Panasonic introduced a successor to to the Lumix DMC-FX8, the new compact DMC-FX9 camera which sports a large 2.5-inch LCD. The camera has a 6 megapixel CCD and features 3x optical zoom with optical image stabilization system. Other features include Venus Engine Plus LSI for high performance processing in speed and image quality and a 3 frame per second burst mode.
This camera also features two new scene modes, Starry Sky and Candle. It will be available by the end of August in silver and black.
The LUMIX DMC-FX9 has a 1/2.5” 6-megapixel CCD to capture high-resolution image. The 3x(equivalent to 35 mm to 105 mm on a 35 mm film camera) zoom ratio can be extended up to 4.1x in 3-Megapixel image recording mode with minimal deterioration, by intentionally using the central part of the 6-Megapixel high resolution CCD. The lens part is comprised of LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens. The combination of 3 aspherical lenses generates high optical performance while preserving the compactness of the unit.
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