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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 made public
by David Rasnake -  7/20/2008

In a mid-morning announcement, Panasonic has refreshed its FX35 ultracompact in the form of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

A light update to the FX35, the FX37 utilizes the same 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor. The FX35's signature hardware – its 25mm wide-angle Leica lens – is updated for the new model, expanding telephoto reach out to a 35mm-equivalent 125mm (versus the FX35's 100mm spec).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

Visually, the camera retains the FX35's ultracompact form factor and all-metal construction. The new model will hit store shelves in a wider range of hues, however, with white, pink, and brown models joining Panasonic's usual black, silver, and blue versions.

As with all four of Panasonic's releases for the fall term, the FX37 gets the manufacturer's AF Tracking technology, as well as an expanded list of scene modes. Panasonic's usual suite of "Intelligent" features – Intelligent Auto mode, Intelligent Exposure, Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Scene Selector – are all reprised for the FX37 as well.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

Video capture at 1280x720 for HD playback remains one of the FX37's bragging points. Panasonic's high-res 16:9 aspect ratio shooting modes also provide the ideal setting for shooting still images for viewing on an HDTV.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

Without a major sensor or processing overhaul, we're not expecting to see much change where noise performance is concerned – meaning that the FX37's weakest area will likely continue to be what has been a primary concern with the FX35. Still, the FX35 was solid enough all around to earn our March Editor's Choice recognition, and the FX37's handful of features upgrades look to make it a solid contender this time around.

The FX37 goes on sale in September, priced at $349.95.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Specifications:

Sensor

10.1 megapixels, 1/2.33" CCD

Lens/Zoom 5x (25-125mm) Leica DC Vario-Elmarit, f/2.8-5.9
LCD/Viewfinder 2.5", 230K dot TFT LCD Display
Sensitivity ISO 100-1600
Shutter Speed 60-1/2000 seconds
Shooting Modes Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, Motion Picture, Scene mode, Clipboard
Scene Presets Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Underwater, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash-Burst, Film Grain, Pin Hole
White Balance Settings

Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set

Metering Modes Intelligent Multiple
Focus Modes Normal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off, AF Tracking
Drive Modes Single, Burst, High-speed Burst
Flash Modes

Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Off

Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory Formats SD, SDHC, MultiMediaCard
Internal Memory
50MB
File Formats JPEG, Motion JPEG
Max. Image Size 3648x2736
Max. Video Size
1280x720, 30 fps
Zoom During Video No
Battery Rechargeable 1000 mAh lithium-ion, 310 shots
Connections USB 2.0, AV output, HD AV output, DC input
Additional Features Mega OIS Image Stabilization, Venus Engine IV processor, Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Scene Selector, AF Tracking