3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Solid point & shoot camera,
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix FX550 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (Electronics)
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.