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Old Sep 29, 2010, 2:26 PM   #11
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Hi jiggs,

How is your experience with the FX700 camera? I'm interested in it, but want to have some feedback and experience from owners like you.

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Old Oct 4, 2010, 1:52 PM   #12
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I just ordered my new FX700 camera, once I have it with me I will test drive it for a while and let you know my thoughts ...
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Old Oct 4, 2010, 2:21 PM   #13
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contratz hepf, lookin forward to your impressions.
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Old Nov 8, 2010, 12:50 PM   #14
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Hi hepf, I am looking to see your first-hand review too, I am currently incline to ZS7 because of it's long zoom, not because I need to use it for still image but it's nice for video.

From specification on the paper, I like FX700's 1080i video, but 5x zoom really turned me down. I will however like to hear from you about it's image quality and video performance see if it turn out to be very good, i might rethink about it...
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Old Nov 9, 2010, 4:55 PM   #15
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Hi Bayin,

I haven't released my review as I'm still giving a try to the camera to get better pictures. As I read on someone's review you really need to get a good setup to get better pictures.

My initial experience is that the picture quality is pretty poor, way below any P&S. The pictures work though for full screen viewing but if you intent to crop you will see the softness and low quality.

The video on the other hand is pretty good, but not a big difference from the 720 HD that the ZS7 provides. I would strongly suggest you go for the ZS7.

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Old Nov 12, 2010, 9:58 PM   #16
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Hi Erwin, thanks for the reply, seems there is not stop me form going to ZS7 then, lol...
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Old Nov 29, 2010, 1:34 PM   #17
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Hi you all,

Let me share some comments on my new FX700 camera after some time testing it.

The camera doesn´t surprise in terms of picture quality, it's pretty average and works fine if you don't crop the image. What the camera doe's fine is with the intelligent Auto mode, it really picks the right shooting mode for the best picture possible. The only thing I did is to change the color effect from standard to happy to improve the color saturation. There are times where the iA actually doesn't work and you have to go over either with scene or program mode, make sure you properly setup these modes in order to improve the picture quality, what I did was:

- Limit the ISO to 200, as the picture quality really decreases with 400 or beyond
- Select intelligent Exposure to standard
- Select intelligent Resolution, it really gets better picture quality (this is not available on iA, so make sure to switch if you want crispier picture)
- Changed the color effect from standard to warm to improve color saturation

There is a firmware update from 1.0 to 1.1 (improving Motion Deblur in iA and autofocus on video capture) that I really recommend to upload on your camera, follow this link for the update:
http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/FX70_75_700/index.html

There are some really interesting shooting tips (some are just plain basics) on Panasonic's webpage that can help you improving the picture quality. See the attached link and select the FX700 model.

Excellent shooting tips specifically for the FX700 camera:
http://avc-cs.panasonic.co.jp/faq/1033/app/servlet/prodsel?MAIN=001004&PROD=001

One that was particularly helpful was to take portrait pictures on the telephoto end of the lens to avoid barrel distortion. This was a very annoying problem that I fixed just zooming in when taking portrait pictures.

Video recording is one of the strong pints for this camera, video and audio quality is superior to any flip or similar compact camcorders.

The touch screen menu is quite intuitive and takes only little time to get familiar with it. One really nice feature is the manual focusing by touching the subject on the screen, the focus is followed as the subject moves on the screen and you can change from portrait to landscape mode just by touching the subject on the background.

It's not the best picture quality camera I have had, but for a P&S camera and to take pictures to see on screen (without cropping) or on the TV is more than enough.

Hope my comments are of some help, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any question.

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