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Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix FZ48 - an update to the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 - it features a 24x optical zoom lens, 3inch screen, 3D photo shooting, Full HD Video with stereo sound and optical zoom, as well as manual controls, the camera provides 400 shots with the included lithium ion battery. The Panasonic Lumix FZ48 sees a reduction in resolution, with the use of a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor, compared to the 14 megapixel sensor used in the FZ45/FZ100, which should give lower noise images. Full specifications can be found below, or for more information visit www.panasonic.co.uk.
From Panasonic: Panasonic introduces new Super-Zoom Digital Camera LUMIX DMC-FZ48 featuring High Quality 24x Optical Zoom Lens and Full HD Video Recording
This summer, Panasonic is pleased to welcome a new addition to its award winning range of LUMIX cameras, DMC-FZ48, boasting a powerful 24 x optical zoom and attractive options including manual operation, full-HD video recording capability and new Creative Control with Miniature Effect mode.
With a 25mm ultra wide angle lens and 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD, which now has 460,000-dot high resolution to dramatically improve visibility during recording and playback, the FZ48 offers exceptional creative freedom – perfect for beginners through to serious photographers
Outstanding Image Quality - The high quality 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens benefits from Panasonic’s Black Box Nano Surface Coating technology, to minimize light reflection that causes ghost and flare. Whilst the powerful 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm) makes it easy to capture family or group portraits as well as expansive landscapes or action packed sports shots.
The lens unit comprising of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, ensures an outstandingly compact body while passing Leica's stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance, suppressing distortion at wide end and colour bleeding at tele end.
Superb Clearness - The DMC-FZ48 features advanced image processing LSI, the Venus Engine FHD, and intelligent resolution to assure high picture quality in both photo and video recording. With Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas - outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas - are automatically detected and the camera performs optimum processing to each, to give the whole image outstanding natural clarity, down to even the finest details. Taking advantage of this feature, the 24x optical zoom power is increased to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function, maintaining picture quality even when using the digital zoom.
Never missing the moment is the key to photography. The DMC-FZ48 boasts a Sonic Speed AF and a quick start-up time which helps give the camera super high speed response which helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities. The accuracy and the speed of AF Tracking are also dramatically improved.
Capturing those priceless memories, whether they’re still images or moving footage, is no problem for the FZ48. Empowered by a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, Panasonic’s new super zoom camera is compatible with high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 full-HD video recording in AVCHD and high speed continuous shooting.
Creative Photography - For more artistic freedom, manual control is available with the new FZ48. Each user can capture their intended images not only in photo but also in video, by utilizing a host of options including the new Creative Control or Photo Style with a wide variety of preset options.
Making Photography Easy - , which helps prevent blurring from handshake even in low-lit situations like indoors or at night. With AF tracking, the FZ48 can lock onto any subject and keep it in focus even if it moves – making it easy to get beautiful, clear shots. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject. Human faces are captured in focus using appropriate exposure with the Face Detection, whilstunwanted red-eyes are corrected digitally. The Intelligent ISO Control reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity and optimizing the shutter speed if the subject moves as the shot is taken. Intelligent D-range Control optimises the lighting of each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights. These features can all be accessed simply by activating the iA mode, giving users the confidence to capture clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease.Everyone wants to take eye-catching images at the click of a button, which is why Panasonic developed the Intelligent Auto mode. This includes POWER O.I.S (Optical Image Stabiliser) and the Motion Deblur mode
All new memories in 3D - The newly added 3D Photo mode produces a realistic 3D image from 20 consecutive images shot whilst panning left to right. The 3D image can be viewed on VIERA 3D HDTV or other MPO-compatible 3D equipment such as TV, Digital Photo Frame or Printing.
Share your Images Effortlessly - Thanks to the LUMIX Image Uploader, you can easily keep your friends and family up-to-date with your latest images by simply check-marking the photos you want to share and connecting the camera to a PC. Just follow the on-screen guidance. You can even add comments and let your family know the update of your album via email. Facebook (for photos) and YouTube (for movies) can also be used without installation of special software – perfect for sharing those special holiday snaps with your friends – you can even share them while you’re still away if you wish!
From outdoor events to indoor photograph, the DMC-FZ48 powerfully supports recording those spur-of-the-moment memories in high quality photo and video.
Panasonic Lumix FZ48 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 - f/5.2|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 600mm|
|CCD pixels||12.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.33 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.08mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.56mm|
|Screen resolution||460k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Li- ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895mAh)|
|Box Contents||Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable, AC Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens Hood, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String|