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.
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.
[Image courtesy of Panasonic]
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.
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
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
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
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.
Digital Red Eye Correction
AF Tracking /
Touch AF AE /
Still Image Recording
Max. 10 sec
Yes (2 patterns)
Scene Mode Help
Auto Angle Detection
Travel Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
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)
3.0" TFT Touch-Screen LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High Angle 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
Yes (duration & effect with music adjustable)
Yes (in Slideshow Mode and normal playback)
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.
DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), HD AV output (Component), USB 2.0 High speed
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6 V, 1,000 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
Startup Time (Approx.)
Release Time Lag (Approx.)
Shutter Interval (Approx.)
0.9 sec (minimum) *Not including the time for AF.
Battery Life (Approx.)
280 pictures (CIPA standard**)
PHOTOfunSTUDIO - viewer -, ArcSoft (MediaImpression, Panorama Maker), Quick Time, Adobe Reader, USB Driver
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)
$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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