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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75 review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

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The Good Wide-angle, bright f/2.2 lens. Decent HD video recording.

The Bad Screen impossible to see in daylight. Combination of touchscreen and physical buttons is not intuitive. Lens exhibits flaring. Noise even at lower ISOs.

The Bottom Line On paper, the FX75 appears as if it should have everything down pat, with a bright lens, touchscreen and HD video. However, it falls short on the overall experience in areas like usability and image quality.

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7.4 Overall

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Design and features

Touchscreen cameras have never been Panasonic's strong point — see our review of the FP3 for a case in point — so the FX75 is already facing some fierce opposition from its own brand and the strengths of other cameras already in the market from brands like Sony.

A 3-inch resistive touchscreen is the main avenue through which you interact with the camera, though there are a fair few physical buttons. Like Panasonic's previous attempts, the FX75 comes across as a little half-baked in its implementation due to the combined controls. Buttons like the shutter, power and video record definitely do need to be there in physical form, but the extra menu buttons could easily be transferred to the tactile interface without too much confusion.

FX75

The rear of the FX75 showing the combination of physical buttons and touchscreen. (Credit: Panasonic)

Unfortunately, the screen continues to provide a source of frustration during use as it's nearly impossible to see it outdoors and the icons on the screen are really too small to press accurately.

It's not all doom and gloom though, as where it stands out from other cameras in this price range is its wide maximum aperture of f/2.2. The FX75 also uses a Leica lens which is 24mm at its extreme focal length and extends to 5x optical zoom. Other features include touch to shoot, a staple of touchscreen cameras, a variety of colour modes (standard, happy, black and white, sepia) and HD video recording at 720p using AVCHD Lite.

The FX75 uses a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. It has HDMI and AV output on the side.

Performance

General shooting metrics (in seconds)

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  • Shot-to-shot time
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Continuous shooting speed (longer bars indicate better performance)

  • Panasonic Lumix FX751.8
  • Sony Cyber-shot TX910

 

Panasonic rates the battery at 360 shots.

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