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January 06, 2010

Panasonic launches new trio of folded optics P&S cameras with FP1, FP2 and FP3

Panasonic established a folded-optics P&S beach-head last July with the Lumix FP8, and now they have three new models to flood the market, the FP1, FP2 and FP3. These appear to be organic global names.

The promise and premise is that of a folded-optics semi-stylish LiIon-based compact camera. All three cameras share the same 4X folded-optics zoom lens (35-140mm) with MegaOIS, 720p video, SDXC support, 300 CIPA with ID-Security LiIon battery, Venus Engine IV, and 1/2.3" sensors. The FP3 and FP2 are at 14mp while the FP1 at 12mp.

One crucial difference, the FP3 uses a 3-inch touch-screen while the other two have a regular 2.7-inch display. There are some more differences which you can find by going through the spec-sheet linked above.

Comedy Factoid: IF you touch-type Mega-OIS with your right-hand misaligned, you end up typing Mega-POS :)

UPDATE: The FP1 has been officially announced in Japan on Jan-25, with an initial monthly production output of 45000 units per month.

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