Panasonic introduces entry-level DMC-FX10 and DMC-FX12 digital cameras

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Panasonic has unveiled a number of new digital cameras today, the first of which are the 6 megapixel DMC-FX10 and the 7.2 megapixel DMC-FX12 – entry-level models with f/2.8 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens and 3x optical zoom.

Both models feature Panasonic’s Mega Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) to compensate for the dreaded shaky hand. It uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement, shifting a lens in the opposite direction to compensate, giving you sharp, clear images without deterioration. There’s also an Intelligent ISO Control, which detects whether the subject is moving and, as necessary, raises the ISO setting and shutter speed according to how fast the subject is moving and the light conditions.

The DMC-FX12 and DMC-FX10 also use the Venus Engine III, Panasonic’s image-processing engine, which can record at a sensitivity setting as a high as ISO 1250 at full resolution. Other features include a 2.5-inch large LCD monitor, backlighting for the screen (to compensate for strong light outdoors), multiple scene modes, movie shooting at 30fps, a battery life of up to 370 shots and 27MB of built-in storage.

Both the DMC-FX10 and DMC-FX12 will be available from March 2007, pricing still to be confirmed.

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