Panasonic Lumix FX90


A new released 5x digital camera

On the 26th of August 2011 Panasonic released a new digital camera with added Wi-Fi connectivity for the company’s latest cloud-based service called Lumix Club. Manufacturers said that Panasonic Lumix FX90 and the service were introduced on the market to help users who snap pictures and videos and wish to share them on the spot with loved ones on various social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook just to name a few. This sounds very good, especially since cellphone cameras don’t have the same image quality as standard cameras. Is the gadget really efficient? We tested it and here is our review.

3 inch LCD display

The new Lumix FX90 is both stylish and slim. The color it ships in is black and the body measures 4″ x 0.8″ x 2.2″. The weight of the product: 150g. During our test for this review we could move the camera from pocket to bag without problems. While the front comes with 24mm ultra-wide Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens, the back houses a 3.0″ LCD which features 460.000 dots and Smart Touch and the W-Fi button; we were very satisfied by the lens’ performance, because it allowed for higher shutter speed than on other digital cameras while at the same time taking great-looking photos and it moreover provided a focal range from 24mm wide angle to 120mm telephoto (for still imaging) and 26 – 130mm equivalents (for video capture). Panasonic-Lumix-FX90

Smart Touch technology

The Smart Touch option of Panasonic FX90 helped us access controls by a very intuitive and responsive touch screen. The 5x optical zoom sports true optical image stabilization; this feature did a good job of eliminating blurs typically encountered at longer focal lengths and slower shutter speeds. The Intelligent Zoom of the camera succeeded in extending the zoom ratio by 1.3x without damaging the quality of photos we took for our test.

Venus Engine LSI processor

The latest Panasonic digital camera uses a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor which offers higher signal transfer speeds when it comes to high speed continuous shooting and 1920 x 1080 full HD video shooting; the 25% higher sensitivity included with the sensor makes picture quality a good one. As for image processor, the Lumix FX90 is endowed with Venus Engine LSI; the latter, via advanced signal processing capabilities, provided videos as well as images that looked top-notch even at high ISO sensitivity levels. The Panasonic FX90 camera also has 3D Photo Mode whose format works with MPO.
The device took little to start up and get ready for snapping a picture; this and the Sonic Speed AF feature gave us the advantage of catching even the most fleeting events in nature and people’s lives. Images and movies could then be stored on Secure Digital cards such as SDHC and many others.

Wi-Fi connectivity

Video could be recorded in both MPEG4 and AVCHD formats. In the sound department, manufacturers added a Dolby Digital Creator; this option allows users to record content with good audio quality. There was also a Wind Cut function which got rid of noise from background wind.
Now on to the Wi-Fi part. The Panasonic Lumix FX90 ships with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi which offers the possibility to connect to devices that are Wi-Fi compatible.
As for battery: the device uses a 680mAh lithium-ion battery. This one allowed for 200 shots.

Review conclusion

The review conclusion is simple: the latest Panasonic Lumix FX90 is a good choice indeed if you plan on buying a digital camera that has the added bonus of Wi-Fi connectivity.

Technical specifications

StabilizerOptical & Digital
Shoe for external flashNot
Definition of sensor12.1 Mpixels
Sensor typeCCD
Ratio of the imageNC
Size photographsNC
Purpose max in mm (24×36 equivalent focal length)120
Objective min mm (24×36 equivalent focal length)24
Optical Zoom5 X
Digital zoomNC
Exposure ModesNC
White BalanceNC
Min exposure time (in seconds)NC
Max exposure time (in seconds)NC
Type of developmentNC
Screen and Viewfinder
Display (diagonal in cm)7.62
Detachable screenNC
Technology viewfinderNC
Screen resolution (pixels)460 000
Swivel ScreenNot
Internal memory (MB)70
JPEG file formatYes
RAW file formatNC
Memory CardSD / SDHC / SD XC
Number of supported cards1
Video mode
Definition1920 x 1080 pixels
Video OutputYes
File extension. Mp4
Making soundNC
Speed (in frames per second)30
PC InterfaceUSB 2.0
Support Wi-FiYes
Included dockNot
Direct printingNC
3D PhotoNot
HDR (High Dynamic Range)NC
Full resolution burstNC
3D VideoNot
Sweep PanoramaNC
Number of images / second max. burst10
Resistance to fallNot
Battery and charger suppliedNC
Use of standard batteriesNC
Battery life (CIPA standard / number of images)200