The FX75 is a capable digital camera with a fast wide angle zoom, good shutter and AF performance and good image quality. It features a touch screen for the bulk of camera operations and, as advertised, this system proved to be “fluid and smooth.” The zoom range lends itself to capturing wide vistas or large subjects up close; bringing distant subjects close is not this camera’s forte. Lack of manual controls will send some folks away unhappy, but the FX75 is clearly targeting users who seek minimal involvement with the image capture process.
Not many blemishes come with the FX75, and those that do are relatively minor. The AVCHD Lite video format is still not as widely recognized as Motion JPEG, so even if you’ve upgraded to compatible devices there’s no guarantee your friends will be able to view your AVCHD videos on their equipment.
I found the monitor a bit harder than usual to see for image composition and capture in bright conditions (but OK for menus and other touch screen operations). The maximum aperture at telephoto is slower than most and with ISO noise grading out as average overcoming this speed differential with higher ISOs isn’t the way to go.
Still, Panasonic continues to impress with their compact digitals, which do a fairly good job overall. The FX75 is just one of the latest additions to continue this tradition.
- Good image and color quality
- Quick shutter and AF acquisition times
- Fast maximum aperture at wide angle
- Touch screen operation is simple and functional
- Monitor a bit harder than average to see in bright conditions for image composition/capture
- Slow maximum aperture at telephoto