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Press Release: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

18 July 2012

Panasonic introduces new Super-Zoom Digital Camera - LUMIX DMC-FZ62

This summer, Panasonic is pleased to welcome a new addition to its award winning range of LUMIX cameras. The 16 megapixel DMC-FZ62 boasts a powerful 24 x optical zoom and superior controllability including manual operation and full-HD video recording capability. With a 25mm ultra wide angle lens and 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD, which has 460,000-dot high resolution, the FZ62 offers exceptional creative freedom – perfect for beginners through to serious photographers.

Outstanding Image Quality

The high quality 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens benefits from Panasonic’s Black Box Nano Surface Coating technology, to minimize light reflection that causes ghost and flare. While the powerful 24x optical zoom makes it easy to capture family or group portraits as well as expansive landscapes or action packed sports shots. The lens unit comprising of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, ensures an outstandingly compact body while passing Leica's stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance, suppressing distortion at wide end and colour bleeding at tele end.

Superb Clarity

The DMC-FZ62 features a newly developed 16.1 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor and together with the high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine, it elevates the response, sensitivity and image quality of the camera. Thanks to the high speed digital signal output technology, the FZ62 can now shoot 10 fps in 16.1-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. Accompanied with the quick start-up time of approx. 0.9 sec, the DMC-FZ62 never misses the most fleeting shooting opportunities. High energy efficiency, which is also a feature of Venus Engine, extends battery life by approx. 12% compared with its predecessor, making it possible to shoot 450 pictures per a single charge (CIPA).

Making Photography Easy

Everyone wants to take eye-catching images at the click of a button, which is why Panasonic developed the Intelligent Auto mode. This includes POWER O.I.S (Optical Image Stabiliser) with Active Mode and the Motion Deblur mode , which helps prevent blurring from handshake even in low-lit situations such as indoor or night photography. With AF tracking, the FZ62 can lock onto any subject and keep it in focus even if it moves – making it easy to get beautiful, clear shots. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject. Human faces are captured in focus using appropriate exposure with the Face Recognition. The Intelligent ISO Control reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity and optimising the shutter speed if the subject moves as the shot is taken. Intelligent D-range Control optimises the lighting of each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights. Additional settings include Intelligent Handheld Night Shot and Intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range). These features can all be accessed simply by activating iA mode, giving users the confidence to capture clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease. iA Plus mode is also newly added to the FZ62 which enables users with defocus control, exposure compensation and white balance adjustment whilst using iA mode.

 

Specification

Mini News

22 November 2012: Sigma 18-250mm now available in Sony's A-Mount

Sigma Imaging UK Ltd has announced that the 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM lens is now available at a suggested retail price of £499.99. Sigma's APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens will shortly be available in Sony's A-Mount for a suggested retail price of £1499.99.

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17 October 2012: Firmware update for Sony NEX 7 v1.01

Sony NEX firmware update provides the following;

  • Addition of capability to enable or disable the MOVIE button
  • Addition of exposure settings of bracket shooting (three frames /1.0EV,2.0EV, 3.0EV)
  • Improvement of response for showing auto review image.
  • Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens
  • Improvement of indication when setting “Flexible Spot”.

Visit the link: http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/NEX-7/updates

Firmware updates are also available for the a77, a65, and a57.

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15 October 2012: Purchase Sigma's 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ultra wide angle lens and claim FREE 77mm UV DG filter

From Monday 15th October 2012, Sigma Imaging UK Ltd are introducing a short term special offer that enables anyone who purchases Sigma’s multi-award winning 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ultra-wide angle lens to claim a FREE Sigma 77mm UV DG filter worth over £60!

A Sigma Ultra Violet filter is the perfect accessory to protect your lens from damage to the front element. Sigma’s DG filters benefit from a special multi-layer lens coating, developed to counteract the highly reflective characteristic of image sensors.

Terms and Conditions apply. Visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com or ask your local photographic retailer for more details of this offer and how to claim your FREE Sigma 77mm UV DG filter.