Panasonic Camera Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 DIL Review

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Overview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 DIL Camera

The Lumix DMC-G2 camera is a very good one among the models that use interchangeable lens. You can find almost all features that you may need through one touch action only. The LCD touch screen is very nice for capturing images. And not only the image quality but also the response times are impressive.

Beside the intermediate shooting features, it is also very easy to use the Lumix G2. Obviously, this is an ideal beginner-level DIL model.

The two other nice extra features are the G2’s EVF together with the popup flash unit.

Currently, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the camera is $799 (for only the body), which is a little bit high. But if this price dropped a bit, you would not be able to ignore this nice option.

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There are three color options for the camera bodies of the Panasonic Lumix G2 – black, blue as well red – which is not really common for cameras with the lens that can be interchangeable.

Brief Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Camera

Pros

  • Image quality is impressive
  • Camera structure is nice, and you just need one touch to get access to main features
  • Autofocus is fast and response times are good, too
  • You can rotate the LCD away from the camera and capture images by touching the LCD
  • EVF is super sharp and bright

Cons

  • You’ll have to spend certain amounts of times to find out all of the features
  • LCD is a little hard to view in direct sunlight
  • The high price seems to be over someone’s budgets
  • It is easy to smudge the LCD touch screen

Description

  • The resolution is 12.1 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • The 3.0-inch LCD has the resolution of 460,000 pixels
  • The image size is 4000 x 3000 pixels at maximum
  • The camera uses a Li-ion battery which can be rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 3.29 x 4.88 x 2.91 inches
  • The camera weighs 20.92 ounces (with the inclusion of memory card, battery, and 14-42 mm lens)
  • The live image sensor applies the CMOS technology
  • There are two video modes which are motion JPEG and AVCHD Lite

Detailed Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Camera

Image Quality

As it is common to achieve the nice photos with most cameras which use interchangeable lens, the image quality with the Lumix G2 is very great. The colors are accurate and the images are sharp. It was surprising to see that sometimes, you obtained better shooting results with the “intelligent auto” mode over with some other camera’s settings. This mode is displayed under the “”iA” button next to the shutter button.

There are four aspect ratios that you can select with the camera, including: 3:2, 4:316:9 and 1:1. And for every aspect ratio, there are up to three available resolution options. It is easy to select the most proper ratio and resolution for each shooting scene.

There are many Micro Four Thirds lenses that you can use for the Lumix G2 camera. In my review, what I used was 14-45 mm lens and 45-200 mm lens, and the performance of these two lenses was good.

Performance

The performance of the camera’s autofocus is fast and accurate, so you don’t have to worry about missing photos of moving subjects. The manual focus of the camera lenses is available.

Among the feature list of the G2, the capability of shooting AVCHD Lite movie is nice and you only need to push one button. The motion JPEG movie option is available, which enables you to share photos via emails easily.

For almost all capturing modes on the Lumix G2 camera, you can apply several special effects for your images by selecting the “creative”. There is also a variety of special effect color settings for making your photos become more interesting. Some of the popular ones are listed such as: retro, monochrome or dynamic art.

Both the LCD and the EVF are very nice to use, but regarding the impressive brightness and sharpness, you should use the EVF rather than the LCD for shooting photos. It is slightly difficult to use the LCD under the direct sunlight. This is a bit frustrating, but the LCD can be twisted and swiveled away from the camera to bring you a nice shooting angle to deal with the direct sunlight.

Design

Even though the Lumix G2 has the slightly larger size than the model in my recent review – the small Panasonic Lumix GF1, the G2 is not as large as a lot of DSLRs with its mirror-less structure. In terms of the technical aspect, the G2 is not considered a DSLR camera, but known as a DIL or an EVIL model. The G2 is also not as large as another DIL model, Samsung NX10, in one of my reviews.

There are many dials and buttons on the top and back panels of this Panasonic model. It is nice to find a lot of available  photography features, but you will have to spend a certain amount of time to get used to the right positions of those various features. Additionally, you can get access to the G2’s features with the menu on the LCD screen. However, the navigating buttons are not really in the good size and shape, you may have your finger slipped when using the LCD.

Lastly, the LCD touch screen is pretty nice feature, which is very useful to help you get access to the menus, capture images, adjust the autofocus, or change the settings of the camera with this LCD. You may encounter the camera shake when holding down the LCD, which results in blurry photos. Therefore, the traditional shooting way may be preferred for the majority of time, in which you will use the shutter button instead of the LCD, but this LCD is a nice extra option.

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Review

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Overview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Camera

The Lumix DMC-ZS20 is an excellent camera that many buyers are looking for. The image quality with this model is impressive for all lighting situations and the focus is also very sharp. The response times are a little bit slow for shooting indoors, but you will still have the nice image quality in all circumstances.

However, the suggested price of the camera up to $350 is beyond the budget of some photographers.  You will be easily satisfied with a number of very nice features such as: the large 20X optical zoom lens, the inclusion of the LCD touch screen as well as an integrated GPS unit. Therefore, it is understandable that the Lumix ZS20 costs a bit more over most point and shoot models.

It is the image quality which has turned the camera to be one of the greatest point and shoot models in the current market. However, you may be pretty concerned about the high price. The price shall be more acceptable if you really want a long zoom lens or a GPS unit. If you are planning to shoot most of the outdoor photographs, the long zoom and the built-in GPS will be very useful for recording nature and landscape images. In this aspect, the camera deserves to be a 5-star performer.

However, if you want to use the camera for shooting all-around types of photos, you’ll find that the price is a bit high and the camera performance under indoor conditions is not as expected. That’s also why I cannot give this model a five-star ranking.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Camera Review Buy

The Lumix DMC-ZS20 is a powerful point and shoot model. There are four color options for the camera bodies: silver, black, gray/white or red.

Brief Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Camera

Specifications

  • The resolution is 14.1 MP
  • The optical zoom is 20X (or equivalent to 24-480mm)
  • The 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD has the resolution of 460,000 pixels
  • The image size is 4320 x 3240 at maximum
  • The camera uses a Li-Ion battery which can be rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 2.32 x 4.13 x 1.11 inches
  • The camera weighs 7.27 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
  • The 1/2.33 in image sensor applies the CMOS technology
  • A HD 1080p (30 fps) movie mode is supported

Pros

  • 20X optical zoom lens is very nice
  • The images are of the outstanding quality in all lighting conditions
  • The performance together with response times is great in outdoor photos
  • The autofocus is of the good sharpness and accuracy
  • Touch screen LCD brings you the sharp photography results

Cons

  • The price is slightly over someone’s budgets
  • You’ll encounter a bit of lag with the response times indoors
  • Built-in flash unit doesn’t always cover all corners of the image
  • Design is pretty plain looking
  • The slight camera shake sometimes occur when you maximize the zoom levels

Detailed Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Image Quality

The image quality is very impressive with the DMC-ZS20 camera and you will be pleasant with the images of accurate colors and the focus sharpness for most of the time. Even if you extend the model to the highest zoom, the focus sharpness is still great. There is a bit of camera shake in cases where you fully extend the zoom, but the performance of the DMC-ZS20 is steady for the majority of time.

You won’t see any shutter lag with photos shot in almost all outdoor situations and the images are sharp. But, there is a bit of lag or the blurriness with the photos when you shoot moving subjects, but you don’t need to worry a lot about these issues if the photos are shot under good external lighting.

The performance of the autofocus is fast and very precise. The performance of the autofocus assist lamp is good, too and it is useful for shooting photos with the flash or under the inadequate lighting conditions.

Photos shot with the flash are of good exposure for the majority of time, although the corners of the photos are sometimes not fully covered with the small integrated flash. Still, in comparison with most other point and shoot models, the SZ20 performs much better in the flash conditions, thanks to the fact that the focus of the camera is very sharp. Sometimes, you may notice a shadow from the lens in your flash photos when you extend the lens a bit.

There are four aspect ratios and 24 various resolution options with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20. The resolutions are ranging from 14MPM to 0.2MP

You can also make use of some available special effects to make the images become more interesting. Some of the popular effects can be listed, such as: sepia, black and white, and vivid.

Performance

One factor that contributes to the higher price is the inclusion of the built-in GPS device with the Lumix ZS20 camera. If you are not interested in a GPS, you may find it unpleasant with the additional cost of this GPS.

The camera has the fast response times and its performance is outstanding for shooting outdoors. This performance becomes slightly slower for shooting photos under indoor situations and without enough light. Therefore, you may not be able to capture spontaneous moments or photos of moving subjects under the indoor photography. However, the speed as well as the performance of this camera are about the average level versus other point and shoot models which cost under $400.

The fast initializing speed is very nice and it takes you just a fraction of a second to capture the first image after you press the toggle power switch. The playback command as well as the shooting mode is also a toggle switch. With this switch, you won’t have to worry about accidentally holding down and having one of the two buttons activated.

Among the feature list of the Lumix ZS20, the long 20X optical zoom lens is outstanding versus the lens of other thin point and shoot models. The moving speed of the zoom is pretty fast within its range, contributing to the fast response times with the ZS20.

Commonly, there is a significant shutter lag with some point and shoot models with large zoom lenses when you extend the zoom, but the performance of the ZS20 is not affected by the shutter lag for the majority of time when you extend the 20X zoom lens.

For recording movies with the ZS20, the zoom lens is available in a limited manner.

Design

The overall design of the Lumix ZS20 is not really nice looking, and it is easy to hold and use the camera thanks to its nice size and weight. You’ll find it comfortable to hold the camera with a slightly raised area for your right hand. In addition, the camera can be handled with one hand, which is very convenient.

The camera has a nice LCD touch screen which is of high resolution. Its thickness is 3.0 inches and you’ll achieve sharp photography results with this LCD. The response of the camera is good toward moving actions and gestures, and it just takes a very short time to get used to the camera. You can select some menu settings or have the shutter activated with this screen.

There are seven brightness options with the LCD screen. The red or blue tint levels can be also adjusted on the LCD. You can superimpose the histogram on the LCD if you want more control over the photos.

While it is possible for controlling the camera through the LCD touch screen, someone finds it quicker with the mode dial as well as the zoom ring located on the top of the camera. There are many good options with the mode dial, for example, manual, creative control, program, shutter priority, aperture priority or 3D modes. The performance of the Auto mode is nice for most photos, too.

If you are a beginning photographer, it will be very easy to control the camera with the touch screen. Additionally, there are a lot of explaining texts on the LCD to help you find out the different functions of the ZS20. This is better than depending on icons that can be a little confusing at times.

One small weakness is that you cannot charge the battery outside the camera. There are both the HDMI and USB slots with the Lumix ZS20 and the SD memory card it uses is in the common format.

 

Panasonic Lumix ZS10 Review

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Overview of the Panasonic Lumix ZS10 Camera

If the latest add-ons and features are what you are interested in when considering a digital camera, the Panasonic Lumix ZS10 is exactly the great option for you: There are some nice features as follows:

  • A pretty large 16X zoom lens in such a point and shoot camera with the small size
  • A touch screen LCD which has the thickness of 3.0-inches
  • A GPS unit which is built in the camera

To have one of the above features in a camera is already great but it’s even greater to possess a camera with the sub-$250 price tag  which includes all of the three above feature. Actually, it is pretty hard to find this type of camera with that price tag in the market. Not only the image quality is great and the focus is sharp, the camera is also a very powerful model.

If you get used to looking at the very thin models which aim at the beginners, the Lumix ZS10 is a little chunky. But if the size and the look of this camera do not matter to you, you will be very pleased with a lot of the features with this camera in the current price range.

Brief Review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS10 Camera

Specifications

  • The resolution is 14.1 megapixels
  • The optical zoom is 16X (24-384mm)
  • The camera has a :3.0-inch LCD touch screen which has the resolution of 460,000 pixels
  • The image size is 4320 x 3240 pixels at maximum
  • The camera uses a Li-Ion battery which can be rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 4.13 x 2.27 x 1.31 inches
  • The camera weighs 7.72 ounces (with battery and memory card)
  • The 1/2.33 in image sensor uses the CMOS technology
  • A full HD 1080i (60fps) movie mode is supported

Pros

  • The camera has a bright and large touch screen LCD and its performance is good
  • It’s great to see the built-in GPS unit in such a sub-$300 camera
  • The large 16X optical zoom lens in such a thing camera measuring 1.3 inches in thickness is not common at all
  • The performance of autofocus is extremely fast and precise, and you almost see no shutter lag
  • Image quality is higher than the average level in comparison with other cameras in this price range

Cons

  • The menu arrangement is a little bit odd. Sometimes, they disappear, depending on the mode you’re using
  • You cannot shoot close-up flash photos because there appears a shadow when you extend lens housing
  • Firing flash photos sometimes appear in situations where the flash isn’t needed
  • The design of the camera is a little bit “chunky”
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Panasonic Lumix ZS10 Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS10 Camera

Image Quality

The image quality is very amazing with this camera, not only for photos shot indoors but outdoors as well. Especially, for indoor photography, the exposure is great when you don’t turn on the flash. And the colors are accurate for outdoor photography as well. The exposure results outdoors are also great.

One of the most impressive features with the ZS10 is its large optical zoom lens, which is up to 16X and the images when you shoot within the zoom range are very nice. The autofocus of the camera is extremely precise for most of the time. Of course, sometimes, you may see the softness in photos shot at the maximum zoom, especially when you shoot photos indoors. Moreover, the thickness is just less than 1.5 inches, which is pretty impressive for such a point and shoot camera with the 16X optical zoom included. With this aspect, not many models can be compared with the ZS10.

Unfortunately, the photos sometimes have glare spots or they may be overexposed because of the flash firing in some circumstances where it isn’t needed. It requires you to manually turn off the flash from time to time. However, the good thing is that even when use the flash, there’s not much shutter lag at all.

Another disadvantage is that when you are using the flash, a shadow may appear in your photos because the lens housing extends from the camera body in cases that you shoot a photo over a short distance that requires the flash. When taking a close-up image, perhaps you need to turn off the flash. The good news is that the performance of the ZS10 is pretty good for indoor photography when there is no need for the flash.

When you select the macro mode, the focuses of the ZS10 are accurate and you can easily have great photos, but, again, when the flash is need, you may notice some problems.

There is a dedicated movie button with this camera, so you can start recording movies with this button. You can use the zoom lens in the movie mode, but its moving speed is very slow. In fact, the overall movie quality is not as great as I have expected. You can see that the recording motion is not even.

Performance

There is almost no shutter lag with the ZS10 and the speed of starting up the camera is very quick Just when you’re going to use the flash, some delays from shot to shot happen. In general, the Response times are very great with the ZS10.

You can select either the fully automatic mode or partially manual control over the ZS10. If you choose to use the program mode, the white balance and the ISO settings can be manually set up among other aspects. In addition, in the mode dial, the full manual, aperture priority or shutter priority are also available for the adjustments.

There are up to 30 different scene modes with the ZS10 which help your point and shoot photography become easier. Beside the common scene modes, the film grain mode and high dynamic mode are two other nice options. To get quick access through the mode dial, you can store two customized scene modes. This is a nice feature.

There are some additional interesting effects in a number of available color modes such as: warm, vivid, black and white, sepia and cool. You can make use of the 3D mode as well. This mode allows you to shoot photos back to back from slightly different perspectives.

One nice feature with the ZS10 is the inclusion of the “Q Menu” button, which help reduece the time for selecting different settings. When you press this button, the camera will open access to some of the basic settings through the top of the screen. In the Mode dial, you can also select a “custom” setting, through which three different collections of manual-control settings can be set up and then, you pick them again later. It is nice to have this type of customization.

Design

The ZS10 looks a bit large and heavy, which is measured about 1.3 inches in thickness. Actually, this size is good and it’s pretty easy to hold and handle this camera, but for those who often look at extremely thin and stylist camera, it is not an ideal choice.

There is just one primary color with the camera body, including black, brown, blue, red, and silver — and the color of the lens housing is silver.

It is pretty easy to get access to the mode dial because it is right on the top panel of the camera. When the dial is turned one, explanations of each feature clearly appear on the LCD screen. You also see a power slider switch on the top panel, which toggles between on and off as well. The playback/shooting mode button is a toggle switch that slides, too. This means that both of these switches are impossible to bump by accident. This is pretty nice.

The moving speed of the 16X zoom lens is pretty through it’s zoom range. This zoom lense uses the typical zoom ring. Or, the touch screen LCD can be used to speed up the moving of zoom even faster from the minimum to the maximum zoom, and it is similar for the opposite direction.

You can easily shoot photos or select a subject for focusing just by touching the 3.0-inch LCD of the camera, but you have to activate that mode first. Both the touch screen and the four-way buttons are available to help you make the selections. And the inclusion of both of the two options in a touch screen camera is not common at all.

One strong point with this camera is the nice organization of the menu structure. However, for some modes that you have selected, you may not find some of the basic menu option. This is a little odd. For example, when you are using the iAuto mode, the brightness of the LCD cannot be adjusted.

You’re going to be able to edit the photos or set up a slide show with the camera’s playback of the SZ10, which is very nice.

Finally, GPS capabilities will be an useful feature with the Panasonic ZS10, which has included information for one million landmarks pre-loaded, which helps you easy to tag your photos shot during trips. You can have the standard latitudes and longitudes of each photo with this GPS unit, too.

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Review

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Overview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Camera

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF2 is currently the smallest Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) camera on the market. It’s a combination of a compact camera and a DSLR which is fast and has a lot of functions, providing good quality images with interchangeable lens in a small-size and easy-to-use camera.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC GF2 Review Buy

The Lumix DMC-GF2 may not be interesting with professional photographers. However, if you’re trading up from a compact snapper, or seeking a capable back-up camera for your DSLR, the DMC-GF2 will prove well worth a look.

At a price of $700, you will get a Lumix DMC-GF2 camera with a 14mm f/2.5 lens. Available in four different body colors, this camera is not only an advanced model, but it also has stylish and modern fashion.

Summary of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Camera

Pros

  • Small, compact body and lens.
  • Simple to use.
  • Fast and sharp autofocus.
  • Well-displayed LCD screen
  • Responsive touch screen.
  • Fashionable design, 4 body color options

Cons

  • Lack of viewfinder
  • Touch to hold camera when built-in flash is in used.
  • LCD screen may be too bright in sunlight.
  • Camera functions couldn’t meet the need of professional photographers.

Description

  • Resolution: 12.1 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • LCD: 3.0-inch touch screen, 460,000 pixels
  • Maximum image size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion
  • Dimensions: 2.67 x 4.44 x 1.29 inches
  • Weight: 16.75 ounces (with lens, battery, and memory card)
  • Image sensor: 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS
  • Movie modes: Full HD, 1080/60i

Detail Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Camera

Image Quality

In DIL camera range, your lens quality will decide your image quality. In a hand-on experience, we equipped the Lumix DMC-GF2 with a small, fixed 14mm lens. This Panasonic camera provides good sharp and vibrant images in result. Autofocus and exposure are accurate most of the time. Besides, you will be noticed by a flashing light on the screen in case the camera can not focus the object.

Whether shooting in fully automatic mode or in manual-control mode, the DMC GF2 can also produces great image quality.

There are four aspect ratios that you can choose before shooting – 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, or even 16:9. However, at the 4:3 ratio, DMC-GF2 only support the maximum resolution of 12MP.

Performance

 The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 offers an surprising speed of responding. It takes only about 0.9 second to power on, focus, and shoot. You typically can shoot two sequential shots in no-time delay, with an accurate autofocus most of the time.

If you are new on the road to professional photography, the DMC-GF2 is a good choice to start with. It not only provides an effective automatic mode but also has a variety of advance manual modes that you can experience yourself – Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure.

Don’t worry if you are totally new with photography. With dedicated “iA” (intelligent auto) button, you can easily switch from any manual mode into fully automatic mode. If you’re ever confused or lost in the menus, just tap it and you can start shooting images in auto mode. By supporting 17 scene modes, the DMC-GF2 makes shooting an easy process in every conditions of lighting.

Design

The Panasonic GF2 – just like other DIL camera – has a fashionable design with 4 color options for the body: black, silver, red, or white.

The Lumix DMC-GF2 provides a solid touch-screen experience .It’s fairly large, measuring 3 inches diagonally, and it has a respectable 460,000-pixel resolution, ensuring clarity even on dull days. However, although you can set up the LCD’s brightness level, the screen seems not to display well in direct sunlight.

There’s a dedicated shutter release button, like on a traditional camera, but you can also tap the screen to focus or snap a picture. LCD screen helps you see objects clearer, so you can focus and shoot extremely sharp images.

A small issue with the GF2’s screen is it may collect fingerprints of the user. Therefore, microfiber cloth is recommended when using this screen.

With no electronic viewfinder included in the basic kit (it will be available as an optional extra), user is reliant on the touch screen for almost every aspect of the camera’s operation. The top of the camera has a hot shoe for flash attachments, which user can buy from Panasonic. On the back, above the LCD is a port for other accessories.

Compare to its predecessor, Lumix DMC-GF1, the Lumix GF2 has a smaller and slighter body in design. User can easily hold and shoot even with only one hand. However, built-in flash may cause inconvenience while operation. To be designed in the popup style, user may feel uncomfortable to hold the camera while the flash is in used.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Review

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Overview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Camera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FX90 is one of the nicest cameras that include a lot proper features for beginning photographers. Although you cannot find many control settings with this camera, the great image quality is a very strong point. Not only beginners, but the intermediate-level photographers find it good to consider this camera.

Besides the outstanding image quality, the touch screen LCD is another advantage. The DMC-FX90’s autofocus is sharp and the response times are pretty fast. And you cannot help ignoring the 3.0-inch LCD which is a screen of high quality. Especially, thanks to this touch screen, the usage of this camera becomes super easy.

However, there still remain some drawbacks with the DMC-FX90. First of all, the price around $300 is quite high. Besides, despite the thin design, the overall appearance may not be as you expected. It looks very plain. Still, you still should take into a consideration thanks to its strong capacity to product images of good quality, especially for anyone that wants to find a camera with the touch screen LCD for beginning levels.

Summary of the Panasonic Lumix FX90 review

Specifications

  • 12. 1 MP Resolution
  • 5X Optical zoom lens (26-130mm)
  • 3.0-inch touch screen LCD with the 460,000 pixels resolution
  • Maximum image size measured at 4000 x 3000
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Dimensions: 2.22 x 4.02 x 0.85 inches
  • Weight: 5.26 ounces (with battery and memory card)
  • 1/2.33 inch CMOS Image sensor
  • HD 1080p movie mode: (30 fps)

Pros

  • The image quality is amazing
  • The sharp autofocus is another advantage. But it is recommended to use the macro mode for photos at very close distances
  • The performance of the touch screen LCD is great and you can make adjustments on it
  • There are up to 21 different combinations of the resolution and the aspect ratios.
  • The overall response times performance is good

Cons

  • You many have some little problems with the autofocus for shooting close-up photos with the regular shooting mode
  • The price is a little bit high
  • The flash sometimes cause the overexposed photos
  • The design is not really good-looking or stylish
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Camera

Image Quality

The image quality in general is one of the strongest features with the Panasonic FX90 Camera. You can see this great quality for most photos, even which are shot with the flash using. Beside, thanks to the minimal shutter lag, it does not matter to capture the moments of moving subject. And you will be satisfied with color accuracy and brightest in all types of photos.

If you want to make some adjustments to create more interesting photos, there are many available special effects for you to pick up one. Especially, the cosmetic mode is a very useful for help your portraits expose well. Moreover, you can have fun with a lot of other color modes, including black and white, vivid, cool, warm, natural and sepia.

You many encounter some little problems with the DMC-FX90’s autofocus when shooting photos over extremely close distances. The focus is not really sharp in those circumstances. However, in general, it is good most of the times.

The flash unit of this camera does not work well as you may expect. Sometimes, you will see some glare spots or the photos with too much light. If the flash is not essential, I recommend you should not use this flash unit to prevent it from firing.

The maximum level of the resolution is measured at 12MP with the equivalent 4:3 ratio. There are a lot of other options on the resolutions and aspect ratios that you can combine. The number is up to 21different combining options.

It is not difficult to record movies. You just need to press the movie button to control the recording. During recording videos, you just can use the zoom with the limitation on applying the zoom. There are three available video resolutions, which is 1080p HD at maximum. The videos produced with this camera are nice in terms of the quality. Still, the autofocus does not keep the same for different distances.

Performance

For beginners, the automatic mode is the best options in the Panasonic DMC-FX90 camera. Besides, there are also 28 different scene modes for your selection. Moreover, you can take advantage of the interesting 3D mode to vary your images at different angles. The 3D effect shall be applied.

There manual control is also nice, in which you can make adjustments on the minimum shutter speed, the white balance, ISO settings and exposure as well.

The responses times are pretty fine with the DMC-FX90 camera. You will not have to concern about the shutter lag for most of the time, except the low light conditions. The shot to shot delays sometimes happen, especially when you need the flash. The image review function should be turned off to minimize the delays from shot to shot.

This Panasonic camera does include a nice LCD screen with the good image quality. But to prevent glare from the outdoor sunshine, you should increase the bright settings. You are also able to control the LCD’s tint and contrast. This is a nice option.

The 5X optical zoom can be controlled via the touch screen. Or you may use the zoom ring right on the top panel. It is really convenient to control the zoom in the above two ways. Besides, it is interesting to shoot photos just by touching the subject on the screen. This feature requires to be activated in advance.

Design

Similar to most Lumix cameras with the main black color mixed with a little silver trim, the DMC-FX90 camera is such a thin model. Is the touch screen LCD which partly contribute to the overall thing look and feel. Certainly, it is not the one which you should expect the great design. The overall appearance is just okay.

With this Lumix camera, you shall not have to concern about the sudden shutting-down because it includes a toggle switch for the power button. Together with the power switch, both the shutter zoom and the zoom switch are located on the top panel of the camera. The WiFi connectivity is easily performed by using the only one button on the back panel. Thanks to the touch screen, it is very convenient to transfer photos in a fast way.

Both the battery and the memory compartment are enclosed into one area which is located on a latched and sturdy panel. There is an HDMI slot with this camera and you can use the USB as well. Besides, the battery requires to be charged separately from the camera.

Of course, there is no mode dial with this camera. You can find all the menu settings in an icon design, but there are a lot of available explanations that makes it easier for you to understand every option. The menu options can be arranged into two shortcuts on the main shooting screen if you want to do this. This customization feature is really amazing to help you reduce the time in search for your favorite features via the menus

Panasonic Lumix FZ150 Review

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Overview

The Panasonic Lumix FZ150 is a camera with a lot of great features that will satisfy your wish of possessing an impressive camera. The optical zoom lens is extremely large up to 24X. You will never miss any photos even over a far distance. The image quality is amazing. Moreover, the sharp and accurate autofocus of the FZ150 will never let you down.

For both beginners and intermediate photographers, the FZ150 is highly recommended.

To have all of the above features, do not forget the price tag. It costs up to almost $500. This price is reasonable for all of its high-end features as well as the excellent overall performance. However, with that same price, a DSLR for beginners is also a good alternative. Therefore, we find it understandable for the camera to have those excellent features.

If you are okay with the above price, the Panasonic FZ150 deserves your consideration.

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Summary of the Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Specifications

  • Resolution:12.1 megapixels
  • Optical zoom:24X (25-600mm)
  • LCD:3.0-inch, 460,000 pixels
  • Maximum image size:4000 x 3000 pixels
  • Battery:Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Dimensions:4.89 x 3.20 x 3.74 inches
  • Weight:18.56 ounces (with battery and memory card)
  • Image sensor:CMOS 1/2.3 in.
  • Movie mode:Full HD 1080p (30fps)

Pros

  • The autofocus is very sharp and accurate
  • The optical zoom lens is extremely large, up to 24X
  • Another advantage is the bright, large and sharp LCD screen
  • The image quality is really amazing
  • Compared to ultra-zoom point and shoot cameras previously, the FZ150’s response times is outstanding

Cons

  • The price is pretty high, up to $500
  • The menu is arranged in a crazy way
  • The difficult-to-use latch on the USB and the short USB cable cause some inconvenience.
  • The four-way switch is not easy to use, but it is located up above the camera body a little bit.

Detail review of the Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Image Quality

For a camera with such a large zoom lens, the image quality is really amazing. The sharp and bright images make this camera quite excellent.

When you select the automatic mode, the exposure settings will be automatically perfect for almost every time. The accurate colors will really satisfy you.

There are four ratios that you can select with this camera, including 16:9, 4:3, 3:2, and 1:1. And the good thing is that you can select some different resolutions for each ratio, up to five or six options for this aspect. This camera is really flexible.

Even when you use the flash, the image quality is still good with the FZ150. It is the popup flash unit that contributes mainly to the excellence of images with the flash. In comparison with the small built-in flash units of other common cameras, this popup flash ensures the flash coverage more even.

And you will be happy with the manual focus option. The focus can be sharpened by moving the switch up and down. You can find that switch at the side of the lens. And it will be amazingly precise thanks to the magnifying ability on the LCD screen. Although you don’t always make use of this feature but it really helps in case that you need.

Performance

Because the optical zoom lens is up to 24X, you can shoot a lot of photos over the far distances. You also can use the wide angle up to 25mm.

There are many manual control settings that you can decide for your photos. The basic values can be set for both the “Progam” or “Manual” settings. Therefore, you can easily adjust the white balance, the ISO settings as well as the exposure. For other values such as noise, color or sharpeness adjustment, there are up to five different options.

For people who do not want to spend efforts in adjusting the settings, the full automatic mode is the best choice of this camera. Even the beginners find it super easy with this mode just by following some instructions available on the screen. The FZ150 supports up to 15 scene modes which are quite easy for beginners to adjust the photos a little bit.

If you want to make your photos more attractive, the good news is that there are a lot of available special effects. For example, some of them are retro, sepia, high dynamic, pin hole, and film grain.

The response times of the FZ150 is a strong point of this camera, which you cannot find among many ultra-zoom cameras.The shutter lag is just at the minimal level. Except the low light conditions, the performance of this camera is very fast.

Both the full HD mode and the zoom lens are available in cases that you want to shoot movies. There is a separate video button with this camera.

Design

The FZ150 is only available in the black color, which may not be the favorite color for everyone.

The size of the Lumix FZ150 is obviously large among fixed-lens cameras with extremely large zooms. You may not get used to using this large camera at first. However, in comparison with many other cameras with extremely large zoom, the size and the weight of this camera is still not that big. Then, to keep it firmly, just one hand is enough. You can do this by using the big grip on the right hand which is available with this camera.

Beside the LCD screen, the EVF (electronic viewfinder) is also included. You can control over these two functions in the two ways: automatically or manually.  On the one hand, the available viewfinder is really nice; and on the other hand, the bright and sharp LCD is a very great advantage of this camera. You images will be impressive thanks to this hight quality LCD and various brightness options supported.

You can switch over many menu options of the camera by using the four-way switch. Athough it is not large, it is located slightly above the body of the camera. Therefore, it is not so difficult to use this part.

The last thing is about the organization of the menu. It doesn’t follow conventional button arrangement used by other brands, but this is quite common for a camera produced by Panasonic. The menu items do not appear in the same way for every mode, then it costs you some effort to seek for a specific feature.

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