Many Lumix models are fitted with Leica lenses designed by Leica's German optical engineers and are assembled in Japan. Others are rebranded as Leica cameras with different cosmetic stylings. Leica had a similar relationship with Minolta in the past, where late model Leica SLRs (and some 35 mm point-and-shoot models) were strongly based on Minolta bodies.
Most Lumix cameras use different releases of the Panasonic Venus Engine for digital image processing; the original version (2002) was followed by II (2004), Plus (2005), III (2006), IV (2008), HD, V (2009), and VI, HD II, FHD (2010).
Panasonic produces most of Leica's branded digital point and shoot cameras in Japan, but not film cameras, the Leica M8 or Leica M9 digital rangefinder cameras, the X1 and X2 digital cameras or the Digital Modul R digital camera back for the Leica R9 film SLR.
Panasonic showed a prototype of a planned 3D Lumix camera in September 2011, saying that it would have twin 4x zoom lenses with folding optics and optical image stabilization for both video and still images.
Some cameras come in several colours, indicated by a suffix letter: K is black, S silver, A blue, R red, W white. Most lower-price cameras have small sensors of about 10.2 mm / 1/2.5". More expensive ones often have sensors of about twice the area, 14.1 mm to 15.4 mm / 1/1.65" to 1/1.8". dSLRs and Micro Four Thirds cameras have much larger sensors. Larger sensors produce a better image signal-to-noise ratio and better dynamic range. The GH series of Micro Four Thirds cameras have a unique "multi-aspect" sensor, that is larger than the lens image circle. This allows use of three different aspect ratios, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9, to be used natively. As a result, the image diagonal remains the same in all three aspect ratios and provides full coverage of the sensor and a larger field of view with higher resolution than one would get by simply cropping the 4:3 aspect to the narrower ratios.
- DMC-FX: ultra-compact high-end, relatively typical cameras. Unlike most of the other Lumix lines, the FX series tends to have a more stylish look (as opposed to the generic silver or black), targeted at social photography. The FX30 was announced as the world's slimmest camera with a 28 mm equivalent wide-angle lens. The FX500 is the first Panasonic to feature a touch-screen interface.
- DMC-FZx (excluding DMC-FZx0 models): compact ultra-zoom higher-end cameras. These cameras are described as compact but are relatively large, have extensive controls (although models earlier than the FZ7 do not have manual focus), and long zoom ranges, typically 12x with extending zoom lens.
- DMC-FZxx: bridge digital cameras, resemble digital SLRs in many ways, but have a non-interchangeable, non-extending zoom lens. The later models from the FZ70/72 are large and heavy as medium-DSLR, have a widest zoom range (20-1200mm, 60x) and extensive manual controls, including fully manual focus and zoom rings on the lens.
- DMC-G: Micro Four Thirds System line, advertised as a "reinvented D-SLR" without mirror.
- DMC-L: DSLR line. It uses the Four Thirds System lens mount and along with the Olympus E-330 was one of the first DSLRs capable of displaying live image view on the LCD screen.
- DMC-LS: cheapest line, budget plastic compact cameras powered by two AA batteries.
- DMC-LX: compact high-end cameras line, with full manual exposure and focus controls (with joystick control rather than focus ring), and RAW recording, unusual in compact cameras.
- DMC-LZ: budget, but more advanced and with more user control than many other digital compact cameras. The most notable feature is a 5x (37–222 mm) optical zoom range.
- DMC-SZ: mid-level compact superzoom cameras. SZ-series stands for "style zoom". Introduced in January, 2012, these cameras use the 25 mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, have a 10x optical zoom, and shoot high definition video. Models include the SZ1, SZ5, and SZ7.
- DMC-TS / DMC-FT: waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof point and shoot cameras.
- DMC-TZ: compact, point and shoot 20x zoom cameras with image stabilization. The TZ1 uses folded optics, with a prism. TZ1's successors use a traditional design without folded optics, hence the barrel extends further out during operation. The TZ series stands out against other compact digital cameras by achieving a 20x optical zoom with a 28 mm wide angle lens (equivalent to 35 mm camera) in a small compact body.
- DMC-ZS: compact ultra-zoom high-end (offering HD video) cameras. Announced in January 2009 as a successor to the successful TZ series. It is distinguished by having high-grade still shooting and offering HD video functions. The ZS3 is advertised as "the world's first digital camera that records motion image in AVCHD Lite", records 720p HD video with stereo audio and has a dedicated video record button replacing ZR1's "extended zoom" button.
- DMC-FS: ultra-compact mid-range, relatively typical cameras. The FS range was launched in January 2008.
- DMC-LC: medium-compact-size, mid-range, but also included high-end models.
|Non-installing||Venus I||Venus II||Venus Plus||Venus III||Venus IV||Venus HD||Venus V||Venus VI||Venus HD II||Venus FHD|
|FX100||FX150||FX580 / FX550||FX700|
|Ultra-Compact, Wide-angle||FX01||FX50 / FX30 / FX55 / FX33||FX35 / FX500||FX48 / FP8 / ZX1 / FX550||FX66||ZR3 / ZX3||FX78|
|Ultra-Compact||F7||F1 / FX5 / FX1||FX7 / FX2||FX8 / FX3 / FX9||FX12||FS3 / FS5 / FS6 / FS7 / FS15 / FS20 / FS25|
|LC5||LC1||LX1||LX2||LX3||LX5 / LX7|
|Compact, Wide-angle, Large Zoom||TZ1 / TZ2 / TZ3||TZ4 / TZ5 / TZ15 / TZ50 / ZS1||ZS3||ZS5 / ZS8||ZS7||ZS10 / ZS15 / ZS20 / ZS30|
|LZ1 / LZ2 / LZ3 / LZ5||LZ6 / LZ7||LZ8 / LZ10|
|FZ1 / FZ2 / FZ10||FZ3 / FZ5 / FZ7 / FZ30 / FZ20||FZ50 / FZ18 / FZ8||FZ28||FZ35 / FZ38||FZ40 / FZ45||FZ100 / FZ48 / FZ150 / FZ200|
|Compact||LC40 / LC20||LC33 / LC43 / LC70||LS1 / LS2||LS60 / LS75 / LS80||LS85|
|Four Thirds||L1 / L10|
|Micro Four Thirds||G1 / GH1 / GF1||G2 /G10||GH2 / GF2 / GF3 / G3 / GX1|
|Waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof||TS10||TS1||TS2||TS3 / TS4|
Leica model crossover
Some Panasonic and Leica cameras appear more or less the same. The differences, other than the obvious exterior styling, are in the camera firmware. Different application software is also supplied by the two companies with the cameras. Claims regarding differing quality control or weatherproofing are unsubstantiated.
The Leica and Panasonic cameras produce the same RAW image, but will process white balance, noise reduction, etc. differently for JPEG output. Lumix cameras are less expensive than their Leica counterparts due to the companies' marketing strategies.
In Japan, pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki promotes the Lumix cameras with her songs. She announced on May 8, 2007, that Panasonic would be releasing an Ayumi Hamasaki x Hello Kitty x Lumix collaboration camera, a Lumix FX-30 which sells for ¥54600 (about US$455). Recently[update] Hamasaki promoted the Lumix FX 40. Hong Kong actress and singer Karena Lam also appeared in a local Hong Kong Panasonic commercial for the now discontinued FX01.
- DMC-LC5 (Japanese)
- DMC-F7 (Japanese)
- Stephen Shankland, CNET. "Panasonic shows off 3D Lumix camera prototype." September 2, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "Panasonic announces DMC-SZ7 and DMC-SZ1 mid-level compact superzooms," Digital Photography Review.
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Review, Digital Camera resource page, Jeff Keller, April 7, 2007. Accessed on line April 28, 2008.
- "Panasonic Press Release announcing the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS3".
- "Panasonic snaps up Marco Reus as brand ambassador".
- "Hamasaki promotes the Lumix FX 40".
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