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PANASONIC

Press Release - January 31, 2007




PANASONIC DEBUTS 12X OPTICAL ZOOM LUMIX DMC-FZ8

Long-zoom Camera Features 7.2 Megapixel CCD And Intelligent Image Stabilization




SECAUCUS, N.J. (January 31, 2007) – Panasonic today introduced another addition to its expanding Lumix digital still camera line, the long-zoom Lumix DMC-FZ8. The new model boasts 12x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm film camera) coupled with Panasonic's Extra Optical Zoom function that provides additional magnification up to 18x when taking photos with 3-megapixel resolution. The new camera also features a 7.2-megapixel CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization system now available in all new Panasonic Lumix models.

Panasonic’s proprietary MEGA O.I.S. technology has earned high praise from users around the world, and has become a standard feature of all Lumix digital cameras. Today, Panasonic is merging this technology with Intelligent ISO Control to create the Intelligent Image Stabilization system which compensates for both hand-shake and motion blur, making it easier than ever to capture clear, sharp, beautiful images.

"Panasonic is continuing to make its mark in the digital camera arena by improving on our already successful line of FZ series long-zoom cameras," said Alex Fried, National Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Corporation of North America. "The enhanced features of the compact FZ8, coupled with advanced Intelligent Image Stabilization technology, allows for trouble-free shooting in any situation for the advanced photographer or hobbyist alike."

The stylish Lumix DMC-FZ8 features a large, 2.5-inch LCD for easy viewing while monitoring and during image playback and it has been redesigned to include a multi-purpose joystick for improved usability and simplified exposure compensation. The joystick control allows a host of additional settings, such as manual focus and exposure, to make for quick and easy shooting.

Along with easy operation, the DMC-FZ8 also features the Panasonic LSI Venus Engine III, an advanced image-processing engine that can record at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution -- greatly improving noise reduction, with picture noise removed in stages during image processing. With its multi-task image-processing capability, the Venus Engine III also has outstanding response time with a shutter release time lag as short as 0.005 second, and the shutter interval as short as 0.6 second. This fast response makes it easy for users to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment shots.

In addition, a host of other features make the DMC-FZ8 ideal as a tool for creative photography:

  • Date Stamp: Allows users to utilize the Lumix date stamp feature in three ways: (1) Simply stamp the date on photos, (2) Stamp the day of a trip or event on the photos, and (3) For those precious baby photos, stamp the child’s age in months on the image itself.

  • Added Scene Modes: Offers a total of 18 scene modes, including the new Pet and Sunset modes, making it easy to get beautiful photos in a range of photographic situations.

  • The SILKYPIX Developer Studio 2.0SE Software Application: Gives users the ability to edit and develop images in the RAW file format by freely adjusting RAW data settings such as exposure bias and white balance even after shooting.

  • Long-lasting Battery Life: Allows approximately 380 shots to be taken on a single charge (CIPA.)

  • Increased Memory: Accommodates large-capacity SDHC Memory Cards and boasts approximately 27 MB of built-in memory.

  • The DMC-FZ8 will ship in February 2007 with a MSRP of .95.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Information about Panasonic products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.



DMC-FZ8 Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 112.5 x 72.2 x 79.0 mm (4.43 x 2.84 x 3.11 inch)

Weight

Approx. 310g. (0.68lb)

Approx.357g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.78lb)

Camera Effective Pixels

7.2 Mega pixels

Image Sensor

1/2.5,  7.38 Mega Total Pixels CCD

Primary Color Filter

Optical Zoom

12 x

Extra Optical Zoom

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 14.4x for 5Mega, 18x for 3Mega, 2Mega, 1Mega, 0.3Mega

3:2 Aspect Ratio: 18x for 2.5Mega

16:9 Aspect Ratio: 18x for 2Mega

Digital Zoom

4 x

( Max. 48 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )

(Max. 72 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)

Focal Length

f=6-72mm (35mm Equiv.: 36-432mm)

 

Lens

 

LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT

11 elements in 8 groups

(3 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)

Aperture

Wide: F2.8 - F8 Tele:F3.1 - F8

Optical Image Stabilizer

MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)

Conversion lens Compatibility

Yes

Focusing Area

P / A / S / M / Intelligent ISO / Motion picture:

Normal: Wide 30cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity

Macro: Wide 5cm/Tele(except tele end) 200cm - infinity

 

Tele Macro(at tele end) : 100cm - infinity

 

MF/Simple mode : Wide 5cm/Tele(except tele end) 200cm – infinity, At tele end : 100cm - infinity

AF Metering

1-point / 1-point high speed / 3-point high speed / Multi-point / Spot
(position selectable by joystick except 3-point high speed)

Focus

AF/AF-Macro/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Joystick), Continuous AF On/Off

AF Assist Lamp

 Yes

ISO Sensitivity

Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1250
(High Sensitivity Mode : 3200)

White Balance

Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set1/2

White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias)

Exposure

Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual

Exposure Compensation

 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV

Backlight Compensation

 Yes (at simple mode)

Auto (AE) Bracketing

+/- 1/3 EV -1EV step, 3 frames

Light Metering

Intelligent Multiple/ Center Weighted/ Spot

Scene Mode

Dial:   P(Program) mode, A(AperturePriority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) mode, Simple

SCN (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Panning, Food,

Party, Candle, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Baby1, Baby2, Snow, High sensitivity, Beach, Aerial photo

Sunset, pet ),

Motion Picture, Playback, Print, Intelligent ISO

Shutter Speed

Program AE  : 1-1/2000 sec
Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE : 8-1/2000 sec
Manual : 60-1/2000sec.
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec

Self Timer

2sec / 10sec / 10sec/3images

Auto Review

1sec, 3sec, Zoom

Review

1x / 4x / 8x

Picture Adjustment

Contrast:Low, Standard, High

 

Sharpness: Low, Standard, High

 

Saturation: Low, Standard, High

 

Noise Reduction: Low, Standard, High

Color Effect Mode

Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia

Recording Format

Still Image: JPEG(Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding

image with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard)+ QuickTime

Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG

Recording Image Size

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3072 x 2304 pixels, 2560 x 1920pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels,