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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 review

A stylish touch screen compact with a bright Leica lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 Review: Performance


As usual, Panasonic has created a camera that works extremely well. The metering system does a good job, although we found that we got more pleasing results if we underexposed by a third of a stop each time.

There are several scene modes to select from the camera menu such as film grain, pinhole and high dynamic among others. They give a nice twist to pictures that could otherwise be standard or boring.

However, there are plenty of other features to entertain you such as the one touch focusing and shooting mode. It's a very precise system that will focus on the area under the point on screen you touch and immediately take a picture. The focusing system is great and the pictures were lovely and sharp.

Digital noise can be a big issue for many people looking for a new camera. It's speculated that because the hi-speed CCD has a second channel to transfer data, the amount of surface area available for photosites is reduced. This could be the reason behind the relatively modest 12.1 megapixel resolution. However, it doesn't necessarily mean the pixels are spaced out further, because the circuitry will take up more space.

The FX77 performs well up to ISO400 where noise starts to creep in. Noise results are good enough up until the highest manually selectable sensitivity setting (ISO 1600) in real life situations.

The pictures produced from the camera are great. They're sharp and colourful, a little over exposed but that's manageable. Both options of macro work brilliantly although it's worth noting that the icon with the magnifying glass will be using the 3x digital zoom so quality of pictures will reduce if you use it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
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
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
ManufacturerPanasonic
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 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.

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