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A Rundown of Panasonic’s New Lumix Lineup

Panasonic must have been pretty busy in 2010, because its offerings at CES this year were quite ample.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary for Panasonic’s Lumix lineup of digital cameras. The company celebrated by introducing us to eight new compact models that, on the surface, can be quite difficult to distinguish between. Upon further examination, however, they can be broken down into four pairings.

First, there are the S1 and S3, billed as a duo of affordable, easy-to-use, entry-level models. The main difference is that the S1 boasts 12.1 megapixels, while the S3 tops out at 14.1 megapixels. Both feature 2.7-inch LCD displays, 720p HD video recording and optical image stabilization, which are impressive specs at $110 and $120, respectively. The S1 comes in blue, black, gold, silver and pink. The S3 will be available in blue, black, red and violet.

Next, we have the FH5 and FH2. Once again, these two are distinguished mostly by the maximum resolution of their sensors. The FH5 contains 16.1 megapixels, while the FH2 boasts 14.1. Both are approximately 20% slimmer than their previous counterparts, feature 2.7-inch LCDs, 720p HD recording and optical image stabilization. They also contain Panasonic’s new retractable 28mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with 4x zoom. Intelligent auto (IA) mode has also been incorporated into these models for “the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots.” The FH5 will come in black, gold, silver and violet. The FH2 will come in blue, black, pink and red.

Moving on, we focus in on the FH25 and FH27, two 16.1 megapixel models with one big difference: the FH27 boasts a three-inch touchscreen LCD display that features focus, shutter and zoom controls among others, which free up space on the camera’s surface. Apart from that, both can capture 720p HD video, feature optical image stabilization, 8x optical zoom 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lenses in a slim body. They’ve also been equipped with the aforementioned intelligent auto mode. The FH27 will come in black, silver and red. FH25 colors include black, red, silver, violet and blue.

Finally we come to the FP5 and FP7, two ultra-slim, ultra-compact cameras featuring touchscreen displays. The FP7 sports a 16.1-megapixel sensor and 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen display, larger than the 14.1-megapixel FP5′s three-inch screen. As with all previously mentioned duos, these models will record 720p HD video and feature optical image stabilization. The FP7 features the unique, if not odd, “Beauty Retouch Function,” which makes it possible to virtually apply makeup, clear skin texture and whiten teeth all at the touch of a finger. The FP7 comes in red, black and blue. The FP5 is available in blue, black, pink and silver.

Read our Senior-Friendly Guide To Digital Cameras.


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