Panasonic premieres 12.2 megapixel compact
Panasonic has announced a brand new compact digital camera boasting a massive 12.2 megapixel resolution plus the ability to record high-definition video.
Called the Lumix DMC- FX100, it can take photos in 4:3 mode, plus there are four 16:9 widescreen modes offering a quite impressive 4000 x 2248 pixel image resolution - adding something substantial to the company's current compact collection.
HD video can also be recorded at up to 1280 x 720 at 15 frames per second, but on the downside it only offers 27MB internal memory. Naturally SD card expansion is available.
The DMC- FX100 also features a "newly developed" 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens with 3.6x optical zoom, f/2.8 brightness, 1.72in large CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilisation with Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO Control. The zoom ratio can be extended up to 7x in 3-megapixel resolution mode with minimal deterioration (apparently) using something called the Extra Optical Zoom function.
In addition, there's a high-speed mode that will let you shoot eight photos per second at full resolution, plus unlimited consecutive shooting. The FX100 has a 2.5in LCD screen, weighs 150g and will be available in silver and black. Pricing details are not yet available.
No matter how many megapixels a compact has, they will never compete with an SLR with a much larger sensor.
Larger sensor means less noise, larger photo sites etc..
What's the use in having twice any many noisy pixels as before?
Re: "I do want one though."
Based only on the number "12"...without seeing the results?
Step this way, I've got a few other electronic items you might be interested in...
What kind of stabilization?
The last time I looked at a Panasonic they had mechanical stabilization which was quite good. Does this one have that feature too? If so the low light shots may be better than expected, regardless I can't judge it until I see sample shots.
Hmm, 15fps sounds a bit... crap.
Sounds lovely... can't wait to find out how much it's going to be... well, I'm not going to be able to afford it, but still, we can dream!