Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55

Review Date : Mon, 3 Mar 2008

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Panasonic Lumix FX55
Panasonic Lumix FX55 Panasonic Lumix FX55 back

This model has identical specifications to the FX33 model, except for the addition of a higher resolution 3in LCD

Pros: Large LCD/wideangle lens combination, Style
Cons: Fiddly joystick, Purple banding on LCD screen

Launched alongside the FX33 model, the FX55 features almost identical specifications but sees the addition of a higher resolution 3in LCD. The 28-100mm lens offers the fantastic combination of wideangle viewing on a large LCD, while an 8MP sensor and Venus III engine handle image processing. An Intelligent Auto mode features, as does an ISO range of 100-1600, which also offers a 6400 option at a resolution of 3MP.

The menu pad’s joystick is slightly more inconvenient to use than the buttons that feature on previous models, but the user interface is friendly and uncomplicated. Images are generally fine. Fringing is superbly controlled and Panasonic’s punchy colours are evident. The main culprit is noise, affecting shadow areas on all sensitivities and becoming quite intrusive at ISO 400.

Verdict

A little expensive, and noise is still an issue despite otherwise pleasing images.


Compact System Camera Reviews

Price as reviewed

£230.00

Scores

Scores
Design 18/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 18/20
Value 17/20
Features 18/20
Overall Score 88%