Camera Review: Panasonic FX-500
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The article originally featured in January 2009’s ‘What Digital Camera’ Magazine.
10.1MP 5x Zoom
(Jan 09) £210
The Lumix FX-500
is a 10.1-megapixel camera featuring a 5x Leica-branded zoom lens with a 25mm
wide angle and optical image stabilisation, and a three-inch LCD monitor with a
touch screen interface.
The body is
mostly aluminium and the build quality is excellent. It is available in black or silver, both with
a brushed finish.
As well as its
touch-screen interface the FX-500 has normal compact camera controls, because
the touch-screen is only used for functions where it is actually useful.
Image quality is
extremely good, with a minimum of wide angle distortion and excellent corner
sharpness. There are also features not
usually found on a point-and-shoot model, including aperture or shutter
priority and full manual exposure. It
also has Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto mode. CS
The Panasonic FX-500 is a well-made camera with useful
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