Secaucus, N.J. – Panasonic will ship a pair of compact FS-series digital cameras and an entry level LS model to dealers in the spring.
Both the DMC-FS15 and FS7 feature the fourth generation of the company’s Venus Engine processor, a 2.7-
inch “intelligent LCD” which automatically monitors and adjusts the display based on ambient lighting, and a new photo frame mode for adding themed borders to images in-camera. A new my scene mode lets users save a custom scene mode.
The cameras feature 50MB of internal memory and can record 848 by 480 video at 30 fps in widescreen, or VGA resolution video in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
The 12- megapixel FS15 ($199) offers a 5x optical zoom lens (29mm) and Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Mode with AF tracking and intelligent exposure. It will be sold in silver, black and blue.
The 10.1 megapixel FS7 incorporates a scaled back Intelligent Auto mode without AF tracking and intelligent exposure. It features a 4x optical zoom lens. It will retail for $159 and be sold in silver, black, blue, pink and green.
Shipping in April, the 8-megapixel LS85 features a 4x optical zoom, a dedicated Intelligent Auto mode button, 848 by 480 video capture, a 2.5-inch LCD and 50MB of internal memory. It will retail for $119 and be sold in silver, black and pink.