Panasonic just announced the Lumix DMC-XS1 a low cost, ultra slim (14mm thick) digital camera providing 16.1 megapixels, 5x Optical Zoom, 8x Intelligent Zoom, and 1280×720 HD video recording capability. At just a little more than a half inch thick, the XS1’s body is designed to fit perfectly into your pocket, so you can have amazing camera performance on hand whenever and wherever you need it, providing excellent picture quality results. Hoping to save a few bucks and forgo a few features, then consider the similarly sized DMC-FH10 or DMC-F5 pocket cameras explained at the bottom.
Despite its small, slim yet stylish design, the LUMIX XS1 is packed with a host of features that provide amazing results in every situation. A 16.1 megapixel lens housed in the camera’s slender frame means you are guaranteed amazing quality with every shot. What is more, an Ultra Wide Angle 24mm lens ensures that you get the most from your indoor and landscape photography.
For both photos and movies, the XS1’s optical image stabilizing system (MEGA O.I.S.) makes sure that neither a shaky hand nor a bump in the road compromises your creativity. With MEGA O.I.S even the slightest camera movements are compensated for by moving the lens in the opposite direction.
Aspiring photographers can take advantage of the XS1’s wide range of creative and artistic features and functions. All-new Creative Control allows you to choose from a selection of 13 different filters before you take your photo. Options such as ‘Retro’, ‘Pop’ and ‘Miniature’ provide a new level of creativity and control to your photography, adding to even the simplest of pictures. Stunning panoramic shots are achievable with the 180 degree panorama mode, and you’ll also be able to make any necessary changes after you have taken your picture with Creative Retouch. Applying your creativity could not be easier or more intuitive with a simple user interface and a large 2.7 inch LCD screen.
The LUMIX XS1’s Intelligent Auto (iA) capability can be set with one-touch and prevents out-of-focus photos. With iA it is easy for any standard of photographer to take great photos anywhere, at any time.
The iA’s Intelligent Scene Selector automatically recognizes your conditions and selects the perfect mode for you. Whether you are taking an image in a poorly lit nightclub or a vacation shot in the midday sun, the LUMIX XS1 will do all the complicated work for you, ensuring amazing quality every time.
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- Beautiful design: The LUMIX XS1 fits amazing capability into a stunning modern design that is just 14mm wide (17.6mm including lens)
- Tailored to your style: 3 colors mean that there is a camera to suit any style and preference
- Uncompromising performance: A 5x Optical Zoom lets you get up close and personal every time, and a 24mm Ultra Wide Angle lens means every detail of those special moments is captured
- Stunning results in any environment: A 16.1-megapixel sensor provides amazing image quality even in low light and the intelligent Auto capability – including POWER O.I.S – ensures amazing quality, every time
- Great quality movies: High Definition 1280×720 30p video recording allows you to make amazing quality movies on the go
- Stay in control: The XS1’s 2.7 inch LCD screen and intuitive user interface mean you can get the most out of the camera quickly and simply
- Do justice to your view: The new Creative Panorama mode enables you to take stunning 180 degree panoramic shots just by swivelling the camera and you can even add creative effect to it
- Explore your creative side: The Creative Control feature includes many creative filters such as soft focus, toy camera effect and retro. Creative Retouch also means you can fix any imperfections on the move.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH10 & LUMIX DMC-F5
Two similarly stylish LUMIX compact cameras are also available from Panasonic in the shape of the DMC-FH10 and DMC-F5. The LUMIX FH10 provides identical performance to the XS1 (minus Creative Control filters) in an ever so slightly larger camera. The new, entry-level LUMIX F5 retains the stunning design of the XS1 and FH10 – as well as features such as MEGA O.I.S. and iA – and the inclusion of a 14.1 megapixel sensor make it an amazingly affordable option.
Price and Availability
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 will be in available March 2013 for $129.99 (black, white, or red).
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH10 will be in available March 2013 for $109.99 (black, violet, or pink).
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 will be in available March 2013 for $89.99 (black)