Panasonic joins the touch-screen revolution...

Product Overview

Overall rating:

86%
Performance:95%
Value:75%
Features:85%
Overall score:86%
Image Quality:85%
Design:90%

Pros:

  • Build quality, performance, touch-screen

Cons:

  • Price

Product:

Panasonic Lumix FX500

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£190.00

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One of Panasonic?s increasingly impressive line-up of stylish ultra-compacts, the Lumix FX500 is a 10.1-megapixel camera featuring a 5x zoom Leica-branded lens with a 25mm wide angle and optical image stabilisation, and a threeinch LCD monitor with a touch-screen interface.



The FX500 is an expensive camera, but its £190 price buys a lot of quality and innovation. The body is mostly aluminium and the build quality is excellent. It is available in black or silver, both with a brushed finish.



As well as its touch-screen interface the FX500 has normal compact camera controls, because the touch-screen is only used for functions where it is actually useful, such as main mode selection, sliders for aperture and shutter speed, and most usefully the touch-operated AF/AE system, in which an object in the frame can be selected by touching the screen, and the camera then tracks the object adjusting focus and exposure accordingly. It’s an impressive feature and works extremely well, even in quite low light.



The FX500 has other features not normally found on point-and-shoot compacts, including aperture or shutter priority and full manual exposure. It also has Panasonic?s Intelligent Auto mode, in which all camera functions including scene mode, exposure and ISO setting are automatically controlled.



Overall performance is very fast, with continuous shooting at 1.3fps and a single shot cycle time of two seconds.



Image Quality

Image quality is also extremely good, especially the Leica lens, with a minimum of wide-angle distortion and excellent corner sharpness, although some of this may be due to distortion correction by the image processor n

Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix FX500 is a well made camera with useful features and a very good touch-screen interface. It looks great, performs well, and produces excellent pictures. It may be expensive, but it?s worth every penny.

Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix FX500 is a well made camera with useful features and a very good touch-screen interface. It looks great, performs well, and produces excellent pictures. It may be expensive, but it?s worth every penny.

Full Specification

Product Shots:
http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/galleries/productshots/panasonic/9812/1/0/panasonic-lumix-fx500-product-shots.html
Weight:
155g

Dimensions:
94.9 x 57.1 x 22.9 mm
Memory Card:
SD/SDHC

Connectivity:
USB/AV
Power:
1000mAh Li-ion rechargeable

Flash Modes:
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
White Balance:
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set, White Balance Adjustment

Metering System:
Multi, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Detection, Touch AE
ISO Range:
100-1600

Exposure Modes:
Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Touch AE
Shutter Speeds:
60 – 1/2000th

File Formats:
JPEG, MPEG-4
LCD:
3-inch 230k

Lens:
25 – 125mm
Sensor:
10.1mp

Sample Photos:
http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/galleries/sample-images/panasonic/9813/1/0/panasonic-lumix-fx500-sample-images_pg_Inspire.html