Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16 reviews and prices: Compact camera

132 customer reviews

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8.9 out of 10 based on 132 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16: 14.5 MP (Megapixels), 4x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Glenda, Cheltenham Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The Panasonic lumix DMC-FS16 is a superb compact camera for those who want a range of features, with the ability to switch to Auto, or Intelligent mode which 'do it all for you'. I was tempted by just about everything, the look, the ease of use, the slimness, the easy menu options, naturally the image quality; this has a Leica lens which have a good reputation. If you're a 'part-time photographer' or you simply want a decent, point & shoot with excellent results, I recommend this camera.
Bad points:
Possibly a person with large hands may find some things a little fiddly. The camera is extremely slim, and thats the only negative point I can think of, it really is.!
I haven't had my camera very long, but I have tried it out in different modes. I sincerely hope it doesn't deliver anything negative in my 'compact world'
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 31 Jan 2012

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very good camera was looking for an inexpensive camera with quality ease of use features and this ticked the box.
Bad points:
Have to take the battery out to charge
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Jan 2012

steve, leek Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
good feel and easy to use well built
Bad points:
none so far
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jan 2012

Jane, Colchester Keen amateur

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
Fairly sturdy and compact
Bad points:
Focus is rubbish. Had an Olynpus before that took excellent close ups and distance. This does neither. I hate to imagine what the other compact cameras that got worse ratings are like.
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 4.0
Image quality 1.0
Features 4.0
Build Quality 5.0
Value for money 2.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Dec 2011

Anita, Potters Bar Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use. Small & compact, easy to have in your bag or pocket.
Bad points:
None found so far.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Feb 2012

Elizabeth, Taunton Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use and the battery lasts for several days of fairly heavy use. I haven't had any photo's printed yet but they look really good on the computer.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Feb 2012

John, Skillings Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
An excellent pocket size camera, packed with useful features, which delivers excellent results every time.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Feb 2012

This Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16 is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Optical zoom ratio 4
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
PictBridge Yes
Weight (g) 118
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
In-built memory (Megabytes) 70
Release date 2011-02-22
Height in mm 5.4
Depth in mm 1.9
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 112
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: Panasonic FS16, Lumix DMC-FS16

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Manufacturer's Description

The DMC-FS16 features a 28mm wide-angle 4x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-112mm). The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The 4x optical zoom lens captures beautiful shots of people or landscapes with 14.1-megapixel resolution. The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 4x zoom ratio to powerful 8.4x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.

The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. Apart from the digital image correction, the MEGA O.I.S. corrects a jolt of light axis by shifting the O.I.S. lens unit to offset it. Thus the image is not affected digitally nor deteriorated at all. You get clear, sharp images in exchange for nothing. The MEGA O.I.S. lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination to preserve the mood, and works for macro shots and zoom shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake.

In iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, advanced detection functions work automatically and simultaneously to optimize your settings, making it easier than ever to take beautiful photos every time. iA Mode includes MEGA O.I.S. to detect hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control to detect subject movement, Face Detection AF/AE to detect faces in the frame, AF Tracking to continually track a moving subject and keep it in focus, Intelligent Scene Selector to detect scene conditions and Intelligent Exposure to detect the brightness level.

The DMC-FS16 can record motion pictures in high-definition (1,280 × 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The DMC-FS16 can also upload movies onto YouTube, and photos onto Facebook. All you have to do is checkmark photos and movies you want to share and connect the camera or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card to a computer. Uploading automatically starts just by following the guidance. With operation this easy, you can instantly share your photos and movies with your family and friends all over the world.

With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas – outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas – are automatically detected. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, this technology precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way according to the area. As a result, images are clear and crisp. The Intelligent Zoom extends zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the image quality even combining a digital zoom. 4x optical can virtually extend to 5x equivalent.

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