Summary: The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars was due to the lack of manual settings. My last 2 cameras were pentax (optio a10 & a40). Both of which had manual settings that I used frequently and were nice features esp. for p&s ultra-compact cameras. Sturdy & feels well-built. Photo quality is very good.
Pros: 5X Optical Zoom, 720p video, Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Easy To Use, Great Picture Quality, Outputs video in mov, Strong Construction
Cons: Lack of Aperture Priority, Lack of Manual Focus, Lack of Shutter Priority
An excellent DSC but useless for video recording (HD 720p)
Yaser Hani Ibrahim, Amazon
9 October 2009
Summary: The DMC-FX37 is an excellent DSC but its video capabilities are USELESS! Although it boasts the fact it supports 720p video but due to the non-existent compression and the 2GB file limit you can ONLY shoot a lil over 8mins in HD 720p no matter how much memory you installed which is utterly useless. So, if you only looking for a nice DSC this is a good choice but do NOT be fooled with the HD support.
Summary: Easy to use. Takes nice photos. Does HD video very well, but I have nothing to compare. I thought the battery life was reasonable. Took it on a trip and would recharge each night. My son would often review the photos for what I thought was a long time relative to using a camera for just taking photos and the battery life did go down a bit, but the camera was still usable before the day ended. Flash is just what it is for a compact camera. Nothing special.
Summary: In short: the FX-37 is small, solid, and noisy, and it has a fantastic lens. I have always had and loved Canon Elphs, and I imagine that the noise is handled better on the SD880, but it is not going to be noticeable unless you print at 8x10. The lens and HD video at this price is a killer combo. Interface easy to use, solid build quality (not quite as solid as my old SD600, but what is?). The only thing that's annoyed me so far is the proprietary mini-USB jack.
Summary: This is a fine little pocket camera. It has a feeling of being well-built and solid. It is tiny in size so it's convenient to slip into a pocket for easy transport. It has enough features to satisfy the casual to more advanced user. While it has been criticized for the amount of noise it produces, this is pretty common for small sensor digicams. There are ways to minimize the noise but the best thing to do is just simply accept it and enjoy the convenience.
Summary: The pictures crisp, and videos clear, almost perfect in every sense. The Intelligent Auto (iA) is the best feature. Works well. What does not make it perfect 10 is - the tones, pictures in low light conditions tend to have more magenta and lacks depth. It needs longer exposure time for pictures taken in zoom (optical) in perfect light conditions. Overall, a good product, I always buy Panasonic in Cameras, and recommend this as a good buy.