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Panasonic announces three wide-angle zooms and an entry-level compact camera (FH20, FH3, FH1, and F3)

Along with the ultracompact DMC-FP1 and -FP3, Panasonic has also announced a new series of wide-angle compact cameras with relatively long optical zooms -- the Lumix DMC-FH20, -FH3, and -FH1 -- as well as an super-simple, entry-level compact shooter, the Lumix DMC-F3.
Written by Janice Chen, Inactive on

Along with the ultracompact DMC-FP1 and -FP3, Panasonic has also announced a new series of wide-angle compact cameras with relatively long optical zooms -- the Lumix DMC-FH20, -FH3, and -FH1 -- as well as an super-simple, entry-level compact shooter, the Lumix DMC-F3.  As with Panasonic's other cameras announced at CES 2010, availability and pricing were not been announced yet, but here's a rundown:

All three models in the FH series sport wide-angle 28mm equivalent lenses, with the higher-end 14.1-megapixel FH20 offering an 8x optical zoom (up to 224mm) and the 14.1-megapixel FH3 and 12.1-megapixel FH1 dropping down to 5x (up to 140mm). As with the ultracompact FP1 and FP3, all three FH models can record 720p HD video at 30 fps and they all have intelligent LCDs that detect lighting conditions and adjust brightness levels accordingly for optimal display (all three FH models offer 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot LCDs).

Also announced was Panasonic's new entry-level compact, the Lumix DMC-F3,  a 12.1 megapixel camera with a  wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens (28-112mm equivalent) and 2.7-inch LCD. It's a very compact camera--even lighter and slightly smaller than the FP series cameras, though not as slim--and as with the rest of Panasonic's newly announced cameras, it can shoot 720p HD video at 30 fps. To help entry-level shooters get the best shots, an Auto Scene Mode provides ease-of-use features such as automatic scene-mode selection, intelligent ISO control, digital red-eye removal, and automatic backlight compensation.

For press releases of all the newly announced Lumix cameras (plus some that won't be marketed in the U.S.), check out the company's CES 2010 press kit and/or the Lumix Global website.

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