If there's one thing that we can always expect in the realm
of digital cameras, it's the ever-increasing megapixel count. Panasonic and
Casio are aiming to please those obsessed with high megapixel cameras with the
Lumix DMC-FX100 and EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200 respectively.
Lumix DMC-FX100 features a 12.2MP image sensor and a 3.6x (28-100mm) zoom
lens. As is the case with most new high-end digital cameras released today, the
DMC-FX100 features onboard image stabilization.
Thanks to its Venus Engine III image processor, the
DMC-FX100 provides a maximum ISO of 6400 and features a High-Speed Burst
shooting mode which allows the camera to capture 8 images per second. The
DMC-FX100 can also capture images in a widescreen 16:9 format in 1920x1080 and
1280x720 resolutions. The camera is also capable of capturing VGA and WVGA
movies at 30FPS and WXGA movies at 15FPS.
Not to be outdone, Casio has a 12.1MP digital camera of its
own. The Casio
EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200 features a 3x optical zoom lens, image stabilization and
a 2.8" LCD screen. The EX-Z1200's onboard EXILIM Engine 2.0 image
processor handles face detection and auto tracking to enable clear captures.
Panasonic and Casio haven't yet announced pricing or availability
dates for the Lumix DMC-FX100 and EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200.
quote: That said, at least the Panasonic one is the first non-Fuji mini-compact to come with larger than 1/2.5" sensor, though indeed even the 1/1.8" Panasonics before have been quite poor, and definitely poorer than Fuji's 1/1.8" SuperCCD of course.