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With only 6 mega pixels this camera still manages to take fantastic looking shots and is ideal for anyone looking for a basic yet high quality camera. I've got one of these and also a Panasonic DMC FS-15. The FS-15 has 12 mega pixels yet, try as I might, I cant take any photos which wouldn't look equally as impressive had I used this model.
Both models are extremely similar in design, the only physical differences being the mode select controls. On the FS-15 you have to use buttons to scroll through a list of modes. However with this model, theres a fantastic little scroll wheel instead. This is much easier to use and also a lot quicker. Apart from this and a few of the buttons being in very slightly different positions, there is not much else to distinguish the two models.
Performance wise, this camera is every bit as good as the 12 mega pixel model. Ok so it doesn't have the ability to take wide angle shots and has a few less modes, but quality wise it is fantastic. The auto mode is the easiest to use and makes it extremely simple to take a good shot. There are also manual and macro modes if you want to get more hands on. Despite it being only 6 mega pixels, you won't really notice any difference in quality whatsoever until you zoom right in on the photograph.
So to summarize. An very well built camera, not quite as many features as the more expensive models but still very capable of producing sharp, quality photographs but at a lower price. Good bit of kit.
I am no photography expert I must admit, so when looking for a digital camera whilst in New York, i asked the shopkeeper for some assistance and he reccomended me this panasonic lumix camera. I have been more than happy with his reccomendation ever since, having found the camera very easy to use, but also capable of taking very high quality photographs. I would reccomend this above Samsung and Fuji cameras I have had in the past.
The zoom is excellent, very defined, and the camera offers a burst feature, which allows you to take a series of photos, excellent for a moving object, and then choose your favourite one. Having been bought for less than £80 equivalent I am very pleased to have chosen this camera, as for someone who wants photos of travels and everyday life, it has more than i need, but is not at all confusing. It also comes in a range of colours so you can customise it as you wish, and once bought you will be snapping away without having to carry the manual with you for when you get confused. There seem to be endless versions of the Lumix series so I wouldn't know which is the very best, but from my experience here I would suggest Panasonic are a good brand to go with if you want a high quality and good value camera.
The DMC-FX9 features a 2.5" diagonal high-resolution LCD monitor - surprisingly large for such a compact camera. This high-quality, 207, 000-pixel display makes it easy to see your subject. For easier viewing when shooting outdoors on a sunny day, press the Power LCD button to boost the backlighting by about 40%.
In addition to displaying the settings in large, easy-to-understand text, the large, 2.5" diagonal screen with 230, 000-pixel resolution lets you show up to 25 thumbnail images at once. This makes it easier to search for, and organize, the photos you take.
Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. Panasonic doesn't expect everyone to have hands of stone when taking pictures - that's why Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-FX9 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working - all you'll see are the outstanding results!
Select the AF setting from Spot, 1-point (normal or high-speed), 3-point high-speed, and 5-point. The 1-point normal setting solves the "image-freezing" that used to happen while focusing on fast-moving subjects, and makes them easier to track. Furthermore, the new 1-point high-speed mode slashes conventional AF time to about 1/3. High-speed auto focusing has finally come to the compact digital camera. Plus, the AF Assist Lamp helps when focusing in low lighting.
Thanks to the Venus Engine Plus's release time lag of only 0.008 second, the FX9 is super-fast. You can snap consecutive shots at 3 frames per second with full resolution. And with Unlimited Consecutive Shooting, you can keep shooting until the memory card is full.
This slim camera features a 3x optical zoom lens with 7 elements in 6 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses. The Extended Optical Zoom, which minimizes the image degradation that normally occurs with digital zooming, gives you up to 4x zooming power. Plus, you can use the 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom together to produce a maximum of 12x zooming power.