Being someone who isn’t tech-savvy, I’m not really in the loop on what’s going on in the techie world. But I couldn't help but be intrigued when I heard the latest news on a camera that offers instant retouching.


Boosting the usefulness of the touch screen, Panasonic Lumix FX78 has added features for retouching faces, clearing skin textures and whitening teeth, and adding makeup to portraits. It’s Beauty Retouch feature is made up of two: The Aesthetic Retouch and The Make Up Retouch. The former works like an airbrush to get rid of imperfections—you can clear up your skin, mattify shiny spots, whiten your eyes and teeth, even make your eyes appear bigger and more defined. The latter is more for enhancing individual features, including changing the tone of your skin with the "foundation" button, giving cheeks and lips a tint, and adding either blue, green, brown, maroon or pink shadow to your lids with the eye shadow tool. Lightening the subject's skin is also possible using "Cosmetic Mode," an option you turn on before snapping the photo, just like the flash or the zoom.

Now, I’m still researching where I can get the best deal for this baby. So for now, I cannot give my own personal experience with it (but soon, I will!) and can only share some notable reviews. I’ve read so much but I’ve chosen to share a review from someone in the beauty industry, Allure magazine’s Sophia Panych. “I tried the camera myself, using all of the re-touching applications available and probably going a bit overboard. However, after a few misses, I finally found a happy medium. My favorite tool: the shine eliminator really did erase all the oiliness around my T-zone, which will definitely come in handy over the summer. However, the rest of the Aesthetic Retouch didn't seem to make much of a difference. The Makeup Retouch was fun to play with, giving you the ability to choose how your blush is applied (on the apples, up the cheekbones), between a natural or rosy lip color, or whether to add colorful or neutral shadows. The foundation tool, however, was terrible—offering shades that should be named "Snooki," "Jaundiced," or "Casper. I experimented with lots of combinations, seeing which colors and options would make me look the best. But when I lined up all the images next to each other I realized that I prefer the natural me, without all the retouching and added makeup. The real me may not be perfect, but it's much more interesting,” shared Sophia. 

Sophia's original (left) and retouched (right) portraits

Other key specs:
•   3.5-inch touch-screen LCD
•   12-megapixel high-speed CCD sensor
•   F2.5-5.9 5x zoom lens
•   Full 1080 HD recording with Active mode
•   3D Mode that produces a 3D photo
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