Panasonic FX580

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 167g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FX550
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic FX580 overview

Panasonic FX580 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact camera originally released on January of 2009. The camera uses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is referred to as "Lumix DMC-FX550" in certain regions.

The FX580 comes in at #151 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #1060 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can use our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Here is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic FX580 family

The Panasonic FX580 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can view all earlier and new models along with main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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FX580 vs FH6
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FX580 vs FH7
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FX580 vs FH2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FX580 vs FH25
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FX580 vs FH5
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FX580 vs FH27
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FX580 vs FX700
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FX580 vs FX75
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FX580 vs FH1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FX580 vs FH22
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FX580 vs FH3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FX580 vs FH20
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FX580 vs FS25
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FX580 vs FZ28

Panasonic FX580 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic FX580 based on factors which are typically seen as important in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI socket
features face detect focusing
flash built-in
good zoom range (25-125mm 5.0 x zoom)
nice screen size (3 inches)
quite wide (25mm)
cannot use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have mic socket
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
fixed screen
lack of manual exposure
lack of manual focus
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (12MP)
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Panasonic FX580 Sensor details

The sensor specification on the Panasonic FX580 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and supports a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. This ISO can also be increased electronically to a high of 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the FX580's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The FX580 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FX580 dimensions

Panasonic FX580 is 0.37 lbs (167 grams or 5.89 oz) and features outer dimensions of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Panasonic FX580 is very similar when compared with various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Panasonic FX580 besides a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button design on the FX580.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FX580 Lens specs

The FX580 has a built in lens featuring a focal range of 25-125mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not very good however it could be handy in certain situations.

At the widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f2.8 which is very slow and not great in low light events and you will probably find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also have to raise the ISO setting which causes noisy pictures. For the tele end, 125mm comes with f5.9 which is fairly slow and you may need to apply slow shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Panasonic FX580 Connectivity

The FX580 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and at times adjust settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Panasonic FX580 Video specs

The highest video quality on the Panasonic FX580 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You should target at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone socket so you get little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look into an alternative model if you want good audio in your video clips.

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Panasonic FX580 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Panasonic FX580 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Panasonic FX580 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FX580 houses a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Panasonic FX580 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Panasonic FX580 Shutter specs

Panasonic FX580 continuous shooting rate is 2.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Panasonic FX580 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic FX580 has got only built in flash without external flash ability.

Panasonic FX580 Autofocus specs

Panasonic FX580 has got just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and precise when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detect making it helpful for people photography.

The Sensor boasts 11 focus points to pick from. Panasonic FX580 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus ability can be useful in low light conditions or you require more accurate focus control.

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Panasonic FX580 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest (470) battery life in this type of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Panasonic FX580 for specific kinds of photography

The following diagram gives a analysis of the Panasonic FX580 for specific kinds of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Panasonic FX580 Portrait photography advice

The Panasonic FX580 receives a rating of 26 which is terrible, and means the camera is not really acceptable for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos & flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.

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features face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Panasonic FX580 Street photography info

Having a moderate rating of 57, the Panasonic FX580 is reasonably appropriate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Panasonic FX580 as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography points total of 27 suggests the Panasonic FX580 is not really acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs very good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus

Panasonic FX580 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is super important when getting a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic FX580 gets a modest 58 as a travel camera which is relatively suitable to take on your holidays.

Photography Glossary
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
missing Time Lapse function
MP count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FX580 Landscape photography highlights

For anyone planning to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FX580 with it's terrible grade of 37 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable amongst it's competitors.

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fairly wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode

Panasonic FX580 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Panasonic FX580 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a terrible rating of 31.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone port

Panasonic FX580 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the FX580, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph just below gives you a bird's eye view of the FX580 vs it's highest scored competitors mentioned above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may have a look at as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580
Also Known as
Lumix DMC-FX550
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-125mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inches
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
167 gr (0.37 pounds)
Physical dimensions
95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
Retail cost