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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33EB Digital Camera - Black (8.1MP, 3.6 x Optical) 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
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Audio recorder: Y
Battery technology: Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Built-in flash: Y
Built-in microphone: Y
Cable type: AC, AV, USB
Camera playback: Slide show
Camera shutter speed: 8-1/2000
Colour of product: Black
Compatible memory cards: mmc, sd
DC-in jack: Y
Date imprinting: Y
Depth: 22.1 mm
Digital SLR: N
Digital zoom: 4x
Display diagonal: 6.35 cm (2.5")
Display resolution (numeric): 207000 pixels
Flash modes: Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele): 0.3 - 3.1 m
Flash range (wide): 0.6 - 6.3 m
Focal length (35mm film equivalent): 28 - 100 mm
Focal length range (f-f): 4.6 - 16.4 mm
Focus adjustment: Auto
Height: 51.8 mm
Image editing: Resizing, Rotating, Trimming
Internal memory: 27 MB
Light exposure modes: Auto
Macro focusing range (tele): 0.3 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide): 0.05 - ∞
Maximum image resolution: 3264 x 2448 pixels
Megapixel: 8.1 MP
Motion JPEG frame rate: 30 fps
Normal focusing range: 0.5 - ∞
Number of batteries supported: 1
Optical zoom: 3.6x
Photo effects: Black&White, Neutral, Sepia
Playback zoom (max): 1/4/8
Scene modes: Beach, Children, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Sports, Sunset, Underwater
Sensor type: CCD
USB 2.0 ports quantity: 1
Video capability: Y
Video recording: Y
Weight: 131.5 g
White balance: Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade
Width: 95 mm
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I love photography, and I love to have control over the image-taking process. However, control over a compact digital camera is a rather fruitless affair because there is so much depth of field to the images. So, given the creative limitations that you naturally have with compacts, what should you be looking for? Well, sharp images, good colour, ease-of-use, compactness, good build quality and a nice field of view range.
The stand-out part of this camera is probably the Leica lens. 28-100 is the perfect range. A nice wide angle for indoor and landscape shots up to a very useable telephoto end. Range aside, the lens also has a very good Image Stablisation feature (far better in the lens than on the sensor!). The lens is superb, giving lovely sharpness and colour as well as perfectly reasonable light-gathering ability in low-light conditions. That, coupled with the Image Stabilisation means that the camera is very useful in parties and other low-lit situations - with or without the flash. Speaking of the flash, it does a nice job without washing out all features. No more eyeballs and nostril pics.
Also nice are the three aspects - traditional photoframe and two "widescreen" modes -- very nice for playback on TVs/monitors and impactful panaromas.
The Panasonic doesn't offer you much by way of control, but it does offer PIC modes. These help, but I found that the full-auto iA mode is very good at working out what you're trying to achieve - especially when you enable the face detection mode. The Image Stabilisation works very well and the high ISO noise, although not as well resolved as say the Fuji F31 or Canon models, is not as bad as previous Panasonics ("Venus as a noise" as Bjork once said -- but the Venus III engine is certainly better than previous incarnations). The noise is certainly there at ISO 400, but no more than if you used ISO 400 film. On a 6x4 print, the noise would be more than acceptable. Even upto ISO1250, the noise is perfectly acceptable - especially at sensible print sizes. An ISO1250 shot might not be the best option for a 12x10 print, but then no compact would really give you that without some PC-work (and probably turning to black and white). For real world situations, I'm not put off by the noise.
I bought this camera for my parents who wanted a simple to use P&S camera. This camera does tick all the boxes and provides very good images. The included software is more than adequate and also pretty easy to use.
I would recommend this model over the FX55, which is identical other than a 0.5" larger viewing screen. It's a lot of money to spend on little extra benefit.
If your photographic needs are to have a neat, stylish camera which takes excellent shots without any user-intervention, this is for you. If you want full creative control, I would say that you won't really get it without going for a DSLR. Depth of field control on a compact with a small sensor is not possible - fine if you want lots of DoF, but not so for shallow DoF. So, buy the camera in the knowledge that it has loads of good points, one so-so point in the noise.
If it's a compact you want, certainly put this on your shortlist and try it out against the competition.
Engineering & assembly quality is excellent. Stated "made in Japan". Battery life is good. Controls fall easily where they should, the
menues are logical & easy to navigate.
Wide angle & Macro work well. AF is acurate & fast.
Face detection generally accurate with good results.
On occasions can be confused if the subject(s) wearing glasses, or has long hair falling forwards. The LCD is big & bright, & auto adjusts to the prevailing ambient light.
The many scene modes are a bonus, and generally function as intended. The 7 frames per second mode is good for nature or sports shots.
No red-eye on any of the images taken using the built-in flash.
Results are very good in Auto mode, with the ISO fixed at Max 400, ISO 200 is better. I.S.functions well.
The "Not so Good"
8.1MP on a small CCD sensor results in a grainy/noisy image above ISO 400.
Insanely, the ISO can be manually adjusted up to 6'400! (HI ISO MODE)
I wanted a camera that fitted into my pocket, had a wide-angle lens and gave quality results. The wide-angle lens is important because the camera is often used indoors in limited space. The Panasonic delivers in all respects.
I looked at the Canon i860 and the Panasonic DMC-TZ3, both very good cameras but just a little too big. There is also a version of the DMC-FX33 with a larger screen, the DMC-FX55, but the back of the camera looked cramped, and it cost a lot more!
The camera is beautiful to hold, it just oozes quality. All controls are readily to hand. There is no viewfinder, but being left-handed I could never use them anyway, and the screen is nice and bright. The A-i mode does a good job in determining the scene, portrait, scenery, macro and night modes but you can also select individual scene modes; there is no manual control but this isn't that kind of camera. Pictures are very good although highlights can be a little washed out, this can , however, be corrected with something like Paint shop Pro.
Movie mode is surprisingly good. If you do buy a high capacity SD-HC card, which the camera supports, you may need to buy a new card-reader as not all support them.
The wrist-strap doesn't have a cord to tighten it to your wrist, which makes it all but useless, seems surprising given the attention to detail on the rest of the camera.
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