Key Features: 103.5 x 55.8 x 24.5mm; 176g ; 14MP 1/2.3-inch sensor; Automatic ISO control; Motion Deblur

Manufacturer: Panasonic

Quick Glance
Camera type Digital Compact, Digital SLR
Optical Zoom 5
Megapixels 14.1
Physical Specifications
Dimensions Width 103.5
Depth 55.8
Weight (body only) 155g, 176g including battery and card
Camera type Digital Compact, Digital SLR
Optical Zoom 5
Megapixels 14.1
Image Sensor 1/2.33-inch Live MOS
Optical focal length 4.3-21.5mm in 35 film terms
Viewfinder No
Shutter speed 60secs to 1/2000
Auto focus Face/ AF Tracking/ 11pt, 1pt HS, 1pt/spot
Manual focus No
Video (max res/format) 1920x1080, 50i (sensor 25p), AVCHD
Max output resolution 4320x3240
Other resolutions 3648x2736, 3072x2304, 2569x1920, 2048x1536, 640x480, 4320x2880,3648x2432, 3072x2048, 2560x1712, 2048x1360, 640x424, 4320x2432, 3648x2056, 3072x1728, 2560x1440, 1920x1080, 640x360, 3232x3232, 2736x2736, 2304x2304, 1920x1920, 1536x1536, 480x480
Focus range Normal: Wide 50cm to infinity/ Tele 100cm to infinity/ Macro/ Intelligent AUTO: 3cm to infinity/ Tele 100cm to infinity
Exposure control Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Exposure metering Intelligent Multiple, Centre-weighted, Spot
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV Step, +/- 2EV
Image Stabilisation Optical/ Power OIS
ISO settings Auto, I.ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 1600 (High sensitivity ISO 1600-6400)
LCD Monitor 3-inch TFT Touch Screen LCD Display, 230k dots
Flash range 0.6 to 7.4m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 to 2.8m (Tele/ ISO Auto)
Flash modes Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off Slow Sync
White balance modes Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, Colour, Temperature, White Set, WhiteBalance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable +9 steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias
Drive modes 2/5/10fps@14MP, 40fps@5MP, 60fps@2.5MP
Image formats JPEG
Picture adjustments Colour effects
Movie length AVCHD 80min, Motion JPEG 90min
Self timer 2/10 sec
Memory card slot SD/SDHC/SDXC
Supplied memory 40MB built-in
Batteries supplied 940mAh Li-ion
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output PAL, NTSC, mini HDMI
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
Manual 43-page basic printed guide, full manual on CD


October 1, 2010, 1:41 pm

Ever since the TR review of the FX500, I have owned one. Excellent camera and a decent video camera. I am very tempted by this as an upgrade as we do not have an HD camcorder in any event and it is always a PITA if you have the wrong camera with you - 2 in 1 seems excellent to me.


October 1, 2010, 1:44 pm

For me, image quality comes first. That there are other cameras that do it better and for a lower price means "Thanks, Panny, but no thanks." And if anyone from the company reads this: how about including an interval timer one day? That's a feature that would swing me.


October 1, 2010, 3:16 pm

I recently bought one of these cameras online for £275 and am very pleased with it. Just a few comments, mainly on the video mode. As well as 1080 50i there's 720 50p, which, according to the specs is actually true 50p, not the frame doubling of 25p available on earlier Panasonic models. The zoom is audible (though in no way loud) when shooting in very quiet indoor areas, but fine when there's ambient noise (ie most of the time). I had a Sony HX5 a while back and returned it as the battery life was very poor, particularly when shoting video. I believe the FX700's battery is CIPA rated as having a slightly lesser shoting capacity, but in real terms I have found that it lasts considerably longer, and charges quicker also. The FX700 is not perfect by any means, and it definitely struggles in dark scenes, but in my view it's a decent all-rounder.


October 1, 2010, 6:44 pm

@Cliff - I was surprised to see such a high overall score (8/10) considering the less than stellar value (5/10). Ultimately, it's the value of a product that more or less determines if it's worth getting in the first place. That's why I think that the overall score and the score for value should never be more than 2 points apart (at the most). So a 7/10 overall might have been enough.

I also think the score for image quality (8/10) was a bit high, especially considering the price of the camera. For £359, that kind of "IQ" should only get a 7/10, maybe even 6/10.

Take a closer look at the first picture of the statue (in wide angle) at it's original size. There's quite a lot of chromatic aberration around the statue at the top, and the detail of the flowers and trees is far from impressive.

Come on, you can almost get an LX5, or a Canon S90/S95 for that kind of money. And their image quality is in a completely different league.


October 1, 2010, 10:16 pm

Saw this today and was impressed. One or 2 questions though. Is it much better than the FX 70? Also was shown the TZ10 which had 12x optical zoom but seemed bulky.I am basically a happy snapper as my husband has a Nikon D80 for any more serious stuff. Good video needed as we don't have any other video camera. Any advice please? This one felt good!


October 2, 2010, 1:21 am

I forgot to add in my earlier comment that compared to the HX5 the FX700's images are noticeably sharper, and suffer much less from barrel distortion at wide-angle.

Tom MacFarlane

October 2, 2010, 1:36 pm

If searching for a similar-sized digicam with full-size movie mode also consider the Samsung WB2000. This superb camera also offers RAW mode for stills, which is so fast that I now use it all the time.

alireza doraghi

December 20, 2010, 1:44 am

it is(fx700) very good

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