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LUMIX® FH27 16.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

Model # DMCFH27R

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Introduction

For the style-conscious, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH27 is the compact digital camera you've all been waiting for. The FH27 point-and-shoot boasts a generous 3.0-inch LCD screen, a 16.1-megapixel sensor, 8x optical zoom and 720p HD video recording. There is also Panasonic's fantastic Intelligent Auto Mode for fully automated photographs without the hassle, and a powerful Venus Engine VI image processor. Other great features include Face Detection, Optical Image Stabilization and Intelligent Scene Selector and much, much more.

The sleek DMC-FH27 is available in a beautiful black, silver or red finish.

Technology
3.0-inch, 230,000-dot High-resolution LCD:

The FH27 features a large 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD display with 230,000-dot resolution. The Intelligent LCD technology automatically adjusts brightness levels in 11 steps, according to the shooting conditions. Images are displayed with crisp detail and vibrant color, in virtually all situations including nighttime and bright daylight.

28mm Wide-angle 8x Optical Zoom Leica DC Lens:

The 8x optical zoom lens from Leica delivers superior natural results from long-range shooting, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to capture expansive landscapes, large groups of people or architectural structures with rich detail and perspective - even from short distances. All of this power is packed into a slim, pocket-sized body so that the FH27 is highly portable. This makes it perfect for amazing photos on the go.

10x Intelligent Zoom / 18x Extra Optical Zoom:

The DMC-FH27 is equipped with Panasonic's exclusive Intelligent Resolution technology, which extends the camera's zoom ratio by 1.3x, to approximately 10x; picture quality is never compromised, even when combined with digital zoom. Zoom power can be extended even further with the Extra Optical Zoom, which lengthens the zoom to 18x by engaging the middle part of the FH27's large CCD.

Easy Zoom Button:

When zoom speed matters, the Easy Zoom button is a life-saver. Just one touch of the conveniently located button increases the FH27's zoom power to its 8x maximum; a second quick touch engages the Extra Optical Zoom for instant 18x power.

Venus Engine:

The very capable Venus Engine offers high-speed performance for better quality image signal processing. Images are recorded with stunning clarity and virtually no noise interference. Noise reduction is applied to luminance noise and chromatic noise independently so that images are reproduced with minimal noise up to an ISO of 1600 at full resolution. This is especially beneficial for nighttime shooting or when using the camera in dimly lit interiors.

Sonic Speed AF:

Panasonic has re-engineered its Sonic Speed AF for the FH27, offering new enhancements such as a faster actuator, parallel software processing and optimized algorithms for more accurate auto focus performance. Focusing is also approximately 42% faster with the FH27 than its predecessor, allowing for sharper focus on subjects in motion.

Intelligent Resolution Technology:

Intelligent Resolution image processing technology on the FH27 is enabled by the Venus Engine. Three distinct areas are automatically detected in every image: detailed textures, outlines and soft gradation areas. Optimal signal processing is enacted on each area, creating uniform sharpness and precise pixel-by-pixel signal processing to create the best possible images in virtually all shooting conditions.

16.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD:

The DMC-FH27 has a 1/2.33-inch CCD with 16.1-megapixel HD resolution. Images are always sharp and precise, regardless of output size. The FH27 supports images as large as 594 x 420mm - large enough to show an adult's head and shoulders or a newborn infant in actual size - and as small as 127 x 89mm at 3-megapixel resolution with near perfect fine detail and clarity. Photos can be cropped or trimmed as desired with no discernible reduction in quality.

Functionality
Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode:

Novice photographers will love the Intelligent Auto feature of the FH27. It's never been easier to snap incredible pictures with perfectly optimized settings; iA Mode automatically detects everything from ambient lighting, to focus, to deliver the best possible camera settings for any shooting situation. You just point and shoot and the FH27 does the rest. Intelligent Resolution is always activated in iA Mode, so you always get high quality images. And with six different detection and correction functions as well as 10x Intelligent Zoom, you can shoot with confidence anytime, anywhere.

MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer):

How many times have you tried to capture a great moment only to find that what you thought was a perfect picture is nothing but a blurred mess" This is common with many digital point-and-shoot cameras. Shaking hands when the shutter is pressed or insufficient light conditions can make images appear clouded or blurry. With this camera you will never have to worry about hand-shake again, thanks to the FH27's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer. MEGA O.I.S automatically detects movement and corrects it in the lens, at an impressive sampling frequency of 4000 times per second. This means that even the slightest vibration can be fixed before the image even ends up in stored memory. Your pictures will always come out sharp and clear, free of annoying blurring, streaking or ghosting.

AF Tracking:

Focusing your camera to capture action shots can be extremely difficult, and getting active subjects like children or animals to hold still so you can take a picture can be nearly impossible. With AF Tracking you get totally automated focus on your chosen subject until you press the shutter; you'll no longer have to press the button halfway down over and over again to adjust the focus or settle for fuzzy, poor image quality. AF Tracking makes is possible to catch all those once-in-a-lifetime moments at special occasions like weddings, sporting events and live performances, as well as great candid photos of your kids, your pets or your friends at play.

Intelligent ISO Control:

For even greater motion detection, the FH27 has Intelligent ISO Control technology. Powered by the Venus Engine, Intelligent ISO picks up subject movement and ambient lighting and automatically optimizes the camera's ISO setting and shutter speed in order to capture the best possible image. When Intelligent ISO detects subject movement, it instinctively increases ISO and shutter speed to prevent blurring; when subjects are motionless, Intelligent ISO compensates by lowering ISO and shutter speed for beautiful portraits and stills. Because you never have to make manual adjustments to ISO, you have the freedom to point and shoot at anything that catches your eye, whether it's static or in motion.

Smart Touch-screen Operation:

One of the most innovative features on the FH27 is its smart touchscreen LCD control. Several camera functions can be controlled simply and easily right on the display screen.

Touch-Control Shooting:

Taking pictures just got a whole lot simpler thanks to the FH27's sensitive touchscreen shooting function. Subjects are immediately brought into focus when you touch the image on the screen, and shutter release and auto focus can be operated from the LCD display, so you never have to take your eyes off the frame to get clear, sharp pictures. On-screen icons are easy to understand and images are captured just as accurately as if you were using the shutter button.

Touch-Control Shutter:

Operate the shutter release and auto focus simultaneously with just a simple touch on the LCD display. This intuitive touch action lets you shoot fast-paced action and moving subjects with optimized camera settings and image framing.

Touch-Control AF and AF Tracking:

With touch-control AF you only have to tap your desired subject on the LCD to optimize the camera settings, allowing you to create interesting shots with ease and confidence. Touch-control AF is also very handy when you need to single out a particular subject from a larger group; you only have to touch the person or object on the screen that you want to make the focus of your picture - perfect for capturing kids' school performances, dance recitals, sports and more. When touch-control AF tracking is engaged, the camera locks on your desired subject and follows it as it moves, constantly readjusting the focus until you activate the shutter.

Touch-Control iA Mode:

Change camera settings on the fly by using touch-control iA Mode. You can easily switch from manual control or a specific scene mode to Intelligent Auto with a quick touch, making it possible to get the best setting for the conditions, instantly and effortlessly.

Touch-Control Playback:

When you need to review photos or videos quickly, you can access touch-control playback on the DMC-FH27. You get not only superior shooting results, but also outstanding playback quality on the 3.0-inch LCD. Just drag your finger across the screen to browse through your photo library or touch and drag any area of an image to zoom in. If you want a fast and easy way to edit images after a long day of shooting, touch-control playback is a real time saver.

Face Detection AF/AE:

The FH27 lets you take amazing portraits and group shots with its intuitive Face Detection technology. The camera can pick up 15 faces at once, automatically adjusting focus and exposure so they are optimized for every shot. Face Detection prevents the blurring of faces that can occur when a camera inadvertently focuses on an object in the foreground or in the background. It also prevents faces from looking too dark when you shoot indoors or against a strong backlight, and the digital red-eye correction ensures you always get attractive, natural-looking results. Even if your subjects turn away from the camera, Face Detection stays engaged so you get stunning portraits from almost any angle.

Intelligent Scene Selector:

It's easy and convenient to get optimum results wherever you are with the FH27's Intelligent Scene Selector. When the camera is set to iA Mode, Intelligent Scene Selector automatically detects the shooting conditions and chooses the most appropriate scene mode. These modes include; Scenery, Night Scenery, Portrait, Night Portrait, Sunset or Macro. You have even more flexibility to shoot anywhere and everywhere with full optimized settings no matter what, making the FH27 an ideal camera for use when traveling or everyday use.

Intelligent Exposure:

Unless you're a professional photographer, getting lighting conditions just right can be tough. With Intelligent Exposure, you don't have to worry about setting lighting or arranging your subjects around a light source. Areas of your images that are too dark are automatically brightened, part-by-part, so only those areas are impacted; the rest of the picture stays balanced. So go ahead and take photos outside in the sunshine, inside with a flash or in a dimly lit room, and let the FH27 handle exposure levels automatically. You'll be left with brighter, clearer images in any lighting situation.

HD Movie Recording:

The FH27 doesn't just take great still photos; it shoots full 1280 x 720 HD video, too. You get amazing HD quality with optimized settings, even in low light. There's no need to carry around a separate camcorder to school plays, performances, weddings, sporting events, graduations or other important celebrations because the DMC-FH27 can do it all.

LUMIX Image Uploader:

Taking amazing pictures and videos is only part of the fun with the FH27. Panasonic's LUMIX Image Uploader lets you share all those great shots with family and friends across town or across the globe quickly and easily. Just select the images you want to share and connect your memory card or camera to your computer. The Uploader begins automatically and guides you through the entire process with clear on-screen instructions. Post photos to your Facebook page or upload videos to your YouTube account in just a few seconds. You can even send the URL to your contacts via email so everyone knows that you have shared new content.

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Summary

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH27 is a powerful, intuitive point-and-shoot with the user-friendly features you expect from the LUMIX series and a host of advanced technology that makes this camera one of the best entry-level devices on the market. If you're new to digital photography or just want a versatile, easy to use camera that can go anywhere and shoot virtually anything, the FH27 is worth a serious look. Incredible value, stunning image quality, automated settings, a portable and stylish body - it doesn't get much better than this.


Features:

  • 8x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens with 28mm Wide Angle
  • 3.0" Touch Screen
  • Mega O.I.S.
Camera Effective Pixels 16.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-inch / 16.6 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture F3.3 - 5.9 / 2-Step (F3.3 - 10 (W) / F5.9 - 18 (T))
Optical Zoom 8x
Focal Length f=5-40mm (28-224mm in 35mm equiv.)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 10.1x (4:3 / 10M), 14.4x (4:3 / 5M), 18x(4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom 10x
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR9 elements in 7 groups(3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Off / On)
Digital Zoom 4x (Max. 32.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)(Max. 72.0 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinityMacro / Intelligent AUTO / Motion Picture : Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / 11 pt / 1pt / Touch Area
Focus Normal / Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF (Always On), AF Tracking, Touch AF/AE
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Panorama Assist, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Highspeed Burst, Pin Hole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic)
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, 2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Face Detection Photo
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity
Additional Still Image Scene Modes Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame
Shutter Speed/Shutter System 8-1/1600 secStarry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Shutter Interval approx. 1.1 sec
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold, OFF
4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4608x3456(16M) / 3648x2736(10M EZ) / 2560x1920(5M EZ) / 2048X1536(3M EZ) / 640X480(0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4608 x 3072 (14M)
16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4608 x 2592 (12M)
Motion Picture Recording 4:3 VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Picture Recording 16:9 1280x720 pixels, 24fps (Motion JPEG)
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting 1.4 frames/sec
Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
LCD Monitor 3.0"(7.5cm)TFT Touch Screen LCD Display (230K dots)Field of View : approx. 100%AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High Angle mode
Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback(Category Playback), Calendar Playback
OSD Language English, Spanish
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Interface AV Output (NTSC), USB2.0 High speed
Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 660mAh) (Included)
Battery Life Up to 250 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off0.6 - 5.8m (Wide/I.ISO), 1.0 - 3.2m (Tele/I.ISO)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0QuickTimeAdobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack,Stylus Pen, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM
Continuous Shooting Mode High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 4.4 frames/sec (image priority)(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Focus Icon Select Yes
Macro Zoom Yes
Orientation Detector Yes
Slideshow Mode All / Category / FavoritesBGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
Resize/Trim/Aspect Conv./Leveling Yes / Yes / No / No
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
Intelligent ISO Control Photo
Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro)
File Format Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3)Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Color Mode / Color Effect Standard, Vivid, Natural, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / No / Yes
Weight(lbs) Approx. 159g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.35 lb)Approx. 142g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.31 lb)
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Photo
Composition Guide line Yes (1 pattern)
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume Yes / No
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x / Touch Magnification
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes
Built-in-Memory approx. 70MB
Microphone / Speaker Mono / Yes
Touch Panel Yes
AF Tracking Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology Photo
Optical Image Stabilizer Photo / Movie
Recording mode (Mode Dial / Mode Button) Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, SCN, My SCN, Motion Picture
Playback Motion Picture Yes
LUMIX Image Uploader Yes
Recommended Humidity 40%RH to 60%RH
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1"

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