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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 Lens
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 was released in May 2010 and boasts a 16.1 megapixel sensor and 3 inch touch screen. The camera is available in black, pink and silver for £159.99. NB. Due to similarities, some of the review is the same as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 review.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 Front
The FS22 has several shooting modes which make picture taking easy such as Beauty Retouch Mode as well as various effects such as clearing the skin texture, teeth whitening, colour of foundation, lips, cheeks or eye-shadow.
To reduce blur the camera has MEGA OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) and the camera also has iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode which detects the correct camera settings automatically. Other features available are Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE, AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.
Movies are recorded at 720p HD at 24 fps and can be easily uploaded to YouTube and Facebook as can images. Just select the pictures and videos you want to share and next time you connect your camera or memory card the files with be uploaded automatically.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 Top
- 3.0 inch Smart Touch LCD monitor
- 4x optical zoom Leica DC lens (35mm equiv: 28 - 112mm)
- Mega Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS)
- Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode
- Touch AF Tracking
- 720p HD movie recording
- 5x Intelligent Zoom
- 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 Screen
The menus are fairly easy to navigate, but as we've found before on previous Panasonic compacts, when cycling through options such as recording settings and scene modes, there is just a symbol rather than any text. If you press and hold a symbol, text appears, but you have to be careful about how you remove your finger if you decide that option is not the one you are looking for.
In use the camera is quick to focus and is ready to shoot within a couple of seconds of switching on. The battery life is rated at 240 shots which might not be quite enough if you are out shooting for a full day, so a spare is likely to be a useful addition. The camera has 3 different continuous shooting modes. Burst (full size) achieves around 1.1fps, Hi-speed burst (4:3 3m, 3:2 2.5m, 16:9 2m, 1:1 2.5m) around 3.5 - 4 fps, and flash burst (4:3 3m, 3:2 2.5m, 16:9 2m, 1:1 2.5m) shoots approximately 0.5fps.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 Battery
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/320 sec | f/3.1 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.5 | 20.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/250 sec | f/6.5 | 20.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/60 sec | f/3.1 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Noise is handled extremely well at ISO100 and it doesn't worsen much through ISO200 and ISO400. At ISO800 a hint of detail and sharpness is evident but it's not much and again at ISO1600, it's only slightly worsened from ISO800. In high-sensitivity the camera can shoot up to ISO6400. Given the high resolution sensor, noise performance is excellent.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 ISO test images
0.5 sec | f/6.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 100
1/5 sec | f/6.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 200
1/10 sec | f/6.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 400
1/20 sec | f/6.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 800
1/40 sec | f/6.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 1600
Below are example images using some of the scene modes available. Using landscape mode, the camera has enhanced the blues and greens to give a very pleasant scene although not as good as those shot using the FX77. The FS22 takes pleasing portraits, with only a slight touch of red-eye. To see all images shot using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 please visit the ePHOTOzine Equipment Database.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/500 sec | f/3.1 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Landscape with building | 1/160 sec | f/9.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.4 | 14 mm | ISO 500
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/5.0 | 12.5 mm | ISO 250
In our testing lighting conditions, the auto white-balance setting performs excellently. There is no prest for fluorescent light, which is typical on Panasonic cameras, so you are relying on the auto white-balance, which doesn't disappoint. There is an incandescent preset which gives an orange cast in the image, with the AWB setting taking the better looking picture.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 White-balance test images
Auto White Balance - Incandescent Lighting | 1/5 sec | f/4.7 | 11 mm | ISO 100
Preset Incandescent WB - Incandescent Light | 1/5 sec | f/4.7 | 11 mm | ISO 100
Auto White Balance - Fluorescent Light | 5/8 sec | f/4.7 | 11 mm | ISO 100
There are six colour modes available to add creativity to your pictures, with examples of each below.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 Digital filters
Vivid | 1/8 sec | f/4.7 | 11.2 mm | ISO 100
Sepia | 1/8 sec | f/4.7 | 11.2 mm | ISO 100
Natural | 1/8 sec | f/4.7 | 11.2 mm | ISO 100
Warm | 1/8 sec | f/4.7 | 11.2 mm | ISO 100
Cool | 1/8 sec | f/4.7 | 11.2 mm | ISO 100
Black and White | 1/8 sec | f/4.7 | 11.2 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeVideos can be shot at 720p HD, but doesn't allow the use of the optical zoom lens during recording.
Value For MoneyThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 is available for £159.99. Other cameras with 4x optical zoom and a 16 megapixel sensor are the Sony Cybershot T110 at £204.99 or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 at £114.99. If you would prefer a 5x optical zoom then you may like to consider the Fuji FinePix AX350 at £84.99, Fuji FinePix JX350 at £94.99, Canon PowerShot A3300 IS at £124.99, Sony Cyber-shot W570 at £148.00 and Fuji FinePix Z900 at £188.99.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22: Pros16.1 megapixel sensor
Good noise performance
Touch screen is responsive
Good image quality
No optical zoom available when recording videos
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22: Cons
Limited to ISO1600 unless using high-sensitivity mode
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.1 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 112mm|
|CCD pixels||16.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.33 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.08mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.56mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Touch Screen||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1600sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Video FPS||30 fps|
|Stereo Sound||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Image Stabilisation||No Data|
|Battery Type||Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 660mAh)|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||Stylus Pen, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM|