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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 is a digital compact camera with built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to upload your photos to your computer wirelessly. It is available in black for £219.00.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90
The FX90 has iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which automatically chooses the correct settings for the scene. There is also a number of scene modes including portrait, scenery, sports, night portrait, night scenery, food, party, candle light, baby, pet, sunset, high sensitivity, high-speed burst, flash burst, starry sky and more. Other modes include Beauty Retouch and Art Retouch. Images can be shot in 3D and viewed via a 3D image viewer on a Panasonic Viera TV.
Videos are recorded at full 1080p HD resolution. There is an Active Mode for when shooting while walking or playing with children.
- Image sharing via built-in Wi-Fi
- 12.1 megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom f/2.5 lens (35mm equiv: 24 - 120mm)
- Full 1080p HD video
- Active Mode in video recording
- 3.0 inch LCD touch-screen
- iA (Intelligent Auto) mode
- Sonic Speed AF
- 3D Photo Mode
- ISO 100 - 6400
The rest of the controls are performed via the touch-screen, which is responsive and easy to use and can be used to choose your point of focus. If you do find the touch-screen a struggle the camera comes with a stylus which can be used instead. The camera menus are well laid out although until you are used to what the symbols mean you have to press and hold to find out what it does.
To set up Wi-fi you have to go into image playback and press the menu button. There are two options, easy or manual. When choosing easy there are three options, the right one will depend on how you connect to your router. When it is set up you can then share one or multiple photos. When in playback you can send one photo by choosing one and pressing the Wi-Fi button. Strangely, when in shooting mode the Wi-Fi button doesn't perform any function. It would be handy if you could press this to share your images at any time.
We tested the FX90's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot to shot time, continuous shooting etc and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Shutter Reponse||0.1 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.3 secs|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.7 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||2.5 fps|
||Image priority||4:3 3mp||5.7 fps|
|3:2 2.5mp||5.8 fps|
|16:9 2mp||6.0 fps|
|1:1 2.5mp||5.6 fps|
|Speed priority||4:3 3mp||7.0 fps|
|3:2 2.5mp||7.5 fps|
|16:9 2mp||7.5 fps|
|1:1 2.5mp||7.0 fps|
|Flash Burst||4:3 3mp||1.3 fps|
|3:2 2.5mp||1.3 fps|
|16:9 2mp||1.4 fps|
|1:1 2.5mp||1.3 fps|
The battery has a CIPA rating of 340 shots which is plenty if you are going to take the camera out for a full day of shooting.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/250 sec | f/2.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/200 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/100 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/8 sec | f/2.9 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
At ISO 100 there isn't any noise with just a touch appearing at ISO 200. Again there is a little more noise at ISO 400 but it is at ISO 800 where noise is causing images to become soft. At ISO 1600 there is a much more significant level of noise appearing but the images produced are still good. The camera can also shoot up to ISO 6400 in high-sensitivity mode with file size limited to 3 megapixels.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/8 sec | f/4.4 | 13.4 mm
ISO 200 | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 13.4 mm
ISO 400 | 1/30 sec | f/4.4 | 13.4 mm
ISO 800 | 1/60 sec | f/4.4 | 13.4 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/100 sec | f/4.4 | 13.4 mm
When using scenery mode the camera takes images with a boost to the blues and greens. Portraits have pleasant skin tones and are free from red-eye.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/500 sec | f/2.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 160
Landscape with building | 1/160 sec | f/9.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Sport | 1/400 sec | f/4.1 | 11.7 mm | ISO 400
Potrait | 1/60 sec | f/3.4 | 8.4 mm | ISO 200
Included within the scene modes are a number of creative modes including film grain, pinhole and HDR (black and white, standard and art). The final image below as both i-resolution and i-exposure switched on.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Sample Photos
Film grain | 1/2500 sec | f/9.0 | 5.2 mm | ISO 1600
Pinhole | 1/160 sec | f/9.0 | 5.2 mm | ISO 160
HDR - black and white | 1/160 sec | f/10.0 | 7.3 mm | ISO 400
HDR - standard | 1/160 sec | f/10.0 | 7.3 mm | ISO 400
HDR- art | 1/160 sec | f/10.0 | 7.3 mm | ISO 400
i-resolution and i-exposure | 1/400 sec | f/2.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 160
The AWB (auto white-balance) setting generally performs well, which can be seen on our studio tests shots. The incandescent preset has produced and image with a strong orange cast under the incandescent lights, with the AWB taking a more accurate picture. There is no fluorescent preset on the FX90, and there is no need thanks to the AWB setting under this lighting.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/2.9 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/2.9 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/2.9 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
As well as the creative modes mentioned previously, there are six colour modes available: black and white, cool, natural, sepia, vivid and warm.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Digital filters
Black and white | 0.5 sec | f/5.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 100
Cool | 0.5 sec | f/5.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 100
Natural | 0.5 sec | f/5.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 100
Sepia | 0.5 sec | f/5.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 100
Vivid | 0.5 sec | f/5.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 100
Warm | 0.5 sec | f/5.2 | 17.5 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeBelow is an example video shot at 1080p HD. An example video using the optical zoom during recording can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Channel.
Value For MoneyThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 is currently available for £219.00. Other compacts with a similar specification are the Canon IXUS 230 HS at £189.95, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 at £264.00 and Canon PowerShot S100 at £389.00. All of these lack Wi-Fi, if this is a feature you are keen on then the Samsung SH100 is available, priced at £114.00.
Samsung SH100. If the Wi-Fi isn't the most important feature to you there is a wider range of cameras to consider but the FX90 won't disappoint.
|The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 takes good pictures and features built-in Wi-Fi.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 ProsBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Full 1080p HD video recording
Battery CIPA rating of 340 shots
Good colour reproduction
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 ConsOnly available in black
Wi-Fi button has no use unless in playback mode
Can't upload directly to social networking sites
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.5 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 120mm|
|CCD pixels||12.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.33 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.08mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.56mm|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 6400|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 680mAh)|
|Box Contents||Stylus Pen, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM|