Panasonic introduces LUMIX DMC-FZ35 with AVCHD Lite high-definition movie recording capability

By on December 13, 2009
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Featuring a powerful 27mm wide-angle 18x optical zoom high quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens

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PR: Panasonic is pleased to introduce the LUMIX DMC-FZ35 (DMC-FZ38) digital still camera, featuring an AVCHD Lite high-definition movie recording capability combined with powerful 27mm wide-angle 18x optical zoom high quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens.

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Joining Panasonic’s popular FZ series of cameras that pack a high-powered zoom and a host of creative options including manual operation into a compact body, the FZ35 (FZ38) also boasts upgraded O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) newly named as POWER O.I.S. and ultra high-speed AF together with other enhanced features that boost user’s fun and convenience.

The AVCHD Lite*2 realizes long time recording of high-definition motion image. The well-considered operational command layout including an independent movie recording button makes the DMC-FZ35 (DMC-FZ38) a true hybrid — a single model that performs admirably as both camera and camcorder while achieving smooth, easy operation in both modes.

The adoption of AVCHD Lite lets users enjoy watching not only still images but also HD movies, just inserting the SDHC/SD Memory Card from the camera in the VIERA Image Viewer (Built-in SDHC/SD Memory Card slot) on a Panasonic VIERA HDTV to start playback. Alternatively, simply connect the camera via an optional mini-HDMI cable to a VIERA Link-equipped TV and use the TV’s remote control to run slideshows including both still and motion images in the timeline.

The super-powerful 18x zoom lens makes it easy to pull in subjects from far away or to take dramatic close-ups. For an added boost, zoom power can be increased to 35.2x with the Extra Optical Zoom function*3. The 27mm wide-angle feature is ideal for both broad landscapes and tight indoor shots, letting photographers capture a wider view.

The 12.1-megapixel resolution allows photos to be greatly enlarged while still retaining outstanding detail, or edited by trimming and enlarging parts of the photo to print. Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto mode — a hallmark of LUMIX cameras — now includes POWER O.I.S., an optical image stabilizer which boasts double repression power compared to the conventional image stabilization system, MEGA O.I.S. The advanced Face Recognition function recognizes faces up to three people simultaneously in photo recording mode*4.

The other feature that makes the DMC-FZ35 (DMC-FZ38) a really active camera is the extended battery life of approx. 470 pictures thanks to the highly energy efficient image processing LSI, the Venus Engine HD*5.

The FZ35 (FZ38) inherits and enhances the manual operation that has proven so popular with other members of the FZ family. The FZ35 (FZ38) manual controls are more versatile than in previous models and the control layout has been improved, making use of the manual controls easier and more intuitive.

Also, the Advanced Scene mode, unique to LUMIX high-end compact cameras for users who want more creativity, now includes a Close-up mode that lets users enjoy sophisticated close-up photography according to the subject to shoot with remarkable ease. The FZ35 (FZ38) features a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD with a wide-viewing angle, improving visibility during recording and playback.

Taking advantage of the versatile 27mm wide-angle powerful 18x optical zoom lens, the DMC-FZ35 (DMC-FZ38) lets users record both photo and movie with exceptional creative freedom. Users from beginner to serious amateur photographers will surely find new fun and ease of photography and videography with the DMC-FZ35 (DMC-FZ38).


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