New Panasonic LUMIX FH27!
Packs Powerful Features, Including Touch-Control, HD Video Recording and Intelligent Resolution to Make Shooting High-Quality Photos Easy
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 FH27 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:
When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don't have time to make any settings, simply choose the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and let the camera do it all for you. You just choose the iA Mode, aim at your subject, and shoot. Six detection and correction functions are simultaneously activated to optimize the settings, so you get stunning photos every time. In addition, the Intelligent Resolution technology is always activated in the iA Mode which results in the clearer and higher image quality in every photo with extended zoom range equivalent to 10x by the Intelligent Zoom.
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Shake Detection Reduces blurry photos that result from hand-shake
The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)* in the DMC-FH27 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-FH27 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 beautifully 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/AE
Helps to ensures 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 on detection if a face turns sideways to the camera. The DMC-FH27 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.
*1 Face Detection function is automatically turned on in iA Mode and can be turned on or off in Normal Picture Mode or some Scene Modes. *2 Digital Red-eye Correction must be turned ON in the menu prior to use.
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 the various detection results such as focusing 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.
*1 In iA Mode, Night Portrait is not identified when the flash is turned off. *2 With some subject and shooting conditions, it is just not possible to judge the best shooting details. When this happens, it is recommended that you shoot with the Scene Mode that best suits your purpose.
Intelligent LCD Intelligent Exposure Light Detection
Detects the lighting conditions and controls the brightness level in 11 fine steps, to display the most appropriate setting. 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.
*The Intelligent Exposure function is automatically turned on in the iA Mode and can be turned on or off in the Normal Picture Mode.
Customer Reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 16.1 Megapixel Digital Camera with 8x Optical Zoom, 3" Touchscreen LCD, Black
Excellent camera for the price!6/14/2012
A 3" screen, 8x zoom, a Leica lens and a price tag under [$]... you can not find a better buy!
a good deal5/29/2012
A good price for the compact camera. The camera is pretty light, but a little bigger than I expected. Very conveninet operations only on LCD screen. 8x optcial zoom is enough for me. It is a pitty that this doesn't work in movie recoding. Not yet test on battery life.
Nice compact camera5/29/2012
This is a nice compact second camera, fits in any pocket battery life was a little less than expected. A 4 GB HDSC card I had lying around was adequate for the long weekend. I would at least get 8GB I guess. Pictures look good. Touch controls need a little getting used to. Delivery was very fast
Good price Fast delivery Product arrived in good condition. Camera performance is great.
So far very good5/28/2012
Camera arrived promply and worked fine. I have only begun to explore all the options.
More camera than I needed.5/28/2012
I just did not care for product after seeing it.
I love Panasonic Cameras. This is no exception. It is easy to use and small enough that I can put it in my shirt pocket. 16 mega pixels do make a large picture file, so you might need to dial it down if you want to send it. I persoanlly do not think there is a better point and shoot camera out there.
just point and click. camera does the rest.
camera is good. i had a previous model of lumix that fell and broke beyond recovery. so go this one. it's a real shame that they changed the battery. would have been nice to use the old battery and charger from my previous camera (about 1 year old).
Good 8x optical zoom5/22/2012
The camera looks good and works well. It is convenient for simple pictures. However, it is less convenient when one needs to change settings. There is no dial, and one has to use the menu on screen.
Easy to use Camera5/22/2012
This is my third Lumix Panasonic camera. The prior two had design issues so far this camera seems to have corrected the prior issues and is super easy to use and quick to setup
Super camera for the price, nice features, good picture quality.
Great little camera but with issues5/21/2012
This is the 3rd Panasonic Lumix camera that I have purchased. Haven't had a lot of time with it but I can see that the pictures that I have taken so far are the same sharp images that I expect from a Lumix camera. I am a little disappointed that the zoom is fixed when taking video. The first Lumix camera I bought had the same drawback but my DMC-TZ5 permits zooming while taking video. I am also a little frustrated with scene icons.. No description provided causes confusion & a manual consult.
Pros: Versatile lens range, excellent CMOS image sensor, shoots full 1080p HD video, optical image stabilization, lots of manual control, improved shooting speed Cons: No RAW mode, relatively small (2.7-inch) LCD screen But it s very fast when it comes to shooting