Panasonic’s DMC-FS15 with 29mm wide angle Leica DC lens in Photography
January 17, 2009, 04:28 PM
by Felisia A
Panasonic’s DMC-FS15 with 29mm wide angle Leica DC lens
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January 16th 2009 : The world renowned Panasonic
Lumix range offers sophistication in both technology and style,
evidence of which lies in the new 12.1 megapixel DMC-FS15. The latest
addition to the award winning FS series boasts a whole host of features
- including a 29mm wide angle Leica DC lens * with 5x optical zoom and Intelligent Auto - whilst remaining inherently easy to use.
Intelligent Auto Mode Just Keeps Getting Better
Panasonic incorporated Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate
ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. This mode is also
further advanced with the inclusion of the AF tracking and Intelligent
Exposure feature for the DMC-FS15. Furthermore, digital red-eye
correction is also integrated in the Face Detection.
iA mode the camera does all the work, activating AF tracking,
Intelligent Exposure, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Mega
O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer), and Intelligent ISO Control. This
leaves the user free to simply compose the shot and press the shutter
button, with the assurance that the image will be clear, beautiful and
With the new AF Tracking
function, the user can "lock" the focus onto a moving subject. The
camera then automatically tracks the subject as it moves, keeping it in
focus without the user having to hold the shutter button halfway down.
This makes it easier to capture the perfect moment clearly and in sharp
focus when shooting images of a child, pet, sports or any scene with
moving subjects and spur-of-the-moment action.
Exposure suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights to capture
images that look natural and true-to-life. It now features an automatic
backlight compensation function that activates whenever the camera
detects that the light source is behind the subject
detection accuracy has been increased in the FS15 to now provide
continuous adjustment of the focus and exposure even if the face is
turned sideways to the camera. Combined with AF Tracking, Face
Detection helps users capture special moments, including the fleeting
expressions on the faces of active children. Plus, with the FS15, the
red-eye effect can be digitally corrected automatically when it occurs
due to the use the flash.
Selector automatically selects whichever of 5 scene modes -- Macro,
Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, and Night Scenery - best suits the
shooting situation. The Quick AF system allows the camera to keep focus
on the subject while the camera is in recording mode even before
pressing a shutter button.
In addition to the
advanced functions mentioned above, the iA mode inherits fundamental
functions users need in a good digital still camera. These include MEGA
O.I.S., which prevents blurring from hand-shake, and Intelligent ISO
Control, which prevents motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if
the subject moves as the shot is taken. The MEGA O.I.S. conventionally
has mode 1 and 2, and now it has AUTO mode to select the suitable one
between the modes according to the zoom ratio being used.
user can activate all of these useful functions by simply pressing an
independent iA button on the top of the camera, which is newly equipped
for direct activation. All these features make the FS15 the ultimate,
super-versatile automatic camera for capturing clear, beautiful,
mistake-free photos with ease.
The bigger picture with the Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR wide angle lens
The 12.1-megapixel DMC- FS15 packages a 29mm wide-angle *
Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 5x optical zoom into a slim, compact
body. Comprising 7 elements in 6 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses
with 4 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the
outstandingly slim and compact body yet passing Leica''s stringent
standards to deliver an exceptional optical performance.
The zoom ratio can be extended up to 9.8x (294mm * )
in 3megapixel resolution mode with minimal deterioration thanks to the
Extra Optical Zoom. By using the central part of the CCD, this
powerful zooming function allows you to easily capture and magnify
High Performance Venus Engine IV
The image-processing LSI, Venus Engine IV, features advanced signal
processing technology for rendering high quality images.
in the DMC- FS15, the multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine
IV supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is
as short as 0.006 seconds and the camera''s quick response makes it
easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities. And
in High-Speed Burst shooting mode, * * it fires off an incredible 5.5 shots per second. You also get unlimited consecutive shooting, * * * which lets you keep shooting until the memory card is full.
Venus Engine IV also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the
DMC-FS15 record at a setting of up to ISO 6400, sensitive enough to
capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash. * *
Look at me!
DMC-FS15 incorporates an easy-to-see, large, 2.7-inch 230,000-dot
high-resolution LCD for comfortable viewing while both monitoring shots
and playing back the results. The Intelligent LCD function detects the
light condition and automatically boosts the LCD backlighting by max.
40% when shooting outdoors in bright sunshine, and adjusts the frame
rate when shooting in low-lit situations in addition to using the pixel
mixed readout method to secure clarity in such situations. Detecting
the lighting condition precisely and automatically controlling the
brightness with a total of 11 fine steps, this function gives the
display the most appropriate clarity in any situation without using
The High Angle mode makes the LCD
screen extremely easy to view when the camera is held high, such as
when shooting over a crowd.
The Sound of Music
To increase your enjoyment when playing back your images, the FS15
provides slideshows complete with music. Just select the pictures you
want to show and choose the mood that best matches your selection from
natural, slow, urban or swing, and you''ll get an emotion-filled
slideshow with a variety of slide change effects and matching music
without any annoying adjustments to the newly added speaker.
all Lumix cameras can take 1920x1080 pixel high-definition quality
photos that are ideal for full-screen viewing on a wide-screen (16:9)
HDTV. Panasonic has long focused on making photography more enjoyable,
such as by letting people view their images easily on a Panasonic Viera
TV with Viera Image Viewer (internal SD card slot).
Not forgetting motion pictures, the FS15 can record WVGA * * * * (848 x 480) motion pictures at 30 frames per second in addition to standard VGA 640 x 480). The WVGA * * * * * motion picture also fits a wide-screen (16:9) TV perfectly to offer impressive viewing.
The Fun of Photography
Technically specified, yet remaining easy to use – the new FS15
features a variety of features to expand the fun and convenience for
users. For example, the user can select from among several icons for
the camera to use for indicating when the subject is in focus. In
addition to the conventional dot, a flower, car and several other new
shapes are available. The FS15 also adds a new “Photo Frame” mode. It
lets the user put attractive borders around the photo. When printed,
the photos look like postcards in picture frames, making them ideal as
presents. With the My Scene setting, the user can assign up to two
specific scene modes, which you use most often, and switch instantly to
those modes when desired. The minimum shooting distance has been shortened to
3cm in the FS15 – great for macro shots. Using the digital Zoom Macro
function, the user can pull subjects even closer than the closest point
possible with the wide-angle setting, and capture dramatic close ups.
Introducing the included software
The latest version of exciting software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 comes
bundled with the DMC-FS15. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 allows the user to
edit or organize a collection of photos with more ease and fun. It
features Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in the
picture stored in your PC to sort the photos by faces. Conventionally,
you had to pick up one by one out of hundreds of photos when you only
want the picture of a specific person. But with the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0,
the software automatically does it once the face is registered
regardless of the camera type you used – perfect for digging out all
photos of Aunt Mary for her birthday surprise for example! On the
sophisticated interface, you can also enjoy emotional slideshow with a
variety of effects. Motion pictures (MOV or MPEG2) can also be upload
directly to YouTube. * * * * * *
The slim and sleek DMC-FS15 will be available from February in a choice of silver, black and blue.
* 35mm film equivalent: 29-145mm
* * In 3-megapixel(4:3), 2.5-megapixel(3:2), 2-megapixel(16:9) recording * * * The
consecutive shooting speed varies with the memory card, image size, and
image compression mode. The number of shots depends on the memory card
size, battery life, image size and image compression mode. * * * * When you set the picture quality to HD, WVGA or VGA, we recommend using
a high-speed card with”10MB”/s” or greater displayed on the package. SD speed class is the speed
standard regarding continuous writing. * * * * * Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 15 minutes in some countries. * * * * * *
YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc. *All other company and product
names are trademarks of their respective corporations.
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