Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 review

A stylish touch screen compact with a bright Leica lens

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 Review: Features

Inside the camera is a 12.1 megapixel high-speed CCD which features two data channels instead of the traditional one channel. This helps speed up transfer speeds, focusing and speeds up video transfer which means the FX77 can be fitted with Full HD video.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 has a large, 3.5 inch touch screen and it's because of this that all external buttons and switches have been relocated to the top of the camera. One such button is for the dedicated one-touch video which runs at Full HD (1920x1080 pixel) and uses AVCHD, the file format originally developed by Sony and Panasonic for use in HDD camcorders.

If you're one of those lucky people that owns a 3D television, the FX77 is fully set up to record 3D images for viewing on a Viera television. Pressing the red camera icon on the back screen brings up a small recording menu. Pressing the 3D icon will set the camera up to record in 3D. Because of the single lens, it has to simulate depth perception and does this by taking 20 pictures as you pan the camera over a 10cm distance. It gains all relevant data by extracting information from the two best pictures to create a three dimensional image.

The lens is a Leica DC Vario Summicron, sporting a wide aperture of f/2.5 and a 5x optical zoom. Of course, these lenses aren't made by Leica, they're manufactured in the Panasonic factory under Leica supervision and to Leica specification. If they were, it would at least double the price of the camera.

Lens operation is quiet when zooming in and out allowing us to get close in on a few insects in our test. Images are stabilised using the Mega OIS (Optical image Stabiliser) which is Panasonic's patented IS system. It's actually very good at what it does, but after Panasonic released Power OIS a few years ago, we're surprised not to see it here. With a short zoom range the camera doesn't really need the extra compensation, but from a marketing point of view, it could've been worthwhile.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)124 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height55.2 mm
Width99.7 mm
Depth20.6 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-FX77
Product NameLumix DMC-FX77 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FX77EB-K
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The DMC-FX77 packages a f/2.5 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT lens with 24mm ultra wide-angle and 5x optical zoom(35mm camera equivalent: 24-120mm). The f/2.5 lens lets the camera shoot at higher shutter speed and capture clear, blur-free images in lower lighting situation. The 24mm wide-angle lens captures approx. 213% larger viewing space compared to a normal 35mm lens. The DMC-FX77 also features the 12.1-megapixel Hi-speed CCD and the Venus Engine FHD featuring Intelligent Resolution technology and 6.5x Intelligent Zoom are also incorporated.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FX77 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Stylus Pen
  • AC Cable
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year