Panasonic intros tiny Lumix camera

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said it has started shipping a tiny digital camera which includes built in GPS and captures 12.1 megapixel snaps.

The Lumix DMC-7S7 has a 25mm ultra wide angle Leica lens and a 12X optical zoom. It claims that it’s the world’s smallest photo/video hybrid superzoom digital camera and can record HD video using its recording capability.

The machine includes an auto focus feature which gives a shutter release time lag which can be as short as 0.006 seconds – the auto focus feature locks on to the subject in around 0.35 seconds.

Whoops - no photo supplied, tsk tskThe GPS features include information for 500,000 landmarks across 73 countries – for example if you’re taking a snap of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the locations are displayed on the screen and tagged in the data. It also has an automatic internal clock that adjusts to different time zones.

An image processing technology that Panasonic calls Intelligent Resolution examines outlines, texture areas and soft gradations pixel by pixel and enhances these areas automatically. There’s also inbuilt face recognition and  six auto night scene modes.

Pricing details are not yet available and the camera isn’t shipping yet. There also is no photo included in the press blurb – something of an omission for a camera, surely?