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January 16, 2009

New Panasonic FS7 and FS6 duo is new affordable LiIon offering

About a year after the FS5 and FS3 duo was announced, Panasonic introduces a new entry-level LiIon-based duo, the FS7 and FS6.

Once again, just like the LS85, Panasonic shows megapixel-restraint by keeping them both at 10mp and 8mp, just like the 2008 models, FS5 and FS3, while lowering the starting price from $250 for the FS5 to $160 for the FS6.

Panasonic FS7
+ 10mp 1/2.5" sensor
+ 4x optical zoom lens with MegaOIS starting at 33mm
+ Leica-branded lens starting at f2.8
+ 1.7 fps burst mode (unlimited)
+ 2.7" LCD
+ LiIon battery (360 CIPA)
+ five adorable colors including lime-green
+ starting price is $160


Panasonic FS6
+ 8mp 1/2.5" sensor
+ same lens as above
+ 2fps burst mode (unlimited)
+ 2.5" LCD
+ LiIon battery (400 CIPA)
+ five adorable colors
+ not coming to the USA?
+ announced in Japan, initial production output of 40,000 units per month
+ Japanese release date is February 20

Further Reading
+ Panasonic UK
+ Imaging Insider

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