Panasonic to release touchscreen LUMIX DMC-FX520 digital camera with 25mm mega wide-angle lens

Panasonic Australia is set to release the LUMIX DMC-FX520, the company’s first digital camera with a 3-inch touchscreen LCD – also featuring a 25mm mega wide-angle Leica DC lens, 5x optical zoom and 10.1 megapixels.
With an intuitive dual control system using both touchscreen and joystick operation; and Panasonic’s advanced Intelligent Auto technologies, the DMC-FX520 enriches digital photography for consumers, allowing them to take better photos.

The DMC-FX520 will be available in Australia in May, priced at $769 RRP.

The DMC-FX520 has a hybrid control system that combines joystick control with touchscreen operation. Basic settings can be controlled by the joystick, and users can make fine adjustments by touch using their finger, or via the supplied LUMIX stylus-pen. In manual exposure mode, adjustments can be made using an on-screen slider to adjust aperture and shutter speeds. Users can also set the auto focus and exposure in the desired part of the frame by simply touching the subject while recording.

In playback mode, a new ‘Easy Organisation’ menu allows photos to be selected and viewed by scrolling through the thumbnails located below the main window. Then, users can edit the titles using the same touch menu interface.
The DMC-FX520 joins the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX36 in offering a 25mm mega wide-angle lens. The wide perspective lets users capture broad landscapes and architecture with ease, and also allows users to get closer to the subject – such as group shots – without having to step back too far.

Also new to the DMC-FX520 is Auto Focus (AF) tracking, a feature that tracks the photo subject even if it moves after the AF is set – especially helpful for capturing active children or pets.

Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode is an advanced system of technologies that engage automatically, so the user can capture images as they happen without having to change settings. Users can now go a step further and easily set auto focus and exposure by simply touching the screen.

Source: Panasonic