Panasonic FS 12

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC FS12 is an ultra compact digital camera from the mid ranged Panasonic FS series. The camera was launched on 9 Jan 2009. The camera is an extremely nice camera which has great features and an affordable price. The Panasonic FS series is such that by seeing the camera one can not make pot which camera is it? All the cameras in the series look the same but they intensely vary in the price and the features.

Panasonic FS 12

The Panasonic FS12 has a 12.7 megapixel, 1/2.33 " (6.13 x 4.60 mm, 0.28 cm²) CCD imaging sensor with a pixel density of 43 MP/cm². The ISO speed of the camera is same as the FS15. It ranges from 80 – 1600 in normal mode and 1600 – 6400 with boost. There is also an auto ISO mode in the Panasonic FS12. The zoom is 29mm wide which is more than the other cameras in the same range. The digital zoom is 4x and optical zoom is 5x. The camera features a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens which is very good.

Panasonic FS 12

The Panasonic FS12 is equipped with a TTL Auto Focus which is absent in the other cameras in the series. The camera also has an optical image stabilization mode which reduces blur in the images. This much required feature is absent in the other FS series cameras like FS42. There is 4 positions plus manual White balance. The aperture range is F3.3 – F5.9. The Shutter speed is 1 / 2000 – 60 sec. There is an inbuilt flash which has different options like Auto, Red – eye reduction, Forced On and Forced Off. There are also intelligent multiple metering modes.

Panasonic FS 12

The Panasonic camera also records movies in a similar way they are recorded in the other FS cameras. The camera also has a self – timer with a standard delay of 2 or 10 sec. The Panasonic FS12 supports an SD, MMC as well as SDHC memory cards for expansion. The built – in memory is of a mere 50 MB within which you can store around 70 pictures.

Panasonic FS 12

The Viewfinder of the camera is the LCD screen which has a coverage area of 100%. The LCS is a 2.7 inch screen with a resolution of 230000 pixels. There is a superfast 2.0 USB interface on the camera with which you can transfer the images on the camera and the memory card to the computer.

Panasonic FS 12

The Dimensions of the camera are 97 x 54 x 22 mm (3.8 x 2.1 x 0.9 in) and the weight of the camera is 136 gm. The camera is a bit heavier than the other cameras. There are other features like Face Detection and AF track in the camera which are absent in the other ones. The Panasonic FS12 is available at a market price of Rs.10500. The camera is an extremely good option and the camera is priced reasonably well. The features are also good for a beginner. The Panasonic FS12 is a good buy.

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