Panasonic Lumix FH5, FH2 ultracompacts announced

The FH5 and FH2 are slightly above basic point-and-shoots with just a couple megapixels to differentiate one from the other.

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LAS VEGAS--Panasonic updated its FH-series compacts, Wednesday, announcing the Lumix DMC-FH5 and DMC-FH2. Both feature a wide-angle lens with a 4x zoom in a slim body.

The main difference between the two models is resolution: the FH5 is 16 megapixels, and the FH2 is 14 megapixels.

Panasonic also trickled down a few of its newer "Intelligent" features such as Intelligent Resolution, which improves sharpness and clarity, and added Intelligent Exposure (for improved detail in highlights and shadows) and Tracking AF to its Intelligent Auto (iA) automatic shooting mode.

Lumix DMC-FH5

  • 16 megapixels
  • 28mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with 4x zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • 720p HD movie capture
  • Available in black, violet, gold, and silver
  • $149.99

Lumix DMC-FH2

  • 14 megapixels
  • 28mm-eqivalent wide-angle lens with 4x zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • 720p HD movie capture
  • Available in black, pink, blue, and red
  • $139.99

Editors' take: Why Panasonic needed to dump two nearly identical cameras on us is beyond me. Probably because they needed to hit price points for specific retailers. Nevertheless, they look like decent cameras and optical image stabilization in a sub-$140 camera is a plus. I wish it hadn't used a 16-megapixel sensor as an upsell, but it looks like that's something consumers are stuck with now.

 

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