Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 review

Started May 9, 2008 | User reviews
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 review
May 9, 2008

The camera is easy to use, and it is light and well built.
The "Intelligent ISO" mode works very well, adapting the ISO to the camera shake, and
subject movement, encountered. I wish it was possible to set the minimum shutter
speed to 1/15; with the current minimum, many shots are taken at 1/8 (the camera
things it is best to use 1/8 and ISO 200 than 1/15 and ISO 400 if you hold the camera
very steady), and they come out blurred as a result.

Problems:

The one major problem with the camera is that the lens is very blurry at 6mm,
which is 28mm equivalent -- the widest end. This kind of defeats the purpose of
going for a camera one of whose distinguishing features is precisely to offer a wide-
angle lens.
The blurriness is not confined to the edges of the frame: it starts 1/3 of the way
from center to corners. And since this camera does not have a diaphragm --
everything is shot at f/2.8 at the wide end (except when there is so much light that
it goes to f/9), there is no way to decrease the blurriness by stopping down the
lens.
The lens becomes good at focal lengths beyond 6mm, but I consider it a major
annoyance that the quality is so poor at 6mm. My Canons A620 and G2 were
MUCH better!!

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