Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Digital Camera Review$399.99
Given that one of the hallmarks of this camera is its breadth of manual controls, its unsurprising to see many manual control options are also available while in video mode (or Motion Picture mode, as Panasonic calls it, which gives us delusions of cinematographic genius). However, while you still have choices over resolution, white balance and picture quality adjustments, there are also some controls noticeably missing. For instance, there's no direct control over the metering area, focus area or stabilization. However, if you set these in still mode, the settings seems to be retained in movie mode.
Compared to the other cameras, the FX580 had decently accurate color in video mode. It's easily on par with most other cameras that can shoot HD video, and a bit above the Sony T900. More on how we test video color.
In our test of sharpness while shooting video, the FX580 wasn't up to the same level as the Canon SD970 or Sony T900, but was comparable to the Samsung HZ15W. More on how we test video sharpness.