Panasonic Adds Pixels and Power to Lumix Digital Camera Line

Panasonic has added two new members to its family of Lumix digital cameras with the introduction of the DMC-LZ7 and DMC-LZ6. Each camera boasts a 7.2-megapixel CCD, a 6x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 37-222mm on a 35mm film camera) and convenient AA battery operation. All new Lumix models, including the DMC-LZ7 and DMC-LZ6, incorporate Intelligent Image Stabilization, a new camera system that comprises MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control, together making it easy to capture beautiful photos every time you shoot.

With Intelligent Image Stabilization - MEGA O.I.S. to compensate for hand-shake plus Intelligent ISO Control to prevent motion blur - Panasonic has taken image stabilisation a leap forward and equipped the new Lumix DMC-LZ7 and DMC-LZ6 with the industry's most advanced countermeasures against blurring. In addition, the new DMC-LZ7 and DMC-LZ6, which feature impressive bright 2.5-inch and 2.0-inch LCDs respectively, are equipped with the Panasonic Venus Engine III image processing engine that gives them even higher image quality and speedier processing than before. The Venus Engine III, which in the past was offered only in the higher end Lumix models, records at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution, and aids in noise reduction by removing picture noise removed in stages during image processing. And, with its multi-task image-processing capability, the Venus Engine III boasts outstanding response time with shutter release time lag as short as 0.005 second. This fast response makes it easy to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment shots, and allows for unlimited consecutive shooting.

Both the DMC-LZ7 and DMC-LZ6 offer a range of features that enhance usability and add convenience to digital imaging including: Quick Setting that allows users to quickly and easily access and set the functions used most often, Easy Zoom that shifts the lens instantly to full 6x zoom power at the touch of a dedicated button, and Date Stamp that include both date of photo, day of trip or age of person in the image itself. Each camera accepts large-capacity SDHC memory cards for extra shooting convenience and flexibility. Powered by two of Panasonic's original, extended-life Oxyride dry cell batteries, the DMC-LZ7 can take approximately 250 shots and LZ6 260 shots (CIPA) on one battery charge. Additional features and benefits of the DMC-LZ7 and DMC-LZ6 include:
- Wide-Aspect VGA Motion Images: In addition to recording standard VGA (640 x 480) motion images at 30 frames per second, the DMC-LZ7 and DMC-LZ6 can record stunning wide-aspect VGA (848 x 480) motion images at 30 frames per second. These 16:9 motion pictures look extremely impressive on a wide-screen TV.
- Five Auto Focus Modes: To match the shooting situation and subject's position, the user can select from five auto-focusing methods: 5-point, 3-point high-speed, 1-point high-speed, 1-point normal-speed, and spot. As with all powerful zoom models in the Lumix family, the DMC-LZ7 and DMC-LZ6 lead the industry with their short AF time, especially in the 1 point high-speed AF, achieving quick, smooth operation.
- Extended Shooting with Panasonic's Oxyride AA Batteries: The DMC-LZ7 and DMC-LZ6 run on two AA batteries, which can be purchased anywhere. Each camera also comes with two Panasonic Oxyride AA batteries, which let you take around 65 percent more shots than you can with ordinary alkaline batteries. The Oxyride batteries let you take around 250 shots (LZ7) or 260 shots (LZ6) (CIPA).
- More Scene Modes for More Image Options: A total of 18 scene modes, including the new Pet and Sunset modes, make it easy to get beautiful photos in a range of photographic situations. Three of the modes - Sports, Baby and Pet - apply Panasonic's Intelligent ISO Control to help capture crisp, blur-free photos even if the subject moves as you shoot.
- Fun Continues Even When the Shooting Is Done: With Direct Print mode, users simply turn the mode dial on the camera top, plus the USB cable to a Pictbridge-compatible printer, and in one push, print beautiful photos. And, with the optional Panasonic DMW-SDP1 HDTV Photo Player, it's easy to have a slide show of Lumix images in 1080i high-definition quality. It also allows playback of wide-aspect VGA (848x 480) motion images that fit an HDTV's 16:9 screen.

Both cameras will ship in February 2007.

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