Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70
Review Panasonic has updated its camera design with the Lumix DMC-FX70, and very nice it looks too, with a stylish curve on the right side of the camera body and a lovely matt black and silver finish.
However, on switch on, the screen looks a bit cluttered with icons on the top, right and bottom of the screen. Pressing a display button removes most of them, but it’s not the best screen design I’ve seen.
Icons for all menu settings (such as white balance and ISO) are clearly displayed on a single screen and it’s dead easy to make adjustments. The display is large, clear and easy to view, even when sunlight is shining on it.
The response wasn’t bad, although you occasionally have to prod the camera into action. The DMC-FX70 also offers a touch shutter system – just touch an on-screen subject and the camera focuses and takes the shot.
Images are viewed by scrolling through with your thumb, but press firmly; otherwise you magnify the image instead. You also get a curious Cosmetic mode, which is designed to improve skin tone – what next, a Botox Button? Pictures were sharp, detailed and vibrant, although noise creeps in at around ISO 200.
A smart-looking camera that does most of the thinking for you. The touch screen is large and clear, although the menu layout design could be improved. ®
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