Lumix DMC-FP8

The other new model is a bit of a radical departure for Panasonic. The Lumix DMC-FP8 is a new ultra-compact with an internal corner-mounted lens. It's not the first time that Panasonic's used such a design, but it's the first time it's been used on a camera designed for dry land.

The specification of the FP8 is quite similar to the FT1, with a 12.1-megapixel sensor, a 4.6x zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle, and a 2.7-inch 230k monitor.

Like the other new launches it features Power OIS image stabilisation, an improved autofocus system and a faster and more efficient Venus Engine V image processor, offering 380 shots on a single battery charge. It also has HD movie recording capability.

In case you're wondering, that ultra-slim body is just 20.2mm thick. The FP8 will also go on sale in September, at a price yet to be announced.


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