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Panasonic launches beginner-friendly Lumix DMC-F3
by Allison Johnson -  1/5/2010

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3 rounds out the low end of their CES camera announcements. It's a 12.1 megapixel, 4x optical zoom point and shoot geared toward the entry-level user. It doesn't skimp on a 28mm wide-angle lens or 720p HD video, though, as they've been the standard for the latest Lumix cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3

Entry-level, easy shooting
The camera's 4x zoom lens covers an equivalent 28-112mm range with a maximum aperture rating of f/2.8-6.2. The unit is not optically stabilized, though Panasonic has equipped the Lumix F3 with digital image stabilization. Shooting modes are limited to normal picture, scene mode, motion picture, or their Auto Scene recognition. This mode will automatically activate Intelligent Scene Selector, face detection, and Intelligent ISO.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3

On the back panel, the Lumix F3 is equipped with a 2.7 inch 230k-dot LCD. In addition to 720p HD video recording at 30 fps, users will be able to record movies at lower-res WVGA and VGA settings.

Pricing and availability
There's no price for the Lumix DMC-F3 yet. Panasonic will announce pricing 30 days before the camera begins to ship.