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Panasonic introduces the new LUMIX model 4.0-megapixel DMC-FZ4 with MEGA O.I.S., Optical Image Stabilizer that compensates handshake, incorporating a newly developed 12x optical zoom lens. The DMC-FZ4 is the heir to the 3.1-megapixel DMC-FZ3, but enhanced its excellence not only with the total number of pixels but also with other innovative technical improvements such as faster AF and various design development on the grip or the position of shutter button, to encourage higher-level shooting with comfortable operation.
The remarkable 12x optical zoom combined with 4x digital zoom magnifies images by as much as 48x and can capture large frames of photo subjects even a long distance away. Furthermore, Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. assures stability of the magnified image and resolves the problem of blurring when the zoom photography is operated by hand without the assistance of a tripod. Same as the FZ20, the camera is equipped with a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens for high resolution imaging with very little distortion. Moreover, the combination of 3 aspherical lenses preserves an astonishingly compact body size even for a 12x optical zoom digital still camera.
The engine, or the brain, driving high picture quality and quick response of the camera is once again the leading-edge image processing LSI Venus Engine II, which boasts excellent resolution in the horizontal and the vertical, in addition to the diagonal. An industry-leading release time lag of 0.006 sec minimum and shutter interval of approx. 0.3 sec minimum, allow you to precisely capture your target subject. What's more, consecutive shooting performance boasts the capability of sequential shots at a rate of 4 frames per sec at full resolution. An unlimited consecutive shooting function allows you to take photos in succession until the memory card or built-in memory is full. The LUMIX DMC-FZ4 is the higher-resolution model out of FZ3, retaining the advantages of compactness and ease, but still satisfying 12x powerful zoom and MEGA O.I.S., to use for every level of users in need of a digital still camera a cut above ordinary ones for shootings of the subject at a distance like child's sports activities.