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I have had this camera for 5 years and I have barely used it. I got it for a trip to italy, the price was all right back then, it was around 200 pounds. But then now I think it was too expensive for being such a bad camera. I currently have a Casio which I love and you can read my review for it on here.
The design is good as it is small, compact, feels sturdy, the buttons are well placed. The screen is rather small, but enough to have a good preview of the snap you are taking. On the back it has a cross shape set of buttons with the menu naturally and below these, you find the delete photos one, and another to control the things appearing on the screen.
Panasonic normally uses Leica lenses in their cameras, which have the reputation of being really good, and this camera has that as well. Additionally this camera includes the Lumix technology, which according to panasonic is to make your photos more steady and not blurry at all. So overall it should be a really good camera, nevertheless, I just do not like the photos it takes. They come out too sharp, so you see some dots on the image, I have seen this that when you go in to photo editing software and sharpen images too much the lines start cracking and dots appear. Also, the photos lighting is really bad, showing the sky always really white and the colours very boring and dull. I have tried looking at the settings to see if I can change this but perhaps it is just a fault with my lens.
Overall I would say it is a bad camera, which is rather strange since the panasonic reputation with digital cameras, and even more with Leica lenses which are deemed to be the best lenses in the world, according to a photography magazine I read. So because of all this, I just cannot recommend this camera. Definitely go for casio or sony if you want a normal tourist camera.
Best camera I've ever bought! A couple of years ago I was looking at cameras - I'm terrible at taking pictures, always out of focus and cutting heads/arms off. I'd seen the adverts on the tv about a panasonic lumix. I searched the internet, found loads of different reviews and it sounded really good. Excellent zoom - digital and optical (have I got that right?) and it also does video. I got it from Pixmania with a bag and a memory card for £109 - 2 years ago. As soon as I got it in my hand, I fell in love with it. It feels sturdy, but not heavy or chunky. The wheel to change mode is very easy to use, as is the menu system. The battery charger comes with it and it takes about 2 hours to fully charge it. It has a large display and a port for a tripod. I need no other software to open the pictures on my computer, just stick int he memory card and off I go - I use Windows Vista. I love taking pictures now and as its about the same size a mobile phone, just a bit deeper, it fits in my jeans pocket. So, to sum up, if you're terrible with a camera but really want to be able to take decent photos, then buy this.
I had a manual SLR but wanted something smaller that I could just keep in my bag incase of any unexpected photo opportunities. There are a lot of small cameras on the market so went through lots of reviews comparing price, features and the quality of the photos taken. The best reviews for cameras in the £130 range were for the Panasonic DMC-FX12.
Its dimensions are 94.1W x 51.4H x 24.2D and weighs 153g so its ideal for my handbag or pocket.
The camera has a Leica 7.2 mega pixel lense which I find produces very crisp clear pictures. I really like the Optical Image Stabiliser function which prevents camera shake from an unsteady hand which also helps with the clarity of the photos.
The camera has several different photo modes to select from such as automatic, macro, portrait, landscape, sports, night scenery, fire works and many more.
In the main menu you can select the ISO from 100 to 1250, the white balance (auto, sunlight, indoor lighting, etc), various colour modes (standard, vivid, sepia, etc), picture size, quality.
The camera has a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital. It would be nicer to have a bigger optical zoom but I find this adequate enough when combined with the digital keeping the camera compact.
It has a built in flash that I find adequate, it has red eye reduction, forced on, forced off and automatic options.
Quite a few times I have used the self timer which has a two and ten second choice. I used the two second setting if I have the camera on the tripod for a long exposure so it doesn't get any camera shake on the photo when I press the shutter, the ten seconds I find the perfect time when taking pictures of friends and I want to jump into the shot.
The battery life of the camera is very good and I find I don't have the charge it up very often.
I quite often watch my boyfriend at his sporting events (running, triathlon) and I find the unlimited consecutive shooting mode extremely useful for this.
The camera also takes videos, has a microphone and speaker. The videos are not amazing quality but I do use it for short videos to capture moments, so it is a nice facility to have.
I have dropped the camera on rocky hard surfaces quite a few times from standing height (which I would not recommend) however the camera amazingly continued to work and the only damage was a few slight scratches, so I find it has been very durable.
I find I no longer use my SLA are this camera seems to do the trick and a lot more compact and easier to use.
Off the bat, this is a great little camera. I've owned it now for a year and a half and it has travelled with me everywhere and has taken some wonderful pictures (yes that's right, the camera took them, not me!!!).
Firstly, it is wonderfully compact and at a reasonable price. It's features are very simple and easy to use. It has the standard wheel to select the mode you want it in and simple navigation buttons on the back. Given it's compact size they have managed to give a generous portion of it to a large enough screen.
This camera comes equip with a classic Leica lens that offers wonderful clarity and I think may be one of the best around for this type of camera. It also offers up to 800 ISO. Although not as high as some on the market it is reasonable enough to shoot in gloomy conditions without the need for a flash. It also has a fairly good zoom on it although I thought perhaps this could have been larger.
Some cameras can be incredibly frustrating with a long delay from pushing the button to capturing the image. Not so with this where capture is very quick. The flash can be a little frustrating as there as expected is a delay but I rarely use it so it doesn't bother me too much.
Battery life on the whole is good. I couldn't say exactly how long it lasts but I seem to charge it rarely, which must be a good thing! At 7.2 Mega pixels I think it is adequate enough for casual photographers.
All in all, I can highly recommend this camera for the casual photographer. It is especially good for taking away on holidays or trips because of its size
I've been the proud owner of my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 for approximately 18 months now and i am so pleased with the way that it has performed since i took it out of the box.
When i decided to look for a digital camera my main criteria were picture clarity and budget. I didn't have that much to spend so most of the high quality cameras weren't a realistic option for me.
When i found this camera it stood out from the rest straight away. For a start it looks like an incredibly professional little camera but don't let this size fool you. It houses a high quality Leica DC lens with 3x optical zoom. Not only is the lens quality very good but with 7.2 megapixels, the picture clarity and definition achievable with this camera is excellent.
The battery life seems to be rather good aswell when compared to the life of a standard AA battery camera. Although my se of the camera is not consistent. I have only a need to charge it every few hundred pictures. This i find is exceptional.
For the price i wasn't expecting much but my camera didnt come with a case which i feel is necessary with such a large screen on the back on the camera which can be prone to scratching.
There are a number of different shooting modes available for use with this camera which i really liked. Each mode has a different shutter speed so the light is captured differently depending on the environment in which the picture is being taken.
I have had some issues with the shutter sticking and jamming but this is solved simply by ently placing my fingernail between the shutter and flicking it open.
In conslusion, i would highly recommend this camera for somebody who wants a relatively low cost starter camera for taking photos of holidays and events. Whilst it will be nowhere near the standard required by professional photographers, i believe that any family who invests in one of these cameras will be pleased for many years to come.
I bought this camera a few months ago and it has worked perfectly ever since.
The main reason why I got this camera was because of the excellent reviews, I couldn't find a bad review. Also, I wanted a smallish camera that would fit in my pocket or my handbag and not take up too much room while still being able to take good photos. This Panasonic Lumix achieves just that, with 7.2 megapixels the photos are clear and detailed. With the 'anti-shake' feature you can take non-blurred photos easily.
The camera is sturdy and well made, you can tell this as soon as you take it out of the packaging. The cover for the memory card etc is on a strong hinge and I can't see that breaking off easily unless you are very careless with it.
One really good point is that on the right hand side of the camera there is a bit for you to hold so you can take photos using only one hand which makes life a lot easier. The camera also comes with a wrist strap and a box to hold the battery when not in use, or if you buy a spare which is a bonus.
The battery life is also very good, it lasted for a whole weeks holiday and I didn't have to charge it again for a while after I got home. I find that the lithium camera batteries last a lot longer than the AA batteries a lot of cameras use.
For such a good camera I would have expected the price to be higher than it was but I was pleasantly surprised with it.
I would recommend this camera to anyone that doesn't want something too complicated but also doesn't want a really simple camera, it is a bit inbetween simple and complicated! But still easy to use.
The 7.2 megapixel DMC-FX12 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 4.5x 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.