Panasonic today introduced the newest additions to its FX-series of compact digital cameras, the LUMIX DMC-FX55 and DMC-FX33.

Both models combine 8.1-megapixels with a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens with 3.6x optical zoom.

The two new models incorporate Panasonic's Intelligent Image Stabilization technologies, and are the first Panasonic cameras, along with the newly introduced DMC-FZ18, to offer Intelligent Auto Mode.

The new Intelligent Auto Mode is a system which combines Mega Optical Image Stabilization and Intelligent ISO Control with three new features: Face Detection System, Intelligent Scene Selector and Continuous Auto Focus.

In addition, the DMC-FX55 and DMC-FX33 feature the Venus Engine III, which supports a new High Sensitivity mode that allows images to be shot at a setting of up to ISO 6400.

This is sensitive enough to capture subjects in low-light conditions without the need for a flash. Also, the high-speed Burst Shooting mode enables up to seven shots to be taken per second.

Other features include:

* The DMC-FX55 has a 3-inch LCD screen and the DMC-FX33 comes with a 2.5-inch LCD screen.

* 27MB of built-in memory backs up SDHC/SD memory card clot

* The new Title Edit function allows the inputting of text to provide additional context to images.

* Category Playback sorts images into categories, such as portraits, events, baby, etc. to allow for easy playback and creation of slideshows.

* Clipboard function allows the user to hold and retrieve certain images that may be useful on a trip, such as a photo of a map or train schedule.

The DMC-FX55 will be available in silver, black and pink, while the DMC-FX33 (pictured) will come in silver, black, blue and brown. Both cameras will be available in the States in September 2007.

The DMC-FX55 for $349.95 and the DMC-FX33 for $299.95.