Panasonic releases new LUMIX model

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Panasonic has announced the release of a new 5-megapixel digital camera, the DMC-FX8, successor to the popular DMC-FX7. Among the more bragworthy features on this pocket camera are a new MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) that Panasonic claim will help to filter out a few of the shakier hand movements that anyone who has tried to take pictures of a night out after a few pints will have experienced. Also noteworthy is the battery life, which will allow 300 shots on a single charge.

The camera will also record movies with audio at a rate of 30FPS, up to a resolution of 640 by 480 and has a built in speaker for audio playback. The camera takes your standard SD cards and multimedia cards (although you can only record still images on the multimedia cards). The camera comes with a 2.5 inch TFT LCD display, and the whole set weighs a reasonable 155g, with memory card and battery. The camera also comes with a nifty 3x optical zoom. No pics of the camera yet, though.

Chris Cornwell