Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS33 review

  • £199

A big zoom for a small price, is the Panasonic Lumix FS33 the compact camera you're looking for?

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For

  • Fast start-up time
  • Good image quality
  • 8x optical zoom
  • 720p video recording

Against

  • Touchscreen needs firm touch
  • Minimal controls
  • Lack of creative filters

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS33 isn't the sleekest or lightest compact camera for its price range, but given that its housing an 8x optical zoom within its body (and of course it's still perfectly pocketable) we can forgive that small misgiving.

Also on board is a 14.1 megapixel sensor, HD video recording (720p), ISO range from 80-1600 (6400 expandable) and a touch-screen LCD.

There's a minimal number of buttons on the rear of the camera, instead much of the operation can be carried out via the LCD touchscreen. The on-off toggle switch, rather than button, is quicker and easier to use than many other compacts, while the shutter release and zoom switch both feel solid.

On the top of the camera you'll also find a dedicated iA button, a handy button when you want to quickly revert to automatic settings in a hurry, or for everyday users unconcerned with changing the operation.

We found it a little bit irksome having to scroll through the touchscreen menu when you wanted to change basic things that would normally have their own button (i.e. macro mode) but thankfully there is at least a "quick menu" for the most used things like flash, picture size, etc.

Unfortunately we found the touch-screen to be less than responsive, and changing anything requires a heavy touch, and of course you won't be able to use it on a cold night with gloves, something to bear in mind.

On a more positive note, the camera is quick to boot up and use. You can go from off to focused in just a couple of seconds, and with iA (intelligent auto) switched on, this would be great in a hurry when capturing the shot was the most important thing.

Shooting options are kept minimal and fuss free. Along with iA, there is 'normal picture mode' which allows you to change certain settings such as ISO, white balance, colour mode and so on.

Scene mode contains all the usual suspects such as portrait, beach, landscape and so on. The only creative filter here is film grain mode, which is nice to have, but it's a shame there's not a few more carried over from Panasonic's premium compact, the Lumix LX5.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix FS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)140 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.5 mm
Width100 mm
Depth27.2 mm
Product SeriesFS
Focal Length5 mm to 40 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-FS33
Product NameLumix DMC-FS33 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCFS33EBR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-FS33 features a 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom LUMIX DC VARIO lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm). The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The 8x optical zoom lens captures beautiful shots of people or landscapes with 14.1-megapixel resolution. The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 8x zoom ratio to powerful 16.9x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FS33 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year