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Panasonic Lumix FX37 - Panasonic Lumix FX37

By Cliff Smith



Our Score:


If the marginal increase in zoom range isn't enough to tempt you there are a couple of extra improvements, but they don't amount to much. The most significant is the new LCD monitor. It still measures 2.5 inches with 230k dots, but it now has a much wider angle of view, around 170 degrees both vertically and horizontally, which is very welcome.

In shooting mode the FX37 has several extra scene modes, but they are of marginal use. The Transform mode for example stretches the image either horizontally or vertically either a large or small amount. I personally can't think of anything for which I'd ever use that one. The Pin Hole (vignetting) mode and Film Grain (grainy high-contrast B&W) modes are slightly more aesthetically pleasing, but not the sort of thing you'd want to use too often.

The FX37 incorporates a feature borrowed from the TZ4 and TZ5, the Clipboard mode. In this special shooting mode the image size is reduced to 2MP and the image is stored in the camera's internal memory rather than the memory card. The idea is that you can use this mode to copy maps, timetables and other information and keep them stored on the camera. However I can't see why you couldn't just use the normal shooting mode for this. 1GB SD cards are ludicrously cheap these days, and one of these is enough for nearly 200 shots from the FX37, so it's not like storage space is at a premium. Also, wouldn't you want to copy maps and other documents at the highest quality, so they're more readable? This "feature" feels more like a gimmick bolted on for the sake of it.

Apart from these and a few other very minor differences the FX37 has exactly the same features and options as the FX35. They're very good features, such as Panasonic's excellent MegaOIS optical image stabilisation system, a good movie mode capable of shooting 1280 x 720 HD video at 30fps with mono audio, and the Intelligent Auto system, which chooses the scene mode, exposure mode and ISO setting for you depending on the scene you're trying to shoot.


September 19, 2008, 9:50 pm

I think the review is a bit harsh, compared to the raving review the FX35 got.

Although I do not own any of these cameras, I did compare the testpictures of both cameras on this site (and other sites) and they appear to be very similar, not to say identical: bit soft, noisy in shadows and not that sharp compared to other brands.

(Post-processing these images, sharpen them a bit isn't possible without adding even more noise)

In fact I was somewhat surprised the FX35 got such a good score (9) for image quality, when other cameras of brands like Canon and Sony, which test images (to me at least) looked much better, 'only' recieved a score of 8.

It goes to show image quality is rather subjective.


November 12, 2008, 12:41 am

Indeed, I don't really understand what's happening here..

If you open and compare the test shots made by FX35 and FX37 on this site, you can clearly see that pictures taken by FX35 are considerably worse, particularly the one shot at ISO 100 !! There are clearly visible artefacts at the yellow inside part of the green car, which are practically absent on the FX37 shot.. The rest shots of FX35 are also worse that the ones from FX37.

I am really lost. Trying to understand how reviewer evaluates those shots. It looks like he was in the good mood when reviewing FX35, and in bad mood when doing the same with FX37..


January 15, 2009, 10:33 pm

It's evident FX37's image quality made a step forward from FX35, so I'll also have to agree with nout and DVR; what was/is the reviewer thinking?

Keith 6

January 25, 2009, 11:46 pm

Where is the Conclusions page? Judging by the comments and the score of 7 there were some negative comments in the Conclusion - as I am considering this camera I would like to read them but there are no Conclusions posted.


April 2, 2009, 7:26 am

Once again, as I said in my comments on the FX500, I don't really understand Cliff's rating criteria, because the FX35 gets a better value rating when the price of it and the FX37 are the same ($349 US list price). Yes, the 5x zoom on the FX37 is perhaps not quite as sharp as the 4x on the FX35, but the difference is minimal and probably not visible unless pixel peeping. Prints at 8x10 or less would probably be indistinguishable. Cliff's sample photos from the FX37 look fantastic to me.

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