Ilse Jurriën : January 27th 2010 - 01:44 CET
Panasonic Lumix FX66
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66 digital camera : Panasonic introduces the new 14.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-FX66 to the slim and stylish FX series. The new image processing technology “Intelligent Resolution” is incorporated in the Venus Engine VI for FX66. By detecting the signals whether they are at edges of the subjects, they compose detailed texture or just a soft gradation first and give appropriate enhancement to the edges and textured areas respectively. Unlike the uniform enhancement of sharpness, it is possible to perform the optimum signal processing to give a whole image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details. This technology is integrated in iA mode making it possible to offer best automatic setting according to the scene. |
Panasonic Lumix FX66 offers a 5x optical zoom lens
The powerful 5x optical zoom can be increased its power to 6.5x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even using digital zoom. The 25mm ultra wide-angle feature is ideal for both broad landscapes and tight indoor shots, letting photographers capture a wider view. The 14.1-megapixel high resolution CCD reproduce the detailed images corner to corner and affordable with trimming or even more powerful Extra Optical Zoom by using the center part of it.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66 camera features
Notably the sonic speed AF in the Panasonic FX66 features its speed at the industry's fastest level. Combined with a high-speed start-up, this gives the Panasonic Lumix FX66 an industry’s fastest level of response that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities. The 2.7-inch large Intelligent LCD offers dynamic and clear view out of its small body. The battery life is also as powerful as approx. 380 pictures shooting thanks to the highly energy efficient image processing LSI, the Venus Engine VI. Newly added options for Panasonic DMC-FX66 expand the fun of casual photography. The Happy mode, a color option in the iA mode, applies color filter to look both photo and movie more vivid. A new scene mode Cosmetic mode lets you take portraits with desired color and transparency of skin. Sunset mode helps capture a impressive sunset. With a variety of color options of high-quality aluminum texture, the slim, ultra compact Lumix DMC-FX66 best suits users who are awaiting the stylish camera that goes beyond the others.
Panasonic DMC-FX66 incorporates a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens
The 14.1-megapixel Panasonic DMC-FX66 packages a 25mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT high-quality lens with 5x optical zoom, offering F2.8 brightness. Comprising 7 elements in 6 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 5 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit passes Leica's stringent standards and delivers an exceptional optical performance. Notably, Panasonic achieved the world's first incorporation of 0.3mm super thin aspherical lens and industry first 0.3mm spherical lens, both mold and mass production are difficult, into the newly developed lens unit. This makes it possible to fit the 25-125mm high performance lens in an astonishingly slim and compact body.
Extra zoom function on the Panasonic Lumix FX66 camera
The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens records almost double the viewing space at the same shooting distance compared to ordinary 35mm cameras. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the Panasonic Lumix FX66 which extends the zoom ratio by approx.1.3x maintaining the picture quality even using a digital zoom. This means the 5x optical can virtually extend to 6.5x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 10.5x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the 14.1-megapixel high resolution CCD to bring subjects even closer.
Panasonic Lumix FX66 incorporates a Venus Engine IV
The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine V has been re-engineered to compile the new image processing technology “Intelligent Resolution” to be the Venus Engine VI. It enables the recording of beautiful images with higher quality signal processing. With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas -outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look it more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, superior noise reduction process of the Venus Engine VI is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp with fine detail.
Panasonic FX66 features Intelligent Resolution technology
The Intelligent Resolution technology also realizes Intelligent Zoom, which virtually extends the optical zoom ratio by 1.3x to 6.5x equivalent maintaining the picture quality even combining the digital zoom. Details of a image in high sensitivity recording tend to be lost in the noise reduction process, however, the Intelligent Resolution works to keep them. At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine VI supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.005 second and the camera's quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the industry’s fastest level of Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus) that lets you lock on the subject minimum in approx. 0.25(wide-end) / 0.27(tele-end) second and the short startup time of approx. 1.06 second. The high performance Venus Engine VI is also more energy efficient compared with the conventional Venus Engine V, extending the battery life up to 380 shots (CIPA) per a single charge.
iA mode on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66 camera
Panasonic incorporated the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. In the iA mode the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments. Just press, aim and shoot. This mode is now further advanced with the inclusion of Intelligent Resolution technology for Lumix DMC-FX66. The hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed, is recognized as a low-frequency vibration, for which the new POWER O.I.S. is particularly effective. This greatly improves the quality of shots taken at night or indoors where a flash cannot be used, or where the photographer doesn't want to use a flash because it would spoil the mood. It captures beautiful photos in situations that previously resulted in blurring. The Face Recognition function remembers registered faces to give an appropriate AF/AE on the people.
Shooting-assist functions incorporated into the Panasonic DMC-FX66
The Intelligent Scene Selector, which automatically selects whichever of 6 Scene Modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and newly added Sunset - that best suits the shooting situation. In addition, newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology is always activated in the iA mode which results in the clearer and higher picture quality even with the 1.3x extended zoom range by Intelligent Zoom equivalent to 6.5x. Once you enter the iA mode, these functions happen automatically together with other powerful shooting-assist functions - AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control and Intelligent Exposure - 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. Newly added Happy Mode, a color mode option in the iA mode, optimizes color, saturation and brightness to make the image more vivid and true to the color of the scene you memorized.
Panasonic Lumix FX66 records HD photos
All Lumix cameras can take 16:9 HD (High Definition) quality photos that perfectly fit a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing. You can enjoy slideshows of photos taken with the camera in stunning HD quality by inserting an SD Memory Card in to the VIERA Image Viewer (SD Memory Card slot) with VIERA HDTV. The new Panasonic DMC-FX66 even records dynamic HD movie in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30 fps, in addition to WVGA (848 x 480) and normal VGA (640 x 480). You can use an optional mini HDMI cable to output the still and motion images you took from the Panasonic FX66 directly to play back them on the TV for VIERA Link. You can take maximum advantage of Lumix camera's playback functions including the slideshow in which both still and motion images integrated in the timeline, category playback according to the scene mode you used or calendar display and so on. All control is possible using only the TV's remote control. In addition, with the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0, it is easy to view and edit your recorded contents. You may also choose to upload your videos to YouTube or burn them to a DVD disc for archiving.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66 equipped with a 2.7" LCD monitor
The Panasonic DMC-FX66 is equipped with a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD with super high resolution and a wide viewing angle. The screen brightness automatically adjusts in 11 steps as the surrounding brightness level changes, ensuring easy visibility at all times. The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting. It also serves as a small photo and video viewer, allowing the user and friends to enjoy viewing the still and motion images together.
Panasonic FX66 incorporates a scene mode cosmetic mode
The new scene mode Cosmetic mode, featured only in the Panasonic Lumix FX66, allows to take portraits with favored skin color(soft skin, natural skin, summer look) and degree of transparency of skin detail(low, standard, high). This makes it possible to take portraits with different impression of skin, for example, you can look yourself suntanned even if you’re not or you can defocus the unwanted wrinkles or mottles like having a underlight for studio photoshooting. In addition to the conventional SD/SDHC Memory Card, the Lumix FX66 accepts the next-generation SD format SDXC (SD eXtended Capacity), that features high potential in both capacity and data transfer speed. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66 is compatible with Windows 7.
Panasonic Lumix FX66 includes PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 software
The latest version of exciting software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 Edition comes bundled with Panasonic DMC-FX66. With quick start-up and fast read-in of images, the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 Edition makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your PC. The Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in the picture to automatically sort the photos by the registered faces without picking out each photo one by one when you only want pictures of a specific person. You can also enjoy slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music.
Upload videos to YouTube with the Panasonic DMC-FX66
Motion pictures can be uploaded directly to YouTube using the built-in YouTube uploader even in HD (High Definition) quality. It also lets you create a 360-degree rotation panorama file in MOV, which is especially easy if Panorama Assist mode in the camera is used. The software is of course compatible with the Windows 7. Experience and feel the outstanding benefit of the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0. It will surely allow you to view, edit and archive your captured photos and motion pictures with greater ease and fun.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix FX66 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Panasonic Lumix FX66 review.