By Martin Vedris

SYDNEY: One of the new compact digital still cameras just launched by Panasonic — the 10.1 megapixel DMC-FX36 (RRP $659) — features a 25 mm wide-angle Leica lens to provide a larger depth of field and fit more into the picture.

The new DMC-FX36 also includes Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto mode with the two new features of Intelligent Exposure and Digital Red-eye correction.

Intelligent Exposure adjusts aperture and shutter speed to prevent image wash-out in a bright area, while simultaneously brightening a dark area by changing the ISO sensitivity in the specific region of the camera’s image sensor. Digital Red-Eye Correction automatically corrects the red-eye effect caused by flash.

“Intelligent Auto and the wide-angle lens allow you to capture outstanding photos,” said Panasonic’s category marketing manager, mobile AV, Alistair Robins.

“iA now has seven intuitive technologies, which are activated automatically without the need to change settings, so taking high-quality images is effortless.”