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

Product Overview

Overall rating:

88%
Overall score:88%
Features:90%
Value:85%
Performance:90%
Image Quality:85%
Design:90%

Pros:

  • Large LCD/wideangle lens combination, Style

Cons:

  • Fiddly joystick, Purple banding on LCD screen

Product:

Panasonic Lumix FX55

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£230.00

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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.

Full Specification

Other:
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Power:
Li-ion

Weight:
Refer to manufacturers website
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Memory Card:
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
ISO Range:
Auto /100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1250 / 1600

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

Metering System:
Face / 1-point/ 1-point high speed/ 3-point high speed/ 5-point/ Spot
Exposure Modes:
Program AE

Shutter Speeds:
8-1/2000 sec
File Formats:
JPEG

LCD:
3.0 inch Diagonal LCD
Lens:
3.6x Optical Zoom, f=4.6-16.4mm (35mm Equiv.: 28-100mm)