Lumix DMC-LC33

Lumix DMC-LC33

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Features & Controls

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

The LC33 features an all-glass aspherical f=5.8 - 17.4mm Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens, it is comprised of 7 elements in 6 groups (with 3 aspherical lenses), equivalent to a 35-105mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It has a fast F2.8 aperture at wide angle and F4.9 at full telephoto. It also features a 3x variable digital zoom.

The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system covers from 19.7 in to infinity in normal mode and from 3.9 in. (W) / 19.7 in. (T) to infinity in macro mode.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

The eyelevel optical viewfinder is a real image zoom viewfinder that follows the focal length of the camera's zoom lens. It does not have dioptric adjustment. The two LEDs indicate focus and flash status as well as "camera busy."

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

The built in speedlight features Auto, Auto Red-eye reduction, Slow-synchro/Red-eye and Forced On/Off modes. The flash range (at ISO 100) 0.98 ft - 7.87 ft (W), 1.6 ft - 4.59 ft (T). There is no external flash port or accessory shoe.

Below the flash is the micropohone and exposure sensor.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Controls on the back: Power On/Off switch on the top. The DISPLAY button turns the LCD monitor on/off and controls the amount of data displayed. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system. The 4-way selector in Record mode toggles the flash mode when pressed "Right." When pressed "Up" it selects either exposure compensation or AE Bracketing. Press "Left" to activate the Self-timer and press "Down" to use the Quick Review mode to examine the last image captured. In Playback mode the 4-way selector is used to select images and of course in both record and play modes it is used to navigate the menu screens, press "Down" to accept (SET) menu selections. The Trashcan button is for deleting images.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Controls on the top include the combination shutter release and zoom control ring. The zoom ring is used in playback to enlarge the image or display an index page. The button toggles the drive mode between Single frame, High Speed (4fps) or Low Speed (2fps) Continuous (5 shots at High quality or 8 shots at Low.)

The Mode Dial has positions for:

    Play - Play back of still images, movie or audio notes

    Movie - Capture motion JPEG at 10fps with audio, length of clip is limited only to available memory. Consumes approx. 10MB per minute

    Night Portrait - Slow shutter speeds and slow-synchro flash

    Landscape - Infinity focus and small aperture

    Portrait - Portrait mode uses large aperture to help blur backgrounds

    Macro - Macro focus mode for closeup photography

    Record - Normal still image capture mode with all menu options

    Simple - Point-n-shoot mode, has menu options for image size but called Enlarge (2048x1536), 4x6" (1280x960) and Internet (640x480) to not confuse novice users.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Data I/O is via a USB v1.1 port, it is Mass Storage compliant with newer operating systems, no driver required for Windows Me, 2000, XP.

The A/V Out port sends the audio and video to a television set, the video format is user selectable for NTSC or PAL standard.

An optional AC power adapter can be connected to the DC IN port.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Still images, movie clips and audio files are stored on removable Secure Digital or MultiMedia Card flash memory cards. Panasonic supplies a 16MB size SD card so the first thing you need to buy is a bigger one. We used a 256MB SanDisk SD card and even larger 512MB & 1GB cards are now available.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Power is supplied by a pair of standard AA batteries, alkaline, lithium, NiMH or NiCD type. The run time is rated at 75 minutes with the color LCD monitor on (approx. 150 pictures) and 5 hours with the LCD off (approx. 600 pictures) using alkaline batteries.

As always we recommend the use of high-capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries - 2000mAh cells will yield 120 minutes of recording with the LCD on (approx. 240 pictures) and 6 hours with the LCD off (approx. 720 pictures.)

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