Panasonic Lumix FX500 Brief Review


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  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom, 25mm wide-angle lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 30fps movie mode with sound
  • 720p HD output
  • Auto exposure
  • Auto focus
  • 3.0-inch touch screen LCD
  • Secure Digital and SDHC storage (with 27mb internal memory)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2008-04-27
  • Final Grade: 74 3.7 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic Lumix FX500
10.1 megapixels; 5x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom, 25mm wide-angle lens; Optical Image Stabilization; 30fps movie mode with sound; 720p HD output; Auto exposure; Auto focus; 3.0-inch touch screen LCD; Secure Digital and SDHC storage (with 27mb internal memory); Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

A 10.1-megapixel compact with an impressive tech package, the Panasonic Lumix FX500 is sure to please gadget enthusiasts in need of a solid snapshooter. The FX500's biggest draws are its 25mm wide angle 5x zoom lens and its hybrid control, which features a combination of touch screen and joystick functionality. Also included is Panasonic's now standard Intelligent Auto mode, which takes control of several functions to analyze a scene and render the best exposure possible, all on the fly. For budding videographers, it offers 720p HD output.

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As a manufacturer known just as well for their camcorders as their cameras, Panasonic was the first on scene to offer 4K video inside a dedicated camera. The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is the first mirrorless camera boasting the higher video resolution, with the FZ1000 as the first compact, bridge-style camera to do so.

Panasonic also produces cameras that provide both a longer zoom range and image stabilization at a price that's relatively cheap. For photographers that need versatility in a small package, Panasonic digital cameras can provide many selections that are suitable. Having something for amateurs and serious enthusiasts at the same time, Panasonic offers a great selection of digital cameras, from ultra compacts to mirrorless cameras. They can be hard to compare because every camera comes with its own unique features and traits.

Panasonic cameras are perfect for consumers that prefer to use automatic modes. Almost all Panasonic cameras currently produced come with a feature called iAuto, which will automatically select the best scene mode for any subject. This feature, in combination with image stabilization will make it very easy for someone just starting out to take excellent photos.

Panasonic cameras are designed to be easy to figure out, giving the user easy access to settings, and users that have reviewed Panasonic digital cameras are quick to confirm this fact. When you opt for a Panasonic camera, you'll discover that it comes with an LCD screen, an optical zoom lens which is very versatile, and is both lightweight and fairly compact.

Panasonic's most popular models are their super zooms and mirrorless, with models ranging from cameras with huge zooms to mirrorless cameras earning the “smallest yet” distinction like the GM-1. They've been more focused on their mirrorless line lately, without introducing budget point-and-shoots in quite some time.

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