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This is a perfect digital camera for a beginner, or anyone who wants a foolproof method of taking quality digital photos. I am not very good with equipment like this and this is probably because I don't have the patience, but this was so simple to use that even I could get some pretty amazing results.
The camera comes with a wrist strap, batteries, various leads to hook up to computer, or TV, a manual and some photo software. The software is fairly basic but it gives a good introduction to the process of manipulating digital photographs. It has actually whetted my appetite enough to make me want something a bit more advanced.
The Lumix LS80 has a 3X optical zoom lens and a resolution of 8.1 megapixels. It is also fitted an extra 4.8X optical zoom. The focus can be set to normal, or macro.
Functions can be set manually to macro, scene setting, or intelligent. The intelligent setting does the job for you. That, I must admit, is the one I use. The flash can also be set to come on when required, or switched off.
This little camera can also be set to take a video. The running time depends on the capacity of your memory card because the internal memory of the camera is very small at 24MB. I added a 4GB SDHC card to my camera to avoid any memory problems. This is the largest card that this camera will take.
It is powered by two AA batteries but I discovered that if I don't buy quality batteries ( not nickel cadmium, it says in the manual); their life is not very long. Quality batteries are the answer here.
Transferring pictures from camera to PC or showing them on the TV screen is very simple.
I had this camera up and working in less than 5 minutes and it took me about half an hour to learn the different modes and functions well enough to use them without consulting the manual.
This is a great value camera and its performance is excellent for the price. I bought mine from a small local camera shop for £69 and I consider it excellent value.
Ideal for beginner, or casual user, but if you are a digital photography expert there will not be enough functions, bells and whistles here to keep you interested. Functional, simple and fun!
Panasonic is pleased to introduce a Lumix digital camera 8.1-Megapixe DMC-LS80 that combines easy-to-use advanced functions and AA-battery operation convenience. Developed superb Lumix DC VARIO lens system with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 33-100mm on a 35mm film camera) fits in its compact body and renders clear image to edges.
DMC-LS80's super-easy operation is a comprehensive intelligent mode that combines four distinct features aimed at making it easy to capture perfect images. Mega O.I.S., intelligent ISO control, auto macro mode and Quick AF system. These entire functions act automatically, so you enjoy effortless, trouble-free shooting in any situation, comes with capturing beautiful photos.
DMC-LS80 further offers a range of features that enhance usability and add convenience. The Intelligent LCD function which comes with the 230,000-dot high resolution monitor detects lighting condition and controls brightness level of the LCD in 12 fine steps, to offer the display with best appropriate clarity in any situations.
|Product Description:||Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS80EB-P - digital camera|
|Product Type:||Digital camera - compact|
|Memory Card Slot:||SD card|
|Sensor Resolution:||8.1 Megapixel|
|Lens System:||Leica 3 x zoom lens - 5.5 - 16.5 mm - f/2.8-5.1|
|Min Focus Distance:||50 cm|
|Digital Zoom:||4 x|
|Image Stabiliser:||Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)|
|Camera Flash:||Built-in flash|
|Display:||LCD display - 2.5"|
|Supported Battery:||2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )
2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio|
|Microsoft Certification:||Certified for Windows Vista|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||9.6 cm x 3.1 cm x 6.2 cm|