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Panasonic launched the stylish Lumix DMC-FX77 compact digital camera in January 2011. It has a bright f/2.5 lens and 3.5 inch LCD screen. The camera is available in black for £199.99.
If you enjoy shooting portraits, you should enjoy using the Beauty Retouch which applies various effects such as clearing skin texture, teeth whitening and colour of lips, cheeks or eye-shadow. With Art Retouch mode you can apply colour effects such as saturation and brightness.
Other features available are iA mode, Motion Deblur Mode, MEGA OIS, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure, Happy Mode and AF Tracking. There is also a 3D mode, images taken using this mode can be viewed on a 3D TV.
Movies are recorded in full 1920 x 1080 HD with iA mode available when shooting as well as Mega OIS with Active Mode.
- 12.1 megapixel sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24 - 120mm), f/2.5
- 1920 x 1080 full HD movie recording
- MEGA OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation)
- 3.5 inch LCD touch-screen
- Beauty Retouch Mode
- 6.5x Intelligent Zoom
- 3D Photo Mode
- iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
- Motion Deblur Mode
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 200 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 3.3fps, Hi-speed burst (4:3 3m, 3:2 2.5m, 16:9 2m, 1:1 2.5m) around 7 - 8 fps, and flash burst (4:3 3m, 3:2 2.5m, 16:9 2m, 1:1 2.5m) shoots approximately 1 - 1.5fps.
Panasonic Lumix FX77 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/800 sec | f/2.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/400 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/200 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/100 sec | f/2.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Noise is handled extremely well at ISO100 and it doesn't worsen much through ISO200 and ISO400. At ISO800 a loss 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 at a reduced resolution.
Panasonic Lumix FX77 ISO test images
ISO 100 | 0.3 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm
ISO 200 | 1/6 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm
ISO 400 | 1/13 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm
ISO 800 | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/50 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm
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. The FX77 takes pleasing portraits, with only a slight touch of red-eye. To see all the images shot using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 please visit the ePHOTOzine Equipment Database.
Panasonic Lumix FX77 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/160 sec | f/8.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Landscape with building | 1/200 sec | f/8.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.1 | 11.7 mm | ISO 250
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/3.9 | 11.0 mm | ISO 250
In our testing lighting conditions, the auto white-balance setting performs excellently. There is no preset 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 FX77 White-balance test images
AWB - Incandescent | 1/8 sec | f/3.8 | 10.3 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - Incandescent Lighting | 1/8 sec | f/3.8 | 10.3 mm | ISO 100
AWB - Fluorescent | 0.4 sec | f/3.8 | 10.3 mm | ISO 100
There are six colour modes available to add creativity to your pictures, with examples of each below.
Panasonic Lumix FX77 Digital filters
Black and white | 1/13 sec | f/3.8 | 10.3 mm | ISO 100
Cool | 1/13 sec | f/3.8 | 10.3 mm | ISO 100
Natural Colour | 1/10 sec | f/3.8 | 10.3 mm | ISO 100
Sepia | 1/10 sec | f/3.8 | 10.3 mm | ISO 100
Vivid | 1/13 sec | f/3.8 | 10.3 mm | ISO 100
Warm | 1/13 sec | f/3.8 | 10.3 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeVideos can be shot at full 1920 x 1080 HD, with use of the optical zoom lens available, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Channel.
Value For MoneyThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 is available for £199.99. With a 5x optical zoom lens and 12.1 megapixel sensor the Canon IXUS 220 HS is currently available for £169.00. Other cameras to consider are the Fujifilm FinePix Z900 EXR at £188.99 and Sony Cybershot DSC-WX5 at £267.00.
|The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 is packed with features and its performance doesn't disappoint.|
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77: ProsEasy to use touchscreen
Minimum focus distance of just 3cm
24mm wide-angle lens
Full 1920 x 1080 video recording
Battery life is quite short
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77: Cons
ISO can't be manually set to higher than ISO1600
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Panasonic Lumix FX77 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.5 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 120mm|
|CCD pixels||12.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.33 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.08mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.56mm|
|Screen resolution||230K dots|
|Touch Screen||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 1600|
|Video FPS||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Stylus Pen, AC Cable, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM|