Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37
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Digital Camera Review
16 March 2009
Summary: If the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 proves anything, it’s that success can be a hard act to follow. A light update to the FX35 – a DigitalCameraReview.com Editor’s Choice winner from 2008 – the FX37 keeps all of the bells and whistles that made the FX35 such a fun, flexible camera: it’s slim, chic, easy to use, and offers an even more versatile version of what may be the best wide-angle lens currently available on an ultracompact. So what’s not to love?
Pros: Chic, functional ultracompact design, Wide-angle lens still the widest out there (on an ultracompact), iA mode is point-and-shoot simplicity at its best, Rich, vibrant color reproduction
Cons: Pixel peepers will find noise intolerable, even at low ISOs, Stronger competition hurts the FX37's by-the-numbers performance, Premium price tag, AF inconsistencies remain
Summary: Because of its slow speeds, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 isn't ideal for action photographers. At $349, it's also more expensive than many point-and-shoots, but for that price you don't have to choose between compact design and a versatile lens. It may not be as hip as the similarly priced Nikon Coolpix S60 , which sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen, but it won't disappoint.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix FX37 is a very capable and very small digital camera with 10 megapixels, an ultra-wide 5X zoom lens and 2.5 inch LCD. I would say the FX37 has an advantage over the competition with its 5X zoom lens that starts at 25 mm. If you like snapping landscapes, big group shots or “self portraits” with mates in the pub, then don’t underestimate the potential of this lens – its 3 mm difference makes it about 10% more wide-angle than a conventional 28 mm wide...
Pros: Very good image quality; automatic color fringing and redeye removal, 25 mm wide-angle stabilized 5X zoom lens, Ultra-compact design; very usable 2.5 inch LCD, Excellent battery life, Speedy performance, very good continuous shooting, Many scene modes and Intelligent Auto; custom white balance adjustment, 720p HD movie mode
Cons: Some detail loss from noise reduction, No red-eye removal or image brighten features in playback mode, Flimsy battery/card compartment door, No manual controls or movie zoom
Summary: The DMC-FX37 is the latest product refresh in the popular and revered Lumix digital camera line from Panasonic. The 10.1-megapixel device offers the same high-performance point-and-shoot capabilities of its siblings, and maintains the stylish and sleek exterior that makes the Lumix DMC-FX37 a very enticing compact camera choice.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 is a small and stylish point-and-shoot compact which doesn't truly bring that much of note – aside from the impressive 25mm-125mm 5x zoom lens – to the party. The suspicion is that the FX37 is plugging a gap in the range rather than striving for individual excellence.