Panasonic Camera Firmware Adds New Functions

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Panasonic has released a firmware for its Lumix DMC-LX3 which claims to offer new functions and enhanced performance.


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Panasonic Australia’s Product Manager, Lumix Digital Still Cameras, Tanya Mudge said, “The DMC-LX3’s philosophy is to offer full manual control for advanced photography, combined with the intuitive ease of Intelligent Auto (iA) mode. The new upgrades enhance shot-making flexibility with improvements including faster AF, a new ‘High Dynamic’ scene mode, and improved white balance performance.”

The adoption of a new algorithm in Firmware version 2.0 makes it possible to reduce autofocusing time by as much as 20% – down to 0.50 sec at the wide-end of the zoom.  There’s also the convenience of a new 1:1 aspect ratio recording mode, now available in addition to the conventional 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspects.

With the upgrade, the DMC-LX3 will offer white balance bracket shooting; and white balance adjustment performance has been greatly improved across shooting situations such as fluorescent lighting, sunlight and low light.

 

High Dynamic mode – released with the latest range of LUMIX cameras – is now added to the LX3’s scene modes.  It provides uniform exposure when capturing a scene that contains contrasting bright and dark areas. Users can also apply one of three artistic effects – Standard, Art or Black and White. 

Other enhancements include a wider exposure compensation range and bracket setting; moveable composition guidelines controlled by the cursor or joystick for free framing; and overexposed sections of the image now shown also in playback mode instead of in preview only.  In addition, the most recent lens position in zooming and manual focusing will be retained in memory, so if the camera is switched off and then on again it will automatically return to this setting.  

The photographer’s name can be embedded in the EXIF information of the picture and viewed when using the updated PHOTOfunSTUDIO Version.2.1 software.

The new firmware is available at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/

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