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When I first got this camera I was a carefree girl about town who wanted to take photos of friends, on holiday to exotic locations and city break etc. I wanted a camera that would fit into my handbag and lifestyle and take good shots. Now I am a married mum of a young baby I still want a camera that fits into my changing bag and takes good shots of the baby. Thankfully the Lumix suits both my old lifestyle and new.
The back of the camera is taken up with the LCD screen which means you can clearly see the image you are focussing on and good for when you want to playback to see what you have shot. The screen is 3 inches which I think is just right. There is also a little wheel at the top which you can turn to the different settings. A useful feature here is that if you haven't turned quite far enough the camera will tell you this. There are two small buttons for display and for trash. Again the Lumix is pretty idiot proof as when you are deleting something it will check with you that that's what you want to do so you would be hard pressed to delete a favourite picture by mistake. The last feature on the back of the camera is the little joystick control which I mainly use for scrolling through the images. Again I find the joystick easy to use.
The front of the camera is mainly taken up with the lens. The lens is a Leica which my keen photographer of a husband assures me is a good one. The lens also has a 3.6 zoom which I find good for getting shots of people without them posing as they don't realise I have focussed on them. I just wish I had this camera when I was in India and saw my first tiger in the wild.
The camera fits easily into my changing bag and jacket pocket measuring 9.5 x 5.7 x 2.3 unlike my husband's Canon! It isn't too heavy either weighing just 143 g.
The Lumix is fairly idiot proof. If you are a techo phone you can simply turn the wheel to intelligent auto function and the camera will automatically select the best setting for your picture. The face recognition software also helps and if you suffer from shaky hands there is an anti shake function too all to help you take some nice photos. The 8.1 mega pixel gives good results.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can set the camera to scene and select the scene setting you want .
For example on holiday recently I wanted to take some photos of kayaking so I set the scene to sports and got some good shots. This setting I also found handy when photographing a baby who likes to wave his arms and legs around!
For close up photos for example flowers in my garden and my first homegrown strawberries there is a macro setting which gives good results although not as good as my husband with his canon where he can achieve a nicely blurred background but his camera weighs a lot more, is much bigger and a lot more expensive.
For holiday photos you can also use settings for snow which gives better colour and beach so photographs in the sun are easier. A disadvantage is that if it is very sunny the LCD screen is hard to see so sometimes I just have to point and press and keep my fingers crossed. As I have said the camera is pretty idiot proof so even when I am not sure what exactly I have shot I have been pleased with the result.
I have occasionally had slight problems with intelligent auto function. For example in a restaurant at night the photos were a bit too dark but setting the camera to normal camera solved this issue.
As a new mum I like the baby setting which allows you to out your child's name on the shot and the camera will also calculate the child's age at the time the photo was taken. Unfortunately to use this function successfully you need to limit your family to two as it only allows two children's names to be added.
I also like to take photos of the little man smiling but this can be challenging at times so I use the Burst setting which takes a number of shots in a very quick time. From these I normally find I have the magic moment when the baby is smiling and looking at the camera!
Playback is very easy as you just turn the wheel to the playback setting and use the joystick to scroll through your photos. Ii use an USB lead to download to my pc and have also used the SD card direct on another pc. My husband has recently bought a card reader that I can plug into the i-pad which provides good slideshows of recent photographs.
I find battery life is good and if you leave it on by mistake it has an useful powersave function.
One further advantage I would like to mention is that if you forget to put your SD card back into the camera it has a small amount of built in memory so you can still take some photos.
I would recommend this little camera as it has taken some great shots over the time I have had it. At around £250 I think it is a worthwhile investment. My husband once he has spent time on processing his shots will look at mine and often comments "I forget that you have a good little camera!" High praise indeed.
When I first got this camera for my birthday last year, i thought 'oh jees, it looks complicated!' But then after using it for about 10 minutes I grasped all the ways of changing settings and understood it really easily! You definitely don't need to be a technology geek to figure this camera out, even if somebody as thick as a brick could use this camera no problem!
The camera is stylish, compact and not heavy, and if travelling and you need the adaptor, this is also small and light.
An excellent feature on this camera is the shutter - the speed automatically changes to suit whether you are moving fast or slow, and takes perfect pictures with no blurring each and every time. If you have shaky hands like me, the camera shake facility stops pictures being shaky or blurred, and they come out perfect!
This is my dream camera, I haven't ever regretted getting this!
I'm really enjoying this camera! I would truely recommend this to any amateur photographers just starting out. It is the ultimate in point and click cameras.
The design (in black) is attractive and its metal body feels solid and comfortable in the hand. The first thing that will strike you is the giant 3 inch LCD display on the back, which gives great resolution and colour to pictures, especially useful if you're the kind of person who likes to leave lots of photos on the camera to show your friends!
Being a Panasonic Lumix means it uses a high quality Leica lense which is 28mm wide angle allowing for some brilliant 16:9 pictures. The video mode on the camera records in high quality with decent sound quality. The camera also comes with a AV cable for connection to televisions to showcase pictures and videos on big screen.
The camera features 'intelligent auto' mode which works out all the settings for you as well as anti-shake mode and automatic face recognition. A manual and macro setting is also available to take better control over you pictures. Battery life is great and it is compatable with SDHC memory cards.
Hello, I wasted tons of time looking for "the perfect digital camera", but the search just stopped with the lumix Fx55Eg.
Lumix called my attention with its optical image stabilizer technology (mega O.I.S.) which fight against blurred images, this tech compensate for handshake and movement of the subject, amazing!.
Try it walking, running or riding a motorcycle and no more blurred picture.
Another point is the camera got 7 ISOs, that's mean you can use it with any kind of light; have you seen a picture where the person got all the flash and the background is dark??, not anymore, with the auto ISO.
for example: If the subject is moving, the ISO setting would automatically rise to allow high shutter speed. On the other hand, if the subject is still and no movement is detected, you can take beautiful natural images with a low ISO setting.
Dont go for the Megapixel, remember that you only need two-megapixel if you want to make 4x6-inch prints, excellent choice for e-mail and online use.
If you think that you may want to enlarge some of your images to 8x10 inches, consider a three-megapixel digital camera. Cameras in this category provide excellent-quality images.
For 11" x 14" Prints, 4 to 5 Megapixels is enough.
Digital cameras with resolution in the four to five megapixel range are capable of producing professional-quality images. These cameras are designed for serious amateur and professional photographers with advanced skills, and generally they are not appropriate for beginning photographers.
More megapixel that you will need: 8.1Mp
Battery: Li-ion rechargeable battery - included
Camera : small and light
Optical Zoom: 3.6 x
Before buying any digital camera remember:
1.- Not go for the megapixel, you only need 2Mp for normal, family photos.
2.- Always Li-ion rechargeable battery, otherwise you will spend a lot of money buying new battery every week.
3.-Try LCD screen not less that 2.5"
4.-Always review the technical Details
5.- Optical zoom is more important than Digital zoom.
now the question everyone was expecting:
Sony or Panasonic?
A: Lumix! :D
With it's remarkably compact size, the DMC-FX55 feature a wealth of technological features, including a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens, optical image stabilizer, face detection and intelligent scene selection to name but a few. Continuing to push the boundaries, the FX55 goes one step further to include Intelligent Auto mode - a feature unique to Panasonic Lumix cameras. Technology rich yet remaining inherently easy to use - the best photographs are taken with a Lumix camera.