Mark Peters : January 23th 2012 - 21:20 CET
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40
CES 2012 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 digital camera : At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic has unveiled a new addition in its Award winning Lumix digital camera line-up; the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 compact camera with 14.1 Megapixel image sensor. For the first time in the Panasonic’s FS digital camera range, this FS camera features the bright high-quality F2.5 Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens for impressive sharp, blur-free pictures even in low light conditions. The Leica lens of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 camera features a 24mm ultra-wide angle, which is perfect for taking pictures of dynamic landscapes or group photos.|
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40
With these technical specifications you might think; this Lumix camera is aimed only for serious digital photographers. Don’t be mistaken, although the Panasonic DMC-FS40 camera is packed full of features and functions, the Panasonic FS40 is designed for any user to enjoy taking beautiful photos anytime and anywhere. With a compact and stylish body to be proud of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 digital compact camera is the prefect accompaniment to capture your unforgettable moments.
HD Video recording with the Panasonic DMC-FS40
The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 camera record HD video in 1280x720 pixels at a smooth 30p(NTSC) 25p(PAL) in Motion JPEG. The recorded movies can be uploaded instantly to YouTube using the Panasonic Lumix Image Uploader. Enjoy high-quality high-definition image playback that fits perfectly on a wide-screen HD-TV for full-screen viewing together with HD photos taken in 16:9 aspects. The Panasonic Lumix FS40 camera has been designed with users in mind. With a 2.7" LCD screen to be proud of, pictures and videos are easy to view back.
Panasonic DMC-FS40 camera lens
Of noticeable interest is the inclusion of a high quality Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens that boasts great brightness of F2.5. The F2.5 lens is even brighter by approx. 25% than the F2.8 lens which is generally considered a bright lens in this segment. It allows the use of higher shutter speed but captures amazing clear, sharp, blur-free pictures even in lower lighting conditions. Together with the MEGA optical image stabilizer in the iA mode, the Panasonic DMC-FS40 powerfully suppresses blur caused by the movement of subjects.
Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens
Comprising of 6 elements in 5 groups with 3 aspherical lenses with 5 aspherical surfaces, the leica lens unit in the Panasonic FS40 camera realizes downsizing of both total length and diameter to fit in the slim, compact body of the FS40. This advanced lens unit passes Leica's quality standards and delivers an exceptional optical performance with its minimal distortion and chromatic aberrations while suppressing ghosting and flaring.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 with Venus Engine
The multi-task image-processor 'Venus Engine' supports a blazing fast response time which makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities, together with the Sonic Speed Autofocus that lets you lock on the subject. The Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens, high resolution CCD and the high performance 'Venus Engine' assure fast and high quality image rendering.
Panasonic Lumix camera settings
Panasonic included the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of missed photos. All of these useful, convenient shooting-assist functions - MEGA O.I.S., AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Intelligent Exposure and Intelligent Scene Selector - are automatically activated by turning the camera in iA mode. Other features like Panorama Shot and Beauty Retouch are also available on the Panasonic DMC-FS40. It is possible to shoot a horizontal and vertical panoramic pictures with consequent photos taken by overlaying the previous picture. Beauty Retouch, which is popular on FX camera series, offers a variety of cosmetic effects on the portrait photos.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 price & availability
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 digital compact camera will be available in the United States in March 2012 and carries a suggested retail price of $129 USD. (In the United Kingdom is cost £120 GBP and in other European countries around €130 Euro). The Panasonic DMC-FS40 will be available in a number of colour options. Availability of colors and accessories may differ depending on the country. Please check the Panasonic website in your region for more details.
Panasonic DMC- FS40 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 test sample, we will publish a sample photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 review. In the meantime you can read our latest Panasonic Lumix camera reviews.