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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Saturday 31st, July 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Photokina 2010 Report - Panasonic introduces another feature-packed hybrid digital compact camera, the 14.1-megapixel DMC-FZ45 from the popular FZ series that combines a powerful optical zoom and creative options including manual operation. The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in the DMC-FZ45 extends its optical zoom range from 27mm to 25mm at wide end and the zoom power from 18x to 24x to be even more versatile compared to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35. The new image processing LSI the Venus Engine HD II achieves high picture quality in both photo and HD movie recording. It also compiles the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing depending on the part of a picture to give a whole image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 camera
The powerful 24x optical zoom can increases its power to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even using digital zoom. The Sonic Speed AF in the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 features its speed at the industry's fastest level. Combined with a high-speed start-up, this gives the Panasonic FZ45 an industry's fastest level of response that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.

Panasonic Lumix FZ45 photography modes
The manual control of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 elevates the operability even higher with the incorporation of new jog dial. A focus button lets users change its setting quickly according to the shooting condition. User can enjoy creative shooting expressing their intention not only in photo but also in movie, utilizing a host of options including Creative Movie mode and My Color mode. The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode - an advancing hallmark of Lumix - now comprehends Motion Deblur mode. The Motion Deblur mode is available by updating the motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) to gain as high shutter speed as possible. The POWER O.I.S., Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure work appropriately just by entering the iA mode for any user to take beautiful photos with maximum ease.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45

Panasonic DMC-FZ45 offers a 3" screen
The 3.0-inch 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD assures high visibility during both recording images and playing back them. Despite its outstanding performance, the DMC-FZ45 excels in the energy efficiency extending the battery life up to 580 shots (CIPA) per a single charge. Recording both high quality photo and movie with super fast response at 25mm ultra wide angle to super telephoto 24x, the Lumix DMC-FZ45 is none-the-like versatile digital compact camera with functions that satisfies users at any level of photography from beginners to high amateurs.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 lens
The Panasonic Lumix FZ45 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom(35mm camera equivalent:25-600mm). Comprising 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly compact body while passing Leica's stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance suppressing distortion at wide end and color bleeding at tele end. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the Panasonic DMC-FZ45 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 24x optical can virtually extend to 32x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 50.6x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the large CCD to bring subjects even closer.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 records HD movies
The Panasonic DMC-FZ45 is capable of recording high quality HD Movie in AVCHD Lite. The AVCHD Lite features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG and excels in the compatibility with TV and other AV equipment. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. The Panasonic DMC-FZ45 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio. The popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available in movie recording. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Face Detection, and Intelligent Scene Selector also support shooting beautiful movie with ease. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality. The Intelligent Exposure that also optimizes the exposure to prevent over/under exposure part from occurring. A special, separate button on the top lets the user instantly start recording movies while shooting photos without any extra settings. The powerful 24x optical zoom is available in movie recording, too. With the newly added Video Divide function, users can divide the video into two sections to shorten or delete the unwanted part on the spot in the camera. You can cut out a clear still image from a movie in the camera thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45

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