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Panasonic's new touch-screen Lumix digital camera, the slim and stylish DMC-FX580, features a 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica DC lens with F2.8 brightness, a 5x optical zoom and 12.1-megapixel resolution. Using the popular touch-screen operation is easy with the DMC-FX580’s large 3.0-inch LCD, so both shooting and image playback is intuitive and smooth.
Though featuring a touch-screen, the FX580 uses a hybrid operation system combining the new touch-screen interface and a conventional operation system with the cursor key for intuitive control. Taking advantage of both operation systems, users can set the Auto Focus (AF) and Auto Exposure (AE) at the desired part of the frame by simply touching the subject on the screen while recording. In manual exposure mode, aperture and shutter speed can be adjusted by moving the slider. Users can also make fine adjustments to white balance and color temperature with the touch screen. In playback mode, simply slide a finger across the screen to activate touch scroll for viewing images. An Easy Organization menu is provided to simplify image organizing so the user can quickly select an image to view and edit with the touch menu.
The Lumix FX580 features Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, a system of technologies, such as MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent Exposure and Intelligent Scene Selection, that engage automatically, without the user having to adjust any settings. Panasonic’s advanced iA adds Face Recognition, a feature that recognizes individual faces, making it a "personal verification system" in the digital camera. Face Recognition allows a user to give AF and AE priority to a single person in a group, ensuring that a person’s face will be beautifully exposed.
With Face Recognition, when a familiar face is recorded several times, the camera will prompt the user to register the face. Once registered, if the familiar face appears in the frame again, the camera will display the name specified for that person and prioritize focus and exposure so that the face is bright and sharply focused. During registration, the user can change the icon that indicates when the registered subject is in focus and the person’s age can also be added. In playback, users can choose to display only photos that contain a specific registered face using Category Playback, so organizing and viewing photos is much easier.
Panasonic’s newly developed Venus Engine V processor integrates these advanced functions and controls the camera’s operation with high speed, high performance, and low-power consumption. The Venus Engine V has twin CPUs to boast approximately 2.4x processing capability and also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the DMC-FX580 record at a setting of up to ISO 6400.
The DMC-FX580 can also record High Definition (1280 x 720p) motion images at 30 fps. And, using the DMW-HDC2 component cable (optional accessories), the video can output directly to a television, such as a Panasonic VIERA HDTV, for easy playback.
Other features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 include:
- New Panorama Assist scene mode allows users to shoot a number of consistent photos, either vertically or horizontally, by aligning them according to a guide that overlaps the screen. Then using those photos and the bundled PanoramaMaker software, users can create dramatic panoramic images.
- High-Speed Burst (Speed Priority) that fires off approx. 10 shots per second.
- Macro Zoom function lets users pull subjects even closer to capture dramatic close-up shots by using the 3x digital zoom in the wide-angle.
- Bundled PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 software that features a Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in photos stored on the computer, allowing the user to easily sort files by the people photographed. Using the software, motion pictures can also be uploaded directly to YouTube.
Panasonic DMC-FX580K Lumix 12.1 Megapixel Compact Digital Camera, BlackWith 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD and iA ModeA touch is all it takes: High-performance model with smart touch-screen operation!Features:* Advanced Touch AF/AE with Face Recognition: Just "point out" the subject by touching theLCD, and the camera does the rest, adjusting the focus and exposure to capture a sharp, bright shotof your subject. Also, each time you indicate a face, the Face Recognition function activates and "remembers" it. Subsequently, any time that face appears within a shot you're framing, the camera adjusts the focus and exposure to capture it perfectly.* With iA mode and touch operation, shooting is simple: In iA mode, you can simply "point out" your subject by touching it on the LCD. The camera does the rest, automatically selecting the shooting mode that gives the best results. You enjoyeasy, intuitive shooting and capture beautiful images of the subject you want to shoot.* Smooth manual operation: In Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, and Manual modes, just touch the slider bars by the LCD to set the shutter, aperture and exposure correction values.* An easy touch is all it takes with assist functions too: Just touch the slider bars to fine-adjust the white balance too. And you can reposition the vertical and horizontal guide lines easily and intuitively with atouch.* Easy playback with touch operation: The Touch-View control feature lets you advance to the next image (or return to the previous one) by simply brushing a finger across the screen. Other convenient playback functions made possible by touch-panel operation include Multi-Playback, which lets you view thumbnails of up to 30 photos at once, Easy Search and Sort, and Zoom Playback.Specifications:Camera Type: CompactIntelligentAuto (iA) Mode: Face Recognition (Still);Optical Image Stabilizer (Still & Movie); Intelligent ISO Control (Still & Movie); Face Detec