The camera also features the motion detection function from the last line-up, which automatically recognises if the subject Is moving and sets the appropriate the ISO speed and shutter. Similarly the shake detection counteracts the camera shake caused by slow shutter speeds or low light photography.
In terms of low light the camera offers a user selectable range covering ISO 100-1600, while in high sensitivity mode the range covers an impressive ISO 400-6400, set automatically by the camera.
The latest addition to the Intelligent auto technologies is Quick AF, which kick starts the auto focus as soon as the camera is pointed at the subject, instead of pressing the shutter halfway. This reduces shutter delay and enables faster shooting reaction times.
This speed is further enhanced thanks to the fast processing of the new Venus Engine which offers 2.5 frames per second shooting at maximum image size, over 3 frames, or 5 frames in basic JPEG mode. Reducing the image size speeds up this process even more, at 2MP for example the camera offers 6fps for the capacity of the card, depending on the speed of your memory card.
The FS5 has several playback functions, either via the 2.5inch LCD screen or via an HD TV, including widescreen viewing (when images are shot in 16:9 widescreen mode) along with a new slideshow function in which music can be added.
The intelligent LCD function automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to match that of the ambient light, making, according to Panasonic easier viewing of images whether in bright light or darkened rooms.
Panasonic is one of the major battery manufacturers in Japan and the Lithium Ion battery included with the FS5 is said to offer an average of up to 280 pictures before needing recharging, though this is variable depending on flash and LCD usage. The company is also one of the founders of th Secure Digital media format, so the camera accepts both SD and SDHC media, as well as the older MMC cards. There’s also 50MB of internal memory should you fill your memory card.
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