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Panasonic Lumix 14-45mm lens • Panasonic Lumix 14–140mm lens • Panasonic Lumix 20mm lens • Panasonic Lumix 45mm lens • Panasonic Lumix 45–200mm lens • Panasonic Lumix 7–14mm lens • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 • Panasonic Lumix GH1
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Many Lumix models are fitted with Leica lenses designed by Leica's German optical engineers and are assembled in Japan. Others are rebranded as Leica cameras with different cosmetic stylings. Leica had a similar relationship with Minolta in the past, where late model Leica SLRs (and some 35 mm point-and-shoot models) were strongly based on Minolta bodies.
Most Lumix cameras use different releases of the Panasonic Venus Engine for digital image processing; the original version (2002) was followed by II (2004), Plus (2005), III (2006), IV (2008), HD, V (2009), and VI, HD II, FHD (2010).
Panasonic produces all of Leica's branded digital point and shoot cameras in Japan, but not film cameras, the Leica M8 or Leica M9 digital rangefinder cameras, or the Digital Modul R digital camera back for the Leica R9 film SLR.
Panasonic showed a prototype of a planned 3D Lumix camera in September 2011, saying that it would have twin 4x zoom lenses with folding optics and optical image stabilization for both video and still images.
Some cameras come in several colours, indicated by a suffix letter: K is black, S silver, A blue, R red, W white. Most lower-price cameras have small sensors of about 10.2 mm / 1/2.5". More expensive ones often have sensors of about twice the area, 14.1 mm to 15.4 mm / 1/1.65" to 1/1.8". dSLRs and Micro Four Thirds cameras have much larger sensors. Larger sensors produce a better signal-to-image-noise ratio and better dynamic range. The GH series of Micro Four Thirds cameras have a unique "multi-aspect" sensor, that is larger than the lens image circle. This allows use of three different aspect ratios, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9, to be used natively. As a result, the image diagonal remains the same in all three aspect ratios and provides full coverage of the sensor and a larger field of view with higher resolution than one would get by simply cropping the 4:3 aspect to the narrower ratios.
DMC-LC: No longer in production. Consisted mostly of medium-compact-size, mid-range cameras, but also included the high-end LC5 and LC1, which were also sold as the Leica Digilux 1 and Digilux 2, respectively.
|Non-installing||Venus I||Venus II||Venus Plus||Venus III||Venus IV||Venus HD||Venus V||Venus VI||Venus HD II||Venus FHD|
|FX100||FX150||FX580 / FX550||FX700|
|Ultra-Compact, Wide-angle||FX01||FX50 / FX30 / FX 55 / FX33||FX35 / FX500||FX48 (FX40) / FP8 / ZX1 (ZR1) / FX550 (FX580)||FX66||ZR3 / ZX3||FX78|
|Ultra-Compact||F7||F1 / FX5 / FX1||FX7 / FX2||FX8 / FX3 / FX9||FX12 (FX10)||FS3 / FS5 / FS6 / FS7 / FS15 / FS20 / FS25|
|Compact, Wide-angle, Large Zoom||TZ1 / TZ2 / TZ3||TZ4 / TZ5 / TZ15 / TZ50 / ZS1 (TZ6)||ZS3 (TZ7)||ZS5 (TZ8) / ZS8 (TZ18)||ZS7(TZ10)||ZS10 (TZ20) / ZS15 (TZ25) / ZS20 (TZ30)|
|LZ1 / LZ2 / LZ3 / LZ5||LZ6 / LZ7||LZ8 / LZ10|
|FZ1 / FZ2 / FZ10||FZ3 / FZ5 / FZ7 / FZ30 / FZ20||FZ50 / FZ18 / FZ8||FZ28||FZ35 / FZ38 (Europe)||FZ40 / FZ45||FZ100 / FZ48 (FZ47) / FZ150|
|Compact||LC40 / LC20||LC33 / LC43 / LC70||LS1 / LS2||LS60 / LS75 / LS80||LS85|
|Four Thirds||L1 / L10|
|Micro Four Thirds||G1 / GH1 / GF1||G2 /G10||GH2 / GF2 / GF3 / G3 / GX1|
|Waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof||TS1 (FT1)||TS2 (FT2)||TS3 (FT3) / TS4 (FT4)|
Some Panasonic and Leica cameras appear more or less the same. The differences, other than the obvious exterior styling, are in the camera firmware. Different application software is also supplied by the two companies with the cameras. Claims regarding differing quality control or weatherproofing are unsubstantiated.
The Leica and Panasonic cameras produce the same RAW image, but will process white balance, noise reduction, etc. differently for JPEG output. Lumix cameras are less expensive than their Leica counterparts due to the companies' marketing strategies.
In Japan, pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki promotes the Lumix cameras with her songs. She announced on May 8, 2007, that Panasonic would releasing a Ayumi Hamasaki x Hello Kitty x Lumix collaboration camera, a Leica FX-30 which sells for ¥54600 (about US$455). Recently[update] Hamasaki promoted the Lumix FX 40. Hong Kong actress and singer Karena Lam also appeared in a local Hong Kong Panasonic commercial for the now discontinued Panasonic Lumix FX01.
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