Four New Beauties from Panasonic

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX38

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX38

The FX38 is certainly no stranger to those of you who've followed Panasonic's range of stylish compacts. Since the advent of the FX33 and the introduction of the Intelligent Auto (iA) mode last July, the FX series has undergone a few transformations that make capturing those precious moments that much easier. On top of that, the FX38 also sports a new lens that's a slight improvement over its predecessor, the FX36 (FX35 for American and European markets). The number of megapixels is maintained at 10.1MP still, like the FX36. The lens now now sports a 5x zoom, and goes to a maximum of 125mm (in 35mm equivalent), up 20mm from the FX36. This could prove to be advantageous for those who would like that extra bit of reach when you're on holiday.

iA now includes a new function: AF Tracking. With this new function, you can now "lock" the focus onto a moving subject, and iA will keep your subject in focus as it moves, all without requiring you to depress the shutter release halfway. In addition, the FX38 now includes two additional scene modes, bringing the total now to 25. The new Pin Hole and Film Grain modes give you that additional opportunity to explore and push the boundaries of your creativity. The ability to shoot 720p videos makes it friendly for those who would like to dabble in some form of HD filmmaking.

FX38 (Front)

FX38 (Back)

FX38 (Top)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX38 Specifications
  • 94.7 x 51.9 x 22.0 mm (W x H x D)
  • Approx. 125g
  • Approx. 146g with Battery and SD Memory Card
Camera Effective Pixels:
  • 10.1-megapixels
Image Sensor:
  • 1/2.33" 10.7 Total Mega Pixels CCD
Optical Zoom:
  • 5x
Digital Zoom:
  • 4x
Focal Length:
  • f=4.4-22mm (35mm Equiv.: 25-125mm)
  • 7 elements in 6 groups
  • (4 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces)
  • Wide: F2.8 - F8.0
  • Tele: F5.9-F8
Optical Image Stabilizer:
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Auto/Mode1/ Mode2)
ISO Sensitivity:
  • Auto /100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
  • High Sensitivity Mode : Auto(1600 - 6400)
White Balance:
  • Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Pinhole modes)
  • White Balance Adjustment (+/-10steps, except for auto set)
Backlight Compensation:
  • Yes (auto in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Scene Mode:
  • Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Underwater, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash-Burst, Film Grain, Pin Hole
Shutter Speed:
  • 8-1/2000 sec
  • Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Color Mode:
  • Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Recording Image Size:
  • 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2736 pixels, 3072 x 2304 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels
  • 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2432 pixels, 3072 x 2048 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3648 x 2056 pixels, 3072 x 1728 pixels, 2560 x 1440 pixels,1920 x 1080 pixels
Intelligent Exposure:
  • Yes
  • Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
LCD Monitor:
  • 2.5" TFT LCD Display (230K dots)
  • Field of View : approx. 100%
  • AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Recording Media:
  • Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard(Still image only)
Battery life (approx.):
  • 310 pictures (CIPA standard)
Included Software:
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer- 2.1E
  • ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker)
  • QuickTime, USB Driver
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