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Tech Review: FX580 Digital Camera

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Posted May 5, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

Panasonic FX580 Digital Camera Review »


Kevin and Olivia take a look at the Panasonic FX580 digital camera, to see if the modern touch they applied to the camera makes the experience worth owning.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

What You Need to Know

  • The camera has an all-metal body, so it feels sturdy
  • It is almost 1" thick, but still portable
  • It also has a 3" touch screen, but it's actually a "hybrid" touch screen, meaning some functions are touch and others are buttons
  • Usually while navigating menus, you're using the buttons, but sometimes you get moved over to the touch screen
  • Touching works pretty well, so we kind of wish we could use it all the time
  • It feels arbitrary when Panasonic forces you to use one or the other, but you get used to it
  • They added some interesting features like face recognition, which basically means you can store a face you take pictures of regularly and then you can give that face focus priority when you're shooting
  • Weirdly enough, normal light pictures are incredibly grainy; normally, outdoor shots are the ones that look good on any camera, but Panasonic used a really small image sensor and it shows
  • Low light is surprisingly good, though. Anything with a flash shows up clear


Price

  • $400
  • The camera is not quite worth the price
  • We've seen much better image quality on cameras that are less than half this price


Overall Rating

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