Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48
Released April, 2009
The Pros:Solidly built, button doesn't rattle or shift when you press it. Gets a fairly sharp picture in darker conditions and ambient light. Gets great video, everything looks sharp and clear.
The Cons:In sunlight things tend to get bleached out. Blacks and dark colors are often lighter than they should be.
The 12.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 is a higher end digital camera that boasts many advanced functions. The DMC-FX48 features a 5x optical zoom, a 29mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens, and a bright 2.5 inch LCD screen that provides high resolution and a wide viewing angle.
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The FX48 has an enhanced Intelligent Auto (iA) mode that includes Face Recognition, among the other standard iA features including Mega O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure, Face Detection, and AF tracking. Mega O.I.S prevents blurring caused by shaky hands when shooting; Intelligent ISO Control prevents blurring caused by the subject moving as you shoot; Intelligent Scene Selector selects the most suitable Scene mode for the situation; Intelligent Exposure adjusts the brightness of dark areas in an image; Face Detection helps capture sharp shots of faces; and AF Tracking keeps the focus locked onto the subject, even if it moves. Face Recognition is a function that "remembers" registered faces, so that when a familiar face is in the frame, it optimizes the focus and exposure so that the face is in sharp focus and bright.
The DMC-FX48 also features a Venus Engine V image processor, which has twin CPUs that carry approximately 2.4x processing capability. The Venus Engine V is also 16% more energy efficient than its predecessor, the Venus Engine IV, thus extending battery life by 350 pictures. Other features include a Panorama Assist scene mode, allowing the user to take a series of images to combine into a panorama shot while checking the degree of overlap between adjacent shotes; a High Speed Burst that fires 10 shots per second; and a Macro Zoom function that delivers dramatic close-ups. Additionally, the FX48 can record High Definition (1280x720p) motion pictures at 30 frames per second. Available in Black or Silver.
- 12.1 megapixel resolution
- 5x MEGA optical image-stabilized zoom
- 29mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens
- Intelligent Auto (iA) mode: AF Tracking, Intelligent Exposure, Mega O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection
- Face Recognition
- Panorama Assist scene mode
- High Speed Burst
- Macro Zoom function
- Venus Engine V image processor
- High resolution Intelligent 2.5 inch LCD screen
- Records High Definition (1280x720p) motion images at 30 frames per second
- Available Colors: Black, Silver
User Reviews (1)
solidly built, button doesn't rattle or shift when you press it
gets a fairly sharp picture in darker conditions and ambient light
gets great video, everything looks sharp and clear
controls only take a short while to get used to
extremely slim design, small and sleek
in sunlight things tend to get bleached out
blacks and dark colors are often lighter than they should be
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