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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Digital Camera, 14.1 Megapixel, 1/2.33" CCD Sensor, 5x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, 2.7" LCD Display, Black

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About Panasonic DMC-FH6

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 (Black) is an ultra-compact digital camera with an attractive body. It has a Effective resolution of 14.1 megapixels from a 1/2.33" RGB CCD image sensor with a more powerful Lumix DC Vario-Summarit branded 5x optical zoom lens. The DMC-FH6's lens offers a 35mm-equivalent range from a useful 24mm wide angle to a 120mm telephoto, placing a little extra range at both ends of the zoom range and features a true optical image stabilization system with which to fight blur caused by camera shake.

The Panasonic FH6's lens has a two-step aperture that offers a choice of either f/2.5 or f/9.0 at wide angle and a rather dim f/6.4 or f/20.0 at telephoto. Full-resolution burst shooting is possible at a rate of 1.5 frames per second and the FH6 includes a Venus Engine-branded image processor. The Panasonic FH6 doesn't include an optical viewfinder, instead opting solely for a 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 dot resolution on which images and videos are both framed and reviewed.

The Panasonic DMC-FH6 has a 23-point multi-area autofocus system which also includes a single-point focusing mode. Like almost all digital cameras these days, there's also a face detection function, with Panasonic's implementation using the information to adjust both focus and exposure to properly capture your subjects' faces. ISO sensitivity ordinarily ranges from 100 to 1,600, with the ability to extend this as far as ISO 6,400 equivalent in High Sensitivity mode.

Shutter speeds from 1/1,600 to 8 seconds are possible. The Panasonic DMC-FH6 uses Intelligent Multiple metering and offers six white balance settings including Auto, Manual and four fixed presets. A generous selection of 15 scene modes let users tailor the look of their images, useful given that the Panasonic FH6 doesn't offer aperture, shutter-priority, or fully manual modes.

There's also an Intelligent Scene Selection function, which can automatically select from a subset of commonly used scene modes. A five mode flash strobe includes red-eye reduction capability and has a rated range of up to 4.1 meters using Intelligent ISO. As well as JPEG still images, the Panasonic FH6 can capture 30 frames-per-second movies with monaural sound at high definition 1,280 x 720 pixel (720p) resolution, or standard definition 640 x 480 pixel (VGA) resolution or below, although the compression used is the older Motion JPEG type, so file sizes for high-def movies are likely to be hefty.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 stores its images and movies on Secure Digital cards, including the newer SDHC or SDXC types. There's also a pretty generous 70MB of built-in memory. Connectivity options include a USB 2.0 High-Speed connection, plus standard definition NTSC video output. Power comes from a proprietary 680mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable battery pack and is rated as good for 280 shots on a charge to CIPA testing standards. The software bundle includes PHOTOfunSTUDIO v8.0 Lite Edition and Adobe Reader.

Panasonic DMC-FH6 Specifications

Max resolution
4320 x 3240
Other resolutions
4320 x 2880, 4320 x 2432, 3648 x 2736, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Image ratio W:H
4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels
14.1 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors
14.5 megapixels
Sensor size
1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor type
CCD
ISO
Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets
4
Custom white balance
Yes (1)
Image stabilization
Optical
JPEG quality levels
Fine, Standard
Focal length (equiv.)
24 - 120 mm
Optical zoom
5x
Autofocus
Contrast Detect (sensor)
Multi-area
Center
Single
Face Detection
Digital zoom
Yes (4x)
Manual focus
No
Normal focus range
50 cm (19.69")
Macro focus range
5 cm (1.97")
Number of focus points
9
Lens mount
No
Articulated LCD
Fixed
Screen size
2.7"
Screen dots
230,000
Touch screen
No
Live view
Yes
Viewfinder type
No
Maximum aperture
F2.5 to F6.4
Minimum shutter speed
8 sec
Maximum shutter speed
1/1600 sec
Aperture priority
No
Shutter priority
No
Manual exposure mode
No
Subject / scene modes
Yes
Built-in flash
Yes
Flash range
4.6 m
External flash
No
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Continuous drive
Yes (1.5 fps)
Self-timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
Multi
Exposure compensation
±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing
No
Video Format
Motion JPEG
Microphone
Mono
Speaker
Mono
Video Resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Storage types
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included
10MB
USB
USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)
HDMI
No
Wireless
No
Remote control
No
Environmentally sealed
No
Battery
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)
280
Dimensions (W x H x D)
96 x 56 x 20 mm (3.78 x 2.2 x .79")
Weight
119 g / 4.20 oz (inc. batteries)
Mfr #
DMCFH6K
SKU
IPCDMCFH6BK

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4.0

easy & good

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Nice inexpensive and small camera. Easy to use and a back-up pocket camera for me. Most pix are fine but I have found that some seem a little blurry so I use a faster setting whenever possible. Good for what I need but not National Geographic cover type pix.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Favorite Pocket Camera

By

An excellent, basic, no frills camera! Easy to use, with a well thought out & elegant design. Not too many buttons and their placement is practical and user friendly. I am a stills photographer so I love not having a video button on the back of the camera. For me, this is a plus! The lens is fast with excellent Leica optics. I like the zoom range 24 - 120mm. I don't shoot much outside these perimeters. It's compact & lightweight and fits right in your pocket. I'd buy another one if mine was lost or broken.

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Mike E  Are zoom pics sharp? Thanks! Mike
Andrew R  Pictures taken using the optical zoom should be relatively sharp, the digital zoom may introduce artifacts and reduce sharpness overall.
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