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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

12.1-megapixel digital camera with 5X optical zoom (Black)

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Our take on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

by Kristen Schaub
Panasonic

Ultra-slim cameras are "good to go"

The best type of camera is the one you actually have on hand when photo-worthy moments come along. At less than an inch thick, these tiny cameras fit in a pocket or handbag, so it's easy to take them with you just about anywhere. Capture memories with ease, from a night out with friends to a little leaguer's home run swing. Today's compact point-and-shoot cameras take sharp, detailed pictures, and some let you record high-def videos, too.

Have fun snapping pics when you use Panasonic's ultra-sleek Lumix DMC-FX78. It comes with a wide range of features, from automatic modes to help you take your best shot, to creative picture modes that enhance colors or add special looks. This camera has a large, 12.1-megapixel image sensor for crisp, detailed photos, and shoots impressive "Full HD" 1080p video that you can watch on your HDTV. And the large, 3-1/2" touchscreen LCD gives you easy control over all this cam's features.

3D Photo Mode adds more depth to your photos
Panasonic's new 3D Photo Mode makes it easy to get 3D-like images. The camera prompts you to pan the camera from left to right as it snaps 20 images of your scene. The 'FX78 then automatically selects the two best images — one for the right eye and one for the left eye — and stitches them together to make a 3D composite. You can view your eye-popping 3D photos on a compatible 3D HDTV with your 3D glasses (HDMI cable required).

Take stunning people shots
The 'FX78's face detection function automatically finds any faces in your frame and optimizes the focus and exposure settings to give you stunning portraits. It prevents the blurry faces that can happen when a camera focuses on something in front of or behind the subject. The 'FX78 also keeps faces from appearing dark when shooting indoors or against a light source. It even detects up to 15 faces at a time, making it extremely convenient for group photos. And the built-in optical image stabilization kicks in to compensate for any shake caused by an unsteady head, so you get clear, sharp photos even when you're zoomed in on your subject.

Use this camera's Cosmetic Mode, and it'll take portraits with skin tones the way you choose — "soft," "natural," or "summer." For example, you can give yourself the warm glow of summer, even when it's mid-winter. Or smooth over any unwanted wrinkles or blemishes for a studio photo shoot effect. You can even touch your portraits up later with the Beauty Retouch Mode. Add various effects to soften oily skin and whiten teeth. You can even add foundation, lipstick, blush, or eye-shadow.

Automatic settings make snapping photos a breeze
When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, simply choose the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and let the camera choose for you. It'll activate the image stabilization and face detection features as needed. It also activates the Intelligent Scene Selector — the camera automatically sets the mode to Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, or Sunset based on where you're snapping your pic. You can also choose creative picture modes, like Happy Mode, which boosts the color saturation, or Pin Hole Mode, which creates a soft focus around you image for a pin hole-like effect.

Clear, natural photos without motion blur
When the cam's in auto mode, Intelligent Exposure optimizes the lighting for each part of an image to prevent backlighting from washing out details and to brighten darkened areas in your frame. It'll also activate the Intelligent ISO Control and Motion Blur functions, which automatically adjusts the ISO (sensitivity) setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions in your scene. So when the 'FX78 detects a subject in motion, like a child or pet, it'll raise the ISO setting and increases the shutter speed to prevent motion blur. On the other hand, when your subject is still and no movement is detected, it uses a lower ISO setting to take beautiful, more natural-looking photos.

    Specifications:
    • 12.1-megapixel (effective) CCD image sensor
    • 24mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT lens
    • records photos and video onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards (not included)
      • an optional 4GB SDHC card holds up to 19,940 photos or 2 hours of video, depending on the settings
    • 5X optical zoom (4X digital zoom/39.2X total zoom)
    • 3-1/2" touchscreen LCD
    Special Features:
    • 3D Photo Mode stitches together two photos to create a 3D-like image to view on your compatible 3D HDTV
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
    • mega optical image stabilization minimizes blurring caused by a shaky hand
    • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode adjusts settings for you, including face detection and intelligent contrast control
    • Cosmetic and Beauty Retouch modes help you take beautiful portraits or touch them up later
    • creative color modes let you boost color saturation, give your photos a retro look, and more
    • face detection identifies up to 15 faces in your frame and adjusts focus and exposure for better portraits
    • focus tracking follows your subject anywhere in the frame
    • Intelligent Scene Selector automatically choose that scene mode based on your shooting conditions, including Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, and Sunset
    • Intelligent ISO Control detects movement and automatically adjusts the ISO and shutter speed to prevent blurring
    • Intelligent Exposure function to prevent wash-out and brighten darkened areas in your frame
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface
    • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
    • 3-15/16"W x 2-5/16"H x 13/16"D
    • weight (with battery and memory): 5.12 oz.
    • warranty: 1 year (6 months parts and 90 days labor on the image sensor)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size
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    3.5"
    Wi-Fi
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    No
    Touchscreen
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    Yes
    Waterproof
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    No
    GPS-enabled
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    No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent
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    24-120mm
    Optical Zoom
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    4x
    Digital Zoom
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    5x
    Filter Diameter
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    N/A
    Manual Focusing
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    No
    Manual Exposure
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    No
    Built-in Flash
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    Yes
    HDMI Output
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    Mini
    Memory
    Internal Memory
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    70 MB
    Memory Media
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    SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Image
    Effective Megapixel Count
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    12.1
    Total Megapixels
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    12.5
    Image Stabilization
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    Optical + Digital
    Highest Resolution
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    4000 x 3000
    HD Video Recording
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    1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
    Dimensions
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    3-15/16
    Height (inches)
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    2-5/16
    Depth (inches)
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    0-13/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    5.12
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    1 Year, 6 months CCD
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    1 Year, 90 days CCD
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Digital camera (black)
    • DMW-BCK7PP Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6 Volts/680 mAh)
    • Wrist strap
    • DE-A91B Battery Charger (4.2V/0.43A)
    • 4' Audio/Video cable (has proprietary plug on one end and a mono RCA audio and an RCA composite video plug on the other)
    • 2' USB cable (with proprietary connector on one end and a USB-A connector on the other)
    • Stylus pen
    • LUMIX CD-ROM Software
    • Basic Owner's Manual (Eng/Spa)
    • Supplied Software installation instructions (Eng/Fren)
    • Product Registration Card
    • UL Note

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    Features
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Supplied Software
    Specifications

    Features

    Recording Media: The DMC-FX78 records images and movies onto its internal memory (approximately 70 MB), or on SD Memory Cards, SDHC, and SDXC cards. The camera is compatible with SD cards from 8 MB to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards from 48 GB to 64 GB. Pictures may be copied between the memory card and the built-in memory, if desired.

    Lens: This camera is equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. Its 4.3-21.5mm focal length is equivalent to 24mm to 120mm in 35mm film photography. The focusing distance is 1.64' to infinity (Wide), 3.28' to infinity (Tele), and as close as 1.2" in the Macro mode.

    Extended Optical/Digital Zoom: The 24-120mm focal length of the lens gives it an optical zoom of 5x. The camera's extended optical zoom can increase the zoom up to 9.8x, when the picture size is 3M or less. In addition, the digital zoom extends the focal length by another 4x.

    Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.33" CCD image sensor with approximately 12.5-million total pixels and 12.1-million effective pixels.

    Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios. The camera can also record HD movies in AVCHD (16:9) and HD and SD movies in QuickTime Motion JPEG in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio. You can choose from the following resolutions for still images and movies:

    Still Images:

    4:3 Aspect Ratio 3:2 Aspect Ratio 16:9 Aspect Ratio 1:1 Aspect Ratio
    4000 x 3000 (12M) 4000 x 2672 (10.5M) 4000 x 2248 (9M) 2992 x 2992 (9M)
    3264 x 2448 (8M) 3264 x 2176 (7M) 3264 x 1840 (6M) 2448 x 2448 (6M)
    2560 x 1920 (5M) 2560 x 1712 (4.5M) 2560 x 1440 (3.5M) 1920 x 1920 (3.5M)
    2048 x 1536 (3M) 2048 x 1360 (2.5M) 1920 x 1080 (2M) 1536 x 1536 (2.5M)
    1600 x 1200 (2M) 640 x 424 (0.3M) 640 x 360 (0.2M) 480 x 480 (0.2M)
    640 x 480 (0.3M) --- --- ---

    Movies:

    AVCHD Motion JPEG
    FSH: 1920 x 1080 @ 60i HD: 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps (16:9)
    SH: 1280 x 720 @ 60p VGA: 640 x 480 @ 30 fps (4:3)
    --- QVGA: 320 x 240 @ 30 fps (4:3)

    Mega Optical Image Stabilizer: Mega O.I.S. technology helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots. The built-in Venus Engine FHD controls the shifting of the blur-stopping lens for higher accuracy and correction effect. Mega O.I.S can be turned on or off manually, or is set to On in certain shooting modes.

    Battery: The FX78 is powered by the DMW-BCK7PP rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (3.6 volts/680 mAh). A fully charged battery gives you approximately 100 minutes of recording time, or about 200 images. Playback time using the LCD monitor is approximately 300 minutes. The battery takes approximately 150 minutes to fully charge with the supplied DE-A91B battery charger.

    Optional AC Adapter/DC Coupler: If you wish to operate the camera using ordinary household current, you will need the optional DMW-AC5PP AC adapter, along with the DMW-DCC10 DC coupler. The AC adapter cannot be used alone, as the DC Coupler provides a plug-in jack for the AC adapter. This is helpful if you have the camera connected to your computer or printer for a long time, or playing back photos in a slide show.

    LCD Touch Panel Monitor: The DMC-FX78 has a 3.5" TFT Smart Touch LCD color monitor featuring approximately 230,000 dots. It has approximately 100% field of view.

    Flash: The FX78 has a built-in flash with a range of approximately 1.97' to 19.4' in Wide Angle, and 3.28' to 8.2' in Telephoto. Available flash modes include:

    • Auto: The flash is automatically activated when the recording conditions make it necessary.
    • Auto/Red-eye Reduction: A pre-flash is activated before the main flash to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
    • Forced Flash On: The flash is activated every time regardless of the recording conditions.
    • Forced Flash On/Red-eye Reduction: The flash is activated every time with a pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
    • Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction: Slows the shutter speed when the flash is activated to illuminate dark background landscape; also has pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
    • Forced Flash Off: Flash is not activated regardless of the recording conditions.

    Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial and the menu, the FX78 allows you to choose from the following shooting modes:

    • Normal: The camera allows you to make your own settings for zoom, flash, picture brightness, close-ups, or coloring.
    • Intelligent Auto Mode: Optimum settings are made automatically. The camera identifies the scene and sets one of the following: i-Portrait, i-Scenery, i-Macro, i-Night Portrait, i-Night Scenery, iBaby, or i-Sunset.
    • Scene Mode: allows you to select from different scene modes using the menu. Available Scene Modes include:
      • Portrait: allows you to make the subject stand out from an unfocused background and adjust the exposure and the hue to achieve a healthy complexion on the subject
      • Transform: changes the appearance of the subject to improve skin appearance
      • Self Portrait: setting for taking pictures of yourself
      • Scenery: allows you to take a picture of a wide landscape
      • Panorama Assist: You can take pictures with connections suitable for creating panorama images
      • Sports: allows you to take pictures of a fast moving subject or sports scenes
      • Night Portrait: The subject can be recorded with brightness in real life by using the flash and the slow shutter speed; use of a tripod recommended
      • Night Scenery: for taking vivid pictures of a landscape at night; use of a tripod recommended
      • Handheld Night Shot: allows you to record multiple pictures of night scenes at high speed, which are combined to make a single picture.
      • Food: for taking pictures of food with a natural hue without being affected by the ambient light in restaurants, etc.
      • Party: allows you to take a picture in a dim room (e.g. a wedding reception, a party, a banquet in a bar, etc.) clearly. The shutter speed or the exposure is automatically adjusted according to the brightness of the room.
      • Candlelight: brings out the atmosphere of a candlelit room
      • Baby1/Baby2: two selectable settings for taking pictures of a baby; you can use text stamp to show baby's name, birthday, or age
      • Pet: for photographing your pet; you can use text stamp to show pet's name or age
      • Sunset: for taking pictures of a sunset (red colors accentuated)
      • High Sensitivity: prevents blurring of subject in dark, indoor conditions
      • Hi-speed Burst: takes pictures of rapid movement or a decisive moment. Burst speed can be set to approximately 6 pictures per second (image priority) or 10 pictures per second (speed priority). Between 15 and 100 total pictures are recordable.
      • Flash Burst: enables continuous recording in dim locations. Picture size is set to 3M (4:3), 2.5M (3:2) 2M (16:9), or 2.5M (1:1); maximum number of pictures: 5.
      • Starry Sky: takes clear pictures of starry skies or dark subjects (shutter speed can be set to 15, 30, or 60 seconds)
      • Fireworks: takes clear pictures of fireworks in the night sky
      • Beach: optimal for taking pictures at the beach
      • Snow: brings out the natural color of snow in ski slope and mountain scenes
      • Aerial Photo: takes pictures of the view from aircraft windows
      • Photo Frame: superimposes a frame over the image
    • 3D Photo Mode: allows you to take a 3D picture
    • Cosmetic Mode: pictures are taken while setting the texture or clearness of the skin; settings include Soft Skin, Natural Skin, or Summer Look
    • My Color Mode: you can take pictures with a desired effect by previewing the subject on the screen; settings include Expressive, Retro, Pure, Monochrome, High Dynamic, Silhouette, Pin Hole, or Film Grain.
    • Motion Picture Mode: for taking motion pictures in HD or SD.

    3D Photos: Pictures are recorded continuously while moving the camera horizontally, and two pictures are selected automatically to be combined into a single 3D picture. To play back the 3D picture, you can connect the camera via HDMI or insert the SD card containing the 3D image into the TV's SD card slot. A television that supports 3D is required.

    Beauty Retouch: You can optimize the color and tone of skin and change the impression of the face using the Beauty Retouch function. You can select from the following effects:

    • Aesthetic Retouch: Clear Skin, Shine Removal, Whitening, Lift Up, and Eye Emphasis
    • Make Up Retouch: Foundation, Lip Color, Cheek Color, and Eye Shadow

    Art Retouch: You can change the saturation or brightness of recorded pictures, and create impressive pictures using the Art Retouch function. Saturation and brightness can be changed in + or - 6 steps.

    Self Timer: The self timer is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording still images. The delay time can be set to 10 seconds or 2 seconds.

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

    Burst Mode: Pictures are taken continuously while the shutter button is pressed. In Normal Burst mode, approximately 3.7 pictures per second are taken, up to 7 pictures.

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance modes:

    • Auto: automatically adjusts the white balance
    • Outdoor, Clear Sky: for recording outdoors on a bright day
    • Outdoor, Cloudy Sky: for recording outdoors under a cloudy sky
    • Outdoor, Shade: for recording outdoors in the shade
    • Incandescent: for recording under incandescent lighting
    • Set Manually: sets the white balance manually on a white object

    Note: The White Balance can be finely adjusted toward red or blue when the preset White Balance does not produce the desired hue.

    ISO Sensitivity: ISO sensitivity represents the sensitivity to light in values. If you set the ISO sensitivity higher, the camera becomes more suitable for recording in dark places. In the Intelligent ISO setting, the camera will automatically set the optimal ISO sensitivity, in a range up to 400, according to the movement of the subject and the surrounding brightness. Intelligent ISO sets the optimum ISO and shutter speed according to the movement of the subject and brightness of the scene to minimize the jitter of the subject. In the Preset ISO mode, you can select 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600.

    Color Modes: You can use these modes to make your pictures softer or sharper, or change the colors for a special effect. Some color modes are only available when shooting in the Intelligent Auto Mode or Normal Picture Mode. Available color modes include standard, happy, natural, vivid, B/W, sepia, cool, and warm.

    Auto Focus Mode: You can choose one of the following AF modes:

    • Face Detection: Camera automatically detects a person's face, adjusting the exposure and focus to fit the face, regardless of what portion of the picture it is in. (maximum of 15 areas)
    • AF Tracking: Focus can be adjusted to a specified subject, and follow the subject even if it moves.
    • 23-area Focusing: Up to 23 points for each AF area can be focused. This is effective when the subject isn't in the center of the screen.
    • 1-area Focusing: Camera focuses on the subject in AF area on the center of the screen. Position and size of AF area can be changed.
    • Spot Focusing: The camera focuses on a limited narrow area in the screen.

    Still Image Playback: You can manually display images one at a time, 12 at a time, or 30 images at a time.

    Calendar Playback: You can display pictures by recording date using the calendar playback function. If there are multiple pictures with the same recording date, the first picture recorded on that date is displayed.

    Slide Show: Images can be played back in slide show fashion. You can set the duration between images at 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, or 5 sec. You can also set on or off the repeat mode, music, and audio.

    Playback Zoom: You can view the picture at the original size, or enlarge the picture to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Using the arrow buttons, you can move the position of the zoomed picture in the monitor.

    Auto Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD screen for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. Auto Review lets you choose one of the following settings: Off, 1 second, 2 seconds, or Hold.

    Resizing Pictures: This function is useful if you want to reduce the file size of the picture in cases when it needs to be attached to an e-mail or uploaded to a website. Once an image is resized, you can choose to keep the original image. You can set up to 50 pictures to be resized at one time.

    Cropping Pictures: This function lets you trim unnecessary parts of the recorded picture. Motion pictures and pictures with text stamps cannot be trimmed.

    Auto Power Off: The camera is automatically turned off if it has not been used for a predetermined amount of time. The amount of time can be set to 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes.

    PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is the standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

    LUMIX Image Uploader: You can set up pictures and videos to be uploaded to image sharing sites, such as Facebook (photos only) and YouTube (videos only). Once you have selected the pictures or videos, the built-in LUMIX Image Uploader will automatically upload your files. This can be performed when connecting the camera to your PC, or by copying the upload tool to the memory card and inserting the card into your PC.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Mini HDMI: The FX78 is equipped with a mini HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDMI-compatible HDTV. A HDMI mini cable will be needed. The mini-HDMI cable will carry both high definition video and audio to the TV. When the camera is connected to a VIERA Link-equipped Panasonic HDTV via HDMI, you can control the camera's playback functions using the TV's remote control.

    AV/Digital: This proprietary jack allows you to connect the camera to your computer or a printer using the supplied USB cable. You can also connect the camera to a TV or other A/V device using the supplied audio/video cable.

    Supplied Software

    PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 HD Lite Edition (Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7): This software allows you to acquire pictures to the PC, and categorize the acquired pictures by their recording date or the model name of the camera used. You can also resize pictures and add effects.

    Operating Environment for PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 HD Lite Edition:

    • PC: IBM PC/AT compatible having Intel Pentium III 500 MHz or higher (XP), Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or higher (Vista), Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or higher (Win 7)
      • For Short Movie Story Creating Function: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.6 GHz or higher; Video Memory: 256 MB or more
      • For AVCHD/AVCHD Lite Motion Picture Function:
        • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz / Pentium D 3.2 GHz or higher when playing back the motion picture
        • Intel Core 2 Quad 2.6 GHz or higher when editing the motion picture
      • Minimum Environment for AVCHD/AVCHD Lite: Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or higher
    • OS:
      • Windows XP (32-bit): Professional or Home Editions (SP2/SP3)
      • Windows Vista (32-bit): Home Basic (SP1/SP2), Home Premium (SP1/SP2), Business (SP1/SP2), Ultimate (SP1/SP2)
      • Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit): Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
    • Display: High color 16-bit or more (32-bit or more recommended). Desktop resolution of 1024 x 768 or more (1280 x 1024 pixels or more recommended)
    • Graphics Card: DirectX 9.0c for XP, DirectX 10 for Vista or Win 7; DirectDraw Overlay support PCI Express x 16 is recommended. Video memory of 256 MB or more recommended. Direct 3D accelerator enabled.
    • RAM: 512 MB or more if using Windows XP or Vista, 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) or more for Windows 7
    • Free Hard Disk Space: Ultra DMA-100 or higher; 450MB or more for installing software
    • Necessary Software:
      • DirectX 9.0c for XP; DirectX 10 for Vista and Windows 7
      • .NET framework 4.0
      • SQL Server Compact 3.5
      • Internet Explorer 6.0 or more
      • QuickTime Player 7.6.5 or more
    • Other Requirements: CD-ROM drive (required for installation), Compatible drive and media required for DVD writing, Windows-compatible sound device, USB Port, Mouse or other pointing device

    Super LoiLoScope (30 day full trial version): Super LoiLoScope is a video editing software that draws out the full power of your PC. You can use your music, picture and video files to create videos to share with your friends and family by burning it to a DVD, uploading it to websites, or simply share with your friends via email. Note: This will only install a shortcut to the trial version download site.

    Operating Environment for Super LoiLoScope:

    • OS: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP3 or higher)
    • CPU:
      • SD Videos: Intel ATOM 1.6 GHz or better, Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz or better
      • HD Quality Videos: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or better
    • Display:
      • SD Videos: Graphics card compatible with PixelShader 2.0 or later; NVIDIA GeForce 6000 series or better; ATI Radeon 9600 or better; Intel 945 or better
      • HD Quality Videos: Graphics card that support H.264 decoder; NVIDIA GeForce 8000 series or better (excluding 8800GTX, 8300); ATI Radeon HD2000 series or later (excluding 2900); Intel G45 or better
    • RAM: 1 GB or more for SD Videos; 2 GB or more for HD Quality Videos
    • Free Hard Disk Space: 1 GB or more for installing software
    • Drive: A compatible drive and media are required for CD/DVD writing
    • Sound: Windows-compatible sound device (Windows Vista or Windows 7 or higher is compatible with 5.1ch audio playback)
    • Interface: USB port (Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)); various memory cards and readout devices, IEEE 1394 terminal
    • Other Requirements: Mouse or equivalent pointing device; Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5sp1 must be installed on your PC.

    QuickTime (Windows XP/Vista/7): This software allows you to playback still pictures with audio and motion pictures (QuickTime Motion JPEG format) recorded on a digital camera.

    • Included as standard in Macintosh OSs.
    • For Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000, download "QuickTime 6.5.2 for Windows" from the Apple website (URL included in manual) and install
    • Purchase Apple QuickTime Pro recommended for editing movies created with the camera.

    USB-connectible Environment: Compatible OS include:

    • Windows Millennium Edition
    • Windows 2000 Professional
    • Windows XP Home Edition, Professional
    • Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate
    • Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
    • Mac OS 9.2.2
    • Mac OS X (10.1 to 10.6)

    Specifications

    Estimated Still Image Capacity: The number of recordable pictures:

    Picture Size Built-in Memory
    70 MB
    Memory Card
    2 GB 4 GB 16 GB
    12M
    4000 x 3000
    15 380 760 3120
    5M
    2560 x 1920
    26 650 1300 5300
    0.3M
    640 x 480
    410 10050 19940 81340

    Estimated Moving Image Capacity: The available recording time:

    Recording Quality Built-in Memory
    70 MB
    Memory Card
    2 GB 4 GB 16 GB
    AVCHD
    FSH (60i)
    1920 x 1080
    --- 14 min 30 min 2 hrs 4 min
    SH (60p)
    1280 x 720
    --- 14 min 30 min 2 hrs 4 min
    Motion JPEG
    HD
    1280 x 720
    --- 8 min 10 sec 16 min 20 sec 1 hr 7 min
    VGA
    640 x 480
    --- 21 min 30 sec 43 min 00 sec 2 hrs 56 min
    QVGA
    320 x 240
    2 min 30 sec 1 hr 2 min 2 hrs 4 min 8 hrs 28 min
     
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    Written By Chuck, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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    This is my 3rd Panasonic camera. I have used them for a lot of traveling and have never had any problems, and have been pleased with the pictures. There are a lot of programs if you want some control, but once you learn how to use the screen it is not difficult, and if you put it on Intelligent Auto it does a fine job all be itself. I find I use a wide angle far more than a tele and the 24mm is a definite advantage in tight places and the following focus is great where there is movement.
    Pros:
    24mm wide angle, focus that follows the subject. pocket size, great for travel as you're not wandering around with a camera around your neck advertising you are a tourist.
    Cons:
    The camera will do a lot, but there is a lot of work to learn all that it will do, and almost all the instructions are on a DVD that you download into a computer so you don't have much of an instruction book to refer to when away from the computer.
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    5 out of 5

    Fun Camera!

    Written By keith P, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, July 20, 2011
     
    Went looking for a cmera for my wife to carry around in her purse. The more I researched the more I was drawn to the Panasonic wide angle cameras. This camera is compact but with the 5x optical zoom and image stabilization, it still packs some punch. We are happy with the picture quality and ease of use, but the touch screen really makes this camera FUN TO USE! Just touch your subject and boom great picture:-) Bought a nice soft case for it from sears that matches the camera nicely. We got the blue one. My wife thinks she looks pretty cool with it...I think she does too.
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