Panasonic, creator of the Lumix(TM) line of digital cameras, introduced what is reportedly the industry’s first 4-megapixel consumer digital camera with 12x optical zoom. Featuring F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom range, the camera’s powerful 12x zoom is equivalent to a 35-420mm zoom lens on a conventional 35mm film camera, according to the company. The company also said that the camera’s precision Leica lens, telephoto features, and no-lag processing speed enable it to capture every detail of distant or quick-moving subjects with superb brightness and clarity.
The camera features a 1/2.5-in CCD and F2.8 large-aperture Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 13 elements in 8 groups and three aspherical lenses.
The company said the new DMC-FZ10 Lumix camera is targeted for retail introduction in November, and will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of U.S. $599.00.
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