Panasonic Releases Slew of Cameras for Beginners, Techies

Today, Panasonic announced their new cameras aimed towards techies, enthusiasts and beginners. Those of you who read this blog and consider yourselves mid-level to entry-level users may want to take a look at these. Outstanding features include a touchscreen on one, better/improved battery life, sleek profiles and other features that will appeal to this segment of the market. Additionally, they also announced their new SDXC cards. More after the jump.


Lumix F3

– 12.1 MP sensor

– 4x optical zoom with digital image stabilization

– 720p HD video at 30p

– Windows 7 compatible

“Unwanted red-eyes are digitally corrected and backlight compensation automatically activates.” -Press Release

Lumix FP3 and Lumix FP1

– 14.3 MP sensor

– 3 inch touchscreen

– Mega O.I.S. image stabilization

– 720p HD video

– Quick Menu button for quick setting adjustments

– Should take up to 300 pictures (mamarazzis should stay away then, unless it can be optimized for better battery performance.)

No real differences were stated in the press release.

Lumix FH20, Lumix FH3 and Lumix FH1

– FH20 and FH3 have 14.3 MP sensors while the FH1 has a 12.1 MP sensor.

– FH20 has an 8x optical zoom, the others have 5x.

– 720p HD video at 30p

– This new lineup of cameras uses the new Venus IV image processing engine. This is similar to the one in the Micro Four Thirds line-up, but those are the Venus HD engines.

SDXC Cards

– 64GB and 34GB cards will be released.

– Class 10 speed

“Panasonic’s SDXC Memory Card robustness is reliable even under severe temperature condition from -13°F to 185°F” – From the Press Release.

– These cards should allow you to record more than enough footage then you’ll ever need.