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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12, 7.2 Megapixel, 3x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 Digital Camera (Black)

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 Digital Camera offers a wealth of features contained in a stylish and ultra slim body. Featuring a top quality 3x zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with the ingenious combination of two anti blur systems (MEGA O.I.S and Intelligent ISO control), you'll get consistently sharp and bright images that are easily comparable to those captured with a professional digital camera. The cameras zoom can also be extended an additional 4.5x (when shooting 3 megapixels or less) with minimal loss of image quality thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom feature. The DMC-FX12 features the Venus Engine III advanced image-processing engine that can record at a sensitivity setting as a high as ISO 1250, provides fast camera functioning, and keeps power usage down so you can keep shooting pictures all day.

The DMC-FX12 has a bright, high resolution LCD display that measures 2.5" diagonally so you can easily frame your shots and then review and share your pictures with family and friends. Furthermore, the cameras controls are very intuitive with a logical mode dial, a one-touch function button to quickly access commonly used menu selections, and a slew of scene modes for getting the best possible exposure, without the need to manually adjust all of the camera settings. In addition, the camera is extremely energy efficient, so the included lithium-ion battery can provide 350 shots on a single charge.

7.2 Megapixel Resolution
With a resolution of 7.2 Megapixels, you'll be able to produce high resolution images that can yield photo quality 20 x 30" prints. The camera also has resolution options that are available in three different aspect ratios - 16:9 for displaying on a wide screen monitor or TV, 3:2 for making standard photo album prints, and 4:3 for more traditional image dimensions common in picture frames.
Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 3x Optical Zoom Lens
The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens on the DMC-FX12 provides 3x optical zoom, and has a large, bright aperture, while the Leica multi-coating process applied to the lens further improves image quality and minimizes haze and ghosting. Images captured by the DMC-FX12 are crisp and clear - right to the edges, thanks to this superb lens. Plus, you can use the 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom together to produce a maximum of 12x zooming power.
Extended Optical Zoom
The Extended Optical Zoom, which minimizes the image degradation that normally occurs with the use of digital zoom, provides an additional 4.5x zooming power in addition to the 3x standard optical zoom (available with 3 megapixel or smaller images only).
Reduce Blur with MEGA OIS and Intelligent ISO
Image blur is commonly caused by either movement of the camera or movement of the subject. Camera movement is corrected with the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) feature which uses built-in gyro-sensors to detect the smallest camera movement and instantaneously shifts a lens element in the opposite direction to compensate, giving you sharp, clear images without deterioration. Motion blur - caused when a subject moves as the shot is being taken - is minimized with Intelligent ISO Control. This system actually detects whether the subject is moving and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to minimize the motion blur effect while maintaining good exposure.
Super-Fast Shutter Response and Consecutive Shooting
The DMC-FX12 is fast and responsive - thanks to the Venus Engine III processor. The camera has an extremely fast shutter lag, so you won't miss that "perfect" moment, and it enables high ISO to minimize motion blur and take pictures under low lighting without the need for a mood-killing flash. Furthermore, the advanced processor enables fast, and unlimited continuous shooting at a rate of 3 frames per second - a superbly useful feature when shooting sports or other fast paced events.
Record High Quality Moving Images
Record beautiful full-size movies in 16:9 Wide VGA format at 30 fps or 10 fps with enhanced picture quality and brightness, and it can also shoot standard VGA and QVGA resolution for home use or e-mail/web applications.
Function Button for Quick and Easy Setting Adjustment
The Function Button provides a shortcut to frequently used menu settings - this single button lets you turn consecutive shooting on/off, make white balance adjustments, set the ISO sensitivity and image size, and select the compression format, while you continue to view your subject on the LCD.
Easy-to-use Scene Modes for Wider-ranging Situations
The DMC-FX12 has 20 scene modes to provide the best overall image quality for common shooting situations, such as Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, and more. It is easy to select the best scene mode thanks to the Scene Mode list display and help screen, which shows the description of each mode on the LCD monitor.
Auto Angle Detection
Auto angle detection records whether an image was taken horizontally or vertically. This ensures that when playing back on the LCD monitor and displaying images on your TV by connecting your Lumix Digital Camera with an A/V cable, vertical images are automatically displayed vertically and horizontal images are automatically displayed horizontally.
Built-in and Expandable Memory
The camera includes 27MB of built-in memory, and the memory capacity can be expanded dramatically with Secure digital (SD) or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards. You can also copy images from a memory card or PC to the built-in memory, and view them on the LCD anytime you like.
2.5" High-Resolution LCD Display
The DMC-FX12 features a 2.5" high-resolution LCD monitor which is surprisingly large for such a compact camera. This high-quality display makes it easy to see your subject, and when shooting outdoors on a sunny day, the Power LCD button can boost the backlighting by about 40% for even easier visibility. The High Angle Mode improves viewability from a low angle, such as when shooting over a crowd, and the display also provides many shooting assist features such as guide lines for better image framing and a histogram function to check exposure on the fly.
Extended Battery Life
Incorporating the latest lithium-ion battery and the Venus Engine processor that consumes less power than previous processors, the FX12 provides impressive battery life so you can take approximately 350 pictures on a charge.
Bundled Photo Editing Software
In addition to the ArcSoft PhotoImpression, PanoramaMaker, and PhotoBase, The DMC-FX12 includes the Lumix Simple Viewer for beginners to store, playback, print or E-mail images via the PC. Images will be automatically transferred just by inserting the SD Memory Card into a card reader or by connecting the camera to PC; and the images will also be sorted by the date of shooting to streamline the process of organizing the pictures as much as possible.
Print Directly From Your Camera
You can send images directly to print, without the need of a PC, when using PictBridge compatible printers.
Camera Type Ultra-Compact Point-and-shoot Digital Camera
Image Quality
Image Sensor 1/2.5" 7.38 Megapixel CCD with Primary Color Filter
Effective Resolution 7.2 million pixels
Color Depth 24-Bit RGB
Color Modes Standard, Natural, Vivid, Sepia, Black & White
Image File Formats JPEG (Fine, Standard)
Recorded Resolution 4:3 Aspect Ratio
3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480

3:2 Aspect Ratio
3072 x 2048
2048 x 1360

16:9 Aspect Ratio (HDTV)
3072 x 1728
1920 x 1080

Video Recording QuickTime Motion JPEG with Audio
16:9 (848 x 480) @ 30 fps
16:9 (848 x 480) @ 10 fps
VGA (640 x 480) @ 30 fps
VGA (640 x 480) @ 10 fps
QVGA (320 x 240) @ 30 fps
QVGA (320 x 240) @ 10 fps
Clip Length limited only by available Memory
Audio Recording WAV Format
Up to 5 seconds record time with image, up to 10 Seconds Dubbing
Lens Type Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens (7 Elements in 6 Groups with 3 Aspherical Surfaces)
Optical Zoom 3x (up to 4.5x Extra Optical Zoom)
Lens Focal Length 5.8mm - 17.4mm (35mm - 105mm equivalent)
Digital Zoom 4x
Minimum Focus Distance 2.0" (5cm)
Maximum Aperture f/2.8-f/5.0
Optical Image Stabilization Yes (Mega O.I.S. - mode1/mode2)
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount No
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto Focus System with AF assist lamp
Focus Modes 1 point, 1 point high speed, 5 points
Focus Range Normal: 19.7" (50cm) - infinity
Macro/Simple: 2.0" (5cm) - infinity wide
Exposure Control
Sensitivity Auto ISO
Selectable ISO (100, 200, 400, 800, 1250)
High Sensitivity (ISO 3200)
Shutter Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
Shutter Speed 8-1/2000 seconds
15, 30, or 60 seconds in Starry Sky Mode
Aperture Range f/2.8-f/5.0 & f/8.0-14.0 (2 steps)
Exposure Metering Intelligent Multiple
Exposure Modes Program AE, Exposure Compensation (±2EV in 1/3 EV increments), Scene Modes, Simple, Intelligent ISO
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
Scene Modes Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self Portrait, Food, Party, Candle, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1 / Baby2, Underwater, Sunset, Pet
Built-in Flash Yes (Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off)
Effective Flash Range 0.9' (0.3m) - 16.8' (5.0m) wide
External Flash Connection No
External Flash Control Not Applicable
Start-Up Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Shutter Lag Not Specified by Manufacturer
Time Between Shots Not Specified by Manufacturer
Burst Capability 3 fps continuous
Self Timer 2 seconds or 10 seconds
Interval Recording No
Date & Time Stamp Yes
Memory & Power
Built-in Memory 27MB
Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD/SDHC)
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Recording Capacity Includes 27MB of Built-in Memory

Still Image Capacity

Fine Standard
4:3 Aspect Ratio
3072 x 2304 4 8
2560 x 1920 8 17
2048 x 1536 10 22
1600 x 1200 22 44
1280 x 960 30 66
640 x 480 102 207
3:2 Aspect Ratio
3072 x 2048 6 14
2048 x 1360 13 27
16:9 Aspect Ratio (HDTV)
3072 x 1728 6 17
1920 x 1080 17 27

Video Capacity

Video Mode Record Time
16:9 @ 30 fps 5 seconds
16:9 @ 10 fps 15 seconds
VGA @ 30 fps 7 seconds
VGA @ 10 fps 20 seconds
QVGA @ 30 fps 20 seconds
QVGA @ 10 fps 64 seconds
Battery Type CGA-S005A1B Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Power Adapter AC Adapter (optional)
Computer Interface USB 2.0
Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
Remote Control No
Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
Web-Cam Capable No
System & Software Requirements Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP
Macintosh OS X (10.1 or later)
Viewfinder No
LCD Display 2.5" TFT Color LCD (115,000 pixels) with Power LCD Mode, and High Angle Mode
Language Options English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
Playback Options Full Image, Thumbnail display (9 or 25 up), Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Image rotation, Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favorite pictures, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, DPOF print setting
Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.1 x 3.7 x 1.0" (52 x 95 x 25mm)
Weight 4.5 oz. (125g)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12, 7.2 Megapixel, 3x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera (Black)
  • CGA-S005A1B Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • USB Connection Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Carry Strap
  • Software CD-ROM (LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio,, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PanoramaMaker), USB Driver)
  • User Guide
  • 90-Days Labor; 1-Year Parts U.S.A. Limited Warranty
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    Batteries & Power

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    Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

    Impact - CGA-S005 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (3.7v, 1150mAh)
    • You Pay: $4.95
    Used Dept.

    Bags & Cases

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    Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or a strap.

    Lowepro - Rezo 15 Compact Camera Pouch (Black)
    • You Pay: $4.99

    Screen Protectors

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    Protect your LCD screen from scratches and finger prints.

    Delkin Devices - eFilm Point & Shoot Mini Pop-Up Shade for 2.5" LCD Display (Black)
    • You Pay: $6.90

    Card Readers

    Download your pictures faster and save battery life.

    GGI - All In One USB 2.0 Digital Flash Card Reader / Writer
    • You Pay: $9.95

    Tripod & Support

    Place your camera on a tripod for the support and stability you need.

    Joby - Gorillapod Flexible Mini-Tripod/Grip for Point & Shoot Cameras - Grey/Black
    • You Pay: $13.95
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