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
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
***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
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
*Comparison between Panasonic Alkaline battery and OXYRIDE
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
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.