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Slimline Lumix FX78 features large touch screen

February 16, 20111: Panasonic has announced the April release of the Lumix DMC-FX78, with a 3.5-inch Smart Touch screen and ultra wide-angle lens in a slim compact body.

The new FX78 offers full control with a range of touch operation features including Touch AF, Touch Zoom and Touch Shutter as well as creative modes during playback – including Art Retouch and Beauty Retouch.

The compact new Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens features 24mm ultra wide-angle shooting, a 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 24mm to 120mm on a 35mm camera) and f2.5 brightness to support higher shutter speeds and capturing moving subjects in low light.

‘The DMC-FX78 is designed for the enthusiast looking for a slim-line camera packed with features. The advanced imaging, intuitive touch-screen and the new Art Retouch and Beauty Retouch features add to the fun and creativity of taking beautiful photos,’ said product marketing manager for Lumix, Richard Phillips.

Incorporating a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, the FX78 supports the high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 Full HD movie recording in AVCHD and high speed continuous shooting.

Sonic Speed AF achieves approximately 33 percent higher speed compared with the FX70, according to Panasonic.

The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode has also evolved. Active Mode has been added to the conventional MEGA OIS and excels in minimising blur in wide angle movie recording, such as when you are shooting while walking. The Motion Deblur mode updates motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) to gain as high a shutter speed as possible.

The new Lumix Image Uploader offers direct, instant image sharing via social networking sites Facebook and YouTube with any PC. Users can also enjoy viewing 3D images, created in the new 3D Photo Mode, on a Viera 3D HDTV or other MPO-compatible equipment.

The Lumix FX78 will be available in silver, at an RRP of $499.

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