Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Announced Mar 18, 2008 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 125 mm (5×)
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Love the features of this camera. Hate how it operates indoors. Especially in a larger area like taking pictures in a gym - even close up. I usually miss the picture and it's blurred from the shutter being open too long.

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Excellent camera but needs tweaking to really get good results. The touch screen is great. Excellent build quality. Highly recommended. The Manual setting are very good. I have used them many times with excellent results. Problems: The Ia mode is a let down. Works ok 90% of the time but gets it wrong when the conditions are not bright. I use program mode. Tweak the settings and the results are excellent.

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This camera is a diamond in the rough. I think the initial price kept a lot of people away from it. It can now be had for under 200 cabbages, and at that price its a smoking deal. Its a powerful little beast with a very usable touchscreen that's not overcooked. Nice, bright 3.0" display with 'high-angle' mode for overhead shots. Its funny how a lot of newer cameras with nearly identical specs are being praised as revolutionary when the FX500 has been around more than a year and offers 720P ...

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very good image and video quality! sharp optic from edge to edge!

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After six Canon PowerShots this is my first non-Canon digital camera. I was forced to buy something because I had some problems with my Canon SD700 IS, the first time I have a problem with a Canon. I wanted a wide-angle lens, at least 4x optical zoom, IS, and 16:9 mode. For some reason I rejected the year-old SD870 IS even though it was available cheap and went with the Panasonic. Here are the pros and cons: Pros: manual controls (fiddly,) great zoom range, good lens, HD movies, HD-out (with ...

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PLUSES: - 25mm lens - Solid construction, quality feel - Touchscreen not OTT - Intuitive operation - PASM modes - Picture adjustment (e.g. dial down noise reduction) - Quick Menu (would be great if this were customizable) - Low-light/indoor handheld pics surprisingly good - OIS very effective, giving sharp shots even at 1/4 sec. - Balanced flash, does not wash out faces - Good value (in Singapore) - Mechanical smoothness MINUSES: - No quick review mode - Shortish battery life - Some ugly ...

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Just upgraded from the FX-35 and did quite a few tests yesterday. Overall, the FX-500 is an excellent camera but dollar for dollar you get a little more with the FX-35. That being said, I am selling my FX-35 and keeping the FX-500 (see eBay!) because some small specific differences weigh in favor of the FX-500 for me as a photographer, but not necessarily because the camera is better. There were a few primary issues I want to mention between the two cameras though. First, the FX-500 is ...

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the dynamic range on the FX520 was quite impressive with Intelligent Exposure activated. When faced with a scene of high contrast, the image captured still rendered a good amount of details in the highlight and shadow regions. http://picasaweb.google.com/cgegjn/ChinaZhangJiaJie Problems: so far no.

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I bought this camera to replace my newish LX2, which I found to be a bit heavy and large. This is really compact and pocketable. The 25mm wide angle is great, with minimal distortion. Manual controls are useful, but opportunities for their use are really quite limited without a facility for filters. Full optical zoom IQ is not as good as with LX2, with significant deterioration of detail. LCD screen not the best, possibly because it has the dual function of being touch-screen. Flash shots ...

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Replaced my DSLR with this due convenience and increasing hassle due to widespread paranoia amongst society branding photographers as terrorists, something pocketable is inherently less likely to attract attention. Prime use for this for me is artistic urban architectural work, hence the choice due to the distortion free lens, it lives up to it's proposed spec and is truly brilliant with no barreling whatsoever - Finally...! The lens is also sharp enough to get by with although shots don't ...

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