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Panasonic Debuts Touchscreen Digicam

Secaucus, N.J. — Panasonic will ship a digital camera with a 3-inch LCD touchscreen to dealers in May.

The DMC-FX500 will be the company’s first to offer a touchscreen display. The 10-megapixel camera will feature a 25mm, 5x optical zoom lens with optical stabilization, 1,280 by 720p/30 fps video recording, 21 scene modes and the company’s previously announced “advanced intelligent auto” mode.

The camera has a joystick control and comes with a stylus pen for making adjustments on the touchscreen. Camera functions such as manual exposure and autofocus can be adjusted using the stylus.

In playback, the FX500 features a new “easy organization” menu for viewing photo thumbnails and editing image titles with an on-screen keyboard. Also new is autofocus tracking, which maintains focus if a subject moves after the AF set.

It features a burst mode of 2.5 fps to five full resolution images, 50MB of internal memory and a maximum ISO of 1,600.

The camera will be sold in black and silver for $399.