Panasonic DMC-FH27/FS37

Last Updated (28 June’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog

Panasonic DMC-FH27/FS37 is a 16 MP Digital camera features 8x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens From 28mm Wide Angle, ISO 100-6400, iA – Intelligent Auto, Optical Image Stabilizer, Easy to Share on YouTube/Facebook, ntuitive Operation including 3.0″ Touch AF/Shutter/Zoom, and 3.0 inch LCD Screen. The camera measures 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.1 in./(99 x 57 x 28 mm) and weighs 5.6 oz (159 g) includes batteries.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆| Check Availability

Expert Reviews

Panasonic DMC-FH27/FS37 Reviews

PhtographyBlog reviews the Panasonic DMC-FH27/FS37 and writes;
“OK, so overall results aren’t as sharp as those you’ll get from a compact system camera or DSLR, and in terms of keeping noise at bay performance is strictly so-so, but for those for whom ultimate image quality is not the chief goal the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37 costs a fraction of both, is much more approachable and is moreover much more portable. For most casual users – and in comparison with the rest of its point and shoot class – the image quality will certainly be ‘good enough’.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Panasonic DMC-FH27/FS37 and writes;
“Images taken with the flash activated fared best of all, with even illumination and not too much over-processing visible. Colours err on the side of natural — quite conservative actually — without too much punchiness. If you want your images to look hyper-real and vibrant on default automatic settings, this isn’t the camera for you. Automatic white balance is mostly accurate as well.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Panasonic DMC-FH27/FS37 User Reviews

Good travel camera
“this camera is the quick performance, excellent zoom and surprisingly good anti-shake. I could stand and snap a zoomed in stop sign from half a block away with no noticeable blurring. That’s impressive in a camera this size.” – By jimbo92107
Rating: ★★★★☆

A Smart Camera for the Photography-Challenged
“This camera selects the appropriate ISO setting for each shot – in milliseconds. Very short shutter lag, I would say unheard of for a point and shoot. The touch screen is very intuitive and simple to use, and I like the absence of “confusing” dials of settings that most point and shoot cameras have.” – By Emily M. Lee
Rating: ★★★★★

Feature rich, affordable camera
“This is a really cool camera. It takes great stills indoors and out with a very quick startup and recovery between pictures. I was very interested in the HD video and am very satisfied with the video quality. My 7 year old Dell P4 computer has no problem handling the HD Quicktime videos.” – By Ordinary guy
Rating: ★★★★★

Finally a Great Low Light Camera
“I didn’t miss one shot!! Very reliable, easy to focus, quick recovery, very good stabilization, very good indoor color, touch screen very easy to use after just a few times.” – By D. Edward
Rating: ★★★★★

Good for the casual photographer with a bent for gizmos
“It’s nicely compact, well built and fairly good looking camera (black and silver looks conservative while the other ones look funkier!) Boot time is really really fast and so is the time it takes to capture a picture. Rest of the controls are typical Panasonic – no gripes with them. The flash is pretty powerful for its size.” – By Kittokino
Rating: ★★★★☆

“It has everything you want in a point-and-shoot camera. Really smart and auto-focus is right on. You don’t have to spend time focusing it just does it automatically, and fast. Pictures come out crisp and clean and transfer nicely to a computer. We love that it has a feature that you can take shots in black and white.” – By CC
Rating: ★★★★★

Finally, a point and shoot that takes good indoor pictures at night
“It takes good pictures indoors at night, without me fiddling around with anything. Just select intelligent auto mode, and that’s it. Even when it doesn’t work as good as it could, the pictures are still OK. I still haven’t figured out under which condition it performs best, but this is a significant step forward as far as I’m concerned!” – By kwb
Rating: ★★★★☆

Exellent camera but complex controls
“The touch screen controls work well and to my surprise I preferred them to the physical controls on the DMC-FH25, but for most people, the DMC-FH25 will be much easier to use.” – By Erik Gordon Bainbridge
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great Camera
“This is a really good camera. Actually, better than we thought it would be. I would recommend this to anyone looking to buy a very affordable camera that’s loaded with options and yet easy to use.” – By blackdog girl
Rating: ★★★★★

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Panasonic DMC-FH27/FS37 Features

16.1-Megapixel LUMIX DMC-FH27(FS37)
Featuring 8x Optical Zoom High Quality LEICA DC Lens in a Slim Body
with Advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode

*35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm

Panasonic is pleased to introduce a new stylish 16.1-megapixel DMC-FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) camera that allows shooting clear images with high quality 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens with powerful 8x optical zoom (equivalent to 28mm to 224mm on a 35mm camera). The DMC-FH27(FS37) and DMC-FH25(FS35) boast Smart Touch Screen with 3.0-inch large Intelligent LCD to offer intuitive touch control including Touch AF, Touch Zoom and Touch Shutter. *

The Venus Engine VI in the DMC-FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) compiles the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing depending on the part of a picture to give a whole image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details. Taking advantage of this feature, the powerful 8x optical zoom can be increased to 10x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function that maintains the picture quality even digital zoom is used. The 16.1-megapixel high resolution image recording and the Sonic Speed AF let every user to capture the spur-of-the-moment in high picture quality, which is made possible by the smooth linking of the sensor and the image processor, the Venus Engine VI.

The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode is advanced with addition of AF Tracking and Intelligent Exposure to the conventional MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) for preventing hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control for stopping subject’s movement, Face Detection and Intelligent Scene Selector. Once you enter the iA mode, these multi-capable functions happen automatically, so that you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. You can enjoy easy, trouble-free shooting in any situation and get the satisfaction that comes with capturing clear, beautiful images.

The high quality 720p HD movie can be recorded. Together with the photos, users can enjoy their communication with the newly added LUMIX Image Uploader, which realizes instant image sharing via Facebook (photo) or YouTube (movie) with any PC on the spot.

Dressed in a metallic panel with hairline-curved finish with the popular color of silver, black and red (FH27/FS37) or silver, black, red, blue and violet (FH25/FS35), the DMC-FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) with a redesigned easy-to-hold grip sustains a slim and stylish profile, offering both convenience and comfort in any daily shooting situations.**

*DMC-FH25(FS35) is equipped with a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD without touch control.
**Availability of models and colors may vary depending on the sales area.
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1. The New 28mm Wide-Angle Powerful 8x Optical Zoom

The 16.1-megapixel DMC-FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) packages a newly developed 28mm wide-angle high quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with powerful 8x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm) into a slim, compact body. Comprising 9 elements in 7 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body yet achieving exceptional optical performance. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the DMC-FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even using a digital zoom. This means the 8x optical can virtually extend to 10x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 18x at 3-megapixel resolution by using the center part of the 16.1-megapixel high resolution CCD to bring subjects even closer.

The DMC-FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) also has an Easy Zoom button to utilize the powerful zoom with ease and comfort. It shifts the lens instantly to full 8x zoom power at a touch. The second touch of the button activates the 18x Extra Optical Zoom Intelligent Zoom to draw the subject*.
*It shifts the lens instantly to full 10x zoom power at a touch and a second touch of the button activates the 22.5x Extra Optical Zoom when Intelligent Zoom is ON.

2. The Smart Touch Screen for Intuitive Touch-Control Shooting
on the Large, Easy-to-see 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD*

The DMC-FH27(FS37) adopts full touch-screen operation with new Smart Touch Screen. Auto Focus is immediately set to the subject by just touching it on the 3.0-inch large, 230,000-dot LCD and you can even release the shutter. The 3.0-inch large screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting. It also serves as a small photo and video viewer, allowing the user and friends to enjoy viewing the still and motion images together.
Once you lock on the subject by a touch, the camera tracks the subject with the AF tracking function even if it moves. With the Intelligent Scene Selector in the iA mode, the camera automatically switches to the scene mode according to the subject touched. For example, a touch on a human face switches to the portrait mode and a touch on the background or scenery to the scenery mode while a touch on the subject close to the camera to the macro mode. All menu setting is now available with touch control. In the shooting screen you can directly touch the icon to change its setting quickly.

The touch-screen operation excels not only for shooting but also for playing back images with outstanding visibility. You can play back the image you want out of hundreds of stocks by touching in the thumbnails. To play back images one by one in order, you can drag the image over the screen with a finger to browse the collection of photos as you flip over the pages of the book. Max. 16x of enlargement is also operated easily with touches.
Both DMC-FH27(FS37) and FH25(FS35) feature Intelligent LCD which automatically adjusts the screen brightness in 11 steps as the surrounding brightness level changes, ensuring easy visibility at all times.
*DMC-FH25(FS35) is equipped with a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD without touch control.

3. New 16.1-megapixel High Resolution CCD and
High Performance Venus Engine VI

The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI is newly incorporated in the FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) to enable the beautiful image recording with higher quality signal processing including the Intelligent Resolution technology.
With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas – outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, superior noise reduction process of the Venus Engine VI is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology, Intelligent Resolution, precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in photo recording.

The multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine VI supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.005 second and the camera’s quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus) that lets you lock on the subject.
The Venus Engine VI also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) record at a setting of up to ISO 6400, sensitive enough to capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash.*
*In 3-megapixel (4:3), 2.5-megapixel (3:2), 2-megapixel (16:9) recording.

4. The iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Every Photographer
to Be a Good Photographer

Panasonic incorporated the Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. Two functions are added for the new FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) – AF Tracking and Intelligent Exposure. With AF Tracking, the FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) can lock onto any subject and keep it in focus even if it moves – making it easy to get beautiful, clear shots when a great photo opportunity suddenly arises. The Intelligent Exposure optimizes the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully. The automatic backlight compensation function activates whenever the camera detects the subject is in backlight.

The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects whichever of 6 Scene Modes – Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset – that best suits the shooting situation. The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses hand-shake and the Intelligent ISO control prevents moving subject to be blurred by optimizing the shutter speed and ISO sensitivity setting, to render sharp, clear images whatever the shooting situation is. Human faces are captured in focus and appropriate exposure with the Face Detection and it also corrects unwanted red-eye digitally.
The user can activate all of these useful, convenient shooting-assist functions by just activating an iA mode. All these make the FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) the ultimate, super-versatile automatic camera for capturing clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease.

5. Enjoy Instant Image Sharing with Family and Friends
– LUMIX Image Uploader

The DMC-FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) features a new way of communication by sharing photos or movies taken by users. All you have to do is checkmark the photos you want to share and connect the camera to a PC. Uploading automatically starts just by following the guidance. You can add comment and let your friends know the update of your album via e-mail consequently. Facebook can be used for photos and YouTube for movies. Users can join these social networking services without installation of special software. It is easy to share photos and movies on the spot, which means that your friends do not have to wait for you to come back home.
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6. Exciting Options to Expand the Fun of Photography
in the High-Definition Era

The new FH27(FS37)/FH25(FS35) even records dynamic HD movie in 1280 x 720p at a 24 fps, in addition to normal VGA (640 x 480) in Motion JPEG. The recorded movies can be directly uploaded to YouTube. Or you can enjoy high quality image playback that perfectly fits a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing together with HD (High Definition) photos taken in 16:9 aspects.*
A total of 28 scene modes such as popular Baby or Pet, set most appropriate parameter in wide-ranging situations. The built-in memory is increased to 70MB.

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