Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Review

December 11, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 2 Comments | |

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 is a new point-and-shoot compact camera with two standout features - a wide-angle, 25-125mm, 5x optical zoom lens, and a 720p HD movie mode. The FX37 offers the widest lens of any camera in its class, yet still manages to squeeze a 5x zoom into its tiny body, providing a versatile focal range. The Lumix FX37 is also the latest Panasonic camera to be able to shoot video at 1280x720 pixels at 30 fps, perfect for playing back on your High Definition TV. Available in silver, black, blue, pink, white and brown, the Panasonic FX37 can be yours for a recommended price of £249 / $399. Read our 299th review to find out if it’s any good…

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#1 Daniel J Stark

A generally well written review. On the B&H;site it shows a shutter lag of 0.005 seconds. I do not recall anything in your review about this. To me shutter lag is critical; I have two grandsons 7 and 4, and by the time I press the shutter they've moved, or their eyes have moved, and I don't get the picture I was aiming for. I cannot understand why shutter lag is not highlighted in ALL reviews. It seems to me -- in my experience (with a Nikon Coolpix 5400, my first digital camera after a lifetime of using box cameras, twin lens reflex cameras, Polaroid cameras, and more recently SLR and point-and-shoot film cameras; I'm about to be 70 years old) -- that a long shutter lag is a major reason for pictures not being up to par.

2:52 am - Monday, December 29, 2008

#2 Stephen Standifird

This review was quite helpful for me. I bought this camera and then got a really good deal on a Sony W170. I was expecting to keep the Sony and return the Panasonic. However, I was not happy with the image quality of the W170. After reading this review, I decided to open up the FX37 to give it a try. I did a serious of side by side photo tests with the two cameras at various ISO speeds indoor and outdoor, with and without a flash. In every case, I found I much preferred the FX37. I've seen several reviews that find great issue with the quality of images coming from this camera. Your conclusions (image quality of 4) seem much more consistent with my experience. No, this camera is not on par with a high end DSLR. But then again, neither is the price or the weight.

You mention that there is little to distinquish this camera. True, the feature set is pretty standard. However, I particularly like the fact that exposure compensation (and bracketing!) is easily accessed with one button (surprising for a point and shoot). I travel a fair amount so I am looking forward to trying out the Travel and World Time functions (which appears to be unique to the FX37). I thing this is a great choice for a grab and go camera. Thank you for your 'recommend' review. Very happy I did not return this camera before giving it a try.

6:17 pm - Sunday, February 22, 2009