ReviewGist Report for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700
In July 2010, Panasonic has added a new member to their expansive FX-Series family: the LUMIX DMC-FX700 which boasts of excellent features involving video and picture quality. In this report, we look into the attributes that Panasonic has loaded in the LUMIX FX700. We delve into further evaluation with reviews from PC Magazine, Steve's DigiCams, Imaging Resource and more, and go over their assessments on the different aspects of the LUMIX FX700.
What the Manufacturer Says
Panasonic takes pride in the LUMIX FX700 that is asserted to be quite powerful for its size. This new addition to the FX-Series is built with a Full High Definition Video System. With a display resolution of 1092x1080 pixels, it claims to record high quality videos of superior color fidelity and faster frame rate. Moreover, videos are recorded in AVCHD format, thereby making recording time twice that of the regular Motion JPEG format.
The LUMIX FX700's 24 mm ultra wide-angle lens is the F2.2 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens which is claimed to guarantee greater depth of field, thereby providing more composition options for its user. It is said to be a rare feature for a compact camera that is slim as it is sleek to be assembled with such type of lens. Endowed with high performing picture and video functions, the 14.2-megapixel LUMIX FX700 with 5x optical zoom is claimed to exceed expectations for a small digital camera and allows for more creativity and flexibility in shooting.
In addition to its primary features, the LUMIX FX700 is also geared up with the following features:
1. Advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, which is composed of Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure, Intelligent Burst mode and the new Motion Deblur mode. Shooting subjects in motion or the inevitable handshake can result in blurred photos but with the pairing of POWER Optical Image Stabilizer and Intelligent ISO Control, the blur can be significantly reduced.
2. Handheld Night Shot, which allows for increased exposure and noise reduction
3. Full touch-screen operation, which enables setting of the Auto Focus (AF) with a single touch on the 3.0-inch, 230,000-dot LCD screen.
What the Reviews Say
Most reviews were all thumbs-up for the image quality of the LUMIX FX700, particularly its sharpness and color accuracy. 'Tech Review Source' found that images captured outdoors or in well-lit settings turned out excellent. Low-light photography couldn't be much of a problem with the LUMIX FX700 as 'About.com' claimed that the high-speed MOS image sensor already got that covered. 'CNet' shared the same positive feedback with regards to the image quality, but also pointed out that such richness in color is good when shooting at ISOs below 400. They further add that excellent images can be achieved up to ISO 200.
The video quality received nothing but praises for its crispness and sharpness. 'PC Mag' particularly admired its versatility in that the LUMIX FX700 can downgrade the AVCHD format to an allowable file size in YouTube or Facebook, should you wish to upload your video recordings. 'Steve's DigiCams' likewise praised the versatility of its video function as it was said to accommodate macro and landscape type of shooting very well.
When it came to lens performance, the reviewers unanimously lauded the LUMIX FX700's speed and light accommodation. 'About.com' remarked that its fast MOS Image Sensor, aided with the built-in flash, greatly helped tolerate shooting in low-light conditions. According to 'CNet', video clips taken with the said model had satisfactory exposure and color. As observed, there was a shutter lag of only 0.4 second in bright light and 0.7 second in dim light, which 'PC Mag' considered negligible. Both 'PC Mag' and 'Steve's Digicams' affirmed the advantage of its 5x zoom range.
While 'PC Mag' positively compared the 3-inch touch screen to high-end smartphones and commend its responsiveness, some reviews criticized its smallness. 'CNet' found the resolution of the LCD low. 'About.com' indicated that users could use some practice to get accustomed to the graphical user interface and that such touch-screen technology would be more suitable for bigger LCDs. However, some experts stressed that for the size of the camera, a high resolution LCD wasn't really to be expected.
Experts have found the Lumix FX700's battery life to be lengthy for a camera of its size. 'Imaging Resources' confirmed that for a single charge, the battery can sustain up to 300 shots, as rated by CIPA testing standards.
Reviewers also commend its slim and sleek appearance. 'Camera Labs' highlighted that the matte black finish added to its aesthetic value.
The LUMIX FX700's overall dimensions were considered of convenient size that is, according to 'CNet', "pocketable" as in it can literally fit in your pants' pockets and in small bags.
Reviewers have certified Panasonic's feat of a small compact camera packed with humongous features with the Lumix FX700.
Indeed, the LUMIX FX700 yields videos of superb resolution and sound as well as pictures rich in color and precise in detail. The only glitch found is the LCD which seem rather small and poor in resolution. However, this is but a minute detail that can not outweigh its myriad of strengths.
With powerful HD recording and outstanding image quality, the LUMIX FX700 is undoubtedly very much ahead in the competition.
The technology and innovations embedded make the LUMIX FX700 more than just your usual compact camera. But should its low-resolution LCD bother you, you might want to consider the Casio Exilim EX-H20G which is claimed to have a far better interface and an optical zoom range of up to 10x.