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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
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- 12.1-megapixel effective recording
- 5X optical zoom
- 2-11/16" LCD screen
- Optical image stabilization
- Wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes and large groups
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5.5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||2.7 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal|
|Flash Modes Description||auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||TTL (Normal, Quick)|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.17 x 0.91 x 3.86 inches|
|Item Weight||0.36 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||740 Milliamp Hours|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F6.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||140 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1600 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Memory Storage Capacity||40 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||Motion JPEG|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
28mm Wide-angle 5x Optical Zoom Lens with f/2.8 Brightness
* Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.
The 28mm wide-angle lens* lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective, even from short distances.
* Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.
The DMC-FH1 has a 5x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-140mm) and 9.8x Extra Optical Zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 274mm)*1. Adding the Extra Optical Zoom to the 4x digital zoom*2 extends the total zooming power to a maximum of 39.2x. *1 At a resolution of 3-megapixel or less. In the DMC-FH1, image resolution is kept at its maximum size to the optical tele-end even if the Extra Optical Zoom is ON.
*2 As digital magnification increases, resolution significantly decreases.
The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)* in the DMC-FH1 compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. Even slight hand-shake movement is accurately detected by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second, and compensated to produce sharp, clear images. The Venus Engine IV controls the shifting of the blur-stopping lens with even greater precision to further increase the detection accuracy and correction effect of MEGA O.I.S. It works for zoom shots and macro shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake, and lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination to preserve the mood. In short, it lets anybody take beautiful, blur-free shots with ease.
* MEGA O.I.S. is automatically turned on in iA Mode and can be turned on or off in Normal Picture Mode or some Scene Modes.
The Sonic Speed AF system in the DMC-FH1 (has a maximum speed of approx. 0.35 second for auto focusing*. It includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance. You can quickly get moving subjects in focus, such as when you're shooting sports scenes.
The energy-saving Venus Engine IV image-processing engine and the efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has been slimmed down to fit into thinner camera bodies work together to extend the shooting time of the DMC-FH1. This lets users take approx. 310 shots on a single battery charge*.
* Based on the CIPA standard.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was somewhat disappointed to find that many small, ultra-compact digital cameras from some of the best known brands (Nikon, Canon, Olympus and others) really didn't have great reviews from users, at least those in the sub-$200 dollar range (which I was targeting). Having been impressed with my first Lumix, and seeing many high marks bestowed upon a number of Lumix compacts and sub-compacts, I narrowed my search to that brand.
When I noticed that Amazon was running a special price on this particular Lumix that had the features I was seeking, it was easy to make the choice. Receiving the camera after only a few days from order, I immediately bought a 2gig SD memory card (although the camera itself will hold 40mg of images, which is not much), read the manual a couple of times and began shooting. I was impressed by the quality feel of the camera, and liked the fact that the lens (that great Leica quality is a big plus) has a retracting cover. As I expected, the quality of the photos (from fully automatic functioning) was top-notch. I took various indoor shots in different lighting conditions, and then I took it outdoors and clicked off dozens of photos, all the while trying various adjustments available.Read more ›
First off, for these perpetually whining types who only seem to write reviews to complain about what a camera DOESN'T do and how it pales in comparison to their SLR's etc, lets clarify what this camera actually IS first of all.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 is a camera designed with simplicity in mind. There are NOT a lot of advanced functions. You have normal shooting mode, Panasonic's acclaimed, amazing Intelligent Auto mode, (makes it hard to take a bad photo- seriously!) a bunch of pre-set scene selections and video mode. In normal shooting mode, white balance, ISO and focus modes are pretty much all that can be adjusted. In Intelligent Auto mode, it's even less. This is a camera designed NOT for advanced photographers that demand maximum control over their photos, but for normal people that want to take great photos with a minimum of fuss- the kind of people that wouldn't know (or care) what aperture priority mode means and are not interested in spending days or weeks pouring over their cameras instructional manual to learn all the advanced features it has. The kind of people that want to unpack their new camera and start snapping straight away!Read more ›
I've had this camera for about a year. It has it's limitations, but it's still a fun one for the price.
- Great deal for the price(unless you wanna spend 400 on a Canon S90)
- Great lens, it's wide, and bright.
- It's compact. fits in my pocket without too much bulge :)
- Takes widely available and cheap SD cards that fit into most laptop's card readers... instead of obscure unpopular formats(expensive Fuji's xD, or Sony's memory sticks, which aren't used by other manufacturer, so when you switch brands, they become useless, there goes the investment...)
- It's customizable depending on shooting needs/environments.
- Good macro shots, provided you can stabilize the camera well enough(Either with small Gorilla pod, or by resting it on the ground/or something immobile.)
- It records movies surprisingly well even in dimly lit places(provided you can keep your camera steady)
- Good battery life.
- The slide power switch, moves easily when I slide it into tight pouch(I got the MountainSmith's Cubik S, and that problem is solved.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just okay. I read some good reviews, but everything about this camera is mediocrem.Published 16 months ago by rv212
Glad we purchased this item; it turned out to be really helpful. worked well for what we needed .Published 21 months ago by PSue16
I know this camera is out of production, but I just had to write about it anyway.
I have had this little workhorse for more than 4 years and it is still taking pictures... Read more
Sometimes I purchase items and don't use them immediately. I purchased this Panasonic Lumin DMC-FH1 12.1 MP Digital Camera in March of 2011 and didn't use for a year and a half. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Viking Joe
I like this camera, it's easy but there is a real delay between pushing the shutter to take the picture and the actual shot. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Curious
Good picture quality, battery life, stability. For medium users works great. One year after i can recomend.
Panasonic have another excelent product