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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37 - Test Shots: ISO Range

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis



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ISO 100

At ISO 100 images are clean and sharp

ISO 200

ISO 200 and still all is well

ISO 400

ISO 400 and the first strains of noise have crept in

ISO 800

Oh dear, at ISO 800 things have become noticeably soft

ISO 1600

At ISO 1600 our once sharp image is beginning to look like an impressionist painting

ISO 6400

In High Sensitivity mode resolution is limited to 3MP, and detail is severely compromised


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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