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DIGITAL CAMERAS

Panasonic DMC-FX500 Camera
By: Joe Eitel
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    2009-04-14

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  • Panasonic DMC-FX500 Camera
  • Design
  • Features
  • More Features and Performance

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    Panasonic DMC-FX500 Camera - More Features and Performance


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    The Panasonic DMC-FX500 uses aLeica DC Vario Elmarit5x optical zoom lens, which offers 25mm wide-angle capabilities. As a result, this is wider than the 35mm wide-angle feature you will find on many compact digital cameras – that's a big bonus with this camera. You will, however, still get a comparable focal length of 125 mm at the telephoto end, which exceeds the 105mm limit. Like other Panasonic Lumix cameras, the Panasonic DMC-FX500 consists of a true optical image stabilization feature.

    The Panasonic DMC-FX500 consists of a 4:3 aspect ratio CCD image sensor. It also has a 10.1 megapixel resolution that will give you much room to crop images, while at the same time, you’ll have good resolution for producing a good-sized print. The camera’s ISO sensitivity covers various ranges from 100 to 1,600. But in the High Sensitivity scene mode, you’ll also have the ability to increase the ISO from 1,600 to 6,400. If you’re in full resolution and JPEG fine mode, the Panasonic DMC-FX500’s burst shooting feature enables you to possibly shoot 2.5 frames per second for up to three frames. However, in reduced resolution, which is 2.5 megapixels for 3:2 shooting and two megapixels at other aspect ratios, you can possibly increase it to six frames per second.

    The Panasonic DMC-FX500 comes with both PAL/NTSC standard definition and component high definition video output. If you want to shoot the highest quality movies, Panasonic suggests that you use a fast SD card with at least 10MB or higher for capturing 30 frames per second. You’ll want to use this card because you cannot record these types of movies on an MMC card or use the 50MB memory that is built into the Panasonic DMC-FX500.

    Based on Panasonic DMC FX-500’s calculations, you can capture and store 195 10-megapixel 4:3 high quality photos on a 1GB card. This same card can store the following media: four minutes of 16:9 or 30 frames per second movies, 30 frames per second high definition movies, and 11 minutes of VGA. You can, however, use a slow Eye-Fi card to record the highest quality movies as an alternative. Unfortunately, it will take a while to write the data.

    Performance

    According toImaging-Resource.com, the writers had a good overall impression of the Panasonic DMC-FX500’s performance. They rated the camera either above average or average, based on their categories. The writers rated the camera’s startup time as average. The startup time was 2.7 seconds, which they believed was too long. They also gave the burst mode cycle time, which came in at 0.55 seconds, an average grade.

    However, the flash cycling time, which came in at 5.6 seconds, rated above average. The download speed was also above average. Using the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ports, the data transferred at 3,174.9 Kb/s. The LCD also came in above average. Finally, the writers loved the Panasonic DMC-FX500’s size; it weighs only about six ounces.

    Overall, it seems that thePanasonic Lumix DMC-FX500is a very capable little camera. People who love the idea of a touch screen compact digital camera will love this little shooter.


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