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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 and LZ3 announced - The 6 megapixel LZ5 and 5 megapixel LZ3 are equipped with 6x optical zoom lenses, image stabilisation and they are powered by AA batteries.
Featuring Optical 6x Zoom and MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) Running on AA Batteries
Panasonic is introducing the incoming LUMIX models 6.0-megapixel DMC-LZ5 and 5.0-megapixel DMC-LZ3, incorporating MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) and 6x optical zoom(equivalent to 37mm to 222mm on a 35mm film camera) lens, that run on two AA batteries.
MEGA O.I.S. is the image stabilization system against handshake that bears no picture deterioration. Panasonic is the first company in the industry to have succeeded in incorporating MEGA O.I.S. into a compact digital camera and now its benefit is strongly approved by the users of the world, considered to be the standard of photography.
Compared to the previous models, the DMC-LZ2/LZ1, the LZ5 adopts large and bright 2.5 LCD (2.0 LCD for LZ3) and both LZ5/LZ3 speed up its AF time by adopting 1-point high speed AF option while AF assist lamp is newly incorporated. Another feature is in the enhanced scene mode options including the high sensitivity mode that allows shooting at max. ISO 1600. This is realized by the new pixel-mixed readout method of CCD even realizing the recording of bright motion image in VGA size. In addition, the newly incorporated Extra Optical Zoom function allows more powerful zooming Max.8.3x (7.5x for LZ3) in 3-Megapixel image recording. For the brain of the camera, the LZ5/LZ3 incorporate continued Venus Engine Plus, which saves energy consumption to achieve long battery life while maintaining quick response and high picture quality.
As you recall, the blurred image caused by hand shake is the biggest problem of digital camera photography. Let us again mention our MEGA O.I.S. here for the introduction of our new product information. Normally, the compactness of the camera results in the good portability and shooting using LCD helps fine view, however, these advantages may stand in the way because they reduce stability on the other hand. However, MEGA O.I.S. solves those problems. The spur-of-the-moment for which youre not ready enough to keep your posture and the low-lit indoor or night time, when the shutter speed tends to slow, and macro shooting in which even a slight move will spoil the picture, all those are common situations accompany blurry pictures. However, MEGA O.I.S. enables you to easily take clear, beautiful pictures in even in such situations. This capital feature is subsumed under no other cameras but LUMIX among the entry class models that run on AA batteries.
In addition, the LZ5/LZ3 allows shooting with max. ISO 1600 setting in the newly incorporated High Sensitivity mode. This takes advantage of shooting moving subject such as baby and pets especially indoors, which were often spoiled by the movement of subject itself.
Thus, the handshake and the movement of the subject, both the major causes of the blurred picture, are compensated with MEGA O.I.S. and High Sensitivity Mode to help you to take clear and beautiful picture in various situations.
The DMC-LZ5/LZ3 are equipped with outstanding optical 6x zoom that captures and magnifies subjects located at a distance that cannot be captured enough by the 3x zoom of ordinary compact cameras. Even this outstanding zooming capability is supported by MEGA O.I.S. allowing every user to take clear, sharp images, coupled with the new high sensitivity mode that works against the movement of subject.
1. Optical 6x Zoom Top Class for Compact Cameras
The LUMIX DMC-LZ5 and LZ3 are equipped with the optical 6x zoom (equivalent to a 37 222 mm zoom on a 35 mm film camera) lens, while keeping the body size as compact as ordinary 3x zoom cameras. The 6x zoom ratio can be extended up to 8.3x (7.5x for LZ3) in 3-Megapixel image recording mode thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom function with minimal deterioration, by intentionally using the central part of the CCD. This powerful zooming function allows you not only to easily capture and magnify subjects in distant locations, but also to take impressionable photos with soft-focused backgrounds. In addition, the zoom lens features the crystallization of Panasonics optics technology, eight elements in seven groups including two aspherical lenses, which are used to achieve compactness and higher optical performance.
2. High performance, low energy consumption image processing LSI: Venus Engine Plus
The LS2 incorporates the Venus Engine Plus LSI for high performance image processing in both speed and image quality as well as other LUMIX models. For the burst shooting mode, it boasts the shooting at three frames per second* at full resolution. You can start it the moment you want thanks to the independent button**, allowing you to record consecutive images and select the best one afterward. And the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function*** allows limit-free consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD memory card. The industry-leading release time lag of 0.009 sec does not let you miss a shooting chance and helps you capture the spur-of-the-moments.
The Venus Engine Plus reduces the power consumption to the 70% of that of Venus Engine II, enabling the long enough shooting per single replacement of batteries.
*Max. five images in Standard Mode / three images in Fine Mode.
*The button also performs as delete in playback mode.
***The speed of the unlimited consecutive shooting varies depending on the SD memory card.
3. 3x Optical Zoom Lens and 2.0-inch LCD with the Industrys First* High Angle LCD Function
The lens part of LUMIX DMC-LS2 is comprised of seven elements in six groups including three aspherical lenses. The 3x (equivalent to 35 mm to 105 mm on a 35 mm film camera) zoom ratio can be extended up to 3.8x in 3-Megapixel image recording mode thanks to Extra Optical Zoom function with minimal deterioration, by intentionally using the central part of the CCD.
The High Angle LCD function, which is the first application to the digital camera LCD*, makes the display extremely easy to view from bottom angle, for example, when taking photos raising a hand upward to shoot the subject over the crowd. This option can be set instantly by the independent button**.
The large LCD allows the display of images even in tiny thumbnail size. Playback of 9, 16 and 25 is possible on a multi-split screen in addition to the normal 1 frame playback. This helps you to search for the image you want out of a number of images stored on the SD Memory Card, even if the images are in bulk.
*As of January 4, 2006
**The button also performs as display setting.
4. Faster AF with Enhanced Options
In addition to the 5-point, 3-point high speed, 1-point normal speed and Spot, you can select 1-point high speed AF setting. In the 1-point high-speed AF, the AF time has been dramatically reduced by more than 50%*. This makes the auto focusing even easier but very accurate quickly.
Although screen-freeze in high-speed AF is now minimized, to take pictures of fast-moving subjects you can select 1-point normal-speed AF, which does not have any screen-freeze while focusing.
*Panasonic in-house comparison with 1-point normal speed AF in the previous model LS1and 1-point high speed AF in the LS2.
5. Long Battery Life Powerfully Supported by Panasonic OXYRIDE AA Batteries
The DMC-LS2 runs on 2 AA batteries, which can be purchased anywhere. Panasonic OXYRIDE AA batteries offer more than 1.6 times* increased number of shots compared with the Alkaline AA batteries, allowing you to take up to a maximum of 250 pictures (CIPA) with the included two AA OXYRIDE batteries.
*Comparison between Panasonic Alkaline battery and OXYRIDE battery.
6. Other Features Expanding the Usability
LUMIX LS series has a mode dial that shortcuts the selection of the scene mode that best matches the situation quickly and easily. The LS2 contains five new scene modes added to the LS1s, providing a total of thirteen scene modes* to assist your shooting according to the wide-ranging situations. Our unique mode Baby, allows easy growth recording in which the babys time of age according to the preset birthday would be automatically recorded onto the image, as well as maximizing the purity by giving a shade of soft focus on the subject. This mode has already been incorporated in other recent LUMIX series and favored and now doubled for LS2 so that you can set two birthdays to apply to two childrens records of growth. Other included modes are: Soft Skin that makes human skin look bright and smooth, Food that helps capture food with its natural color and nuances regardless of lighting circumstance and Starry sky that helps you capture the beautiful star-filled night sky by securing shutter speeds as slow as max. 60 sec.
On the other hand, the Simple Mode offers easy shooting even to entry-level users by making most settings automatically. You just aim at the subject, zoom in or out, and press the shutter button, even compensating backlight if necessary.
With 14 megabytes of built-in memory, you can take photos without missing a chance that may suddenly arise even when you do not have an SD Memory Card. You can also store your favorite photos like an album that you can enjoy viewing or showing at any time. Additionally, you can easily copy photos from the built-in memory to the SD Memory Card and vice versa.
*Not including Macro Mode.