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Panasonic FX500


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500
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Category: Serious Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 features an ultra wide-angle 5x optical zoom (25-125mm equiv.) that should allow capturing more of a scene (or group shot) than standard 35mm lens is capable of. The sleek, super-slim body houses a 10.1MP resolution 1/2.33-in. CCD.

Advanced Intelligent AUTO (iA) mode turns on MEGA O.I.S. (to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake), Intelligent ISO (automatically adjusts ISO and shutter speed to freeze subject motion), Face Detection (optimizes focus and exposure settings to properly expose the subject's face), Intelligent Scene Selector (automatically sets the most appropriate Scene Mode), and Intelligent Exposure (to maintain detail in highlights while brightening shadow areas, including raising ISO sensitivity only in the low-lit areas) for a beginner's point-and-shoot ease of use. iA now also includes AF Tracking where the camera automatically keeps your moving subject in focus.

For more advanced photographers, PASM modes allows full exposure flexibility with a shutter speed range from 60 to 1/2000 sec.

The Lumix DMC-FX500 has a large 3.0-in. (230K dots) LCD with wide viewing angle. The Intelligent LCD automatically increases the backlight brightness in bright sunlight according to the ambient light intensity and automatically adjusts the frame rate ("gains up") in dimly lit conditions according to the ambient darkness to ensure that you can always see what you are shooting.

Hybrid Control
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New is a touch screen functionality that provides easy AF/AE and manual exposure control. A hybrid operation system combines the new touch-screen interface and the conventional operation system with joystick or button for quick and intuitive control. For example, directly control basic menu settings by the joystick or button, and finely adjust AF or AE point by touch or by moving a slider on the screen with the finger or an included stylus-pen.

Panasonic has a new two-step noise reduction that separates high-frequency noise from low-frequency noise and applies noise reduction only to low frequency noise. It also has a new process to prevent color bleeding when reducing chromatic noise. Panasonic claims that its new noise reduction technology results in lower noise at high ISOs.

The FX500 can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps), full-size movies in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps), and standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30/10 fps).

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 is packed full of practical features and targets point-and-shoot as well as serious photographers desiring a simple-to-use digital camera with full exposure flexibility.


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Panasonic FX500
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 US | CAN | UK | Lumix JeansPocket Certified  
  Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels  
  CCD (Image Sensor) 1/2.33", 10.7 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter  
  Optical Zoom 5x  
  Extra Optical Zoom

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 5.9x for 7 MP, 7.1x for 5 MP, 8.9x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 0.3 MP
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5.9x for 6 MP, 7.1x for 4.5 MP, 8.9x for 2.5 MP
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5.9x for 5.5 MP, 7.1x for 3.5 MP, 8.9x for 2 MP

  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 20.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 35.6x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
  Focal Length f = 4.4 - 22.0 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 25 - 125 mm)  
7 elements in 6 groups
(4 Aspherical lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces)
  Aperture Wide: F2.8 / F8.0
Tele: F5.9 / F8.0
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)  
  Conversion Lens Compatibility No  
  Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
  AF Metering Face / 1-area / 1-area high speed / 3-area high speed / 9-area / Spot / Touch AF  
  Focus Normal / Macro / Touch AF  
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
(High Sensitivity Mode: Auto(1600-6400))
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
White Balance Adjustment (± 10 steps, except for auto set)
  Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Touch AE  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at Intelligent AUTO Mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-Weighted / Spot  
  Rec Mode (Mode Dial) Intelligent AUTO, P (Program) Mode, A (Aperture Priority) Mode, S (Shutter Priority) Mode, M (Manual) Mode, Motion Picture, Scene Mode  
  Scene Modes Dial:
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery,
Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach,
Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Sunset, Pet, Hi-speed Burst
  Shutter Speed 60 - 1/2,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
  Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec  
  Auto Review 1 sec / 2 sec / zoom / Hold  
  Review 1x / 4x / 8x (only in Self-Portrait Mode)  
  Picture Adjustment Contrast: ± 2 steps
Sharpness: ± 2 steps
Saturation: ± 2 steps
Noise Reduction: ± 2 steps
  Color Effect Mode Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Standard  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding
Image with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard)+ QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Image Quality Fine / Standard  
  Motion Image (Quick Time Motion JPEG) 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
HD (16:9 Aspect Ratio):1,280 x 720 pixels 30 fps, 15 fps
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
  Recording Image Size (Pixels)    
  4:3 Aspect Ratio 3,648 x 2,736 pixels,
3,072 x 2,304 pixels,
2,560 x 1,920 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels
  3:2 Aspect Ratio 3,648 x 2,432 pixels,
3,072 x 2,048 pixels,
2,560 x 1,712 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels
  16:9 Aspect Ratio 3,648 x 2,056 pixels,
3,072 x 1,728 pixels,
2,560 x 1,440 pixels,
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
  Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames / sec
Max.5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6 frames / sec (recorded in 2M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

Approx. 20 shots when using the built-in memory.
Approx. 20-100 shots when using an SD/SDHC Memory Card.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・The recording resolution is selected from 2 megapixels (4:3), 2.5 megapixels (3:2), or 2 megapixels (16:9).
・The number of consecutive shots is limited by the shooting conditions, card type, and card condition.
・The number of consecutive shots may increase immediately after the card is formatted.
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes  
  Intelligent Exposure Yes  
  Digital Red Eye Correction Yes  
  AF Tracking /
Touch AF AE /
Touch Zoom
Yes /
Yes /
  Easy Organization Yes  
  Still Image Recording with Audio 5 sec  
  Audio Dubbing Max. 10 sec  
  Real-time Histogram Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory 50 MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Title Edit Yes  
  Text Stamp Yes  
  Built-in Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
ISO AUTO: 0.6 - 6.0 m (W) / 1.0 - 2.8 m (T)
  External Flash No  
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD 3.0" TFT Touch-Screen LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
  Playback Mode [REC] / [Play] Selector switch
Normal Playback, 30 - thumbnail display, 12 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Easy Organization (Favorites, Delete, Title Edit, Trimming, Resize) Touch Zoom Playback, Playback of favorite pictures, Image rotation, Protection, Aspect conversion, DPOF print setting, Creating still pictures from a motion picture, Dual image playback
  Slideshow Mode Yes (duration & effect with music adjustable)  
  Category Playback Yes (in Slideshow Mode and normal playback)  
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean,Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
  Recording Media Built-in Memory
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
MultiMedia Card (Still image only)
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), HD AV output (Component), USB 2.0 High speed  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Power Supply

Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6 V, 1,000 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)

  Startup Time (Approx.) 1.7 sec  
  Release Time Lag (Approx.) 0.005 sec  
  Shutter Interval (Approx.) 0.9 sec (minimum) *Not including the time for AF.  
  Battery Life (Approx.) 280 pictures (CIPA standard**)  
  Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO - viewer -, ArcSoft (MediaImpression, Panorama Maker), Quick Time, Adobe Reader, USB Driver  
  Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Carrying Case, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Strap, CD-ROM, Stylus
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories on the products that are available in your market.
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 94.9 x 57.1 x 22.9 mm /
3.74 x 2.25 x 0.90 in

155 g (0.3417 lb)
175 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.3858 lb)

  MSRP US $399.95 / CAD $449.99  

* In Motion Picture Mode, we recommend using a high speed SD/SDHC Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** Shooting conditions: 23 °C (73.4°F) with 50 % humidity; LCD on***; using Panasonic SD/SHDC Memory Card; starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; and temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature).

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