Posts Tagged ‘lumix’

Panasonic Unveils Four New Lumix Compact Cameras

CES is over, but Panasonic has no plans of letting the camera announcements end — they’ve just announced four new Lumix compact cameras in addition to the eight they introduced at CES earlier this month.
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Panasonic Takes a Page from Apple with the Minimalistic Lumix FP7

Keep it simple, Stupid!.” That’s a principle exemplified by Apple’s industrial design, but sometimes is nowhere to be found when it comes to compact cameras. Panasonic, however, seems to be on the same wavelength with the Lumix FP7 they just unveiled at CES 2011. The physical buttons normally found on the back of point-and-shoots are missing, replaced instead with a sleek 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD. The only physical buttons that remain are found on the top of the camera — power, shutter, and zoom (dial). With the simplicity comes 16.1 megapixel photographs, 4x optical zoom, and 720p video recording. No word yet on pricing or availability.

Update: As @valerietherese points out, this is also taking a page from Sony and the DSC-T200 camera released in 2007.

Turn Your Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Camera into a Digital Holga

If you have a Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera and a love for retro photos, the Skink Pinhole Pancake Pro Kit can instantly turn your camera into a digital Holga pinhole camera. It’s a modular system that provides three kinds of “holes”:

Depending on the desired effect, you can use your camera as a pinhole-, zone plate- or zones sieve camera. To a high degree the installed aperture determines how your vision is creatively interpreted in rendering an image. The traditional pinhole creates relatively sharp images with exposure times ranging from one second to several minutes. With a zone plate or zone sieve however, photos can be taken without a tripod, if the lighting conditions permit higher speeds.

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Funny Panasonic Lumix G2 Commercial

Here’s a pretty clever ad by Panasonic promoting their Lumix G2 camera. It’s fun seeing photographic terms appear in a commercial, and understanding what the terms mean make the commercial even funnier for photo enthusiasts.

Thanks for the tip, @mondostic!

Panasonic Lumix Phone Unveiled

Panasonic has pulled the wraps off its new Lumix branded phone that we first reported on last week. The website set up for the phone now has photos and diagrams, though it’s in Japanese. We now know that it’s a slider phone that looks like a stretched out compact camera, with “13.2 Megapixels” etched on the front to remind everyone that your cell phone packs quite a punch.
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Panasonic to Announce New Lumix Phone Next Week

We might soon have a hard time distinguishing between camera phones and phone cameras. Next week Panasonic will be unveiling a new Lumix brand cell phone, a brand previously reserved for digital cameras. According to the pre-announcement press release, the phone will have a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, a microSDHC slot, Wi-Fi capabilities, and a 3.3 inch LCD screen.

As large CMOS sensors and high quality extendable lenses start moving into cell phones, there won’t be much (if anything) separating them from compact cameras. Keep your eye on this dedicated website Panasonic set up recently. The full announcement will come on October 5th.

(via 1001 Noisy Cameras)

Photo Loving Giantess Invades Toyko

Panasonic decided recently that it would be a good idea to put up a giant inflatable balloon of their spokesmodel, Japanese actress Haruka Ayase, to promote its new Lumix camera. Apparently passersby reacted with fear and confusion rather than enthusiasm, though we can’t imagine why…
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Panasonic Lumix GH2 Becomes Official

Panasonic announced the Lumix GH2 today at Photokina. Here’s the low down: the GH2 is a 16.05 megapixel Micro Four Thirds EVIL camera with an ISO range of 160 to 12800, 23 autofocus points, face detection, a 3-inch swiveling LCD screen, and HD video recording at 1080p (60i/24p). You can also use the 3D lens Panasonic announced recently to capture 3D photos with this camera. This camera will ship by the end of this year at a price of $900 for the body only.
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Panasonic Unveils World’s First 3D Camcorder, Announces 3D Lens

Panasonic just announced the HDC-SDT750, touting it as the “world’s first 3D consumer camcorder”. The exact claim is slightly dubious, since we featured a different one last month, but it’s definitely the first 3D camcorder unveiled by any of the major camera corps.

The camcorder uses an included 3D lens to record two separate images on its standard 1080p sensor, meaning the resulting 3D video only has a resolution of 960 x 1080. If you’ve got a spare $1,399 lying around, the camcorder will be available starting in October 2010.
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Panasonic Lumix G2 Commercial Behind the Scenes Fail

Back in May we featured an Olympus commercial that was shot entirely with the camera it was promoting (the Olympus PEN E-PL1), lending credence to the camera’s video capabilities.

Panasonic recently posted a behind-the-scenes video to its YouTube account showing how a new ad for their Lumix G2 camera was made. However, a close look at the video seems to reveal that most of the filming was actually done with Canon 5D Mark II cameras and a set of L lenses. Most of the comments on the video poke fun at this, with one commenter saying,

You shoot a commercial of an HD camera with another HD camera but post the footage in standard definition? Fail.

The takeaway for camera companies: eat your own dog food.

(via CrunchGear)