Panasonic Lumix FX90 review

A function-packed quality compact camera with Wi-Fi

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Panasonic lumix fx90 review

As with most cameras, you sometimes need to take a few shots with the Panasonic FX90 before getting a decent picture. In the field, we found the Scene modes could be a bit hit and miss.

When shooting in Landscape mode on a dull day, the camera sometimes produced blurry images due to camera shake. Instead of opening the aperture wider than f/5.5, it slowed the shutter speed to 1/20, hence the blur. However, by snapping a few shots of the same scene we were able to get a sharp shot in the same conditions.

To give the camera a helping hand you can also pop into a sub-menu and set the minimum shutter speed to a higher value to reduce motion blur.

When viewed on the FX90's LCD display, image quality looks good. But when viewed on a computer at 100%, you might spot some compression artefacts such as blocky patches and posterised colours, espcially in high sensitivity shots, but the results are pretty respectable.

Panasonic lumix fx90 review

Thanks to the excellent quality of the Leica lens, the Panasonic Lumix FX90 doesn't suffer from the problem of chromatic aberration that spoils shots from some other compacts. Even at a wide angle setting there's little barrelling, so vertical lines in architectural shots remain relatively straight.

The lens's quality helps you to produce shots that don't require lens correction in post-production packages such as Photoshop, enabling you to spend less time editing and more time shooting.

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