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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Mark Peters
Photokina report
Saturday 31st, July 2010
Posted by: Mark Peters

Photokina 2010 Show - Panasonic is pleased to introduce new DMC-FZ100, top-of-the-line of Lumix popular FZ series that packs a powerful optical zoom and creative options including manual operation, adding full HD movie recording capability. The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in the DMC-FZ100 extends its optical zoom range from 27mm to 25mm at wide end and the zoom power from 18x to 24x to be even more versatile compared with the DMC-FZ35. Also the newly developed 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor lets the Panasonic FZ100 record high quality 1920x1080 full HD movie as smooth as 50i (PAL). Together with a host of options, the unlimited expression of not only photo but also of movie is now easily available with FZ100.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

14.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 hybrid camera
The high speed MOS sensor realizes the industry’s fastest level of burst shooting in 14.1-megapixel full resolution at 11 fps with mechanical shutter and even 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel recording mode. It also enables the camera to record high speed movie at 220 fps in QVGA size, to capture the motion of a subject the naked eye cannot see. The new image processing LSI the Venus Engine FHD assures high picture quality in both photo and movie recording. It also compiles the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing depending on the part of a picture to give a whole image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details. The powerful 24x optical zoom can be increased its power to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even using digital zoom. The Sonic Speed AF in the Panasonic Lumix FZ100 features its speed at the industry's fastest level. Combined with a high-speed start-up, this gives the Lumix FZ100 an industry's fastest level of response that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.

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Panasonic DMC-FZ100 manual and automatic controls
The manual control of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 elevates the operability even higher with the incorporation of new jog dial. Focus switch is newly equipped on the lens barrel true to the system camera. User can enjoy creative shooting expressing their intention not only in photo but also in movie, utilizing a host of options including Creative Movie mode and My Color mode. The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode - an advancing hallmark of Lumix - now comprehends Motion Deblur mode. The Motion Deblur mode is available by updating the motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) to gain as high shutter speed as possible. Combined with the outstanding brightness of the lens and the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 thoroughly prevents any kind of blur - whether the blur is caused by a handshake or the subject's motion. The POWER O.I.S., Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure work appropriately just by entering the iA mode for any user to take beautiful photos with maximum ease.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 lens
The Panasonic Lumix FZ100 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom(35mm camera equivalent:25-600mm). Comprising 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly compact body while passing Leica's stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance suppressing distortion at wide end and color bleeding at tele end. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 24x optical can virtually extend to 32x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 50.6x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the large MOS sensor to bring subjects even closer.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 features
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 features free-angle 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high-resolution LCD (which boasts a wide viewing angle) and 0.2-inch 202,000-dot EVF, both with 100% field of view. A large, clear, easy-to-see LCD, that rotates 180° horizontally and 270° vertically to offer even more comfortable view for both monitoring when shooting and for playing back the results. The 1cm Macro shot is also available to capture subjects with fine detail with the Panasonic Lumix FZ100.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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