Panasonic Lumix FX90 review

A function-packed quality compact camera with Wi-Fi

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Panasonic lumix fx90

Measuring a petite 4.02 x 2.22 x 0.85 inches, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 will happily share a pocket with an iPhone, but its 12.1MP sensor will enable you to produce much larger images.

Like an iPhone, the Panasonic Lumix FX90 has a touchscreen. You can tap the 3-inch Smart Touch screen to focus on a particular subject and trigger the shutter once focus is achieved (or you can use the more traditional shutter button if you prefer).

Many of the Panasonic FX90's menu icons are on the small side, and you need to do a fair bit of tapping and dragging to change metering modes or find a suitable focus mode, for example.

Indeed, by the time you've finished rummaging around in the menus to tweak a setting or change to a different mode, the bird may have flown. On the plus side, when shooting in Normal mode you can customise the touchscreen's menu to place some of your favourite icons closer to hand, which speeds things up.

You also have the option of using a stylus, although this feels like a step back when you're familiar with interacting with an iPhone or similar using only a finger.

Although lacking the responsiveness of an iPhone's touchscreen, the FX90's Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens should be able to capture a better-looking picture than a smartphone's lens.

The compact camera's ability to zoom from the equivalent of a wide 24mm to a tight 120mm gives you much more compositional control than you'd get with a smartphone's digital zoom. By offering a wide f-stop of f/2.5, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 can produce less noisy results in low light than a typical smartphone camera. You can manually increase the ISO up to 1600 for extra light sensitivity, and still produce decent looking results.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)132 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.3 mm
Width102.2 mm
Depth21.6 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-FX90
Product NameLumix DMC-FX90 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCFX90EBK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The DMC-FX90 has Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing images easily. You can send your images to a computer, and enjoy watching images with your family or sharing images with friends around the world. Even in places with no wireless access points (broadband router), by activating the dedicated application and log in the SNS link setup service "LUMIX CLUB" on the smartphone, you can instantly upload photos and videos to image sharing services such as Facebook, and YouTube, etc.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FX90 Compact Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • Stylus Pen
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year