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Conventional Digital Cameras use image sensor technology built around a CCD (Charge Coupled Device). However the demand for faster readout and lower power consumption has led to the development of MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors as the preferred technology to deliver the advanced features of today's models. Panasonic's advanced 16 megapixel MOS sensor offers a digital readout from the sensor that supports Full HD video recording and high speed burst shooting. Also, due to a newly designed micro lens tube structure, light capture is maximised and picture noise greatly reduced.
In addition to multi-coating lens technology to reduce flare and reflections, the application of a Nano thin coating outer layer (usually only found on high-end Digital SLR lenses) virtually eliminates ghost and flare entirely.
One of the benefits of a bridge camera is the wide choice of focal range on offer in a lens that is built-in to the camera. With a huge focal range of 25-600mm equivalent (that means a zoom magnification of 24 times) the lens would normally be bulky and heavy weight. But with the FZ series, you get the zoom capability without the bulk.
Of course sometimes you want to photograph wide vistas or just fit a large group of people into the shot. This is where the 25mm equivalent wide angle lens on board this camera comes into its own. Its wide angle of view allows more of your subject into the photograph, which is great for those times when you can't step back far enough to fit it all in.
Our highest and most effective order of image stabilisation. Power O.I.S. is about twice as effective as our conventional system at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur. It is especially useful when using slow shutter effects or shooting night scenes. With the option of Active mode during movie recording, videoing from a moving vehicle or while walking is also more precise.
Fast focus is a must when you don't want to miss the moment of a lifetime. None come faster in a compact camera than the lightning fast 0.1 seconds of Lumix. Borrowed from the technology used in our Lumix G system camera, the incredibly fast focus speed is due to the double speed readout from the sensor when the shutter button is half pressed.
When shooting video for playback on a Full HD TV, AVCHD offers amazing high quality recording. Video captured on your camera's SD card can be played back directly on a Panasonic Viera Full HD TV by putting the card in the SD slot on the TV and selecting play video.
A combination of improved noise reduction and redesigned MOS sensor means that you can now shoot in very low light conditions by selecting a high sensitivity mode of ISO3200.
A high resolution (460,000 pixels) Liquid Crystal Display is offered with a 3.0 inch viewing area that works well in bright light due to the Auto Brightness sensor that automatically increases brightness by up to 40% when in sunny conditions.
A full colour, electronic viewfinder is built-in for monitoring the image from the sensor. Offering 100% field-of-view, it enables accurate composition of your photos with the camera held close to the face in the traditional camera shooting style.
The art of taking interesting photographs is to have a camera that is ready to shoot when the moment arises. iA mode is a feature of all Lumix models and it lets you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture. Whether it is a picture of a person's face (using Auto Portrait mode), a dramatic landscape (using Auto Landscape mode), a close up of a beautiful flower (using Auto Macro mode) or a group of friends (using Auto Face Detection & Recognition). All the most commonly used shooting scenarios are programmed in to the camera and the camera makes all the internal settings automatically, leaving you to just press the button.
One of the advantages of a MOS sensor is the incredibly fast read-out speed. High-speed burst shooting, up to 10 frames per second at full resolution, is possible. This enables you to capture high speed action with a sequence of still pictures that are sharp and defined, even when it is difficult to keep the subject in the centre of the frame. You can review the images after you have captured the action and choose the best composed shot.
Up to 14 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot. These effects: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature effect, Toy Effect, Low Key, Star Filter, One Point Colour, Dynamic Monochrome, Soft Focus, Impressive Art and Cross Process offering you a wider choice of creative style.
Some of the creative filter effects that are available before taking your picture are also available to add to your shot after you have captured it. You can decide whether effects like Soft Focus, High Key or Dynamic Monochrome add an interesting new look to your shot, and apply the effect to the original picture after you have reviewed it.
A built-in stereo microphone means high quality Dolby encoded stereo sound can be recorded when using movie mode.
Panasonic Lumix cameras are compatible with SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card and the new extra capacity SDXC Memory Cards. So whether it's 1GB, 4GB or 64GB capacity you require, Lumix can accommodate.
brilliant camera very easy to use - takes very clear pics - would recommend itPublished 3 months ago by poogiewoogie.
Such a wonderful camera and fantastic service from the sellerPublished 4 months ago by Mrs L Fisher
Even me, an amateur by far is using this camera with no hick-ups. The pictures seem good, so far so good.Published 6 months ago by jilly parker
Having read great reviews about this camera (quoted as the best in it's price range by Which) I decided to buy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. F. Pilkington
Exactly what I ordered and it meets with all my requirements and expectations. On a limited budget could not be betterPublished 7 months ago by Mr Vanya Griffiths