- Lightweight, compact
- Reliable performance
- Good images
- Touchy zoom control
- No zoom or AF in movie rec
- Tricky touchscreen UI
The Panasonic FH27 offers quick, reliable performance in a fairly tight and compact package. The touch screen is somewhat easy to use, though caused us trouble in image review.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 (also known as the FS37) is Panasonic’s top-of-the-line “Stylish Casual” compact point-and-shoot digital camera. Panasonic’s small cameras have not been known for their sense of style, though Panasonic is trying to change that with some of its recent releases (the “FP” series and the “S” series). While the FH27 is not what most would consider particularly stylish, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, as not everyone desires a camera that is a fashion statement. I did find the camera to be attractive, however.
With their reputation for good handling, quick operation and good image quality, Panasonic’s point-and-shoot cameras have become very popular. They are also very full featured for their price points, and the FH27 is no exception with its 16.1 megapixel sensor, wide angle 8x optical zoom Leica lens (28-224mm, 35mm equivalent), Intelligent Auto mode, optical image stabilization, HD video (720p), Panasonic’s latest Venus IV processor, and its large 3.0-inch diameter touchscreen LCD.
The FH27 comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, a battery charger, a plastic stylus pen, the Basic Owner’s Manual, a wrist strap, an audio-visual cable, a USB cable and a CD containing the Owner’s Manual and Panasonic’s Photofun Studio 6.0 photo organizing software. The camera takes SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards, which must be purchased separately. The FH27 comes in silver, red and black, the color of the camera I reviewed. Its suggested price is $229.99, but it should be available for significantly less.
After spending some time familiarizing myself with the camera’s touchscreen, I was eager to go out and take some pictures. However, the weather was rainy through most of the first two weeks of March, so I was unable to take the number of colorful outdoor pictures I normally take when I evaluate a camera. Given this limitation, let’s see how the FH27 fared.