Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH25 16.1 Megapixel with 8x Optical Zoom Digital Camera Bundle, 2.7" LCD, Black, Includes Carrying Case - DMCFH25KBUN

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Decent camera in $100...very happy

by USDESI on 12/1/2011

Lot's of positives for this camera: Advertised as 8x optical zoom but that's video. It's 10x in photo mode, 22.5x if you employ the digital zoom as well. 16.1 mp is amazing for a camera in this price range. I actually used the max digital zoom and still got good resolution photos. About 2 dozen scene modes (portrait, beach, sunset, etc) that work well and are easy to select. Text scrolls across the screen explaining its use as you you move from mode to mode. Very easy to use. About 1/2 hour with the manual and camera and you can understand and begin using all the features. Image stabilization sems very effective. I shot every thing hand held even at max zoom and liked the results. Great battery life. I chrged it 1x on a week vacation but that was just in case. Could have gone all week with 100s of shots. No viewfinder. But most of the cameras don't have them anyway, Nothing to loose in $100 (including case :-) Read More

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New Panasonic LUMIX FH25 Packs Powerful Features, Including Intelligent Resolution to Make Shooting High-Quality Photos and HD Videos Easy

The LUMIX DMC-FH25 shoots high-quality 16.1 megapixel images and combines a 28mm wide-angle*1 LEICA DC lens with a powerful 8x optical zoom to take amazing photos. Redesigned with an easy-to-hold grip and slim and stylish profile, it features a 2.7" Intelligent LCD, 720p High Definition (HD) video recording and advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) for ease of use. At the core of the LUMIX FH25 is the Venus Engine VI image processor with Intelligent Resolution technology for shooting clear and crisp digital photos and videos. The camera features a fast response time with shutter release lag times as short as approximately 0.005 seconds and, by adding Sonic Speed AutoFocus (AF), users can easily capture spur-of-the-moment photos. Using Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom extends the powerful 8x optical zoom to 10x equivalent without compromising picture quality.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode-Panasonic's popular iA mode, a suite of technologies that engage automatically with no setting changes needed by the user makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos. The LUMIX FH25 features two new iA functions AF (Auto Focus) Tracking and Intelligent Exposure. AF Tracking locks onto any subject and keeps it in focus even if it moves, while the Intelligent Exposure optimizes the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully. The automatic backlight compensation function activates whenever the camera detects the subject is in backlight. Other features of Panasonic iA, which can be engaged with a dedicated button, include:

MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) Shake Detection-Reduces blurry photos that result from hand-shake. The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)in the DMC-FH25 compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. Even slight hand-shake movement is accurately detected by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second, and compensated to produce sharp, clear images. The Venus Engine VI controls the shifting of the blur-stopping lens with even greater precision to further increase the detection accuracy and correction effect of MEGA O.I.S. It works for zoom shots and macro shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake, and lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination to preserve the mood. In short, it lets anybody take beautiful, blur-free shots with ease.

* MEGA O.I.S. is automatically turned on in iA Mode and can be turned on or off in Normal Picture Mode or some Scene Modes.

Intelligent ISO Control Motion Detection-The Intelligent ISO Control function* in the DMC-FH25 made possible by the Venus Engine VI detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions. When it detects subject motion, it automatically raises the ISO setting and increases the shutter speed to prevent motion blur. On the other hand, when the subject is still and no movement is detected, it takes beautiful natural photos with a low ISO setting. The Intelligent ISO Control gives you stunning images with ease because there is no need for complicated settings.

* The Intelligent ISO Control function is automatically turned on in iA Mode, and can be turned on or off in Normal Picture Mode.

Face Detection- AF/AEHelps to ensure registered faces are captured in focus with appropriate exposure and unwanted red eyes are digitally corrected. The Face Detection AF/AE function*1 detects faces and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure settings. It prevents the blurry faces that happen when the camera focuses on something in front of or behind the subject, and keeps faces from appearing dark when shooting indoors or against the light source. It detects up to 15 faces at a time, making it extremely convenient for group photos. Once the camera detects a face, Face Tracking follows it even when the subject moves around. Plus, the system keeps detection on if a face turns sideways to the camera. The DMC-FH25 is also equipped with Digital Red-eye Correction (Red-eye Removal). The camera takes care of the red-eye effect that often happens when shooting with a flash, to ensure attractive facial expression*2.


Intelligent Scene Selector - Scene Detection-Select the best option from: Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset by detecting the environment. When the camera is in iA Mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene Mode to Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait*1, Night Scenery or Sunset. The camera judges it from various detection results including focus and brightness level of the circumstance*2. You are free from choosing different settings every time the scene changes when taking images with these frequently used Scene Modes to get beautiful results.


LUMIX Image Uploader-DMC-FH25 gives you a new form of communication by letting you share your photos and movies. All you have to do is checkmark the photos and movies you want to share and connect the camera or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card to a computer. Uploading automatically starts by simply following the guidance. Facebook can be used for photos and YouTube for movies. You can join these social networking services without having to install any special software. It's easy to share photos and movies on the spot, which means that your friends don't have to wait for you to come back home to see them.

Select photos and movies on the camera menu.

The software is launched after connecting the camera or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card to a computer.

You can share the URL by e-mail right after the upload!

* YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.* Facebook and the Facebook logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Facebook, Inc

Intelligent Exposure Light Detection-The Intelligent Exposure function* increases the exposure only in under-exposed areas by detecting the brightness level part-by-part in the image. If the background includes the sky, which tends to be easily washed out, the camera automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed to keep the setting slightly under-exposed to prevent wash-out while brightening the darkened area by increasing the ISO only in that area. If the background of an indoor portrait receives insufficient lighting from a flash and becomes dark, the ISO sensitivity is raised in only the low-lit area to make it brighter without causing graininess in the subject's face.



DMC-FH25 Scene Modes

Specifications

Manufacturer Panasonic
Mfg Part# DMCFH25KBUN
SKU 226549349
UPC 715663001447
UPC 14 00715663001447
Features
Venus Engine VI
The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI is incorporated in the DMC-FH25 to enable the recording of beautiful images with higher quality signal processing including the Intelligent Resolution technology.
An advanced noise reduction system in the Venus Engine VI applies noise reduction (NR) to luminance noise and chromatic noise separately. As a result, beautiful images with minimal noise can be reproduced all the way up to ISO1600 sensitivity at full resolution for beautiful night shots or dimly lit indoor shots.
Intelligent LCD
Detects the lighting conditions and controls the brightness level in 11 fine steps, to display the most appropriate setting.
Scene Modes
A total of 28 modes, such as Baby, Pet and Sports, allows the user to choose the setting and the camera do the rest. Users can also record the name/birthday of a child or pet and embed the information in the photo and have it printed if desired.
The Scene Mode lets the camera make the optimal settings for you automatically, so anybody can take superb photos with ease. The versatile Scene Mode range, which handles just about any situation and subject type, is a major LUMIX feature. And to make it even simpler to use, the icons and display are designed for easy visibility.
The DMC-FH25 lets you store a frequently used Scene Mode setting in the My Scene Mode.
Built-in memory 70MB
Take photos even when you don't have an SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card* on hand. The built-in memory holds up to approx. 70MB of image data, which you can later copy to an SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card or computer. You can also copy images from a memory card or computer to the built-in memory, and view them on the LCD anytime you like. In addition to providing extra memory when your memory card fills up, this is a great place to store your favorite photos so you can view them anytime you want.
SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards can be used only in equipment that is compatible with their respective formats. If the computer being used does not support SDXC Memory Cards, a message prompting you to format may appear.(Doing so will cause recorded images to be erased so do not choose to format.)
Tech Specs
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-ELMAR
9 elements in 7 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer 1 MEGA O.I.S. (Off / On)
Digital Zoom 2 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 - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Motion Picture : Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / 11pt / 1pt
Shutter Speed Still: approx. 8 - 1/1600 sec
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Focus Normal / Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF (Always On), AF Tracking
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity I.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 High Sensitivity mode (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 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 3 1.4 frames/sec
Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
Digital Red Eye Correction Photo
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
LCD Monitor 2.7"(6.7cm ) TFT 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 4 Approx. 250 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.8m (Wide/I.ISO), 1.0 - 3.2m (Tele/I.ISO)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0
QuickTime
Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack,Stylus Pen, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM
Quick Menu Yes
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 / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
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
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Photo
Mode Switch [Recording] / [Playback]
Composition Guide line Yes (1 pattern)
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume Yes / No
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
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
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
Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / No
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.1 in
Weight Approx. 152g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.33 lb)
Approx. 135g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.30 lb)
Weight 1.11 lbs
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