Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Panasonic FX35 leaked by Panasonic's RSS feed (Engadget breaks the news)

Instant Update: The FX35 is available for pre-order at Amazon!

  • 10 1/2.33" megapixel sensor
  • 4x optical zoom lens, 25mm to 100mm, F2.8, with MegaOIS
  • The FX35 also features a fourth-generation, high-performance image processing LSI, the Venus Engine IV
  • 2.5" LCD
  • 720p video
  • Price: $350, already available for pre-order at Amazon, with pre-order and post-order price guarantee.


    Engadget points out that Panasonic's own RSS feed has leaked some their new PMA 2008 digital cameras. Rumor hunters, subscribe to the manufacturers RSS feeds!

    The Panasonic FX35 starts at 25mm wide (why didn't they name it FX25?) and this is a welcome surprise for fans of wide angle! Already people were grumbling that 28mm on digital were not the same as 28mm wide on 35mm film, so now they have a 25mm wide to play with. More details on this when more is leaked or *gasp* an official announcement is made.

    The leak also mentions "expanding the TZ-series" which is interesting to those interested in seeing more "grown up camera" features in the TZ-series, but it maintaining its "fun component". We have to wait for another leak or the official announcement for details. Here is what I (and others) would like to see in this: PSAM (Av, Tv, manual exposure control) which should be fairly easy to implement. For bonus points, they should add RAW. After all the Panasonic FZ8 has RAW and it is using about the same size sensor, somewhere in the 1/2.5" vicinity.

    Also mentioned by no details were given were the LZ-series and the new "affordable" FS-series, a poor man's version of the FX-series, which apparently Panasonic wants to boost in terms of prestige. Thus the attempt with the 12mp 1/1.7" Panasonic FX100 last year. (I did say "attempt").

    So what of the LX-series and the FZ-series or perhaps an entry-level DSLR or a prosumer surprise? We hope that this was a partial leak, and not the whole enchilada! We have to wait and hope for the announcement (or another leak).

    The official Panasonic press release at the Imaging Insider.

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