Panasonic DMC-FX580/FX550

Last update (08 February’10):
- Review & Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews

Panasonic DMC-FX580 is a 12.1 megapixel compact camera features 5x optical zoom (35 mm Equivalent: 25 – 125 mm), ISO 80-6400, and a 3.0-inch large touch-screen interface. The camera measures 94.9 x 57.1 x 21.9 mm (3.74 x 2.25 x 0.86 inch) and weighs 167 g with Battery and SD Memory Card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic DMC-FX580 Reviews

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX580/FX550 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX550 is and upgrade of the FX500, but only just. The extra two megapixels don’t make much difference. However build quality, design and performance are all well up to scratch, and image quality is comfortably better than average. If you want an ultra-compact with manual controls it’s probably your best option.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX580/FX550 and writes;
“We have to ask what the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX550′s hybrid touchscreen interface actually achieves. It doesn’t replace the usual set of buttons because you get these too. The 25-125mm zoom doesn’t perform brilliantly, either. While the DMC-FX550 sounds exciting and different, it proves something of a letdown”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCR reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX580/FX550 and writes;
“This camera hasn’t improved on the noise performance of its predecessor and so must be judged average at best in this regard. AF acquisition times are not class leading but not extremely slow, and shutter lag is good.”
Rating: N/A

DCRP reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX580/FX550 and writes;
“the FX580′s mediocre image and video quality, sluggish performance (in some areas), and poor low light focusing are leading us to part ways. The FX580 is worth considering if you really want the manual controls and don’t plan on making too many large prints. If you’re more of a point-of-shoot person, then I’d recommend looking at something else”
Rating: N/A

DCI reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX580/FX550 and writes;
” If you want a camera that you can just pick up and use, that will take amazing photos, then this isn’t for you. It’s too expensive, and requires too much tweaking. However, if you want a compact camera that has amazing manual settings, and don’t mind doing some retouching in Photoshop, then have a look at the FX580. The manual controls are fantastic, and with a little editing, the images should be fine.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX580/FX550 and writes;
“..noise makes an appearance at ISO 400, but again at a level that would not be noticeable unless zooming in to look for it in shadow areas – as we did. By ISO 800, such noise is starting to erode detail but the image remains usable.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX580/FX550 and writes;
“If you’ve fancied trying out a touchscreen compact but been put off by the lack of buttons to fall back on, Panasonic’s FX550 offers a successful marriage of old and new in a fittingly traditional styling”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX580/FX550 and writes;
“This is a feature packed smaller compact. It offers a manual exposure mode, High Definition movies, touch control for key features through the 3 inch LCD screen and a wide angle lens. Picture quality is very good and it is a well thought out camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Panasonic DMC-FX580 Sample Photos

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- Panasonic DMC-FX580 Sample Photos: 123 @ DCR
- Panasonic DMC-FX580 Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Panasonic DMC-FX580 Sample Photos @ DCI
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- Panasonic DMC-FX580 Sample Photos: 123 @ Panasonic


Panasonic DMC-FX580 User Manual (PDF)

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Panasonic DMC-FX580 Specifications

7 elements in 6 groups
(4 Aspherical lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces, 1 EA lens)

Optical Image Stabilizer
MEGA O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)

Optical: 5x
Extra Optical :
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 6.1x for 8 Mega, 7.8x for 5 Mega, 9.8x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 0.3 Mega
Digital: 4x
(Max. 20.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 39.1x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)

Focal Distance
f = 4.4 – 22.0 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 25 – 125 mm)

AF Metering
Face / Touch AF/AE Tracking / Multi (11-area) / 1-area high speed / 1-area / Spot

ISO Sensitivity
Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600-6400))

Still Picture Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain

3.0″ TFT Touch Screen LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%, Wide Viewing Angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode

Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 – 6.0 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 – 2.8 m (Tele / ISO Auto)

Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames / sec
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6.0 frames / sec (Image Priority), approx. 10 frames / sec (Speed Priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

Approx. 15-100 shots.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・The number of consecutive shots is limited by the shooting conditions, card type, and card condition.
・The number of consecutive shots may increase immediately after the card is formatted.

HD Component Output, AV Output (NTSC/PAL or NTSC only)*, USB2.0 High Speed, DC Input (requires optional DC Coupler)
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the AV Output on the products that are available in your market.

Dimensions (Approx.)(W x H x D)
94.9 x 57.1 x 21.9 mm (3.74 x 2.25 x 0.86 inch)

Weight (Approx.)
145 g (0.32 lb)
167 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.37 lb)

See also: Digital Camera | Panasonic

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