Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 / FX38 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 DMC-FX38 iconPanasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 is the latest point-and-shoot camera from Panasonic, DMC-FX37 is also called DMC-FX38 in some countries. FX37 / FX38 is replacing the DMC-FX35, from the specification, you can see that FX37 is quite a step up from FX35.

Lumix DMC-FX37 upgrades

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 DMC-FX38

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 / DMC-FX38

Let’s compare FX37 and FX35, here is a list of upgrades (FX37 VS FX35):

  • Better Zoom Lens – FX37 get a 5X zoom lens (25mm – 125mm), meanwhile FX35 came with 25mm – 105mm. 25mm Ultra-Wide-Angle and MEGA O.I.S. image stablizer is still the same, and the photos produced by FX37 is as sharp as FX35. It is very good and not easy to get 1X longer zoom, while producing the same sharp picture!
  • New processor – you can find Venus Engine IV on DMC-FX37, which is also used on DMC-LX3. The result is quite pleasing, faster startup time, faster auto-focus, fast image recording … everything a little bit faster
  • New iA (intelligent auto) mode – a new AF Tracking function automatically tracks and lock the subject once the AF has been set even, after that, if the subject moves around, the camera will keep lock on and tracking the subject; easier to capture sharp photos.
  • Better battery efficiency – you can take 310 photos on a single battery charge with FX37, compare to only 290 photos with FX35
  • Photo Quality – FX37 equiped with the same CCD as FX35, as you can expect, photos from them are almost the same in quality. However, thanks to the new Venus Engine IV image processor, FX37 shows a little bit improvement on noise control and color reproduction.
  • HD movie – same as FX35, FX37 can take 30fps high-definition 1280 x 720p motion images. You may connect FX37 to a HDTV with a Component Cable (available separately), and watch the HD moives took by FX37 directly on HDTV.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 / DMC-FX38 standing Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 / DMC-FX38 top

Lumix DMC-FX37 Sample Photos

Here are some sample photos taken with DMC-FX37. I am impressed by the fine detail and good color reproduction from the 25mm – 125mm LEICA lens.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 / DMC-FX38 sample photo 1 - Good skin color

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 / DMC-FX38 sample photo 1 - Good skin color and fine detail

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 sample photo 2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 sample photo 2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 sample photo 3 - macro

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 sample photo 3 - macro

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 sample photo 4 macro

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 sample photo 4 macro

Lumix DMC-FX37 Lens Test

The 25mm – 125mm shown minimum distortion both at wide angle and long end, it is one of the best you can on point-and-shoot digital cameras; better than a lot of digital cameras on the market.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Lens Test 1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Lens Test 2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test / Noise Test

As you may know, Panasonic is not famous for noise control, although the latest Lumix DMC-LX3 dose shown great improvement on noise control. DMC-FX37 come with the same CCD as FX35, so FX37’s noise control should be almost the same as DMC-FX35, but thanks to the new imaging processor, DMC-FX37’s noise reduction works a little bit better.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo

DMC-FX37 ISO Test – 100% Crop @ position 1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 100
FX37 ISO Test Photo – ISO 100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 200
FX37 ISO Test Photo – ISO 200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 400
FX37 ISO Test Photo – ISO 400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 800
FX37 ISO Test Photo – ISO 800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 1600
FX37 ISO Test Photo – ISO 1600

DMC-FX37 ISO Test – 100% Crop @ position 2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 100 @ P2
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P2 – ISO 100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 200 @ P2
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P2 – ISO 200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 400 @ P2
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P2 – ISO 400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 800 @ P2
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P2 – ISO 800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 1600 @ P2
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P2 – ISO 1600

DMC-FX37 ISO Test – 100% Crop @ position 3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 100 @ P3
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P3 – ISO 100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 200 @ P3
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P3 – ISO 200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 400 @ P3
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P3 – ISO 400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 800 @ P3
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P3 – ISO 800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 ISO Test Photo - ISO 1600 @ P3
FX37 ISO Test Photo @ P3 – ISO 1600

Lumix DMC-FX37 – Some more test sample photos

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Test Sample Photo 1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Test Sample Photo 1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Test Sample Photo 2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Test Sample Photo 2

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Test Sample Photo 3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Test Sample Photo 3

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Test Sample Photo 4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 Test Sample Photo 4

Conclusion

I am happy with the photo quality of Lumix DMC-FX37, good color with fine detail (sharp), improved noise control, helpful image stabilization, object focus tracking … etc; everything that you can ask for a point-and-shoot digital camera.

The new iA mode (auto focus tracking / locking) is quite useful for taking pictures of moving objects like children or pets. However, the iA mode doesn’t work well with fast moving object, low light conditions and objects with low contrast (example: a big area of the same color).

From the price-performance ratio point of view, compare to other similar digital cameras, DMC-FX37 is definitely a good choice.


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Posted in Panasonic | 4 Comments » August 22nd, 2008

4 Responses
  1. Fujifilm Finepix F60fd Review | Digital Camera User Says:

    [...] One really new feature is the Auto-Scene Recognition which helps you detect and automatically select the suitable scene mode / setting. This feature is becoming a “common” feature, you can find the similar feature on Panasonic digital cameras (e.g. Lumix DMC-FX37) [...]

  2. Matt Milner Says:

    I smashed my Casio Exilim and replaced it with one of these – have been really pleased with it

  3. admin Says:

    Good to know that you get a new camera!

    Take some nice pictures and share with us!

  4. Digital Cameras - Photokina 2008 | Digital Camera User Says:

    [...] Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 is a compact digital camera, was announced on 2008/07/21. It is also known as DMC-FX38 in Asia. [...]

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