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Fast, wide, skinny: Panasonic Lumix FP8

The new 12-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 features a 28mm wide-angle, 4.6x Leica DC lens, and promises fast start-up and AF speeds.


The 12-megapixel Lumix DMC-FP8 addresses one of the biggest complaints, according to Panasonic, its customers have with digital cameras: speed. You may think it's photo quality, but who cares about the quality if you miss what you were shooting in the first place?

According to Panasonic, the combination of a start-up time that is just less than a second, the internal 28mm wide-angle, 4.6x Leica DC lens, and a retooled high-speed auto focus system in the FP8 will keep you from missing shots. Plus, its Intelligent Auto mode will make sure you get the best settings for your subject.

You'll even get Panasonic's latest iteration of its optical image stabilization--Power O.I.S. In comparison to its Mega O.I.S., the new Power version allows for an additional two steps on shutter speed, helping low-frequency blur from handshake.

Other features include blue LED cursor buttons that glow when pressed, a 2.7-inch LCD, HD movie capture (1,280x720 pixels at 30fps), and improved image processing giving users a battery life up to 380 shots on a single charge.

The Lumix DMC-FP8 will have a suggested retail price of $299.95 and will be available in September 2009 in black, red, and silver.