Features & Controls
The Lumix DMC-FS25 features a LEICA DC Vario-Elmar 5x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to a 29-145mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It has a maximum aperture of F3.3 - 5.9 (wide-telephoto). The lens is constructed from 7 elements in 6 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces). When powered down the lens retracts into the camera's body and is protected by a built-in cover.
Shaky hands is the one of the biggest causes of blurry shots. LUMIX cameras help solve this problem with advanced MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) technology. A built-in gyro-sensor detects any hand-shake and a signal is relayed to a high precision control circuit built into the Venus Engine IV, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the O.I.S. lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. Panasonic's highly evolved Venus Engine HD makes this process even faster and more accurate. This helps extend the MEGA O.I.S. correction range more than 3 steps below (slower than) the shutter speed that is generally considered to be the limit for handheld shooting.
The TTL contrast-detection auto focus system has selectable Normal, Macro, Tracking and Quick AF modes. It also features an AF-assist lamp for low light situations. The normal focus range is:
- Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 100cm - infinity
- Macro / Intelligent AUTO: Wide 10cm / Tele 100cm - infinity
The built in flash offers Auto, Red-eye
Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On and Flash Off modes.
Flash range is 11.8 in. - 17.4 ft. / 0.3 - 5.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 3.3 - 9.8 ft. / 1.0 - 3.0m (Tele/ISO Auto).
On top of the camera you will find the power switch,
shutter release with the zoom control coupled around it and the intelligent Auto button.
A 3-inch, 230K dot LCD screen is
used to frame and view your images, as well as navigate the camera's
menus. In Auto Power LCD mode, the screen will adjust itself to make sure it is easily visible in any lighting conditions.
Controls on the back: At the top right is
the Play / Record switch. Below that is the Mode button, which chooses the desired exposure mode. Next are the Display and Menu/Set buttons. The MENU/Set button calls up and
dismisses the menu system as well as accepts menu selections. The
DISPLAY button toggles the amount of overlay information shown on the
LCD. The 4-way selector in Record
mode toggles the flash mode when pressed "Right." When pressed "Up" it
adjusts exposure compensation, "Left" to activate the Self-timer and
press "Down" to enable Marco focus mode. In Playback mode the 4-way
selector is used to select images and in both record and play is used
to navigate the menu screens. The Q.MENU button gives you access to the shortcut menu in record
mode, and acts as the image delete option in playback mode.
A combination I/O port handles both the standard-definition Audio/Video output as well us USB (2.0 high-speed) connectivity, using the supplied cables.The DMC-FS25 is also PictBridge compatible, so you can print directly from the camera when plugged into any PictBrdge compatible photo printer.
Still images and movie clips are stored on 50MB of internal flash memory or removable SD, SDHC, or MMC memory cards. Panasonic claims when using MMC type media, you can only capture Still images. Shown here with a fast and spacious OCZ Class 6 4GB SDHC card.
Approx. Storage capacities
The DMC-FS25 is powered by a proprietary 3.6v 940mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery. Panasonic claims that a fully charged pack will provide enough power for up to 330 frames or 165 minutes of continuous recording time (using CIPA standard testing methods).
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