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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX36

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 (known in Asia as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX36)is built entirely from metal as it is extremely solid.

Sold at Singapore IT Show 2008 for SGD599
US retail price of $349.99 USD when it becomes available in March.
Australian Release Dates and Prices For Panasonic Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX36 – AUD659, Due March Australia Panasonic

At A Glance
Color options Black, Gold, Pink, Silver, White
Dimensions 94.7 x 51.9 x 22 mm
Weight 146 g
Sensor Resolution (effective) 10.1 megapixels
Optical zoom 4x
Digital zoom 4x
Light sensitivity (auto) 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 6400 ISO
LCD size (new) 2.5 inch
Storage type(s) Secure Digital, Secure Digital HC, MultiMediaCard, Internal memory
Still image format (new) JPEG
Max. image resolution (new) 3648 x 2736
Max video resolution (new) 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

The Lumix DMC-FX36 has a 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica lens that allows you to capture double the viewing space at the same shooting distance compared to ordinary 35mm cameras. In otherwordes, you can squeeze in more people into your pictures. The FX36 can also capture high-definition (HD) videos at reswolutions of up to 720p. With its optional component cable, you can also view both movies and images in HD on a HDTV as well.

The Plus
Minimal distortion at the edges, a perennial problem with ultra wide-angle lenses.
The big drawcard on the features list is the host of automatic options such as Intelligent Auto and Automatic Exposure, which are designed to pick the best combinations of scene modes and settings for your situation.
The Minus
Noise presenting in Panasonic models in the past & this model has not improved.Even at ISO 100 there is some noticeable graininess and by ISO 400 we began to get some loss of clarity. Anything above this was almost unusable. The noise isn't too obvious in small prints but it does limit your ability to make enlargements.

Digital Camera Features
Optical Zoom
Camera Resolution
10.1 MP
Digital Zoom
Video capture
Aspect Ratio
16:09, 4:03
Interchangeable Lens?
Focal Range Telephoto (cm)
Focus Length Telephoto (cm)
Lens Aperture Telephoto (cm)
Aperture Priority?
Flash Functions
Forced Flash, Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash , Slow Sync
ISO Speeds
800, 1600, 3200, 100, 200, 400
Max Shutter Speed
1/2000th of a second
Min Shutter Speed
60 seconds
Shutter Priority?
White balance
Custom, Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade
Fixed Image Resolutions
1920x1080, 1600x1200, 2560x1920, 3072x2048, 2048x1360, 3072x2304, 3072 x 1728, 3648x2736, 2048x1536, 640x480, 2560x1920
Image stabilization (Optical)?
Colour Viewfinder?
Tripod Mount?
Continuous Shot?
Focal Range Wide (cm)
Macro Focus Range Wide (cm)
Focus Length Wide (cm)
Lens Aperture Wide (cm)
Digital Video
Video resolutions
848x480, 320 x 240, 640x480
Video speed (fps)
10, 30
Screen size
2.5 in
Available Colours
Length (mm)
Width (mm)
Height (mm)
Weight without battery (grams)
Supported Memory Media
Secure Digital (SD), Multimedia Card (MMC)
Supported Video File Formats
Motion JPEG, QuickTime
Supported Picture File Formats
Battery Type
Rechargeable - (Li-Ion)
Battery Size
Wired Connections
Wired Terminals / Ports
USB 2.0

Advanced Intelligent Auto mode includes:

* Intelligent Exposure – With this new feature, photos will no longer be under- or over-exposed. Instead, the FX35, instantly analyze the framed image and adjusts the brightness in areas that are too dark because of dim lighting, backlighting or the use of the flash. The camera will automatically adjust the brightness accordingly.
* Digital Red-eye Correction– This feature helps to eliminate the red-eye problem that sometimes results when taking flash shots at the night. Incorporated into the camera, the built-in flash emits a small preliminary flash before the main flash, detects red-eye and will digitally correct it.
* MEGA O.I.S. – Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent hand-shake from creating a blurry image.
* Intelligent ISO – With Intelligent ISO, the FX35 can determine if the photo subject is moving and change the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly, thus giving a blur-free photo.
* Intelligent Scene Selector – Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and will automatically select the appropriate scene mode from: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode. This intuitive technology, helps the consumer use the most common scene modes that are built into the camera, but often go unused, without making any manual adjustments.
* Face Detection – Face Detection detects faces anywhere in the frame, even if they are moving, and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp. Panasonic’s Face Detection detects up to 15 faces.
* Quick AF – The Quick AF (auto focus) system starts focus on the subject by just pointing the camera to the subject, thus minimizing the AF time.

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