Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37 specs

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis


Key Features

  • 16.1 megapixel sensor
  • 8x optical zoom
  • Touchscreen
  • Full HD video
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Price: £159.00
Quick Glance
Camera type Digital SLR, Digital Compact
Optical Zoom 12 X, 8 X
Camera type Digital SLR, Digital Compact
Optical Zoom 12 X, 8 X
Image Sensor CCD
Video (max res/format) 640 x 480, 1280 x 720
Image Stabilisation Optical
LCD Monitor 3 in
Flash modes Auto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync


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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