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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 review

A stylish touch screen compact with a bright Leica lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 Review: Build quality & handling

The FX77's design is a simple rectangle with no sticky out bits except for the slight, smooth lens bulging out on the front of the camera. Considering this simplistic approach to the design, it's not an unpleasant or boring camera to look at. In fact it fits perfectly with the stylish range that Panasonic have placed it in thanks to its flush seams and clean lines.

Because of the high build quality, the camera feels solid enough with only the minimum of movement in the lens barrel. We're happy to see a metal tripod bush for extra durability, but it's unfortunate that the HDMI and battery/card covers are made of feeble plastic.

A small area is usually reserved on the back of the camera as a thumb rest, but because the screen on the back dominates the entire surface area, there's no such place. However we found our hands instinctively found the right place to hold it so we didn't touch the screen when we were taking pictures.

The screen isn't that sensitive and most of the time we had to stab at the buttons and icons in the menu to try and get the camera to work. It's nowhere near as sensitive as a smart phone, which is a shame because that's what we and a lot of people are used to so it takes a lot longer and can be more frustrating inputting commands.

The menu and playback screens echo smart phones using a drag system to move modes along a ticker or to move through photographs you've taken. One of the cooler ideas in the menu is similar to creating a short cut on a computer desktop. It allows you to drag an icon onto the main screen so you can access it quicker. This is done by entering the menu, pressing the icon on the right that looks like a letter M with a spanner next to it then choosing the mode you want on the screen and sliding it into one of the empty spaces on the left. If they're both full, you can replace them by simply loading a new mode over the existing one.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 is a well designed and made camera. The menu system is easy enough to navigate and the only issue that we had was that the buttons aren't the most responsive we've encountered. We like the fact that you can set your favourite modes onto the screen, though.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
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
Flash Memory Capacity70 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution12.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height55.2 mm
Width99.7 mm
Depth20.6 mm
Autofocus Points23
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-FX77
Product NameLumix DMC-FX77 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FX77EB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
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.

Battery Life200 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FX77 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Stylus Pen
  • AC Cable
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone