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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16 was announced back in January 2011 aiming to deliver excellent pictures easily in a slimmer, more compact, stylish body. The camera is available for £110 in pink, silver, black, blue and red.
Intelligent Auto mode is also included on the DMC-FS16 and has AF tracking and Intelligent Exposure, all aimed at making picture taking as easy as possible in any conditions. If Intelligent Auto isn't enough there are 28 scene modes available to choose from.
HD videos are possible at 1280 x 720p at 30fps and are easily uploaded to Facebook and YouTube easily via a PC. The camera is also capable of shooting VGA videos (640 x 480) in motion JPEG.
- 28mm wide-angle 4x optical zoom Leica DC lens
- 14.1Mp sensor
- MEGA OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser)
- iA (Intelligent Auto) mode with Intelligent Scene Selector
- HD Movie Recording
- 5x Intelligent Zoom with Intelligent Resolution Technology
- ISO100 - 1600 (High Sensitivity mode ISO1600-6400)
- 5cm macro mode
- Scene modes: 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, flash burst, starry sky, fireworks, beach, snow, aerial photo, pin hole, film grain, high dynamic and photo frame.
During use the focus speed was quick and when in single shot mode the camera takes between 2 and 3 seconds in between shots.
The camera is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds of switching on. The menus are extremely easy to navigate with a good explanation of what each of the scene modes should be used for. The battery is capable of 270 pictures (CIPA Standard), during testing it was only charged once and showed no signs of running out of power.
ISO and Noise PerformanceNoise is handled really well by the DMC-FS16 at ISO100 and ISO200 with only slight signs of image quality suffering at ISO400. Noise is clearly coming in at ISO800 with acceptable images still being produced. At ISO1600 there is clear noise with much reduced image quality. Images produced at this ISO level are best kept for small sized web use.
There are a range of modes for taking portraits on the DMC-FS16, which generally give good results although red-eye was evident when using the flash. Skin tones are reproduced well and the soft skin mode also does a good job. The results achieved using dynamic mode gives excellent results, retaining plenty of detail in the highlights and shadows.
When using the lens at its widest, detail is best nearer the centre of the images than the edges but are quite acceptable. The images produced when using the full optical zoom aren't as good. When viewing them at 100% there are patches of detail lost particularly around the edges.
|Wide-angle, ISO160, 1/100, f/9, 5mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm)||Full optical zoom, ISO100, 1/200, f/6.5, 20mm (35mm equivalent: 112mm)|
White-balanceAuto white-balance works excellently in all conditions including under tungsten and fluorescent lights in our studio. The DMC-FS16 doesn't have a fluorescent lighting preset but it is not needed due to the excellent AWB performance.
Video ModeThe DMC-FS16 can record motion pictures in HD (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format) which can then be uploaded onto YouTube or Facebook via a PC. VGA videos (640 x 480) are also possible.
Value For MoneyIf you are looking at cameras with a 14Mp sensor and 4x optical zoom then you may also be considering the Sony Cyber-shot W530 at £109.00 or the cheaper Pentax Optio RS1000 at £99 which scored a nine out of ten in our test. At this price range there are cameras with a full 5x optical zoom lens such as the Nikon Coolpix S3100 at £111 which scored eight out of ten.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16: ProsExcellent auto white-balance performance
Intelligent Auto mode
Small, light and well designed
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16: ConsCamera struggles when the sun is shining towards the lens
Red-eye when using flash
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|Optical zoom||4x optical zoom, 5-20mm (28-112mm in 35mm equiv.), f/3.1-6.5|
|Max image size||4320 x 3240|
|Aspect ratio||4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9|
|Focus points||Normal / Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF (Always On), AF Tracking|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO100 - 1600 (High Sensitivity mode ISO1600-6400)|
|Metering system||Program AE|
|Exposure compensation||1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV|
|Shutter speed range||1/1600 - 8sec (Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec)|
|Image stabilisation||Mega Optical Image Stabiliser|
|Movie mode||720p HD|
|Monitor||2.7in TFT Screen LCD Display|
|Media type||70MB Internal, SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Interface||AV Output (PAL), USB2.0 High speed|
|Power||Li-ion Battery Pack|
|Box contents||Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM|
|Size||94.3 x 53.5 x 18.8mm|
|Weight||118g (with battery and memory card)|
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16 costs £119 and is available from Warehouse Express here: