Thursday, December 15, 2011

Panasonic's new Lumix DMC-FH7 updates the FH5 with a 3-inch touchscreen

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Summary: Panasonic announces the DMC-FH7, an minor update to its FH5 ultracompact point-and-shoot.

Though it was mostly overshadowed by Thursday’s announcement of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 interchangeable lens compact camera, the company also announced a new ultracompact point-and-shoot, the Lumix DMC-FH7. Though the FH7 is a smidge larger and heavier than its predecessor, the DMC-FH5 (which was only announced four months ago), it’s got a somewhat sleeker design, with softer, more rounded edges and a lens barrel colored to match the body (which comes in black, gold, or pink).

Specs wise, the FH7 is nearly identical to the FH5, with the addition of a new 3-inch touchscreen LCD. Highlights include:

16-megapixel CCD sensor4x optical zoom lens (28-112 mm equivalent, f/3.1-6.5)HD video recording (1,280×720, 24 fps)3.0-inch, 230,000-dot touchscreen LCDOptical image stabilization (shake detection)Face detection with digital red-eye removalMotion detection with auto ISO controlScene detection with auto scene mode selection

As is typical for Panasonic (with some exceptions), pricing and availability were not announced along with the product, but with the FH5 currently priced at $149.99, it’s likely to be just incrementally higher than that.

Janice got her hands on a Nikon Coolpix 900 back in 1998 and has been a digital camera enthusiast ever since.

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