Monday, May 21, 2007

New 12mp cameras from Casio and Panasonic

If you thought 10mp 1/1.8" sensor cameras stuffed too many pixels on a tiny sensor, you will be thrilled to find out that we now have 12mp 1/1.7" sensor cameras! Two more have been introduced today!

First the Casio EX-Z1200SR (press release at dpreview), at 12mp and 3x optical zoom (37-111mm equivalent), sensor anti-shake (CCD-shift image stabilization) with a 2.8" LCD, and EXILIM Engine 2.

Next we have the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100, 12mp on a 1/1.72" CCD, 28-100mm equivalent lens with MegaOIS. Panasonic DMC-FX100 (press release and detailed specs at dpreview). The camera uses Venus Engine III (3).

Price and availability in the USA: According to dcresource, the Casio Exilim EX-Z1200SR will ship in mid-July for $400, while the Panasonica FX-100 will ship in July at a yet unspecified price. The cameras CIPA rating is in the low 300 range (both have LiIon batteries).

Samples pictures of the Panasonic FX-100 posted by Panasonic Japan and discussed in the Panasonic dpreview forum. More discussion here. Also speculations of a Panasonic FZ60 and LX3 (just speculation!).

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