Panasonic Introduces New E-Wear Four-In-One SD A/V RecordersLAS VEGAS (January 8, 2003) — Panasonic presents the first digital still camera to feature 12x optical zoom. The new Lumix DMC-FZ1 (first shown at Photokina 2002) is one of two new 2003 models being launched in February, to be followed by additional models later this spring. All Lumix cameras feature an SD Memory Card/ MultiMediaCard slot and built-in USB port.
The Lumix DMC-FZ1 incorporates several new features. Foremost among them is the image stabilized, super 12x optical zoom (equivalent to a 35-420mm zoom lens on a 35mm film camera) and F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom range. Both of these features were previously available only in high-end professional cameras.
Read the full Panasonic Lumix press release.