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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37 - Test Shots: General

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis


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Review Price £159.00

At 28mm, the FS37 is able to fit plenty into the scene, although there’s a fair bit of haze

Zoomed in the full 8x on Normal Shooting mode and the cliff detail remains just about adequate

At 18x, the FS37 has done a rather good job of keeping things sharp

This wideangle shot of Trebarwith Strand is both vibrant and sharp, illustrating what the FS37 is capable of in good light

The shallow depth of field has created a nice effect here, with the FS37’s aggressive in-camera sharpening adding some added punch to the flower in the foreground

The FS37’s metering has been fooled into overexposing the reeds in the foreground in this garden scene

Where the light is fairly even the FS37 can produce rich and pleasing results, as it has with the green foliage here

While the colours remain pleasantly natural, the lack of depth of field means the bluebells are slightly out of focus

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May 5, 2011, 6:27 pm

Can someone please explain to me why a touchscreen is necessary on a camera? Or why it would be anything but a hindrance?

Touchscreen makes a lot of sense on a smartphone or tablet because they will be running various different apps which requires different types of input at various points on the screen. A camera does not. The only benefit I see is being able to select an area for focus or metering, but this can be done with buttons or dials which makes for better handling. Meanwhile the touchscreen in many situations (e.g. when wearing gloves) will be a barrier to operation, where physical controls would be far better.

I wouldn't be disappointed that the touchscreen wasn't implemented properly here. I'm disappointed that touchscreens are used at all on compacts, at the expense of physical controls. I love using the touchscreen on my smartphone. The Kindle, for example, would be better with a touchscreen option. But manufacturers have got to think about usability rather than just leaping onto every tech bandwagon.

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