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Panasonic Lumix FX550 Digital Camera - Silver (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
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Panasonic DMC-FX550 - 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. DMC-FX550 Key Features: Resolution (Pixels) 4.000 x 3.000 Sensor Chip (inch) 1 / 2,33 Chip Resolution (million pixels) 12.1 Internal Memory (MB) 40 Storage SD/SDHC- MMC Optical Zoom (x-times)5 Digital Zoom (x-times) 4 Stabilizer Optical Optical viewfinder No Focal Length 25-125 Apertures 2.8 / 5.9 Video Recording Yes Video Max Resolution (Pixel) 1.282 x 720 Dimensions (W x H x D mm) 94.5 x 57.1 x 21.9 LCD Size (cm)7.6 Weight (g) 145
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.See all Product description
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1 It has a good zoom range, 25-125mm, and starts with a wide angle. I thought that it was better to have the widest angle lens possible, in preference to having a long zoom. I can crop a photo to "zoom in" on something distant, but if the subject is too wide, there's nothing that can be done about it. In comparison, the new Canon Ixus 990is goes right up to 185mm, but only starts at 37mm
2 It has a large 3" LCD screen, the lack of a viewfinder didn't bother me
3 I liked the sound of the hybrid touch screen/controls method of operating and have found it pretty intuitive to use
4 It has all the expected high end facilities - anti shake, face recognition, intelligent auto mode, HD video, etc
At the time of buying, there were no reviews of this camera. However, I had read one or two adverse reports about its predecessor, the FX500. In particular, the shutter response was said to be slow, and the pictures too dark. I haven't found either of these problems with the FX550.
There is only 40Mb of built-in memory, and no SD card is supplied, but I bought a Sandisk Extreme SDHC card, which flies!
I am delighted with the new camera. It's easy to use, well made, produces great photos and looks good.
One niggle - the wrist strap is disproportionately thick for the compact size of the camera, and doesn't have a slider to tighten it onto the wrist.
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