Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Review

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Review posted 9/13/2010

Quick Take
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 performance with F2.2 lens
  • One Touch Video Recording Button
  • Excellent Battery Life
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)
Bottom Line
Panasonic has taken a great camera (the DMC-FX75) and made it even better with the all new Lumix DMC-FX700. This model boasts their latest and greatest Lumix technologies packed into a diminutive frame that can be tucked away in the smallest handbag or pocket.  Read more in our Full Conclusion.

FX700k_slant.jpg Panasonic's most powerful FX-series camera to date (9/2010), the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX700 is a diminutive camera with some very appealing features; many of which it shares with the new DMC-FZ100 and the DMC-FX75. These features include a Live MOS image sensor, AVCHD 1080p high definition video recording, and a 24mm wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens, which allows 213% larger viewing space than a traditional 35mm camera. 

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. stabilization system and Intelligent Resolution to enhance degradation during digital zooming. 

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX700 key features include:
  • 14.1 megapixel, 1/2.33-inch Live MOS sensor 
  • Leica DC-Vario-Summicron 5x optical zoom wide-angle lens with 24-120mm (equivalent) focal range 
  • ISO 100-1600 (up to 6400 high sensitivity at lower resolution) 
  • 3.0-inch Touch-screen LCD with 230K pixels 
  • 1080p HD video capture (AVCHD) 
  • Face Recognition / Detection technologies
  • Venus Engine FHD image processor 
  • POWER Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) 
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot 
  • A/V, USB 2.0, HDMI outputs 
  • Stereo Microphone with Dolby┬« Digital Stereo Creator 
  • Powered by a Li-ion battery pack (rated up to 300 shots per charge) 
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX700 is available in black and silver for a suggested retail price of $399.95 US.

What's In the Box?:
  • Lumix DMC-FX700 camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case
  • Stylus Pen
  • AV cable
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM



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