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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the flash and image quality. The usability and value for money are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the design. There are some negative reviews about the color and screen.

portability, value for money, usability, image quality, flash

low-light, connectivity, responsiveness, screen, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42

 

Alot of good has to be said about this camera, in Belgium this is easly the best camera under €100, i give u some reasons why to buy this instead of another camera of the same pricerange. -Lens 4x zoom 33-132mm vs 3x zoom 35-105mm this doesn't...

What i miss ; No manual controls, ok i have my Nikon D90 for that ; but my old compact had manual controls and it can ; come in handy.(but for most people that would buy ; this ; camera this isn't a problem) ; no Image stabilisation though i didn't...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42

 

This opinion is on FS4. This camera is almost good for my mother in law. I did not try the A480 but I have the feeling it is a better camera. I have chosen this one over A480 for its wide filming format.

1. Cannot set White Balance (bug?). If you select the manual white balance and then press menu/set (as explained in the user manual) nothing happens: the interface returns to the previous screen; no setting screen is displayed. I have reset the camera...

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMC-FS42P-K Lumix FS42 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera - BlackPanasonic Lumix DMC-FS4 - Digital camera - compact - 8.1 Mpix - optical zoom: 4 x - supported memory: MMC, SD, SDHC

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 digital camera

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 is an entry-level compact digital camera aimed at casual photographers and shoppers on a budget.

Vibrant colours, cheap, decent low-light performance

Images could be sharper, nothing to make it stand out from the crowd

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 is an ultra-affordable compact camera that does the basics well. It might not excel in any one area, but at this price, it's not supposed to. A good choice for skint casual users.

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 2 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, flash, usability, glare

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42EF-K - Digital camera - compact - 10.1 Mpix - optical zoom: 4 x - supported memory: SD, SDHC - black

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Classy camera case

 

Very stylist and compact looks the part!

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beautiful case

 

This was a very good price and a beautiful case to use with my new camera. The staff in Bold Street, Liverpool were so helpful and made may buying experience very good.

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internal measurements would be helpful

 

Had to return it as FINAL SUMMER CLEARANCE

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good item

 

nice strong soft leather case for lumix camera

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Brilliant.

 

Protective, Sturdy, perfect fit for my lumix camera. I does have a carry string but as my camera has one attached there is holes at the side of the case where it comes through so you can use that to carry it by the string. It also comes with a belt loop.

Product Specifications

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 features Venus Engine IV. The image-processing engine, Venus Engine IV, uses advanced signal processing to give you beautiful images even when the sensitivity is high. Multi-task signal processing is employed for all images to enable high-speed, high-performance shooting. Venus Engine IV also effectively raises the precision of various functions, such as MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. Along with its extremely high performance, Venus Engine IV reduces power consumption thanks to a number of energy efficiency improvements. Luminance noise and chromatic noise are reduced separately in the Venus Engine III. In addition, the Venus Engine IV enhances this detection by effectively reducing highly noticeable low-frequency chromatic noise in advance, while delicately applying noise reduction (NR) processing to detailed areas to prevent the color bleeding that often happens when NR is used. As a result, beautiful images with minimal noise can be reproduced all the way up to ISO 1600 high sensitivity at full resolution while color noise is less noticeable in shadows and other dark areas even when shooting with low sensitivity. When the camera's in iA mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene mode to either Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery. The camera judges it from the various detection results such as focusing and brightness level of the circumstance. You are free from annoying settings every time scene changes when taking pictures with these most frequently used Scene modes to get beautiful results even before you know it. Unlike a conventional normal mode, Scene modes automatically activate the compensation effects that are best suited to particular shooting situations. They give you images that are more beautiful and closer to your original intention. Whereas you ordinarily have to select a mode for each situation, the Intelligent Scene Selector in iA mode makes the selection automatically. When there is strong backlighting, the background appears nice and bright, but the subject is dark. This function detects backlight condition and compensates it automatically.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.1in/2.2in
Weight:4oz
Width:3.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Flash-burst / Food / Hi-speed burst / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset/Portrait mode / Party/indoor / Night portrait / Self-portrait / Pet / Scenery / Food / Fireworks / Night scene / Sports mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / High sensitivity / Starry sky / Soft skin / Baby1 / Baby2 / Aerial photo / Hi-speed burst/Portrait mode / Party/indoor / Night portrait / Self-portrait / Pet / Scenery / Food / Fireworks / Night scene / Sports mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / High sensitivity / Starry sky / Soft skin / Baby1 / Baby2 / Aerial photo / Hi-speed burst / Flash-burst

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-FS42/DMC-FS42K/DMC-FS42PU-K/DMC-FS42PU-P
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.9
Max Focal Length:22mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Pink/Silver
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG / QuickTime/QuickTime / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1000 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)/ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)/ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm/Cool / Warm / Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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