Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700
1 January 2011
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix FX700 is a 14 megapixel compact with a 5x stabilised zoom and a 3 inch touch-screen display. At its heart is a newly engineered 14 Megapixel CMOS sensor which combined with the latest Venus FHD processor provides a range of fast burst modes and full HD video recording at 1080i as...
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 has a hefty price comes but also a hefty features set including great-looking still images, blazing fast speed, a touch-screen LCD, a bright lens, and powerful HD video recording.
Pros: Great still images. Powerful video recording options. Bright lens (f/2.2). Touch-screen interface. Automatic and manual shooting. Negligible shutter lag. Fast burst mode.
Cons: Expensive. Dull LCD. Marginal high-ISO performance. Proprietary USB port.
Summary: My Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 review finds one of the better fixed lens cameras available on the market. The FZ40 offrs a 24X optical zoom lens and a great mixture of manual and automatic control features.
Pros: Great mix of automatic and manual control features
Cons: You'll want a tripod with this camera, to protect against camera shake, Camera is very large, Occasional focus problems at full zoom extension, Beginner photographers may be overwhelmed with all of the manual control features
Summary: The camera uses a 3.0-inch LCD touchscreen, allowing the user to control all camera functions via the graphical touch system (with exception of the zoom lens). The FX700 also has Face Recognition / Detection, their POWER O.I.S.
Pros: Captures sharp photos with pleasing colors., 5x optical zoom lens available while recording video, 24mm wide angle extreme is one of the widest available in a camera of this size, High Quality AVCHD movie capture, Fast and accurate Touchscreen GUI, Great performance, Excellent Low Light performan...
Cons: Some may think $400 is a hefty price tag, Produced small % of exposures that were a bit strong under harsh sunlight, Higher luminance noise that we'd like to see (which has been typical of these 14-megapixel sensors)
Conclusion: Whilst in general terms the above suggests the FX700 is just what’s required for anyone looking for a point and shoot equipped with most of the current must haves, it does come at a price.
Pros: Reasonably easy to use, Full HD video clips with stereo sound, compact, lightweight and unobtrusive, 5x optical zoom can be used when recording video, dedicated video record button makes for more user friendly operation
Cons: Costly, if going by the manufacturer’s recommended price, noticeable loss of quality at highest ISO equivalents
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 adds two significant improvements, Full HD video and manual control over exposure, to the much cheaper FX70 model, but unfortunately does so at the expense of still image quality, with slow ISO speeds suffering from obvious noise and smearing of fine detail.
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