Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1 (2004)
|Product type||Digital cameras|
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Most Lumix cameras use differing 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).
Some Lumix models are branded with Leica lenses (e.g. Nocticron or Elmarit lenses), although Leica does not manufacture the lenses. 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.
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 are available in a choice of colour, indicated by a suffix letter: K is black, S silver, A blue, R red, W white. Most lower-priced models 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 system 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, and the LX100, have a unique "multi-aspect" sensor, that is larger than the lens image circle. This allows 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 FZ70/72 bridge camera is as large and heavy as a medium-sized DSLR, has a 1/2.3" sensor, a very wide zoom range (20-1200mm, 60x) and extensive manual controls, including fully manual focus, and zoom rings on the lens. The FZ200 has a 25–600 mm lens (35 mm equivalent) superzoom with f/2.8 light sensitivity through the whole range and shoots 12 MP stills and full HD video with 24/30/50/60 fps and 120 or 200 fps for slow motion. FZ1000 uses a 1" sensor (as does the Sony RX10). Compared to the RX10, the FZ1000 can shoot 4K video, is priced considerably lower and has double the optical zoom, but no built-in ND Filter and no fixed aperture.
- DMC-G: Micro Four Thirds system line, advertised as a "reinvented D-SLR" without mirror.
- DMC-G: standard mirrorless line.
- DMC-GF: distinguished from the DMC-G line by the lack of an integrated electronic viewfinder.
- DMC-GH: marketed as their higher-end mirrorless line, also with increased video capabilities.
- DMC-GM: marketed as the smallest interchangeable lens camera.
- DMC-GX: enthusiast camera with capabilities between the DMC-GF line and the standard DMC-G line.
- 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 camera 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: (Travel Zoom) compact, point and shoot 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 30x optical zoom with a 24 mm wide angle lens (equivalent to 35 mm camera) in a small, compact body.
- DMC-ZS: alternative names for certain DMC-TZ models, used for marketing in North America.
- 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.
Product development highlights
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- Released high-end compact camera DMC-LC5 equipped with "Leica · DC · VARIO · SUMIKRON lens"
- Released Ultra Compact Camera DMC-F7 equipped with "Leica · DC · Barrio · Elmarito lens"DMC-F1
- "Venus Engine" installed (DMC-F1, DMC-FZ1)
- World's first "optical 12x zoom" mounted (DMC-FZ1)
- "Image stabilization (MEGA OIS)" mounted (DMC-FZ1)
- World's first Ultra Compact Camera equipped with "Image stabilizer (MEGA OIS)" (DMC-FX5, DMC-FX1)
- "Venus Engine II" installed (DMC - FX 7, DMC - FX 2, DMC - FZ 20)
- "2.5-inch power LCD" mounted (DMC-FX 7)
- Year 2005
- "Venus Engine Plus" installed (DMC-FX 8, DMC-FX 9)
- "Free angle liquid crystal" mounted (DMC - FZ 30)
- World's first "16: 9 CCD" mounted (DMC-LX 1)
- "High-definition power LCD" mounted (DMC-FZ30, DMC-FX8, DMC-FX9)
- World's smallest single lens type digital camera with "optical 10x zoom" (DMC-TZ1)
- "Venus Engine III" & "Flexible collapsible lens" (DMC-TZ1)
- World's first successful mass-production of "ultra-high refraction glass", "wide-angle 28 mm lens" mounted (DMC-FX 01)
- World's first "motion recognition" installed (DMC-FX 07)
- "Four Thirds mounting mechanism" & "Leica D Barrio · Elmarito lens" adopted (DMC-L1)
- "Non-dust system" & "Live MOS sensor" loaded (DMC-L1)
- 2007DMC-FX 100
- World's smallest , "optical 10 × zoom" mounted with a wide-angle 28 mm mounted monocular type digital camera (DMC-TZ 3)
- World's thinnest with a wide-angle 28 mm mounted model (DMC-FX 30)
- "3.0 high-definition power LCD" mounted (DMC-FX50)
- World's first "wide-angle 28 mm loaded model" equipped with "12.2 million pixel CCD" (DMC-FX100)
- World's first "Intelligent Auto (iA)" installed (DMC-FX33, DMC-FX55) DMC-L 10
- World's first digital SLR camera equipped with "Free Angle LCD" & "Face Recognition AF / AE" (DMC-L10, DMC-L10K)
- "Leica D Barrio · Elmer Lens" adopted (DMC - L 10)
- World's smallest , "optical 10 × zoom" mounted with a wide-angle 28 mm mounted monocular type digital camera (DMC-TZ 5)
- "Venus Engine IV" installed (DMC-FX 35)
- "Dark portion correction" & "Digital red eye correction" mounted (DMC - FX 35)
- World's first "touch motion tracking AF / AE" mounted (DMC-FX 500)
- "Chasing focus" is installed (DMC-FX 37)
- "Leica · DC · Vario · Sumikuron lens" mounted (DMC-LX 3)
- "Venus Engine HD" loaded (DMC-G1)
- " Micro Four Thirds Mounting Mechanism " & "Lumix G Barrio Lens" adopted (DMC-G1)
- By adopting "mirrorless structure", it achieves the world's smallest and lightest with digital single lens camera (DMC-G1)
- "W Live View" loaded (DMC-G1)
- Optical 12 × zoom mounted Monocular type digital camera realizes the world's smallest (DMC-TZ 7)
- World's first compact digital camera with " AVCHD Lite movie shooting function" (DMC - TZ 7, DMC - FT 1)
- "Waterproof, dustproof, anti-shock function & bending type lens" adopted (DMC-FT1)
- "Leica · DC · Vario · Elmer Lens" mounted (DMC - TZ 7, DMC - FT 1)
- Equipped with "personal recognition" (DMC - FX 40, DMC - FX 550, DMC - TZ 7, DMC - FT 1)
- "Venus Engine V" installed (DMC - FX 40, DMC - FX 550)
- Equipped with "New Shake Reduction (POWER OIS)" (DMC-FX60, DMC-ZX1, DMC-FP8, DMC-FZ38)
- Equipped with "speed focus" (DMC - FX 60, DMC - ZX 1, DMC - FP 8, DMC - FZ 38)
- The world's thinnest 0.3 mm ultra-thin aspheric glass lens is mounted, achieving the thinnest in Lumix history (DMC-FX 60)DMC-GF 1
- Flash built-in lens interchangeable digital camera realizes world's smallest and lightest(DMC-GF1)
- "Venus Engine VI" installed (DMC-FX66)
- "Venus Engine HD II" installed (DMC-ZX3, DMC-TZ10, DMC-FT2)
- "DMC - FX 66, DMC - ZX 3, DMC - TZ 10, DMC - FT 2" equipped with "super resolution technology"
- Equipped with "iA zoom" (DMC-FX66, DMC-ZX3, DMC-TZ10, DMC-FT2)
- Thin and bent type lenses are adopted, achieving the thinnest in the history of luminescence (DMC-FP1)
- Brepita mode is installed (DMC - FX 70)
- Finder-equipped lens interchangeable digital camera realizes world's lightest weight (DMC-G10)
- "Venus Engine FHD" installed (DMC-FZ100, DMC-LX5, DMC-FX700)
- "MOS sensor" mounted (DMC-FZ100, DMC-FX700)
- Realizes the world's fastest , high-speed continuous shooting of about 11 frames / sec (DMC-FZ100)
- "Nano surface coating" which reduces flare and ghost is adopted (DMC - TZ 20, DMC - FZ 150, DMC - FZ 48)
- Realizes the world's fastest , high-speed continuous shooting of about 12 frames / sec (DMC-FZ150)
- "High sensitivity MOS sensor" which improved light receiving sensitivity from conventional MOS is installed (DMC - FZ 150)
- "High speed CCD" which speeds up reading speed from conventional CCD is installed (DMC - FZ 48)
- The world's thinnest , as thin as about 20.2 times zooming digital camera realized about 28.2 mm (DMC-TZ30)
- Newly developed "new high sensitivity MOS sensor" mounted (DMC-TZ30, DMC-SZ7)
- As world's first lens integral digital camera realized F 2.8 brightness at 600 mm (DMC-FZ 200)
- World's first realization of F1.4 brightness as a lens integrated digital camera (DMC-LX 7)
- "5-axis hybrid camera shake correction" & "tilt correction" mounted (DMC-TZ40)
- Equipped with "NFC (short range wireless communication)" aimed at cooperation with smartphones (DMC - TZ 40)
|Venus HD II
|Venus VII FHD
(2010, upgraded in 2012, 2013)
|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||LX100|
|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||FZ1000|
|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 / GH3 / G5 / G6||GH4 / G7||GH5 / GH5S|
|One Inch sensor|
|Waterproof, shockproof and dustproof||TS10||TS1||TS2||TS3 / TS4|
Note: Years shown in the header row are Venus Engine release years, not the camera release years
- DMC-LC5 (Japanese)
- DMC-F7 (Japanese)
- Stephen Shankland, CNET. "Panasonic shows off 3D Lumix camera prototype." September 2, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- Richard Butler. "Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review". Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- "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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Panasonic Lumix cameras.|
- Official site with details of current cameras
- Thorsten Overgaard's User Report of the Panasonic DMC LC 1 and Leica Digilux 2
Micro Four Thirds cameras timeline