Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue)

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Product Features

  • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 4X optical zoom (4X digital zoom/16X total zoom)
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen
  • HD movie recording (1280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames per second)
  • Optical image stabilization

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 454 g
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: DMC-FP1A
  • ASIN: B003962E5G
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 15 2010
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,973 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The flat body and compact size of the DMC-FP1 allow it to fit nicely into a small handbag. Built of high-quality aluminum, the DMC-FP1 also brings a wide range of colors to the series. The new lens cover both protects the lens from scratches or dusts and serves as the camera's power switch, making it fast and easy to slip the camera out of a pocket or a bag and turn on the power.

Lumix DMC-FP1 Highlights

4x Optical Zoom / Up to 7.8x Extra Optical Zoom
The DMC-FP1 has a 4x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 35-140mm) and 7.8x Extra Optical Zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 273mm). Adding the Extra Optical Zoom to the 4x digital zoom extends the total zooming power to a maximum of 31.3x.

Panasonic Lumix digital camera highlights
Sonic Speed AF
The Sonic Speed AF system in the DMC-FP1 has a maximum speed of approx. 0.33 second for auto focusing*. It includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance. You can quickly get moving subjects in focus, such as when you're shooting sports scenes.
* Using the 1-area AF, at the wide-end.

HD Movie Recording
The DMC-FP1 can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The DMC-FP1 can also record full-size motion images in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) or standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps).

Venus Engine IV
The image-processing engine, Venus Engine IV, uses advanced signal processing to give you beautiful images even when the sensitivity is high. Multi-task signal processing is employed for all images to enable high-speed, high-performance shooting. Venus Engine IV also effectively raises the precision of various functions, such as MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. Along with its extremely high performance, Venus Engine IV reduces power consumption thanks to a number of energy efficiency improvements.

Extended Battery Life
The energy-saving Venus Engine IV image-processing engine and the efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has been slimmed down to fit into thinner camera bodies work together to extend the shooting time of the DMC-FP1. This lets users take approx. 300 shots on a single battery charge*.
* Based on the CIPA standard.

Product Description

A Colorful, New, 12. 1 Megapixel,Ultra-slim Compact Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and iA Mode Futuristic, Flat Design with Folded Optics Technology The flat body and compact size of the DMC- FP1 allow it to fit nicely into a small handbag. Built of high-quality aluminum, the DMC- FP1 also brings a wide range of colors to the series. Choose from 8 colors. The new lens cover both protects the lens from scratches or dusts and serves as the camera's power switch, making it fast and easy to slip the camera out of a pocket or a bag and turn on the power. 4x Optical Zoom / Up to 7.8x Extra Optical Zoom The DMC-FP1 has a 4x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 35-140mm) and 7.8x Extra Optical Zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 273mm)*1. Adding the Extra Optical Zoom to the 4x digital zoom*2 extends the total zooming power to a maximum of 31.3x. Sonic Speed AF The Sonic Speed AF system in the DMC-FP1 has a maximum speed of approx. 0.33 second for auto focusing*. It includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance. You can quickly get moving subjects in focus, such as when you're shooting sports scenes.* Using the 1-area AF, at the wide-end. HD Movie Recording (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG Format) The DMC-FP1 can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The DMC-FP1 can also record full-size motion images in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) or standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps). Venus Engine IV The image-processing engine, Venus Engine IV, uses advanced signal processing to give you beautiful images even when the sensitivity is high. Multi-task signal processing is employed for all images to enable high-...

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far, pretty good March 13 2010
By James Sabo - Published on Amazon.com
Color Name:Blue|Verified Purchase
I should preface this by saying that I used to be a semi-professional news photographer, so I tend to expect more from a camera than the average consumer might. I have a DSLR that I use for anything serious, but I need to have a pocket camera for those occasions where the DSLR is overkill, but the cell phone won't cut it.

Bought this to replace my Pentax Optio S6. I had purchased an Optio S3 for my folks, and was impressed by the quality of the pics that such a tiny little camera could kick out. But the S6 never seemed to work quite as well as that S3-- the autofocus always seemed to fail just enough that the pic looked ok on the camera screen, but was bad when I downloaded it to the PC. I was also never that impressed with the flash for indoor pictures.

So when making this purchase, I basically wanted to correct those three issues-- better autofocus, better overall image quality, and better indoor/flash images.

So far, this camera is winning on all three counts. The autofocus kicks in in about half the time as the S6, and it has a focus assist light that I don't remember noticing on the Optio. In low-light situations, I'm getting reliable focus when zooming in on objects that are 10 feet away. The image stabilization seems to work very well, and it's much more obvious if a picture is out of focus or blurry than it was with the S6.

The flash definitely appears to be a lot more powerful, but until I use it to take pictures in a bar at night, I can't give the final word on that.

Likewise, the pictures I've taken so far appear to be pretty good-- the camera compensated for twilight conditions well on full-auto mode, although things were a bit oversaturated. The auto ISO adjustment kicked out relatively noise-free pictures even at 800, and 400 looked as good as anything I've gotten out of a point and shoot before. The real test here will be taking some outdoor pics in full daylight.

One feature worth pointing out, if you're more accustomed to SLRs-- you have a dedicated exposure compensation button on the back of the camera, allowing you to make some manual adjustments to the image. The results are shown on the display in real time, so I was able to have the camera correctly focus on the ground, but expose for the sky. From what I've seen, however, you don't have the ability to adjust shutter, f-stop, or focus manually, although you can lock the camera to a specifc ISO.

The video apppears to be acceptable-- I was pleasantly surprised to see that the image stabilization worked with the video, although the final result was nowhere near as sharp as I would normally expect out of HDTV resolutions. This may have been due to lighting conditions.

Overall, this is a solid unit that's only a little wider than the diminutive Optio S series, while being slightly less deep. I'm impressed by what I've seen so far-- this definitely seems like the pocket camera that I needed. Small enough to not have an excuse to leave behind, powerful enough to take good shots, and at a price that doesn't break the budget.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera for the price! May 29 2010
By K. Perry - Published on Amazon.com
Color Name:Blue|Verified Purchase
When I first received my camera, my jaw dropped.

The packaging was neatly packed inside a small box and the camera protected by a dust cover (?). I was ecstatic to know I wouldn't have to go pay $100s on batteries as this camera is rechargeable, a big plus for me! The iA (intelligent auto) is great. I never knew what mode to place my camera in for pictures to come out clear and crisp and knowing my camera can do that, another Pro! The flash is super bright. I've now decided I won't buy a camera unless it can slide down to turn on. It's also a less worry of the lens jamming as it doesn't come out. The blue was a GREAT colour choice.

I highly recommend this camera to those not looking to spend a lot, and still want professional looking pictures!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little camera for the price Nov. 28 2010
By V. C. Wald - Published on Amazon.com
Color Name:Blue|Verified Purchase
I'm a long-time film, and now digital, SLR user who needed something better than the (very low quality) camera in my Droid to carry around from day to day. This little Panasonic Lumix is slim, lightweight, and has a thoughtfully designed slide cover over the lens and flash that turns the camera on when opened and protects delicate parts well when closed. It's a no-brainer to use, although I've only had it for a few days and have not tried to explore features beyond the obvious. For instance, I have not used the digital zoom (which is invariably disappointing even in far more expensive cameras anyway).

I took it around Lincoln Square in Chicago yesterday and it passed several challenges. In particular, I used it indoors without flash, and I was very impressed. Some images had to be brightened a bit (nb, I use PhotoShop, I have not tried the software supplied with it) to bring out details and contrast, but I have to do the same thing with photos off my Nikon SLR in similar conditions, it's par for the course. What is good about the camera is that it is smart enough to compensate for low light and record details, even if a little tweaking is required to see them on the photo. Being used to having a view finder and being able to brace a camera against me when I shoot, I have to concentrate hard to hold it still out in front of my face (no view finder on this little dude), but I didn't end up with any blurry photos from my own movement, suggesting that the image stabilization is working.

I fiddled with macro mode a bit and was very happy with the sharpness of the results as well.

If you're used to an SLR or a more sophisticated digital camera, you'll have to cut this little camera some slack, but you'll find it umpteen times better than your camera phone. Enjoy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lumix DMC-FH20 14.1 MP 8X Relacement Nov. 26 2010
By H. W. Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Color Name:Blue
This Lumix DMC-FP1 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x zoom almost immediately replaced my Lumix DMC-FH20 14.1 MP 8x. The loss of double the zoom and the 2 MegaPixles was more than made up by ending frequent lens jam and retraction problems with the DMC-FH20.

After getting rid of the DMC-FH20 I find the DMC-FP1 not only a suitable but an excellent replacement with both models using the same slim battery. In the DMC-FP1 it lasts more than +400 pictures (I rarely use flash) on a full charge. I don't know how long a full charge would last with the DMC-FH20, I didn't keep it long enough to find out once the lens jam and retraction problems began. On the subject of the Panasonic DMW-BCF10PP Battery, most after-market non-manufacturer made batteries will NOT work with either camera. These cameras "know" when a substitute is inserted.

The DMC-FP1 aluminum frame and sliding lens cover (maybe entirely aluminum body) protect the camera in either a man's front pocket or a woman's small purse. This is an excellent take everywhere camera with 24 hour capability to provide up to 8x10 prints ( well, 5x7 almost always). After more than three months, it's my constant companion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bustin' Out the Blue Thang July 27 2011
By N. Isabella - Published on Amazon.com
Color Name:Blue|Verified Purchase
The two main reasons I purchased this camera is because of its zoom capabilities, and that the lens doesn't jut out of the camera when you turn it on like most models (this is the part that always seems to break). You slide the lens cover down and you're good to go. No moving parts.

Images are sharp -- even with digital zoom. Though they tend to be a little grainy in low light without flash.

Battery life is excellent. You can fill up a 2 gig card and still have juice left if you're not using the flash for every photo.

There are plenty of options -- both manual overrides for ISO and white balance and whatnot, and presets for night shots, the beach, portraits...

Shutter speed is fast with no annoying lag-time.

The 720p video is awesome.

My only complaint is that the instruction manual is worthless to anyone who can figure out how to insert a battery and press a shutter button. There're are a lot of little options and settings that are just not covered. And you'll be left frustrated until you catch the little disclaimer in 8-point sized font, beneath all the boilerplate in the silly "manual," that full instructions are in a pdf file on the CD that the camera comes with. The CD also comes complete with a photo editing program that will crash and brick up your computer if you dare to install it.

That said, I'd recommend this camera to the casual photographer who wants quality photos without shelling out more than $150.
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