Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520

Last update (14 April’09):
- Review by DevHardware

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 is a 10.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 5x Optical Zoom (35mm Equivalent: 25 – 125 mm) with image stabilization, Intelligent Auto Mode, ISO 100-1600, and a 3.0″ Intelligent LCD screen. The camera measures 94.9 x 57.1 x 22.9 mm (3.74 x 2.25 x 0.90 inch) and it weighs 155 g (0.3417 lb)

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 Reviews

DevHardware reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“Overall, it seems that thePanasonic Lumix DMC-FX500is a very capable little camera. People who love the idea of a touch screen compact digital camera will love this little shooter.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
The bottom line: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 is a very good ultracompact camera with a lot of shooting flexibility. It’s just its slow performance that’s keeping it from achieving excellence.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

InfoSync reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“The pillar of our complaints constituted the detection of a moderate level of noise throughout every image. Dynamic range performance also wasn’t too hot, but most cameras in this price range cannot handle severe contrasts. Colors and detail were solid… “
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“The 10.1MP sensor records a good level of fine detail, and the Leica-branded lens provides plenty of it, with a minimum of wide-angle distortion and excellent corner sharpness… It is a superbly well made camera and arguably the best implementation of touch-screen technology on any current compact camera. It looks great, performs well, and produces superior image quality…”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“FX500 captures very good color and detail marred only by a tendency to over-optimize flat color, and a tendency for noise even at the lowest ISO setting…you’ll appreciate the build quality and 5x zoom whenever you use the Panasonic FX500.”
Rating: N/A

T3 compares the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 VS Ricoh R8 and writes;
“Pictures are sharp, if a touch darker than the Ricoh, so there’s less fine detail in shadowy areas. Macro mode is terrific, producing realistic pics from 5cm. Movie mode is decent but you can’t zoom.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LaptopMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“In a head-to-head with the Samsung NV24HD, the FX500’s Intelligent Auto Mode consistently yielded better pictures than a camera without a smart Auto mode. That said, we weren’t as impressed with the FX500’s photos as we thought we’d be”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“There is no doubt that the Panasonic DMC FX500 is an impressive camera when it comes to the number of features packed into its compact body. Picture quality is good too and all in all Panasonic have produced a very good digital camera. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 produces noise-free images at ISO 100 and 200, with ISO 400 also looking good. ISO 800 does have some visible noise and softening of fine detail, and ISO 16000 is even noisier, but overall the DMC-FX500 improves on the previous generation.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“The mage quality was a mixed bag in our lab testing: The FX500 produced sharp images, but didn’t distinguish itself in our flash-exposure and normal-exposure tests…The camera’s responsiveness was excellent, with almost no lag time between when I pressed the shutter and when pictures wrote to the card”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“The DMC-FX520 has a surprisingly fast autofocus system; it’s more responsive than most other cameras we’ve tested. The camera starts up in less than 2sec, and an image can be captured after another second.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.uk reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“The Leica-developed lens delivers really crisp images corner-to-corner with no trace of barrel distortion..There’s evidence of noise at ISO 200 with 400 and 800 showing sharp dips in quality and 1600 essentially unusable. “
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“Image quality is once again the biggest technical issue facing the FX500, with the quality deteriorating at 200 ISO and above – and there’s even evidence of noise at 100 ISO if you’re pixel peeping.”


Rating: ★★★★½

DCR reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“Performance is about average for this class, meaning slightly noisy in objective terms.”


Rating: N/A

PhotoReview.au reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“Colour accuracy was shown to be consistently very good in our Imatest evaluations. Saturation was only slightly above the normal level and lateral chromatic aberration was consistently very low.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.Asia reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“The bottom line: Besides the startup time and stylus, it is hard to find fault with the FX520. Image quality has also improved and we really like the features that are incorporated with the touchscreen.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

HardwareZone reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 and writes;
“On the performance scale, the FX520 has proven itself to be a powerful device, especially so on its iA mode… Thus, Panasonic has definitely played the game well by balancing the FX520′s imaging quality along with functional features and a new touch-based interface.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 Samples

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 Sample Photos @ Panasonic

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 User Manual (PDF)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 Press Release

Panasonic is pleased to announce a new flagship model for its Lumix slim and stylish FX series. The new 10.1-megapixel DMC-FX500 features a 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica DC lens with 5x optical zoom. Touch-screen operation on a large, 3.0-inch LCD brings new enjoyment to the digital photography and enables easy manual operation, which is another first for the FX series. A variety of advanced functions, including Intelligent Auto mode, HD motion picture recording and HD component output, and slideshows complete with music, also enrich the camera’s potential and user experience.

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