The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 features 12.1MP (on a 1/2.33-in. CCD image sensor), 5x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (25-125mm equiv.), Optical Image Stabilization, and a 3.0-in. touch screen LCD (230K dots) in an elegant aluminum body.
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), 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, and AF Tracking (where the camera automatically keeps your moving subject in focus).
New is Face Recognition that identifies an individual face and gives AF and AE priority to that person in a group. Likewise, the Advanced Touch AF/AE allows you to just "point out" the subject by touching the LCD, and the camera will adjust the focus and exposure for that subject. This touch operation also works in iA mode.
For those wanting to learn about controls, PASM modes allows full exposure flexibility with a shutter speed range from 60 to 1/2000 sec., easily set by touching the slider bars by the LCD. Other touch functionality includes setting white balance, repositioning vertical and horizontal guide lines, and easy playback.
Unlike most cameras with touch screen that do away with buttons, the FX580 keeps the important buttons so if you do not fancy the touch screen, you are still in control.
DMC-FX580 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.
The FX580 can record HD Movie 1,280 x 720 pixels @ 30 fps. The 60 sec. shutter speed allows for nice Night Shots, and the 5cm close up focusing should allow for macro shots.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 is packed full of practical features and targets point-and-shoot as well as beginner photographers desiring a simple-to-use digital camera with full exposure flexibility.
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
Focus Range Display
Face / Touch AF/AE Tracking / Multi (11-area) / 1-area high speed / 1-area / Spot
Normal / Macro, Touch AF/AE Tracking (On / Off), Quick AF (On / Off)
Focus Icon Select
Yes (in Face Recognition only)
AF Assist Lamp
Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
(High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600-6400))
Max. Auto ISO Setting
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set / Color Temperature / White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9 steps each, Blue / Amber and Magenta / Green bias)
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Panorama Assist Modes)
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
+/- 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames
Standard / Black & White / Sepia (3 images)
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
[Recording] / [Playback]
Rec Mode (Mode Button)
Intelligent AUTO, My Scene Mode, Scene Mode, Motion Pucture, P (Program) Mode, A (Aperture Priority) Mode, S (Shutter Priority) Mode, M (Manual) Mode
Still Picture Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain
Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode
Face Recognition (Still)
Optical Image Stabilizer (Still & Movie)
Intelligent ISO Control (Still)
Face Detection (Still)
Intelligent Scene Selector (Still - Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure (Still - Low / Medium / Strong / OFF)
AF Tracking (Still)
Digital Red Eye Correction (Still)
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
Motion Image (Quick
Time Motion JPEG)
4:3 Aspect Ratio:
VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
HD Movie: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
4:3 Aspect Ratio
4,000 x 3,000 pixels (12M),
3,264 x 2,448 pixels (8M EZ),
2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ),
1,600 x 1,200 pixels (2M EZ),
640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio
4,000 x 2,672 pixels (10.5M),
3,264 x 2,176 pixels (7M EZ),
2,560 x 1,712 pixels (4.5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ)
16:9 Aspect Ratio
4,000 x 2,248 pixels (9M),
3,264 x 1,840 pixels (6M EZ),
2,560 x 1,440 pixels (3.5M EZ),
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ)
Approx. 15-100 shots.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・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.
Yes (1.8 frames / sec)
Still Image with Audio Recording
Maximum of 10 Seconds
Yes (2 patterns)
approx. 40 MB
Scene Mode Help
Travel Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
Title Edit /
Yes / Yes / Yes
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 6.0 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.8 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
3.0" TFT Touch Screen LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%, Wide Viewing Angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Set Favorites / Delete / Edit (Resize / Trimming / Leveling / Title Edit / Text Stamp / Protect)
12, 30 thumbnails /
Calendar Display /
Yes / Yes
Playback Still Images with Audio
Playback Motion Picture
Yes (Motion JPEG)
All Still Images / Favorites / Category
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting /
Yes / Yes
Yes / Yes / Yes
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.
HD Component Output, AV Output (NTSC/PAL or NTSC only)*, USB2.0 High Speed, DC Input (requires optional DC Coupler)
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the AV Output on the products that are available in your market.
ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker)
USB Driver, QuickTime
Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery carrying case, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM, Touch Pen
Dimensions (W x
H x D)
94.9 x 57.1 x 21.9 mm / 3.74 x 2.25 x 0.86 in.
Approx. 145g (0.32 lb)
Approx. 167g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.37 lb)
$399.95 / CAD $499.99 / £299
* 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).
•This unit is compatible with both SD Memory cards and SDHC Memory cards. You can only use SDHC Memory cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory cards. (When using an SDHC Memory card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)
•The battery life differs depending on the condition stored or used or environment.
•The number of recordable pictures varies depending on the recording interval time. If the recording interval time becomes longer, the number of recordable pictures decreases.
***The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD Mode or Power LCD Mode.
•CIPA is an abbreviation of “Camera & Imaging Products Association.”
•Operating Temperature: 0°C–40°C (32°F–104°F)
•Operating Humidity: 10%–40%
•Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
•Design, functions, and specifications are subject to change without notice. •Some sample images are simulated.
•Some accessories are not available in some countries.
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