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Panasonic Lumix FS16 Digital Camera - Black (14.1MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • iA (Intelligent Auto) mode
  • 28mm wide-angle Leica DC VARIO lens and 14.1-megapixel CCD
  • 4x optical zoom lens
  • Quick start-up time and Sonic Speed AF
  • HD movie recording (1,280 x 720p at 30 fps in motion JPEG format)
  • 2.7" 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD
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  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 9.4 x 5.4 cm ; 118 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: DMC-FS16EB-K
  • ASIN: B004I1KP8Y
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Jan. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,556 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

14.1 Megapixels Sensor size 1/2.33 inch 4320 x 3240 Resolution4 x Optical zoom Focal length (tele) 112 Focal length (wide) 28 Image stabilisation Max aperture (tele) 6.5 Max aperture (wide) 3.1 5cm Minimum focus distance 1/1600 sec Shutter speed max8 sec Shutter speed min28 Scene Modes ISO min 100 ISO max 6400 TFT Screen LCD Display 2.7 inch Screen sizeScreen resolution (pixels) 230000 Flash metering Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off / 0.4 - 3.3m (Wide/I.ISO), 1.0 - 1.6m (Tele/I.ISO) Built in FlashMovie mode 720p HD Face detection Technology PictBridge Card format 70MB Internal, SD, SDHC, SDXC Memory Card File formats JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3), QuickTime Motion JPEG Connectivity AV Output (PAL), USB2.0 High speed Battery model Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 660mAh) Dimensions mm : 53.5 x 94.3 x 18.8 ( H x W x D ) Weight : 118g1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

Manufacturer's Description

The world renowned Panasonic LUMIX range offers sophistication in both technology and style and to prove this point Panasonic is pleased to introduce the latest addition to the award winning FS series, the new 14.1-megapixel DMC-FS16 with a slimmer, more compact, stylish profile.

Enable beautiful image recording with higher quality signal processing

High Performance Venus Engine VI

Using a high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI in the FS16 allows for improved performance and enable beautiful image recording with higher quality signal processing and now include Intelligent Resolution technology.

With Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas — outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, the superior noise reduction process of the Venus Engine VI is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness this innovative technology precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way and as a result, images are naturally clear and crisp.

The multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine VI supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as 0.006 of a second and the camera's quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the Sonic Speed Auto Focus (AF) that lets you lock on the subject. The Venus Engine IV also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the FS16 record at a setting of up to ISO 6400, sensitive enough to capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash.

Model features newly developed, retractable-type, high quality LEICA DC lens

Superb picture with 28mm wide-angle Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR wide angle lens

The FS16 also features a newly developed, retractable-type, high quality LEICA DC lens with 28mm wide-angle and 4x optical zoom. Comprising of 6 elements in 5 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens is minimised in size thanks to the Panasonic’s concurrent development system of lens, mechanism and design of the camera. It results in the dramatic downsizing of the body with approx. 20% slimmer profile than the predecessor models, while maintaining exceptional optical performance and a host of advanced features.

Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom available in the FS models extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x with minimal deterioration and means the 4x optical can virtually extend to 5x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function extends zoom power to8.4x in 3-megapixel recording. By using the central part of the CCD, this powerful zooming function allows you to easily capture and magnify distant subjects.

High correction performance against hand-shaking blur

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.

In iA mode the camera does all the work, activating AF tracking, Intelligent Exposure, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser), 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 properly exposed.

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 spontaneous action.

Intelligent 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.

Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects whichever of 6 scene modes--Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset--that best suits the shooting situation. MEGA O.I.S. suppresses hand-shake and Intelligent ISO control prevents moving subject to be blurred by optimizing the shutter speed and ISO sensitivity setting, to render sharp, clear images whatever the shooting situation is. In addition, human faces are captured in focus and appropriate exposure with the Face Detection and it also corrects unwanted red-eye digitally.

The user can activate all of these useful functions by simply pressing an independent iA button on the top of the camera. All these features make the FS16 the ultimate, super-versatile automatic camera for capturing clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease.

Record stunning HD movies to share over the internet

The Fun and Ease of Photography

Technically specified, yet remaining easy to use – the new FS16 even records dynamic HD movie in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30fps, in addition to normal VGA (640 x 480) in Motion JPEG. All movies can be directly uploaded to YouTube via the uploaded software or you can enjoy high quality image playback by simply playing connected or loading the memory card into a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing. Another way to easily share your movies, together with photos, is thanks to the integrated LUMIX Image Uploader, which realises instant image sharing via Facebook (photo) or YouTube (movie) with any PC on the spot. All you have to do is checkmark the photos you want to share and connect the camera to a PC. Uploading starts just by following the simply instructions, allowing you to add comment and notify your friends via e-mail consequently. Face book can be used for photos and YouTube for movies.

Further features to expand the fun and convenience for users include built-in memory of 70MB, an Intelligent LCD which automatically adjusts the screen brightness in 11 steps as the surrounding brightness level changes, ensuring easy visibility at all times plus a total of 28 scene modes, such as ‘Baby’ or ‘Pet’, set most appropriate parameter in wide-ranging situations. Editing with the latest software

The latest version of PHOTOfunSTUDIO comes bundled with the FS16. PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 helps to sort and organise thousands of photos and movies with more ease, with quick start-up and fast read-in allowing quick access to the image you want.

For portraits, the Face Recognition function recognises the faces in the picture stored in your PC and sorts the photos by faces. A Panorama Stitch lets you make a panoramic composite in MOV file by synthesising photos taken in Panorama Assist mode of the camera. It is also possible to make a slideshow with the selected photos adding an appropriate music file to accompany.

Packing a host of functions, the new slim and compact DMC-FS16 allows any user to enjoy shooting beautiful images anytime. The metallic panel with noble hairline finish is available in silver, black, pink, red or blue.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
After my old Lumix DMC-FX150 broke, I decided to replace it with a relatively cheap Lumix camera, having had a good experience with that one. I decide on this camera, due to the good reviews by other people, as well as its cheap price tag. And I must say, I was not disappointed.

I've only had the camera a relatively short time, and haven't really had a chance to play with all the settings yet, but from what I've seen so far it's a good camera that takes good quality pictures. It has a range of photo settings that can be adjusted to a certain extent, perfect for the amateur photographer like myself, as well as pre-made settings for beginners.

It has a re-chargable lithium battery, and comes with the charger for this, which I prefer as it saves me having to buy batteries all the time to replace it! Although I know some people prefer to be able to change the batteries on the go, so it all depends on your own preference I feel. But the battery lasts quite a long time (depending on usage obviously) so I have never felt this has impacted me significantly.

The camera does not come with any kind of SD memory card, which could be an issue if this is your first camera, however I used my SD card from my old camera which was fine. The camera does have a very small built-in memory itself, which would be okay for a couple of photos, but not any more than that.

It's very lightweight and slim in size, which makes it easy to slip in to my pocket if I wanted to, which was a slight problem with my previous Lumix.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with this camera so far! High quality product for a good price. Definately one I'd recommend!
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Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
Was concerned at the lack of reviews on here but found good pro reviews elsewhere so went for it. Best camera ive had for a novice. Takes gret picures and the movie mode is also good. I went for this camera because I didnt want to use AA batteries. If you want an easy camera that takes good pics this is one to look at, I found it hard to take blurry pics ( Wanted to see if I could, so shows the technolohy works) and ive had no red eye issues. Very Happy I bought it.
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Colour Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I have only had the camera for a couple of days but initial impressions are very good.

I decided to replace my old Fuji Finepix A202 which is very basic and bulky by current standards. I am only an occasional picture taker so did not wish to spend a fortune and was baffled by the number of different models and range of features on offer. I must have spent eight hours plus reading both professional and user reviews and was still baffled.

Eventually I plumped for the FS 16 on the basis of size and the good reviews for its image stabilization system.

Pro's
Size and "feels" substantial

Image stabilization system is very good

Once you get used to the menu logic, configuration and operation is straightforward

No qualms on image quality, HD movie is just.....wow

Con's
Battery cannot be charged in situ, it has to be removed from the camera and charged in a remote unit. I am concerned that the battery door seems rather flimsy and that it may prove vulnerable with regular use.

Image protection is too good. I have been unable to find any way to delete camera images via my pc when connected to the camera. Images have to either deleted using the cameras menu system or by removing the SD card from the camera, inserting it into the pc card reader and then deleting them from the card. Again this operation involves further use of the battery door.

I realise that the Pro's are "real" whilst the Con's are perceived and I hope my concerns prove unfounded.

In conclusion, I am very pleased with the camera, overall, the quality of the pictures and the price - I may even take more pictures now I can just tuck it in my top pocket.
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Colour Name: Pink
Unbeatable point and shoot camera that can do much more.Great size for carrying about and great pictures from straight out of the box on fully auto.
Very good price and worth serious consideration if you want good 'snaps' without having to learn a full range of photography skills.
Highly recommended.
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Colour Name: Pink Verified Purchase
I bought this camera for my teenage daughter after reading various reviews for loads of compact cameras on Amazon. At the time of purchase, all reviews for this one were favourable.

The camera looks good, handles well and has some very nice features. But when it comes to the crunch, it's all about the picture quality. Outdoors, the pictures are superb. Colours, exposure, focus are all spot on. If it's only needed for taking photos outdoors, this would be the camera to go for.

Unfortunately, it's performance indoors was nowhere near as good. On the wide angle (zoomed out) setting and using flash, the pictures are correctly focused but just too dark. It's as though the flash just isn't strong enough. Zoomed in, in the same setting, produces the worst of this camera's results. There is just so much 'noise' in the picture. It's more or less the same as when zooming in digitally on photos on a PC and yet the zoom on this camera is optical. Outside, 'noise' when zoomed in is not an issue. It simply isn't there. Indoors with low light or using flash and there's the 'noise' again.

I'm guessing that the problem here is that the 14 mega pixel sensor cannot gather enough light indoors. A side by side comparison with my humble 5 mega pixel Canon Powershot leads me to suspect this. The Canon won hands down by a mile on like for like comparison shots.
I returned the camera to Amazon and purchased the Nikon coolpix 3100 (which has had mixed reviews). Not had chance to put it fully through it's paces but the pictures on this are excellent.
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