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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65 Digicam review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65 Digicam - Better Each Time

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The new Panasonic Lumix FX65 comes from a line of fine cameras; its predecessors include the FX36, the FX38, and the FX48. While we bemoaned the decision to increase the FX48's megapixel count to 12 over the FX36 and FX38's 10 megapixels imaging resolution (while keeping the same sensor and thus increasing the image noise), the Panasonic Lumix FX48 's new intelligent shooting features managed to win us over.

With the just introduced FX65, Panasonic has kept the mega-pixel count to 12, and added even more intelligent features to the camera like improved image stabilization and quick auto-focus. Like its predecessors, the new FX65 favors incremental refinements versus a complete overhaul. But does it solve the noise problem of the FX48? And do the new intelligent features make it a more compelling buy over the FX48? Read on to find out.

(If you're wondering how Panasonic released four digital compact cameras of the same class within the span of one and a half years, it's because an average digital compact camera has a shelf life of about six months before it gets refreshed. Pretty fast, we know.)