Conclusion: The large 3″ screen is great for reviewing images on and the touchscreen functions make this camera that much more ahead of the game than some others on the market right now. Mind you, as with all touch screen gadgets you end up with finger marks all over the screen!
Summary: 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.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 has a wealth of compelling features, including the 5x zoom, the wide angle lens and the HD movie mode. The good color representation and these features make it a good all around camera. The combination of the touch screen and the physical controls make the camera intuitive and easy to use. The Q Menu button is good to bring up the most used functions making it easy to change things like the ISO and the number of megapixels for the photo.
Summary: As far as touchscreen cameras go, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 is the most intuitive we've seen yet. But it loses points for its less-than-spectacular image quality. Although far from terrible, we were disappointed with our underexposed pictures, particularly given the top-notch technical specs. For $20 less, the Fujfilm FinePix F100fd , a non-touchscreen point-and-shoot, offers better pictures--and without any intelligent scene selection.
Summary: Panasonic has a well-earned reputation for producing quality compacts, so it’s no surprise to find the new flagship model offering a wealth of compelling features. Headlining these on the new FX500 are of course its 5x optical zoom with unusually wide angle coverage and the touch sensitive screen.
Pros: 25mm wide angle, 5x range and stabilisation., Full manual control., Touch screen with sensible operation., HD video recording but no zoom.
Cons: Noise becomes a problem above 200 ISO., Flagship model, but no RAW files., HD movies still no match for a camcorder., TZ5's 10x zoom tempting at same or lower price.
Summary: I'll get this out of the way up front: the combination of manual exposure control, processing fine-tuning options, and a touch screen interface simply don't come together in any other camera currently in Panasonic's line or any other camera on the market, for that matter. The FX500 offers some serious power where exposure and processing control are concerned, and this fact alone largely puts to rest the idea that this camera can be written off as an object of PR hype.
Pros: Redesigned wide-angle lens still good, Vibrant color with just the right amount of saturation by default, Manual exposure control, processing options are appealing, Novel interface actually works surprisingly well most of the time, Solid build quality and a stylish overall package
Cons: Auto white balance is all over the map, Noisy sensor means grainy images at all sensitivities, Touch screen can be finicky, inconsistent in implementation, Limitations on video mode negate some of its 720p power, Cost too high for performance gains?