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Panasonic FS37 review

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


Noise is visible in images taken at the base ISO100 when viewed at 100% on a computer screen, which is probably the price paid for squeezing so many photosites onto a small sensor. Many recent cameras have overcome this issue by using rear illuminated sensor technology, which locates the sensor's circuitry out of the light path. Images taken at settings up to ISO200 will still make a good A4 print.

As the sensitivity is increased and noise reduction does its work, fine details become softened. By ISO800, images are noticeably softer than those taken at lower settings, but levels of chroma noise are kept in check. ISO1600 should be reserved for small print sizes as images lack detail and chroma noise becomes much more visible.

FS37

Focusing is quick in good light and noticeably slower in dark conditions, as you might expect. A bright orange AF illuminator helps in the dark when shooting at close quarters, although it is so bright it can result in squinty faces when taking portraits after dark. The touch shutter function is quite pleasant to use, although there is a noticeable pause between touching the screen and the image being taken. Care also needs to be take to hold the camera steady when using this feature, as camera shake can become an issue when jabbing at the screen with a finger or the stylus.

Exposures are well balanced, rarely needing compensation and auto white balance performs well outdoors, in daylight or shade. Under artificial light it is advised to take advantage of the various preset white balance options, as the automatic setting doesn't do much to correct the cast present under incandescent or fluorescent lighting.

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