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The Lumix DMC-FX500 is Panasonic's first digital camera with a 3-inch touch-screen LCD.

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Nicely weighted--feels good in hand.

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Image quality settings are various.

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Touchscreen interface is well laid out and easy to use.

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Intelligent auto mode doesn't live up to its name, often makes seemingly random setting choices.

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Autofocus isn't very accurate in most cases.

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Tripod mount is too far to the left for use with smaller tripods (makes them topple over).

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Build is a little thicker and heavier than the average compact camera, making it not so pocket-friendly.

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Image quality doesn't hold up to similar models in this price range.

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The Lumix DMC-FX500 is Panasonic's first digital camera with a 3-inch touch-screen LCD, and also features a 25mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens, 5x optical zoom, and 10.1 megapixel resolution. A mid- to higher-end camera, the FX500 has a hybrid control system that combines joystick control with touch-screen operation, and also includes Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, a system of technologies that engage automatically so users don't have to change any settings. In iA mode, five functions team up to help prevent shooting errors: Mega O.I.S prevents blurring caused by shaky hands when shooting; Intelligent ISO Control prevents blurring caused by the subject moving as you shoot; Intelligent Scene Selector selects the most suitable Scene mode for the situation; Intelligent Exposure adjusts the brightness of dark areas in an image; Face Detection detects faces anywhere in the frame and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings for clear and crisp portraits; and AF Tracking keeps the focus locked onto the subject, even if it moves.

Other features of the FX500 include a Venus Engine IV image processor which features more advanced digital signal processing for higher-quality images, as well as the ability to take 1280x720p video content and still images with a 16:9 aspect ration, ideal for viewing on an HDTV. Available in Black or Silver.

  • 10.1 megapixel resolution
  • 5x MEGA optical image-stabilized zoom
  • F2.8 25mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode: AF Tracking, Intelligent Exposure, Mega O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection
  • Venus Engine IV image processor
  • High resolution 3.0 inch LCD touch-screen
  • Records High Definition (1280x720p) motion images at 30 frames per second
  • Available Colors: Black, Silver
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