Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Overall rating 4 stars
4 from 15 reviews
F2.8 - F5.9
aspherical lens
Optical Zoom
The name of the lens
Focal length (35mm equivalent)
25 - 125 mm
The number of optical elements
The number of groups optical elements
F2.8 - F5.9
aspherical lens
Optical Zoom:
The name of the lens:
Focal length (35mm equivalent):
25 - 125 mm
The number of optical elements:
The number of groups optical elements:


Overall rating 4 stars
15 reviews
Overall rating stars
April 2, 2009


I recently bought the FX500 at closeout price ($219 US, almost half it’s original price of $399), and I love it. The images at default settings are a little less saturated and sharp than the default settings from the FX35 (which I originally purchased but sold because I couldn’t tolerate not having control over aperture and shutter speed). But, with contrast, sharpening, and saturation boosted in the FX500’s in camera settings, I think the FX500 is equal to or superior to the FX35. I can’t comment on video quality, because I don’t use it for that. I don’t understand Cliff’s rating criteria, though. He gives the FX35 a 9 for image quality and a 9 for value, and as I said I think the image quality is equal. And the FX500’s list price is only $50 more than the FX35. Surely the inclusion of aperture and shutter priority, as well as manual modes, not to mention the 3in. touch screen LCD are worth the extra fifty. And the larger 3in. LCD makes framing the shot the way I want much easier. And all Panasonic cameras that have adjustable brightness on the LCD are actually visible in bright sunlight, something which can’t be said for a lot of otherwise good cameras.

Overall rating stars
April 5, 2009



Thanks for your comment. I do not own any cameras at all, but recnetly decided that I want a digital one. I went to Best Buy last month, just to see what they are all about and there was a young salesman there who raved about Panasonic; He said that Best Buy had recently stopped selling them, but that I should look online for one. Well, I have been reading and reading about theh Fx500, Fx3, TZ5, etc… and, as you prob. know, there are such mixed reviews about the Fx500 in particular. I think that much of the disappiontment stems from people feeling that the quality of pics does not merit the price tag; I am speaking of many people who seem to have paid $300+ for it. Currently, it can be gotten for under $180.00 and I am wondering if this is a camera that has more strengths than weaknessess and even were it not worth $300.00, it is certainly worth $180.00. I like the idea of a touch screen, but more importantly, since I am learning, I want something that is also manual so that I can learn some basics about photography in general. Still trying to decide and want to just hurry up and make a decision. It has been weeks!

Overall rating stars
April 9, 2009


If you can get this camera for $180, that's a steal of a deal. I don't think any other camera at that price could compete for features (25mm Leica lens, manual controls, 3in. touch screen)and price. No, it's not as good as an LX3, P6000, G10, GX200, or DSLR, but they cost more. I showed a friend of mine at work some 8x10s that I had printed, and he said "These look like postcards taken by a pro". I think most people that criticize compact cameras are DSLR users, who are too picky. Yes, small sensor cameras are noisier than larger sensor DSLRs, but unless you do a lot of low light hi-ISO flashless work, or are making wall sized blow-ups, you're not going to notice. I've been a photographer all my life, and I think I'm pretty picky, and the FX500 is the best digital camera I have ever owned. And I've owned Nikon, Olympus, Canon, Fuji, and Sony cameras.

Overall rating stars
April 10, 2009


Thanks again. Yes, the price has been falling like crazy on line; about $10.00 a week for the past month. I am goint to just get one this weekend. I could have had ont for $157 (open box but no blemishes) delivered, but I hesitated too long. Still, I know I will get a really good deal on it. You have helped me make my decision.

Overall rating stars
August 6, 2009


For those in the UK… is currently clearing out silver FX500s for £140 including delivery, which makes it the best price I’ve see anywhere for a mainstream dealer.

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Aperture F2.8 - F5.9
Features aspherical lens
Optical Zoom 5x
The name of the lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 25 - 125 mm
The number of optical elements 7
The number of groups optical elements 6
Face detection Yes
The AF illuminator Yes
The minimum shooting distance 0.05 m
Power connector Yes
Battery capacity 280 photos
Number of batteries 1
The format of batteries your own
Camera type digital
Size 1/2.3"
Crop factor 5.62
Sensitivity 100 - 6400 ISO, Auto ISO
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736
The type of matrix СCD
The total number of pixels 10.7 million
The number of effective pixels 10.1 million
Excerpt 60 - 1/2000 s
Metering multizone, center-weighted, spot
Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3-step increments
Exposure bracketing Yes
Automatic processing of the exposition with shutter priority, aperture-priority
Manual setting of shutter speed and aperture Yes
Flash built-in, up to 6 m, suppression of effect of red eyes
White balance auto, manual, from the list
Image stabilizer (photography) optical, movable element in the lens
Shooting modes
Macro Yes
Timer Yes
The timer 2, 10 c
The on-time 1.7 c
Speed shooting 2.5 frame./sec
Maximum series of images 5 for JPEG
The frame format (photography) 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Size and weight
Size 95x57x23 mm
Weight 155 g without batteries; 175 g with batteries
Memory and interfaces
Interfaces USB 2.0, video, HD video, audio
Image formats 2 JPEG
Type of memory cards SD, SDHC
The amount of internal memory 50 MB
Record video and audio
Video codecs MJPEG
Sound recording Yes
Video recording Yes
Record audio comments Yes
Format video recording MOV
The video recording time the video file size to 2 GB
Maximum resolution videos 1280x720
The maximum frame rate of the video 30 fps
The maximum frame rate when shooting HD video 25/30 fps at a resolution of 1280x720
Viewfinder and LCD screen
LCD screen 230000 pixels, 3 inches
Viewfinder missing
Type LCD screen touch
Using the screen as a viewfinder Yes
Other functions and features
Announced 2008-03-18
Equipment battery charger, battery charger, power cord, USB cable, AV cable, software CD, manual, strap, pen
Digital Zoom 4x
Additional features tripod mount, the sensor orientation
Additional information high-speed continuous shooting of 6 frames/sec (up to 2.5 megapixel)
Date of commencement of sales 2008-05-01
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