Here come the 12 megapixel cameras. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 caught my eye, mostly because of the wide zoom, starting at 28mm, and because it’s a compact. I’m thinking about maybe buying this one as I want something small enough to fit in my pants pocket for when I go on those long hikes in the mountains. Sometimes you just don’t want to be hauling around heavy cameras.
* 12.2 megapixel CCD, 1/1.72 sensor.I checked out some sample images from this camera, courtesy of the Panasonic website. Go here to check them out yourself. Here are some quick specs for the FX100.
* 28mm-100mm equivalent zoom. F/2.8-5.6 lens.
* Image stabilization.
* ISO up to 6400! Can’t wait to see that.
* 2.5″ LCD 207,000k pixels.
* Black, Gold or Silver bodies.
* On sale July ’07, no price yet but likely $399?
If you actually looked at the sample images, you’d notice the highest ISO sample was 100, which normally wouldn’t be too encouraging, but the top picture (portrait) is ISO 100 and it looks much better than Panasonic of the past, cleaner, with just a little purple fringing in the upper right-hand corner. The Yosemite picture looks great (ISO 80) print it out at 13″x19″ if you can, impressive! I see some corner softness, but that’s to be expected and it doesn’t look too bad. Specification page here.