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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33EB Digital Camera - Black (8.1MP, 3.6 x Optical) 28mm Wide-Angle Lens (Electronics)
I bought this camera a couple of weeks ago and am very very pleased. I have been used to a DSLR like Fuji camera and it came as a shock how small the FX 33 really is. It is tiny, will fit into a shirt/trouser pocket no probs, just don't forget when you sit down!
It is very light too and find all the controls in the right place. Some say the buttons are too small but I disagree. I find it very intuitive and have hardly needed to read the manual. The wide angle lens is brilliant, especially in movie mode as you can film in 16:9 widescreen, not many cameras do that but how many people have widescreen TVs nowadays. The screen on the camera is brilliant. It is so clear it is incredible.
I have opted for the 2GB Extreme 3 Scandisk memory card. This gives 500 pics in 8 megapixel mode or 805 in 5 megapixel mode (6 megapixel plus is only useful if you are to print beyond A4 size). 2GB gives around 15 minutes of movie in maximum quality. I am thinking of buying a 4GB SDHC (released after 18/02/08) for movie mode only.
The optical stablisation is good and have two settings. The sceen modes are endless and there is also and extra optical zoom (EZ) mode (that I did not notice when looking for the camera pre purchase). This means that when you take the camera down to 5 megapixel you get extra zoom, instead of 3.6 it becomes 5.7. On the lowest megapixel setting the EZ is 22.7x optical zoom!!!!
I opted for the Lowepro Apex 20AW pouch which fits it like a glove with a extendable pocket for charger/extra battery/memory card. It also have a water resistant cover and very small.