent LCD function, which detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level of the LCD in 11 fine steps, to offer a display with the most appropriate clarity in any situation. Menus now look clearer and easier to navigate, even for seniors, thanks to the new Display Size option. Other various upgrades make the Lumix FS25 enhance fun of taking pictures. Dressed in the brushed metal-finished panel, the slim and sleek DMC-FS25 offers an enjoyment of taking great snapshots casually with committed ease of operation even for beginners. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 in silver, black and gold.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 offers Intelligent Auto mode
Panasonic incorporated the Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. This mode is also further advanced with the inclusion of the AF tracking, Intelligent Exposure feature for Panasonic DMC-FS25. Furthermore, digital red-eye correction is also integrated in the Face Detection. In iA mode the camera does all the work, activating AF tracking, Mega O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer), Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection, and Intelligent Exposure. This leaves the user free to simply compose the shot and press the shutter button, with the assurance that the image will be clear, beautiful and properly exposed. With the new AF Tracking function, the user can "lock" the focus onto a moving subject. The camera then automatically tracks the subject as it moves, keeping it in focus without the user having to hold the shutter button halfway down. This makes it easier to capture the perfect moment clearly and in sharp focus when shooting images of a child, pet, sports or any scene with moving subjects and spur-of-the-moment action.

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Intelligent Exposure & Intelligent Scene Selector
Intelligent Exposure suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights to capture images that look natural and true-to-life. It now features an automatic backlight compensation function that activates whenever the camera detects that the subject is in backlight. Intelligent Scene Selector, which automatically selects whichever of 5 scene modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, and Night Scenery - that best suits the shooting situation. The Quick AF system allows the camera to keep focus on the subject while the camera is in recording mode even before without pressing a shutter button halfway, to get best result out of a shutter chance because the focus is always near the subject and the AF time is minimized. The user can activate all of these useful, convenient shooting-assist functions by simply pressing an independent iA button on the top of the camera, which is newly equipped for direct activation of the mode. All these make the Panasonic Lumix FS25 the ultimate, super-versatile automatic camera for capturing clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease.

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Panasonic FS25 features a Leica DC Vario Elmar lens
The 12.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 packages a 29mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 5x optical zoom into a slim, compact body. Comprising 7 elements in 6 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 4 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body yet passing Leica's stringent standards to deliver an exceptional optical performance. Further, in 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 9.8x(294mm) by using the centre part of the CCD.

Panasonic DMC-FS25 incorporates Venus Engine IV
Featured in the Panasonic Lumix FS25, the multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine IV supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as 0.006 second and the camera's quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the short startup time of approx.1.2 second. The Venus Engine IV also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the DMC-FS25 record at a setting of up to ISO 6400, sensitive enough to capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash.

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Panasonic Lumix FS25 equipped with 3" LCD screen
The Panasonic DMC-FS25 incorporates an easy-to-see, large, 3.0-inch 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD for comfortable viewing while both monitoring shots and playing back the results. The Intelligent LCD function detects the light condition and automatically boosts the LCD backlighting by max. 40% when shooting outdoors in bright sunshine, and adjusts the frame rate when shooting in low-lit situations in addition to using the pixel mixed readout method to secure clarity in such situations. Detecting the lighting condition precisely and automatically controlling the brightness with a total of 11 fine steps, this function gives the display the most appropriate clarity in any situation without using extra energy. The High Angle mode makes the LCD screen extremely easy to view when the camera is held high, such as when shooting over a crowd.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 takes HD photos
The Lumix camera further offers wide variety of options to expand fun of photography. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 provides slideshows complete with music. Just select the pictures you want to show and choose the mood that best matches your selection from natural, slow, urban or swing, and you'll get an emotion-filled slideshow with a variety of slide change effects and matching music without any annoying adjustments. All Lumix cameras can take 1920x1080 pixel high-definition quality photos that are ideal for full-screen viewing on a wide-screen (16:9) HDTV. Panasonic has long focused on making photography more enjoyable, such as by letting people view their images easily on a Panasonic Viera TV with Viera Image Viewer (internal SD card slot). For the motion picture, the Lumix DMC-FS25 can record WVGA (848 x 480) motion pictures at 30 frames per second in addition to standard VGA (640 x 480). The WVGA motion picture also fits a wide-screen (16:9) TV perfectly, to offer extremely impressive viewing.

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Panasonic Lumix FS25 digital camera features
The new Panasonic Lumix FS25 feature a variety of functionalities to expand fun and convenience for users at every stage to enjoy taking beautiful pictures. The user can select from among several icons for the camera to use for indicating when the subject is in focus. In addition to the conventional dot, a flower, car and several other new shapes are available. Newly added Photo Frame mode lets the user put attractive borders around the photo. When printed, the photos look like postcards in picture frames, making them ideal as presents. With the My Scene setting, which is also new on Lumix DMC-FS25, the user can assign up to specific Scene modes to that setting, and switch instantly to the mode when desired. Using the Macro Zoom function, the user can pull subjects even closer than the closest point possible with the wide-angle setting by using 3x digital zoom, and capture dramatic close-ups.

Panasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 HD Edition software
The latest version of exciting software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 comes bundled with DMC-FS25. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 allows the user to edit or organize a collection of photos with more ease and fun. It features Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in the picture stored in your PC to sort the photos by faces. Conventionally, you had to pick up one by one out of hundreds of photos when you only want the picture of a specific person. But with the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0, the software automatically does it once the face is registered regardless of the camera type you used. On the sophisticated interface, you can also enjoy emotional slideshow with a variety of effects. Motion pictures can also be upload directly to YouTube.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix FS25 test sample, we will publish a picture gallery with high resolution photos, followed by an extended Panasonic FS25 review.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15
Panasonic also introduced the Lumix DMC-FS15 with a 2.7-inch 230,000-dot intelligent LCD, a sister model to the DMC-FS25. The Panasonic Lumix FS25 offers:
• 29mm ultra-wide angle 5x powerful optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens in a compact body
• iA (Intelligent Auto) mode for still image recording including AF Tracking, Face Detection, Mega O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure
• High speed, high performance Venus Engine IV

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