updated 10:15 am EDT, Thu October 2, 2003
Panasonic today introduced a 4-megapixel consumer digital camera with 12x optical zoom. The features F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom range and camera's 12x zoom precision Leica lens is equivalent to a 35 - 420mm zoom lens on a conventional 35mm film camera. It also features Panasonic's optical image stabilizer technology using motion sensors, a new histogram feature that functions as a light meter, 4fps image capture, 30fps QuickTime video recording, manual controls, USB connectivity, a digital automatic pop-up flash, and simultaneous data output to the screen and memory card. It will ship in November for $600 with a rechargeable battery pack and charger; 16MB SD Memory Card; AC cable; DC cable; A/V cable; USB connection cable; lens cap; and carrying strap.