Panasonic FX580 Digital Camera Review

Posted: May 4, 2009
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.

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


  • $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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