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This was one of the previous cameras I used to own, that I received for a birthday present. I was very pleased with it, of course, as I am whenever I have the fortune to receive a high value electrical product. With 16.1 megapixels from a very esteemed, not to mention one of my favourite, electronics brands, I expected something much more than just average. Several people I knew were in possession of a Lumix camera, and they reassured me that it was a brand of which had always provided them with superb results. I was sure it would not fail me.
Of course, having received this camera as a gift, I am not aware how much exactly was paid for it, but, according to the trustworthy Amazon website, it has a Recommended Retail Price of £184.00. This is not too bad for a camera from Panasonic with a relatively high number of megapixels, however, this can hardly be considered as cheap nowadays, when you can get cameras like my present camera, a trusty little Fujifilm Finepix (of which I have reviewed) for less than half that price.
I would like to point out, however, that:
a) Since the money was not coming out of my own pocket, it did not matter too much to me how much the camera cost, really.
and b) It may aid you to know that the Panasonic Lumix FS22 is almost always on sale on Amazon, for around half price normally. A brilliant offer is the pink version (not really what would have been my colour of choice, but hey, we can't have everything!) which is currently on sale for only £74.99... though I am not sure exactly for how long that offer is planning to stick around.
One of the very first things you ought to know if you are considering buying this camera is that, instead of having buttons like a regular camera to navigate around the machine, it is instead a touch screen device. It has an on/off switch, of course, but that is the only necessary physical button on the camera; even though there is a physical shutter button, there is an option to make the camera take a photo on touch. I was a little apprehensive towards this at first, to be honest, since I had owned several touch screen devices previously and had found them a little unresponsive and battery draining.
It responds quite well to my touch, and you do not have to press down too hard on it to get a good result. The only time when I find the touch screen to be intolerably slow is when I am using the Beauty Retouch function; a setting on the camera which allows you to change the appearance of a person (e.g. skin tone, lip colour, eye shadow, teeth whitening and so on). It is, admittedly, pretty good for a function for a camera, but do not expect anything close to PhotoShop standards- it is a rather simple setting, really. Sometimes, the camera will not even recognise a face and therefore you cannot edit it, and the applications can be inaccurate. Here, the touch screen takes ages to respond and I have to wait many seconds before I can select anything else. However, this is not too problematic for me, since, though undoubtedly, the Beauty Retouch is a fun thing to have on a camera, it loses its value soon enough and it far from the highlight of the camera.
I was given this colour in the lovely shade of black- what I probably would have chosen anyway if I was given the choice. Black is a lovely colour to have a camera in, since it I would like to think that it is almost camouflaged, and anyway, dust and dirt does not show up too clearly on it, as opposed to if you owned a light coloured camera. This camera looks lovely- all sleek and shiny, and I can definitely say that it is one of the best looking cameras I have ever owned. It is not totally thin, but it is not chunky like some cameras you find even nowadays.
I always keep the picture quality to the highest setting, so that I get the best looking picture. The results are very clear, and the image stabilisation means that you hardly ever receive a blurry picture. The shutter button is very easy to activate, and you do not have to press down too hard on it. Pictures show up clearly on the display screen, but they normally turn out better when shown on a computer screen. It takes lovely pictures of scenery, and you can make full use of the 4x optical zoom; this, admittedly, is not too great, but it is good enough. I should just take this moment to tell you, though, that this is not one of those cameras which take the most attractive photos of people; I sometimes think that 16.1 megapixels is a bit TOO clear!
There are many functions and settings available, though I usually stick with the ordinary photo function, it is nice to know that I have options. You can shoot in black and white, for example, and sepia is always there for a nostalgic look. You can give people different looking skin (for example, "summer skin"), or so it claims, but I usually leave them natural. It takes good quality film, however, a major downside is that you cannot zoom in and out whilst you are filming!
Unfortunately, I lost this lovely camera whilst on holiday, and am still fuming about that! It is pretty much affirmative that I will never see my trusty old Lumix again, or the photos stored inside it, either. Just a little note to myself to take better care of my possessions!
Altogether, this is a lovely trustworthy camera. Yes, it does have some faults, but also plenty of positives to cover up for that. I would recommend this camera, but before investing in this camera, I would suggest for you to have a good look around at other cameras within this price range. Although I enjoyed my experience with this camera (whilst it lasted) it is always important to be aware that there are more cameras on the market!
I have had this camera since this January by now (purchased from amazon.com) and have been very pleased with it. The shutter speed is quite fast, the camera itself has a wide variety of settings and you can choose from many effects such as sepia, etc.... but that you would expect from a normal camera. THIS camera, however, takes lovely, clarified images which I find are hardly ever blurry (even if you do not have such a firm hand). The touchscreen, however, takes a while to get used to; at times it is slightly unresponsive, especially when you are using the Beauty Retouch option, when the Lumix slightly disappoints where speed is concerned. But overall, this should not put you off such a handy little camera which can easily fit inside your pocket, comparatively low in price that has a touchscreen (albeit not the most responsive one in the world) and takes lovely photos. It also has a high MP as opposed to its price.