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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

  • Category: Digital Cameras
Last Updated
December 6, 2010

Editor's Rating
4.5 Out of 5

Pros
  • Lightweight & portable
  • Speedy shooting
  • Responsive touch screen
  • Excellent image/video quality
  • 1080i HD video

Cons
  • Mediocre LCD image quality
  • Expensive

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Review

This 14.1-megapixel digital camera from Panasonic gives you impressive speed, great still images, high-quality 1080i HD video and a 5x optical zoom. The Lumix DMC-FX700 is one sleek camera, but you really pay for it because of its high price.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 comes in two colors, silver and black, and both are built quite well and are comfortable to use. It's also quite portable and lightweight as it measures 4.1 x 0.9 x 2.2-inches and weighs just over 0.30-pounds. The backside has a 3-inch capacitive touch screen display, which is really sensitive (in a good way) and responds to touch well. The resolution of the display is 230,000 pixels, but it isn't the best screen out there. It can look a little washed out and out of contrast at times, which is a little disappointing for such an impressive camera.

To the right of the screen on the back, there's a small mode toggle to go between shooting and playback modes, a mode button and a menu button too. The top of the DMC-FX700 has a power button, dedicated video button, a zoom toggle and a stereo left/right microphone.

The interface of the camera utilizes big icons and text and makes touch input a breeze, which can't be said for some other touch screen digital cameras. This is important because there are no hardware navigational controls, which means touch input is your only way of interacting with it.

Some of the specifications of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 include 14.1-megapixels, a 5x optical zoom with a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm, a f/2.2 aperture at the widest point, a shutter speed of 60-1/2000 second and ISO speeds from 100 to 6400. The lower aperture rating allows this camera to take better images in situations where that is less light. The maximum image resolution is 4320 x 2432-pixels and video can be shot at full 1080i HD resolution or many other sizes below that. Images are saved in JPEG format and videos in AVCHD or MJPEG. This camera accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and also has 40MB of built-in memory.

We mentioned this camera has some impressive speed in the review's introduction and it surely doesn't disappoint. From power on to first shot it took less than 2 seconds and a speed of about 1 second between shots. Shutter lag is under 0.5 seconds, which is lightning fast for a non-DSLR digital camera.

In subjective image testing, we found images to be of very good quality, especially low-light images thanks to that wide lens aperture. Images taken outside or in well-lit conditions also presented with excellent color quality and with no visible blurring or defects.

Video quality is also superb thanks to the ability to shoot in 1080i high-definition at its maximum. Zooming is allowed while recording video, which is something many other cameras don't allow because of motor noise. Panasonic gets around this by slowing down the zoom speed while in video mode, which produces whisper-quiet zooming. The audio quality is also quite good due to the inclusion of left and right stereo microphones along the top of the camera, as we mentioned earlier.

If you want to output content to an HDTV, Panasonic allows you to via a mini-HDMI port. This is always a nice feature to have for parties or family gatherings.


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