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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX550 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.

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Here's the usual test shot of the west window of Exeter cathedral to compare detail and sharpness with other cameras. See below for a full-res crop or click to download the full-sized version.

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There's no real improvement in overall detail compared to the FX500.

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The lens produces almost no barrel distortion at wide angle.

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Centre sharpness is reasonably good.

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Corner sharpness is also good, with no chromatic aberration.

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Retset

February 8, 2010, 5:16 pm

Bought my FX500 after the TR review and have been very pleased with it. Recently I got the instruction book out again as I realised I had slipped into using only i-Auto and had no idea about the rest or what i-Auto was deciding for me! Now, I can use all the bits again :) It is a very versatile & well built camera that can do quick snapshots or the more arty stuff whilst fitting a pocket/belt pouch.

ChrisW

February 9, 2010, 7:23 pm

Had an FX500 for 18 months or so. Was generally pleased with it, but somehow dust has got into lens / sensor (despite being carefully looked after) with no obvious way of cleaning it.

Nocturnus

February 19, 2010, 11:21 am

The "Exeter cathedral" picture it doesn't look very sharp...

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