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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5 16.1MP Digital Camera, Wide Leica DC Vario-Elmar Zoom Lens, 2.7in TFT Touch Screen LCD, HD Movie Recording, Gold

SKU: IPCDMCFH5GL MFR: DMC-FH5N
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5N features a newly developed 28mm wide-angle high quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 4x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-112mm) into a slim, compact body. Comprising 6 elements in 5 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body, yet achieving exceptional optical performance.

The DMC-FH5N features a 4x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-112mm). The 4x optical zoom can be increased its power to 5x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even using digital zoom. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 9x by using the center part of the large CCD brings subjects even closer.

It can record motion images in high-definition. The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The DMC-FH5N can also record standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps). The DMC-FH5N's large 2.7-inch LCD features high 230,000-dot resolution Intelligent LCD. It automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. This LCD provides sharp, clear images in virtually all shooting situations, ranging from nighttime to bright daylight scenes. And it lets you share the fun of viewing images with family and friends. The High-angle Mode makes the display extremely easy to view from a low angle, for example, when taking photos by raising your hand upward to capture the subject over the crowd.

Take photos even when you don't have an SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card on hand. The built-in memory holds up to approx. 70MB of image data, which you can later copy to an SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card or computer. You can also copy images from a memory card or computer to the built-in memory and view them on the LCD anytime you like. In addition to providing extra memory when your memory card fills up, this is a great place to store your favorite photos so you can view them anytime you want.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (5) , Compact (3) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (3) , Good image quality (3) , Image stabilization (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (4) , Photo enthusiast (1) , Casual photographer (1)

Key Features

  • 28mm Wide-angle Lens: The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective, even from short distances
  • 16.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD: The DMC-FH5 features a 1/2.33-inch CCD with effective 16.1-megapixel high-resolution
  • Venus Engine VI: The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI is incorporated in the DMC-FH5 to enable the recording of beautiful images with higher quality signal processing including the Intelligent Resolution technology
  • Sonic Speed AF: The Sonic Speed AF system includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance
  • Fast Start-up Time: The parallel processing of software resulted in ultra high-speed start-up
  • Short Release Time Lag: The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.007 second, making it easy to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities
  • Battery Life: The energy-saving Venus Engine VI image processing engine and the efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery - which has been slimmed down to fit into thinner camera bodies - work together to extend the shooting time of the DMC-FH5
  • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: The Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you snap off consecutive shots at approx. 1.4 frames per second (FH5/FS18) until the memory card is full
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode: 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
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Shake Detection: The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in the DMC-FH5 compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake
  • AF Tracking - Subject Detection: Once you focus on your subject, the AF Tracking automatically tracks it until you press the shutter. When you're taking images of an active subject, this function eliminates the need to press the shutter button halfway down repeatedly to readjust the focus
  • Quick AF: The DMC-FH5 features the Quick AF. Ordinary AF is activated when the shutter button is pressed half-way, while the Quick AF starts operating as soon as the camera is pointed toward a subject
  • Face Detection AF/AE: The Face Detection AF/AE function detects faces and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure settings
  • Intelligent Scene Selector - Scene Detection: When the camera's in iA Mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene Mode to one of Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery or Sunset
  • Intelligent Exposure - Light Detection: The Intelligent Exposure function increases the exposure only in under-exposed areas by detecting the brightness level part-by-part in the image
  • Auto Backlight Compensation: When there is strong backlighting, the background appears nice and bright, but the subject is dark. This function detects backlight condition and compensates it automatically
  • Panorama Assist Mode: This is a handy function for aligning panorama photos using the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 Edition. The afterimage of each previous shot is displayed, so you can use it to precisely line up the second and third shots
  • High-speed Burst Mode: High-speed Burst Mode fires off up to approx. 4.4 frames per second (FH5) / with 3-megapixel resolution, which is highly sufficient for photo prints
  • Macro Zoom: You can pull subjects even closer than the closest point possible with the wide-angle setting by using 3x digital zoom and capture dramatic close-ups
  • Select from 3 Aspect Ratios: The aspect ratio for the DMC-FH5 can be easily selected from 16:9 wide, 3:2 and conventional 4:3 to shoot in the framing aspect that best suits the photo's composition or purpose of use
  • View Photos on a Large-screen HDTV: The DMC-FH5 can take 16:9 HD (high-definition) quality photos that perfectly fit a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing
  • Slideshow with Music: The DMC-FH5 can play a slideshow with music. Choose from 4 types of music: Natural, Slow, Swing and Urban. Then, select the transition effect to match your music
  • Text Stamp: The Baby Mode and Pet Mode let you enter the date of birth and name of your subject in advance. You can also enter your destination and the date of travel in advance in the Travel Date setting
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0: The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your computer with quick start-up and fast read-in of images
  • Quick Menu: Frequently used functions can be quickly retrieved and easily switched by using the Q.MENU button. The function names are displayed in text form, making them easy for anyone to understand and use

Technical Specs

Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
6 elements in 5 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical Surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (On / Off)
Zoom Optical: 4x
Extra Optical: 5.1x (4:3 / 10M), 7.2x (4:3 / 5M), 9.0x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent: 5x
Digital: 4x
Focal Length f = 5 - 20 mm (28 - 112 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) - infinity / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / 11-area / 1-area
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Camera Effective Pixels 16.1 Megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.33", 16.6 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Focus Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Quick AF (Always On), AF Tracking
Focus Icon Select Yes
ISO Sensitivity I.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity (1600 - 6400)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, High-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic)
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent Auto Mode)
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Mode Switch [Recording] / [Playback]
Rec Mode (Mode Button) Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, Scene Mode, My Scene Mode, Motion Picture
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, High-speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame
Shutter Speed Still: Approx. 8 - 1/1,600 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
Aperture F3.1 - 6.5 / 2-step (F3.1 - 9.0 (W) / F6.5 - 20 (T))
Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec
Auto Review 1 sec / 2 sec / Hold / OFF
Quick Menu Yes
Color Mode Standard, Vivid, Natural, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)
Recording File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3)
Motion Picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Recording Image Size Still Image: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,608 x 3,456 pixels (16M), 3,648 x 2,736 pixels (10M EZ), 2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ), 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ), 640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,608 x 3,072 pixels (14M)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,608 x 2,592 pixels (12M)
Motion Picture Recording 4:3 Aspect Ratio: VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: HD Movie: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 24 fps (Motion JPEG)
Continuous Shooting Mode Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 4.4 frames / sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes (1.4 frames / sec)
iA Mode Optical Image Stabilizer Photo & Movie
iA Mode Intelligent ISO Control Photo
iA Mode Face Detection Photo
iA Mode Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro)
iA Mode Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
iA Mode AF Tracking Photo
iA Mode Digital Red-Eye Correction Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology Photo
Macro Zoom Yes
Composition Guide Line Yes (1 pattern)
Built-in-Memory Approx. 70 MB
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Orientation Detector Yes
Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes
Copy / Text Stamp Yes / Yes
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
0.4 - 3.3 m (Wide / I.ISO), 1.0 - 1.6 m (Tele / I.ISO)
LCD 6.7 cm (2.7") TFT Screen LCD Display (230,000 dots)
Field of View: Approx. 100%
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High-angle Mode
Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback (Category Playback), Calendar Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12, 30 thumbnails / Max. 16x
Calendar Display Yes
Set Favorites Yes
Playback Motion Picture Yes (Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode All / Category / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Resize / Cropping Yes / Yes
OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Microphone Yes (Mono)
Speaker Yes
Interface AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB2.0 High-Speed
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
LUMIX Image Uploader Yes
Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 660 mAh) (Included)
Release Time Lag (Approx.) 0.007 sec
Shutter Interval (Approx.) 1.1 sec (minimum)
Battery Life (Approx.) 260 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0, QuickTime, Adobe Reader
Dimensions (W x H x D) 94.3 x 53.5 x 18.8 mm (3.7 x 2.1 x 0.7 inch)
Weight 121 g (0.27 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
104 g (0.23 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
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