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Panasonic Lumix FX550 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD


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  • Hybrid Interface with Cursor Key and Touch-screen Operation featuring Full Manual Modes and Touch AF/AE
  • Large 3.0-inch High-resolution Intelligent LCD with Wide-viewing Angle
  • Advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with Face Recognition
  • 25mm Ultra Wide-angle 5x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens and 1/2.33-inch 12.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD
  • HD Motion Picture Recording and HD Output

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 9.5 x 5.7 cm ; 145 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 880 g
  • Item model number: FX550 Black
  • ASIN: B001T0H0E4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,435 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Hybrid Touch-Screen Interface with 3.0-inch Large LCD, 25mm Wide-Angle LEICA DC Lens and iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode. The FX550 features an intuitive hybrid interface using both the cursor keys and touchscreen for full manual controls and Touch AF/AE. While shooting, AF/AE can be set by simply touching the subject on screen. The camera will then automatically track the subject as it moves. In manual operation, aperture and shutter speed can be set to the desired value by moving the slider. While playing back, an Easy Organisation menu is provided to simplify image organising.

The DMC-FX550's touchscreen LCD features a large 3.0-inch, 230,000-dot resolution, and a wide-viewing angle that lets you frame your shot in a variety of ways for both shooting and viewing. LUMIX's acclaimed Intelligent LCD function also automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. This LCD provides sharp, clear images in virtually all shooting situations, ranging from nighttime to bright daylight scenes and from low-angle to high-angle shooting.

In iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, 6 detection functions work automatically and simultaneously to optimise your settings. The Touch AF/AE is integrated with iA Mode to make it even easier to use. iA Mode includes MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking. The new Face Recognition function memorises faces automatically and works to optimise both focus and exposure settings by prioritising on the registered person’s faces.

The 12.1-megapixel high-resolution DMC-FX550 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle 5x optical zoom f/2.8-5.9 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens (35mm film camera equivalent: 25-125mm). The 25mm wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area of the standard 35mm lens allowing you to capture breathtaking landscapes. Despite the ultra wide angle, DMC-FX550 features a 5x optical zoom, letting you capture distant subjects without degrading imaging quality.

The DMC-FX550 can record motion picture in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps) in Motion JPEG format. The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-picture recording even in low-light settings. When viewing, these high-resolution 16:9 motion pictures will provide a remarkable effect on large-screen HDTV. With HD component output capability, you can enjoy watching still and motion pictures in stunning HD quality taken by your DMC-FX550 by simply connecting the camera to an HDTV via an optional component cable DMW-HDC2.

The advanced image-processing engine, Venus Engine V with its dual CPU processors, enables the camera to identify and recognise faces in your scenes with high accuracy and speed. Its advanced signal processing gives beautiful images even at high ISO sensitivities. Venus Engine V has low power consumption, being 15% more efficient than its predecessor.

Box Contains

  • Panasonic Lumix FX550 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case/AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • AC Cable/Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Touch Pen

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    49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bluegrass Guernsey on 9 Oct. 2009
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    I am a serious amateur photographer owning a DSLR and a selection of lenses, filters , tripods, etc. As you can imagine this kit is quite bulky to carry around so I wanted a compact camera that I could carry with me at all times to enable me to take quick snaps of things that take my fancy review them on the PC and if they look good go back with the serious kit and re-take them.
    I looked at many compact camera's from different manufactures and decided on the Panasonic Lumix FX550. At 12.1mp with an f2.8 Leica lens and with the ability to use full auto, aperture priority, shutter priority and full manual control it has proved to be ideal for the purpose. With a touch screen it's extremely easy to use and as a bonus I can take HD movies, recording my grandaughter growing up, and view them in HD by connecting the camera to my Panasonic Viera TV.
    All in all I am extremely pleased with my purchase, the image quality is good enough to let me enter prints in local competitions, so it would also be a great camera for any one wanting to get into photography for the first time and not wanting to go to the expense of a DSLR and all the lenses.
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    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ripple TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 July 2009
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    This is a good compact that is slightly above the standard entry level product (and hence a slightly heavier price tag). It allows you to snap away in a solid automatic mode, but also, importantly allows the user to exercise more control - less than for a full DSLR of course - but certainly allows more creativity.

    The drive towards greater megapixels is not straightforward. The problems arise when the lens (here a good Leica one, but also still a compact lens) cannot cope with the light intake required for clarity at high resolution. I tend to keep mine at less than the full 12MP - partly for storage purposes and partly because the higher resolution is only an issue if you want to blow up your pictures.

    The battery life is not great - but that reflects the capabilities of the unit (eg limited movie mode). You might want to consider a separate spare battery if you are going on a long trip.

    And I do think it daft that they don't include a memory card (there is very limited in-built memory) in the package.

    The market is very crowded and this is a solid contender. I like the touch screen (although beware small children's messy fingers!). I'm pleased with it, without perhaps being quite as wowed as I would like - but it's a stylish, small, light and powerful unit that genuinely will fit into a pocket or small bag. Recommended.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harald on 28 Sept. 2011
    I bought this camera one year ago and I was never disappointed. The user interface and handling are top although the camera is like a brick. The build feels very solid. In my jeans I prefer the Fuji Finepix JX 350 because it has rounded edges. The image quality of the FX550 is perfect for such a small sensor, even low-light pictures are OK with an acceptable amount of noise. The colors are very neutral under most lighting conditions and the pictures are usually sharp and crisp. After switching on, the camera is quickly ready to shoot. I don't know if it is my memory card or the camera but the delay is sometimes annoying when you need to take several pictures in row manually - but the FX550 is still faster than my new Fuji Finepix JX 350. I am using the FX550 mostly as a point & shoot device but sometimes I am shooting pics with the manual settings for getting a more creative touch. All creative and program settings can be reached easily and most of these are self-explanatory. Helpful is the extra button for disabling/enabling the screen information which avoids to walk through a menu for getting an uncluttered screen. The 5 x zoom allows to take extra-wide pics (25 mm) what is great for landscape pics. Additionally to the step zoom button a full zoom/zoom reset button is located close to the shutter button what allows an easy max. zooming or zoom reset. The touch-screen is nice but in the playback mode I am running too often into the zoom mode when I simply try to swipe to the next picture. That is annoying. The battery life-time is about 300 pictures (with a lot of zooming and reviewing) what was always sufficient for me. The macro capability is also sufficient. My last 3 Canon point & shoot cameras broke down quiet fast. The FX550 gives me the impression that it will last. The FX550 is still available for small money. I simply can recommend it if you are not a participant in the megapixel race.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jack Edmonds on 10 Mar. 2010
    After looking at a lot of compact digital cameras i finaly decided to go for the FX550. Partly because of the brand and partly because of other reviews i have seen. This camera really is a solid all rounder, Its more then capable inteligant auto mode lets you happily snap away all day, and the added user adjustability is good for tweaking it to get the results you want. The 25mm wide angle leica lense is a nice touch. The Stary Sky mode is paticualy intresting, allowing you to chose from 15, 30 or a full 60 second exposure, with a varying degree of results. It definatly has the edge over similarly priced cameras with the sheer amount of settings cramed into this thing!
    All in all, its perfect for anyone wanting to take good quality photos without any hassle!
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs H on 12 April 2010
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    I bought one of these cameras for my son, who is more photographically savvy than I am. He was over the moon with it. I took the plunge and bought another one for myself, thinking that as my son had the same camera, he could show me how to use it. He didnt need to. Within half an hour I was taking pictures and viewing them (love the swipe screen). So easy to use and the video facility is brilliant.
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