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Panasonic FX580


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Category: Beginner Amateur

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.

The Lumix 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.


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Panasonic FX580
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 US | CAN | UK | Lumix JeansPocket Certified  
  Camera Effective Pixels 12.1 Mega Pixels  
  CCD (Image Sensor) 1/2.33", 12.7 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter  
  Optical Zoom 5x  
  Extra Optical Zoom

6.1x (4:3 / 8M), 7.8x (4:3 / 5M), 9.8x (under 3M)

  Digital Zoom 4x
( Max. 20.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )
(Max.39.1x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
  Focal Length f=4.4-22.0mm (25-125mm in 35mm equiv.)  
7 elements in 6 groups
(4 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces, 1 EA Lens)
  Aperture F2.8 - 5.9
Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 - 8.0 (W) / F5.9 - 8.0 (T))
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Auto / 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
  Focus Range Display Yes  
  AF Metering Face / Touch AF/AE Tracking / Multi (11-area) / 1-area high speed / 1-area / Spot  
  Focus Normal / Macro, Touch AF/AE Tracking (On / Off), Quick AF (On / Off)  
  Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only)  
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
(High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600-6400))
  Max. Auto ISO Setting Yes  
  White Balance 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)
  Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing +/- 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames  
  Color Bracketing Standard / Black & White / Sepia (3 images)  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot  
  Mode Switch [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)

  Shutter Speed 60 - 1/2,000 sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed)
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
  Self Timer 2sec, 10sec  
  Auto Review 1 sec / 2 sec / zoom / Hold  
  Quick Menu Yes  
  Picture Adjustment Contrast: ±2 steps
Sharpness: ±2 steps
Saturation: ±2 steps
Noise Reduction: ±2 steps
  Color Effect Mode Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm  
  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: 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)


  Recording Image Size (Pixels)    
  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)
  Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames / sec
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6.0 frames / sec (Image Priority), approx. 10 frames / sec (Speed Priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

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.
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes (1.8 frames / sec)  
  Easy Zoom Yes  
  Macro Zoom Yes  
  Still Image with Audio Recording 5 sec.  
  Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds  
  Real-time Histogram Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory approx. 40 MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Orientation Detector Yes  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes  
  Built-in Flash 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)
  External Flash No  
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD 3.0" TFT Touch Screen LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%, Wide Viewing Angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
  Playback Mode Normal Playback, Easy Organization, Thumbnails, Calendar Display, Slideshow, Category Playback, Favorites Playback, Dual-Image Playback  
  Easy Organization Set Favorites / Delete / Edit (Resize / Trimming / Leveling / Title Edit / Text Stamp / Protect)  
  Touch Zoom Yes  
  Thumbnails /
Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails /
Max. 16x
  Calendar Display /
Dual-Image Playback
Yes / Yes  
  Set Favorites Yes  
  Playback Still Images with Audio Yes  
  Playback Motion Picture Yes (Motion JPEG)  
  Slideshow Mode All Still Images / Favorites / Category
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
  Show Histogram Yes  
  Show Highlights Yes  
  Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites  
  DPOF Print Setting /
Set Protection
Yes / Yes  
  Resize /
Trimming /
Yes / Yes / Yes  
  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, MultiMediaCard (Still image only)  
  Microphone Yes (Mono)  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface 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.
  PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF  
  Power Supply

ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Typical: 1,000 mAh / Minimum: 940 mAh) (Included)
AC Adapter (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)

  Startup Time (Approx.) 1.4 sec  
  Release Time Lag (Approx.) 0.007 sec  
  Shutter Interval (Approx.) 1.1 sec (minimum) *Not including the time for AF.  
  Battery Life (Approx.) Up to 350 pictures(CIPA Standard)  
  Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO v3.0
ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker)
USB Driver, QuickTime
  Standard Accessories 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)

  MSRP US $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.

- Main Parts and Controls

- Image Samples

- 360° View

- Included Software

- Optional Accessories

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