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First Look: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27

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First Look: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27

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Simple and satisfying, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FH27 is an excellent point-and-shoot value.

Hi, I'm Josh Goldman, senior editor with CNET, and this is a look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27. Okay, what you should know about the FH27 is that it's a pretty basic point-and-shoot camera with just 2 distinguishing features. It has a 28-mm wide angle lens with an 8x zoom and a 3-inch touchscreen on back. The lens allows you some shooting flexibility without bulking up the camera while the touchscreen makes using at a snap, wanna change your shooting mode, focus on a subject, or focus and shoot, just on the screen. You can even customize the interface a bit or use to control the zoom, though the ring on top works better for that. Everything is geared for automatic snapshots, so you won't find a lot of control here. The camera is fast to focus and shutter lag is low for its class, but it's still not ideal for regularly shooting active kids and pets. You get photos. They just might not be the ones you are after plus low light isn't a strong suit. So I wouldn't recommend this for anyone dong a lot of indoor shooting without a flash. That said it does very well with plenty of light producing photos and videos with nice color and exposure straight from the camera. So, overall, a solid value for anyone just looking for a snapshot camera with a little extra zoom range, and if you don't want the touchscreen, you can save a few dollars and the Lumix FH25, which the same camera, but with a regular 2.7-inch LCD. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Panasonic Lumix FH27.

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