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I have owned a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10 for just over three years. It is a brilliant little camera, perfect for those who know nothing about photography and just want to take some nice pictures.
Good points: It has a really large screen which makes taking and viewing pictures much easier. You have the option to adjust all the settings (exposure etc) manually, or you can use the 'intelligent iso' setting, which does it all for you. The resulting pictures are good quality.
The camera is really easy to use, there's a little wheel that you use to move from playback, to movie, to take pictures etc. I particularly like the way you can zoom in and out using a little lever type device right next to the button for taking pictures. This allows you to zoom and shoot without having to take your eye off the screen.
Other good features are a choice of 31 scene settings, a clear delete button, the flash is easy to turn on and off, and for those with shaky hands it has a setting to account for this- means no more blurred photos!
Finally, this camera is very robust. I have taken mine on countless holidays, and used it in the rain, and snow. It's been dropped a couple of times, and put down on sand and dirt, yet despite all this abuse it still works perfectly! It's a good size too, just about small enough to fit in a jeans pocket, and I keep mine in a mobile phone sock. The re-chargeable battery is also really good, mine lasted for three weeks without needing to be recharged last time I went on holiday!
All in all, I can't think of anything I dislike about this camera, and would happily buy another one in the future!
It's a beautiful camera. What else could it be with Leica glass!
But I wish it had a spot focussing capability.
Maybe, with an optical viewfinder and a AAA battery powering, it would have been the finest pocketable camera.
Why not universally available AAA batteries instead of unpredictably available proprietary lithium, I wonder.
And, with a flip-flop LCD (like on some Canons), this would have been THE PERFECT pocketable camera.
Pocketable, yes, that matters.
I am in love with it anyway, despite my Leica M7. (www.kcgeorge.com)
The 6.0 megapixel DMC-FX10 features a bright f/2.8 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 3x optical zoom. The high quality Leica DC lens carries on the proud tradition of its famous Leica brand, the German camera maker renowned for lenses that combine superb performance with compact size. Comprising seven elements in six groups, including three lenses with three aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit matches Leica's stringent standards and delivers an exceptional optical performance.
The zoom ratio can be extended up to 4.1x in 3 megapixel resolution mode with minimal deterioration thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom. By using the central part of the CCD, this powerful zooming function allows you to easily capture and magnify distant subjects.
Jitter from handshake is far and away the biggest single cause of blurry shots. Lumix cameras help solve this problems with an advanced optical image stabilizing system Panasonic's ingenious MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS). This system uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement and then shifts a lens in the opposite direction to compensate, giving you sharp, clear images without deterioration.
While hand-shake is the single biggest cause of blurry images, it is not the only one. Another problem is the motion blur that can occur when a subject moves as the shot is being taken, particularly common when taking pictures of sports or young children for example. In these conditions Intelligent ISO Control comes into its own. This system actually detects whether the subject is moving and, as necessary raises the ISO setting and shutter speed according to how fast the subject is moving and the light conditions. This happens automatically, so you can effortlessly shoot without the need to adjust the settings every time the conditions change.