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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 16MP 8x Zoom Digital Camera with 3.0" Touchscreen (Black)
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- Accessories Included - Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Stylus Pen, AV cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROMFeatures
- 3.0-inch High Resolution LCD - Large 3.0-inch LCD features high 230,000-dot resolution Intelligent LCD with Touch Screen. It automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. This LCD provides sharp, clear images in v
- Venus Engine VI - The high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine VI is incorporated in the camera to enable the recording of beautiful images with higher quality signal processing including the Intelligent Resolution technology. An advanced noise redu
- iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode - When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don't have time to change any settings, simply choose the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and let the c
- The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. Even slight hand-shake movement is accurately detected by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second, and compensated to produce sharp, clear images.
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Camera Flash||Internal flash|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||4.4 fps|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.1|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Item Dimensions||1.09 x 2.22 x 3.91 inches|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2.4 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Maximum Focal Length||40 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1600 seconds|
|Minimum Focal Length||5 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||1 second|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||16mp|
|Viewfinder Type||fixed LCD|
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|Screen Size||3 in||2.7 in||3 in||3 in||2.7 in||5 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.22 x 3.91 x 1.09 in||0.91 x 3.66 x 2.05 in||1.34 x 4.37 x 2.52 in||1.34 x 4.37 x 2.56 in||2.13 x 1.97 x 0.87 in||3.7 x 0.9 x 2.1 in|
|Item Weight||—||4.32 ounces||0.53 lb||0.54 lb||4.48 ounces||4.4 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||18.1 megapixels||12 megapixels||20 megapixels||12 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||16mp||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97 fps)|
|Viewfinder||fixed LCD||None||LCD||LCD||None||fixed LCD|
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 16.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - 5 mm-40 mm - Black DMC-FH27K Digital Cameras
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I helped a friend set up a new Lumix DMC-FH25 at about the same time I bought my Lumix DMC-FH27, so I had an opportunity to compare them. They are basically the same camera, with two major differences: the DMC-FH27 has a 3.0" LCD and touch screen controls; the DMC-FH25 has a 2.7" LCD and has physical controls on the camera body. One other difference I noticed is that the DMC-FH27 offers an option for shooting 5x7" pictures in average 3mb file size; the DMC-FH25 does not.
I found the controls in both cameras unnecessarily complex, but this is probably for marketing purposes, so Panasonic can sell it as a versatile camera, even though most consumers will never use the vast majority of the features. I suspect that Panasonic is no worse than other manufacturers in this regard. All of the point-and-shoots I've used (Nikon and Lumix) take such good pictures in automatic mode that most people will have little need of the other modes the cameras offer.
The touch screen controls work well and to my surprise I preferred them to the physical controls on the DMC-FH25, but for most people, the DMC-FH25 will be much easier to use. Several disadvantages to any touch screen on a camera: you'll have to recharge your battery more often, you may have problems if you install a protective screen on the LCD, and you're going to have fingerprints on the LCD.
While I had the DMC-FH27, I compared it to two of my other cameras: Nikon Coolpix L20 and Nikon D60 DSLR. The Lumix came out well in the comparison, roughly equal to the Coolpix and in one case, as good as the D60.
I didn't have the DMC-FH27 long enough to run any meaningful and accurate tests of resolution, so my comparison test is only for color and image quality. In general, the D60 unsurprisingly got the best pictures, but in one test, the Lumix was just as good. In my other tests, I sometimes preferred the Lumix and and sometimes the Coolpix; it was equally divided between the two.
My one major complaint about the Lumix was its flash, which was more overpowering than the Coolpix flash. On the other hand, the zoom is much better on the Lumix. It zooms out much wider than the Coolpix L20, and it automatically shoots in macro mode; I accidentally took a picture with the camera about an inch away from a magazine page, but the text in the photograph turned out impressively sharp.
If you need a date stamp on your photos, you might not like this Lumix. The date stamp the Lumix imprints on the photos is much fainter, barely readable, than the Coolpix L20, and in a format that doesn't make a lot of sense. For example, for a photo taken on November 3, 2011 at 3:15pm, the barely readable imprint on the photo, which I had to blow up in Photoshop to read, shows "PM 3:15 Nov/ 3/2011". If you need a legible date/time stamp on your photos, this is not the camera for you. The imprint is too faint to be useful.
Based on my experience with several Coolpix L20s and the experience of friends with various models of Lumix, I'd expect more reliability from the Lumix. I've written a separate review about the Coolpix L20.
It's the touch-screen display that's where this comes up a bit short. It's not very responsive (being a capacitive touch screen, it will need you to "press" to get your action registered) though adds to the techie quotient but feels a generation older. Besides, some of the icons on display doesn't convey the mode you are in (particularly if you are in Video mode.) The other shortcoming (know before purchase, which I assume can be fixed with a firmware update) is that you cannot zoom while shooting a video (it is locked to the state at which you started filming.) And the last issue is that while previewing the images, they wont rotate if you switch orientation of the camera, a silly thing that's not there in my other Lumix model as well.
This camera has many settings—almost too many. However, the basic settings are easy to access. A nice feature is the ability to drag two of your favorite settings (shortcuts) to the main screen so they are literally at your fingertip. I only wish there was room for 3 or four favorites to the top level.
You can turn the camera on and take a picture in 2 seconds. If you've owned another camera and missed more than a few shots because you were waiting for the camera to boot up, you'll appreciate how fast this camera starts up. When it comes to turning off the camera, you can set it to go to sleep in 2 min, 5 min, 10 min, or never. Again, if you've owned another camera and missed great shots because the camera went to sleep just as the action started happening, you'll appreciate the option to never turn the camera off. Sometimes getting the picture is more important than conserving a battery, espcially if you have spares.
One reviewer pointed out a design flaw: the lens causes a shadow in the lower left corner when you use the flash in zoom. He's right. That doesn't bother me because I have a DSLR that I use for closeup flash situations, which is hardly ever. However, if this is your only camera and you think you'll need to take closeups with a flash, you may want to look for a different camera.
Some reviewers noted that flash images can be washed out. That's also true—sometimes. I reduce the exposure by 1/3 or 2/3 EV. Instead of digging into the menus to find the EV setting, I placed it as one of the shortcuts on my main screen.
There are lots of neat features about this camera. It has all the basics and more. I carry it with me wherever I go. I still use my DSLR when I want high quality uncompressed RAW images. For everyday use, I love this camera!