Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07



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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

For beginners or anyone that just wants to "point-n-shoot" there's the Simple exposure mode (the red heart icon on mode dial.) The camera sets almost everything for you, the Simple menu options are shown in the next frame.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Simple menu options:

    Pict. Mode - Enlarge, 4x6", E-mail (no image resolutions to confuse the user, just 3 choices: Enlarge for big prints, 4x6" for standard prints or E-mail for 640x480 images)

    Auto Review - Show image after capture, On or Off

    Beep - Camera makes "beep" sounds, Off, Low, High

    Clock Set - Set the time and date



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Normal mode (the red camera icon on the mode dial) is also an automatic exposure mode but the user has a wide array of menu settings available (see below.) The screen here shows the flash is set to Auto, image size is 7M, image quality is Fine, the battery level is at full (3/3), there's room on the SD card for another 273 shots, and the image stabilizer is set to Mode 1 (shaking hand icon.)



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is achieved, the AF target brackets in the center turn green (red if AF fails) and a focus confirmation "green dot" is displayed. The shutter speed and aperture will also be displayed along the bottom.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Normal menu options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent or Manual set
    Sensitivity - Auto, IISO (Intelligent ISO Control, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250 ISO equivalent
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3 (TV), 3:2 (perfect for 4x6-inch prints), 16:9 (Wide screen)
    Pict. Size - 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, 0.3M
    Quality - JPEG Fine or Standard
    Audio Rec. - Record 10 sec audio note with still image, On or Off
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination (9-area, 3-area High-Speed, 1-area High-Speed, 1-area normal or Spot)
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Slow Shutter - 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 or 1 second shutter speed (use of a tripod at these speeds is highly recommended)
    D. Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Effect - Off, Cool (bluer), Warm (redder), B/W (monochrome), Sepia
    Picture Adjust - Natural (softer), Standard, Vivid (sharper)
    Clock Set - Set the time and date




Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Rotating the Mode Dial to the SCN position gives access to 19 scene specific modes that are optimized for a variety of shooting environments. You can choose from Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Food, Fireworks, Party, Candle Light, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial photo, Baby 1 & 2, Snow, High Sensitivity, Self-portrait, Underwater (when used with optional housing.) While scrolling through the Scene menu, pressing "Right" on the 4-way controller will give a brief description of the Scene modes intended use.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Press the 4-way controller "Down" to enable the Quick Review function to view or delete the last image taken.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

The Macro (close up) mode (flower icon on the mode dial) lets you get as close as 5 cm (0.16 feet) Wide or 30 cm (0.98 feet) Telephoto.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Movie mode captures QucikTime video at either 4:3 (640x480 or 320 x 240) or 16:9 (848x480) aspect ratios at either 30 or 10fps, with audio. The length of capture is limited only by the amount of available memory. Because sound is recorded, the zoom may be preset before recording, but it can not be used during.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Here you can see the screen display in the 16:9 (848x480) mode.



Movie Capture Capacities

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Movie mode recording options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, or Manual set
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3 or 16:9
    Picture Mode - VGA (30 or 10fps), QVGA (30 or 10fps), 16:9 (30 or 10fps)
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination desired
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Effect - Off, Cool, Warm, Black/White, Sepia
    Clock Set - Set the time and date


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