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New LUMIX camera DMC-LC1 scheduled for spring 2004
Dennis Hissink : October 3th 2003 - 11:39 CET
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PanasonicPanasonic will release a sample of a LUMIX digital camera with high picture quality allowing fully manual operations, combining their digital AV technologies with the optical technologies of Leica Camera AG at CEATEC JAPAN 2003 (to be held at Makuhari Messe from October 7 to 11). With the LUMIX series, they are pursuing the picture quality of digital cameras , and on the other hand, seeking to boost the enjoyment of digital cameras by developing cameras that are compact, that are equipped with high-power zoom lens, long-acting batteries, etc. This digital camera provides such a high picture quality that it can express the atmospheres and subtle nuances highly desired by film-camera lovers.
New LUMIX camera DMC-LC1 scheduled for spring 2004Equipped with a wide-angle Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens and a 5-Megapixel CCD, this digital camera has been developed to enhance the pleasure of taking digital photos, a goal of the LUMIX series by incorporating ring/dial controllers allowing a direct operation feel and by enabling fully manual operations.

This camera is targeted to be released in the market in the spring of 2004.

Some features are:

1. Newly developed Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens

F2.0, 28-90 mm (equivalent to 35-mm film camera) 3.2x optical zoom

2. Equipped with 5-Megapixel CCD and VENUS Engine LSI

High-speed response and high picture quality with a 50% improved diagonal resolution comparing conventional models.

3. Full manual operations through ring/dial controllers

Manual zooming ring that can control zooming manually
Manual focusing ring that can control focusing manually
Aperture control ring that is placed at the bottom of the lens
Aperture control can be set an aperture value directly from F2.0 to F11.
Shutter speed control dial placed at the top of the camera can set a shutter speed directly from 1/2 to 1/2000 sec (1 sec to 8 sec can be set through the screen).
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