Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Panasonic FX500 starts at 25mm and $400

We were browsing through the Panasonic dpreview forum where we noticed a new Panasonic model name discussed. This is discussed in this thread, this thread, and this older thread. The leak originated from this discussion thread.

So it looks like Panasonic has come up with a brand new digital camera, the Lumix FX-500, available in silver or black. Not sure if the Raiders will commission a special silver & black edition ;-)

Pre-order the Panasonic FX500!
The FX500 is available for pre-order for $400 at B&H Photo, for either the black FX500 edition or the silver edition. Estimated delivery is around May 2008.

Judging from the pictures, this camera has a 10mp sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens (25mm to 125mm equivalent), 3" touch-screen, which is a plus for fans of touch-screens. The lens starts at 25mm, just like the Panasonic FX35. It appears to be along the lines of the Panasonic FX100 and the FX35/etc, so don't hold out any hopes for things like RAW, PSAM, and manual controls. The official announcement is out, it does have manual exposure along with shutter and aperture priority.

No signs of a Panasonic LX3 or LX5 or FZ60 or FZ55 or FZ80 or anything like that :( More information when it becomes available...

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