Features & Controls

The FX700 uses the same Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5x optical zoom lens featured on the DMC-FX75 we tested earlier this summer. This unit boasts a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 24-120mm for still photos (29-147mm for video) with a fast F2.2 maximum aperture, making it one ideal for use in marginal lighting conditions Panasonic claims it can provide you with approx. 170% more light than an F2.8 lens. The FX700 is also equipped with Panasonic's proven Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) system to help keep your images blur and shake free. This compact lens retracts into the camera body when powered down, and is protected by a built-in lens cover.

The camera uses an advanced 11-point AF system which offers several focus mode options including:
  • Face detection
  • AF tracking
  • 11-point
  • 1-point High Speed
  • 1-point
  • Spot

The focus range is:
  • Normal: 50cm - Infinity (W), 100cm - Infinity (T)
  • Macro: 3cm - Infinity (W), 10cm - Infinity (T)

The FX700's small built-in flash unit has modes for Auto, Forced on, Forced off, Red-eye reduction and slow sync. It has a short range of up to 7.4m (W) or 2.8m(T) at ISO auto, so you will want to keep as close to your subjects as possible; thankfully the camera has a fast lens which will help in low-lighting situations.

There are very few controls on the back thanks to the camera's 3.0-inch, 230,000 dot touchscreen LCD. it's used for framing, viewing/sharing photo and video, as well as navigating the menus and making selections. You can also touch a point on the screen for the camera to focus on and capture an image.

The only controls remaining on the back are the switch for Shooting/Playback modes, the mode button to change your shooting or playback modes and the menu button to enter into the camera menu system.


On the right side of the camera are the two input/output ports. On the top is the mini HDMI port for connecting to a HDTV (Auto/1080i/720p/ 480p output options) with an optional HDMI cable. And on the bottom is the A/V-USB port, which allows both standard definition video/audio output or connecting the FX700 to a PC or PictBridge compliant printer for direct printing.

The FX700 utilizes SD, SDHC and SDXC type memory cards for storing your photos and videos. In a bind, you can also use the 40MB of internal memory. Shown here with a blazing fast SanDisk Extreme (Class 10) 4GB SDHC card.

Powering the FX700 is a small 3.6V, 940mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack. Panasonic claims that this pack will allow the FX700 to capture up to 300 images on a single charge (CIPA Standard Testing method). They also included a handy AC charger to charge packs outside of the camera, making it easy to use one while charging a spare. This unit uses fold-away prongs, so no additional power cable is needs; which is quite handy for traveling.

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