Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 Review

Review Date: July 7th 2008
Author: Mark Goldstein

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Image Sensor
Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Mega pixels
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Total Pixel 10.7 Total Mega Pixels CCD
Primary Color Filter yes
Zoom Factor
Optical Zoom 5x
Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 5.9x for 7Mega, 7.1x for 5Mega, 8.9x for 3Mega, 2Mega, 0.3Mega 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5.9x for 6Mega, 7.1x for 4.5Mega, 8.9x for 2.5Mega 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5.9x for 5.5Mega, 7.1x for 3.5Mega, 8.9x for 2Mega
Digital Zoom 4x ( Max. 20.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) (Max. 35.6x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focal Distance f=4.4-22.0mm (35mm Equiv.: 25-125mm)
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT / 7 elements in 6 groups (4 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces)
Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F8 Tele: F5.9 - F8
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1/ Mode2)
Focusing Area Normal: wide 50cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity Macro / / Intelligent AUTO : wide 5cm/Tele 100cm - infinity
AF Metering Face / 1-point/ 1-point high speed/ 3-point high speed/ 9-point/ Spot / Touch AF
FourThirds System n/a
Focus Mode Normal / Macro / Touch AF
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto /100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (High Sensitivity Mode : Auto(1600 - 6400) )
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set White Balance Adjustment (10steps, except for auto set)
Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Touch AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing +/- 1/3 EV ~1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-Weighted / Spot
Rec Mode[Mode Dial] Intelligent AUTO, P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode, M(Manual) mode, Scene, Motion Picture
Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo
Shutter Speed 60-1/2000 sec Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Flash System
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off / 0.6 - 6.0m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.8m (Tele/ISO Auto)
External Flash n/a
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Zoom, Hold
Review 1x / 4x / 8x (only in Self-Portrait mode)
Picture Adjustment Contrast 2steps / Sharpness 2steps / Saturation 2steps / Noise Reduction 2steps
Colour Effect Mode Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Recording Format Still Image: JPEG(Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding / image with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard)+ QuickTime / Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Recording Image Size Still Image: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2736 pixels, 3072 x 2304 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels / 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2432 pixels, 3072 x 2048 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels / 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2056, 3072 x 1728 pixels, 2560 x 1440 pixels,1920 x 1080 pixels
Image Quality Fine / Standard
Motion Picture 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, / 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps HD?16:9 Aspect Ratio?: 1280x720 30fps, 15fps
Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode) / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6 frames/sec (recorded in 2M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Unlimited consecutive shooting yes
Digital Red Eye Correction yes
Easy Organization yes
Touch Zoom yes
Touch AF AE yes
AF Tracking yes
Intelligent Exposure yes
Easy Zoom n/a
Zoom Resume n/a
Motion Zoom n/a
Still Image Rec. with Audio 5 sec
Audio Dubbing Max. 10sec
Real-time histogram yes
Composition Guide line yes
Built-in-Memory yes
Built-in-Memory [Capacity] approx. 50MB
Scene Mode Help Screen yes
Auto Angle Detection yes
Flip Animation n/a
Travel Date yes
World Time yes
Title Edit yes
Date Stamp n/a
Text Stamp yes
Economy mode n/a
LCD Monitor 3.0" TFT Touch-Screen LCD Display (230K dots) / Field of View : approx. 100% / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High angle mode
Supersonic Wave Filter for Dust Reduction n/a
Playback mode [REC]/[Play] Selector switch / Normal Playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, calendar display / Easy Organization (favorites, delete, title edit, trimming, resize) / touch zoom playback, playback of favorite pictures, image rotation, protection / aspect conv., DPOF print setting / Creating still pictures from a motion picture, Dual image playback
Category Playback Yes (in slideshow mode and normal playback)
Slideshow Mode Yes (duration & effect with music adjustable)
OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard(Still image only)
Microphone yes
Speaker yes
Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), HD AV Output (Component), USB2.0 High speed
Direct Print PictBridge
General Data
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1000mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 280 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Dimensions [mm]
Width 94.9
Height 57.1
Depth 22.9
Weight [g]
Body 155.0
Including Battery and SD Memory Card 175.0

Included Software: PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer- / ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker) / QuickTime, Adobe Reader, USB Driver

Standard Accessories: Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery carrying case / AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable / Strap, CD-ROM, Stylus

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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