Hello dear readers, this gonna be an english review about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42.
I’m gonna do this review in english because i didn’t find a review about this camera anywhere else online, and because this camera deserves one i think i should do it.
Though u are all warned because my written english is absolutely crap (my spoken is alot better).
What does it look like:
As u see it’s a very compact camera wich is a bit styled but not overdone.
Specifications (the once i find important)
-4x optical zoom, 33-132mm,f2.8-5.9
-minimum focus distance at 33mm: 5cm and at 132mm: 50cm
– choise between 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 but offcourse u loose some megapixels at some of these settings.
-1.7 fps at 10mp or at 3mp 4 fps
-Some good scene modes
-wvga video (848x480px) at 30fps so this is 16:9
-Screen: 2.5 inch 230k pixels
-Dimensions (WxHxD) 97.6mm x 55.4mm x 22.3mm
-Battery rating: 390 photo’s
Now that where facts, now i’m gonna do the real review and i gonna do it this way, i gonna give the good points first and than the bad points.
-Prize at €99 this was the best camera i could get at the time i bough it.
-4x optical zoom, this is better than most camera’s in the same prize range and it isn’t just at the tele end it’s also better in the wide end. A normal lens u get is 35-105mm while this lens is 33-132mm.
-WVGA video this is bigger than the vga u get in the most camera’s and it’s 16:9 so u can view it on your widescreen tv. The video is also in another compression than on the most vga camera’s so u get a very high bitrate.
-Battery: its rated at 390 photo’s (50% with flash and 50% without), now i can’t say i fully tested it but i can say that u can easly make 250 photos and a video clip from 15 mins, so i would think that could be true. In real life this means u can easly take the camera on a weekend without having the need to charge it.
-Ergonomics and handling this camera is very well layed out u never press a button on accident, it doesn’t look easy to hold but it is trust me. U can use this camera with 1 hand and thats always a good tell in handling.
-Scene modes some of them are very nice like the Starry Sky mode wich lets u choose between 15-30-60sec exposures and it lets the iso to the lowest setting.
There is also a party setting wich uses slow flash sync.
-Colors there are a few different color modes and the vivid one gives very nice colors.
-IQ or Image Quality, i think this has very good IQ until iso 400.
Here are photo’s on all iso settings, these photo’s are all mode on the same lens settings and on a tripod. They are all 100% crops
ISO 80 very clean
ISO 100 still very clean
ISO 200 still clean a bit more noise
ISO 400 is still clean but u start loosing detail
ISO 800 is still usable but almost all detail is gone.
ISO 1000 all detail is gone and now u get alot of noice this is unusable.
– No manual controls although u woudln’t use it very much on a compact, my last one had it and it sometimes came in usefull.
-The view of angle of the screen is below average in terms of above and beneath is worse than most camera’s.
-No optical stabilisation
-Battery, it’s an accu and some people like AA-batteries because u can get them everywhere
As u see i really like this camera, panasonic makes some good camera’s at every price point and ok it can’t compete with dslr’s or other compacts with a higher prize but this is the best camera i could get at €99 and compete with some camera’s up to €175.
I also should tell u i never buy compacts above €100 because a compact for me is a camera i shouldn’t be afraid of taking it with me everywhere. (i got a Nikon D90 for the photo’s that have to be good)
So in 1 line: “The best camera off all €99 camera’s”
And here are some more photo’s
That was it thanks for reading it and i hope it helped u!