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).
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.
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.
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.
|Stabilizer||Optical & Digital|
|Shoe for external flash||Not|
|Definition of sensor||12.1 Mpixels|
|Ratio of the image||NC|
|Purpose max in mm (24×36 equivalent focal length)||120|
|Objective min mm (24×36 equivalent focal length)||24|
|Optical Zoom||5 X|
|Min exposure time (in seconds)||NC|
|Max exposure time (in seconds)||NC|
|Type of development||NC|
|Screen and Viewfinder|
|Display (diagonal in cm)||7.62|
|Screen resolution (pixels)||460 000|
|Internal memory (MB)||70|
|JPEG file format||Yes|
|RAW file format||NC|
|Memory Card||SD / SDHC / SD XC|
|Number of supported cards||1|
|Definition||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|File extension||. Mp4|
|Speed (in frames per second)||30|
|PC Interface||USB 2.0|
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||NC|
|Full resolution burst||NC|
|Number of images / second max. burst||10|
|Resistance to fall||Not|
|Battery and charger supplied||NC|
|Use of standard batteries||NC|
|Battery life (CIPA standard / number of images)||200|