Panasonic Lumix DMC FX35 | Digital Camera Review | Control
The compact size of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX35 and the fact the camera is a featherweight, make this the perfect camera to carry with you at all times. In spite of the small dimensions, the camera is still equipped with a 4x optical wide angle zoom, offering you a small but quite all-round camera at hand. As far as design is concerned, the Panasonic FX35 is not new, it is a sibling of the FX-series cameras, and yet Panasonic succeed every time in being innovative. Take in mind the ease of the built-in image stabilization, which allows you to consider the Panasonic Lumix FX35 a powerful photographic tool.
Panasonic DMC-FX35 - Face detection & Scène detection
It is quite obvious that a camera like the Panasonic FX35 is aiming at ease of use and a fully automatic operation. Aperture and/or shutter speed priority are therefore not available. Yet, as user, you can choose from a broad range of preset scenes and several automatic settings. Panasonic are further automating their cameras, and functions like face detection and the intelligent scène detection are integrated in this Lumix model. The settings are displayed on the monitor in a menu. The structure of this menu is straightforward and easy to recognize. However, we do encounter some items that are not completely logically positioned. For example; take setting the built-in clock; this should be found in the Set-up mode only and not in play mode which is the case for this Panasonic camera.
Automatic Scène detection on the Lumix DMC-FX35
As mentioned before, the Panasonic Lumix FX35 is not a camera for manual settings. These call for the Panasonic Lumix LX model line. If you still want to perform creative photography, you should activate the built-in Scene mode. The various scenes offer surprisingly creative possibilities, although you have to learn to recognize the moment. Panasonic takes it a step further by equipping the camera with an intelligent auto scene detection function. For example; the Panasonic FX35 recognizes a macro picture and adjusts itself for optimal shooting of a macro picture. If you turn the camera to the right for panning, the camera will again recognize the situation and adjust optimally accordingly. In practice, this mode only rarely fails, and it should be said that the amount of failures is virtually negligible. For now, this functionality is an enrichment for a compact camera like the Panasonic Lumix FX35 and enhances the ease of operation.
Digital camera for automatic operation
If you have held a Panasonic Lumix camera in your hand before, maybe you still remember the symbol of the hearts. It was a typical feature of Panasonic with their very own style of pictograms and symbols. However, this symbol has had to disappear and make room for a so-called IA mode or Intelligent Auto mode, which is in fact a more advanced version of the Simple mode at which a main function such as Auto Scene detection is integrated. In addition, ISO, exposure, continuous AF and the optical image stabilization are activated and/or carried out automatically. It comes down to a completely all-round automatic functioning of the camera, and this mode works really pleasant in practice. Once again, proof of substantial intelligent software within a compact camera.