Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS4
Released April, 2009
The Pros:Photos are clear and bright in daylight. Macro mode allows unique close-up pictures of small subjects. Face detection is fast and intuitive to use.
The Cons:Low light and night portrait mode are grainy, lose a lot of detail. Video can't handle fast-moving subjects, tends to get blurry and unwatchable.
The 8.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS4 is a simple, easy to use digital camera for the beginner photographer. The most basic model of Panasonic's 2009 line, the DMC-FS4 features a 4x optical zoom, Lumix DC Vario lens, and a 2.5 inch LCD screen.
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This camera features the Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, which automatically activates four detection and correction functions when the iA button is pressed. These functions include the standard Mega O.I.S. which prevents blurring due to shaky hands; Intelligent ISO Control, which prevents motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves as the shot is taken; Intelligent Scene Selector, which automatically selects whichever of 5 scene modes (Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery) best suits the shooting situation; and Face Detection, which ensures all subjects' faces are clear even if the subject is in motion. The DMC-FS4 also includes a Venus Engine IV image processor that supports up to ISO 1600 at full resolution. Additionally, the FS4 can record WVGA (848x480) motion pictures at 30 frames per second in addition to standard VGA (640x480), while all Lumix cameras can take 1920x1080 pixel high-definition quality photos that are ideal for full-screen viewing on a widescreen HDTV. Available in Black only.
- 8.1 megapixel resolution
- 4x optical zoom
- Lumix DC Vario lens
- Intelligent Auto (iA) mode: Mega O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection
- Venus Engine IV image processor
- 2.5" LCD screen
- Video with sound
- Available in Black only
User Reviews (2)
photos are clear and bright in daylight
Macro mode allows unique close-up pictures of small subjects
face detection is fast and intuitive to use
flash can be configured to work in a number of ways, adaptable to the situation
video in proper lighting is clear and free of artifacts
low light and night portrait mode are grainy, lose a lot of detail
video can't handle fast-moving subjects, tends to get blurry and unwatchable
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