By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
In addition to unveiling its 3D TV line at International CES, Panasonic also introduced six new Lumix digital cameras.
Panasonic said it will offer three FH-series models in 2010. All will have slim bodies (measuring about an inch thick), wide-angle zoom lenses, and 720p high-definition video capture at 30 fps.
New Lumix models will also be compatible with SDXC memory cards, including Panasonic's newly announced 48GB and 64GB SDXC cards to enable high-capacity content storage and fast data-transfer speeds.
The most advanced of the FH-series models is the DMC-FH20, which includes 14-megapixel resolution, an 8x optical-zoom lens (28mm to 224mm), a 2.7-inch LCD screen, optical image stabilization and Intelligent Auto mode.
The Lumix DMC-FH3 also offers 14-megapixel resolution but steps down in zoom range with a 5x optical-zoom lens (28mm to 140mm).
The DMC-FH1 features 12-megapixel resolution, and a 5x optical-zoom lens (28mm to 140mm).
Pricing and availability dates on the new models were not announced.
Panasonic also introduced two additions to the FP series. Both the DMC-FP3 and the DMC-FP1 feature 4x optical-zoom lenses that range from 35mm to 140mm.
The DMC-FP3 offers 14-megapixel resolution, touchscreen-control, a 3-inch-diagonal touchscreen LCD, 720p HD video capture at 30 fps and Intelligent Auto mode.
The camera includes a touchscreen to control playback navigation and touch-to-focus features.
The Lumix DMC-FP1 omits the touchscreen control and features 12-megapixel resolution, a 2.7-inch LCD view-screen, 720p HD video capture at 30 fps and Intelligent Auto picture taking.
The Lumix DMC-F3 is also a 12-megapixel model with a 4x optical zoom (28mm to 112mm), digital image stabilization, a 2.7-inch LCD viewscreen and 720p HD video capture at 30 fps.
It also features an auto power LCD function that detects light conditions and automatically boosts the LCD backlighting by a maximum of 40 percent when shooting outdoors, for clarity of the image on screen.
In addition to supporting conventional SD/SDHC memory cards, the Lumix F3 will also be compatible with SDXC memory cards.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.