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Panasonic FS37 review

A slim 16MP 8x zoom compact with touch screen operation

Our Verdict

Those in the market for a well constructed, compact and lightweight camera for taking shots mainly in good light and making reasonably small prints will find the simple sleek design and simple controls of the FS37 suits them just fine

For

  • Good build quality
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Useful zoom range
  • Sleek design

Against

  • Noise at ISO1600
  • Reflective screen can be difficult to see in bright conditions
  • Touch screen can be unresponsive, especially when using fingers

Priced at around £175, Panasonic's Lumix FS37 sits in the middle of Panasonic's digital compact camera range, offering a few more features than basic models, whilst keeping operation simple and straightforward.

For a camera with an 8x optical zoom lens, the FS37 is impressively compact and light, weighing only 159g with the battery and a memory card installed. It is also small enough to be carried about in a shirt pocket or handbag.

A focal range equivalent to 28-224mm on a 35mm camera is covered by the Leica branded optic, providing a useful amount of wide-angle coverage for group shots of people and enough telephoto reach to pull in relatively distant subjects. Panasonic's Mega Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) is also included, to help iron out any wobbles, which will be especially useful at the telephoto end of the zoom range.

An additional 2x zoom can be added to the range at the touch of a button via digital zoom.

Disappointingly, the ISO range available is quite conservative by modern standards, with the maximum sensitivity being only ISO1600. Saying that, the 16MP resolution is plenty for producing A3 sized prints from images taken in good daylight. Intelligent ISO control also automatically varies the sensitivity used between ISO100 and ISO800, making shooting in changing light a little easier for those who prefer to point and shoot.

The major unique feature of the FS37 is the three inch touch sensitive LCD screen. The touch interface is a resistive type, so a stylus, can be used for increased accuracy. Touch focus and touch shutter modes are included allowing you to take a picture by touching your main subject on the screen.

HD video recording is supported, but only at 720p resolution and at 24fps which is a little disappointing. Many cameras at this price point now offer full 1080p resolution video capture at 30fps, and this higher quality standard seems to be fast becoming the standard.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)142 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Flash Memory Capacity70 MB
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution16.6 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height56.5 mm
Width99.2 mm
Depth27.7 mm
Autofocus Points11
Focal Length5 mm to 40 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-FS37
Product NameLumix DMC-FS37 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FS37EB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-FS37 features a 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 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 gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals with 16.1-megapixel resolution that you can't get close. The Extra Optical Zoom extends this 8x zoom ratio to powerful 18x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.

Battery Life250 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FS37 Compact Camera
  • Stylus Pen
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker