Panasonic Unveils Lumix Club Cloud Service

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Secaucus, N.J. - In addition to its other

digital camera introductions

on Friday, Panasonic took the wraps off a Wi-Fi-enabled model, the Lumix DMC-FX90, and announced a Cloud-based photo service.  

The Lumix Club is accessible via smartphones and computer browsers, allowing users to upload photos taken with the FX90. Photos can be simultaneously uploaded to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or YouTube.

Once a Lumix Club account is acquired, Panasonic said it will provide a free iPhone and Android app called Lumix Link, letting users share photos by connecting the FX90 just once to the smartphone and then using the carrier network to share photos online.

With the app, users can reportedly enter and store all their social-network account information and will not have to login to individual sites after the initial setup. At home, they will be able to directly upload the images to the social networks via the access point of a home router or a wireless connection, Panasonic said.

To assist with this, the FX90 has a dedicated Wi-Fi button that directly opens a Wi-Fi Connection mode outside home and gets WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) connection at home.

Access to the Lumix Club is slated for Sept. 5.

Other features of the FX90 include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 24mm ultra-wide Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens with F2.5 brightness, 5x optical zoom, 3-inch 460,000-dot LCD with Smart Touch, 12.1-megapixel CCD sensor, Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, and 1,920 by 1,080 60i FullHD video recording in the AVCHD format.

Pricing and availability for the FX90 will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping, Panasonic said.


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