Panasonic bolsters Lumix camera range

Panasonic has launched a new batch of Lumix branded digital still cameras. The firm's four new models each feature its proprietary Mega OIS technology, which Panasonic claims eliminates blurry photos once and for all.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  May 2, 2005

Panasonic has launched a new batch of Lumix branded digital still cameras. The firm's four new models each feature its proprietary Mega OIS technology, which Panasonic claims eliminates blurry photos once and for all. This new batch of Lumix lookers includes: the 4-megapixel LS1 – a 3x optical zoom model aimed at entry-level users; the 5-megapixel LZ2 and 4-megapixel LZ1 (both of which offer x6 optical zooms); and the 5-megapixel FZ5, which features a seriously powerful 12x optical zoom and has been squeezed into a much tighter shell than the Panasonic FZ3 it replaces. Each of the new models incorporates Panasonic’s patented Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) technology, which compensates for hand shake while shooting. “Normally, blurred pictures caused by handshake are a major problem of compact cameras, particularly while shooting through an LCD monitor,” explained Koji Naka, manager, Consumer Products, Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE, “but this is solved by Mega O.I.S.” The new LZ1, LZ2 and LS1 cameras also feature Venus Engine Plus. In addition to a consecutive shooting function that lets users snap four frames per second at full resolution for LZ1/LS1 and three frames per second for LZ2, this new imaging system includes an unlimited consecutive shooting mode. This means users can shoot successive photos until the memory card or the camera's 14MB built-in memory reaches full capacity.

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