On August 26 2011, Panasonic announced a stylish compact digital camera
, the Lumix DMC-FX90. The camera features a 24mm ultra-wide LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT lens with F2.5 brightness and a Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 b/g/n) that allows you to instantly share your photos or videos via online social networks such as Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or YouTube directly from the camera.
The lens is comprising of 7 elements - including 3 aspherical elements - arranged in 6 groups, and has a maximum aperture of f/2.5 at the wide end and f/5.9 at full telephoto. Users can upload photos via a mobile network if they have a smartphone that can act as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Panasonic provides a free, dedicated application called Lumix Link for both iPhone and Android handsets. Other highlights include Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector and a 3D photo mode. The DMC-FX90 is currently selling at around $258. Here's the summary of review by ePhotoZine, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 5:
"Images produced by the FX90 are well exposed with great colour reproduction. There is plenty of detail whether shooting wide or with the full optical zoom, although images do become soft in the corners and there is also signs of purple fringing from time-to-time. With a minimum focusing distance of just 3cm the camera is able to close enough to take a detailed macro image. 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. 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.
The 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. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 has a good range of features to separate it from the competition, such as a fast f/2.5 lens and built-in Wi-Fi. There aren't many cameras which feature built-in Wi-Fi and the FX-90 also takes good pictures, a handy combination! A useful addition would be the ability to upload direct to social networking sites from the camera rather than having to send them to your computer or smartphone first, as you can on the 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."
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Panasonic DMC-FX90 Camera Reviews Roundup
|TechRadar - Feb 27 2012|
"The Panasonic Lumix FX90 may lack the option to shoot in raw format, but it's perfect for those who want to shoot and share web-friendly JPEGs without having to process each shot. The camera is packed full of useful features such as the Panorama Assist mode, as well as a few superfluous modes such as the ability to add cheesy picture frames in-camera.&..." More »
|CNET US - Feb 08 2012|
"Even though most of the cost of this camera goes to its lens, LCD, and Wi-Fi features, it's not unreasonable to expect decent low-light shots for the money. Photos taken at ISO 400 might be good enough for 4x6 prints and Web use at small sizes, but quality drops noticeably above that sensitivity. Again, though, if you shoot with plenty of light, you'll..." More »
|Pocket-lint - Dec 14 2011|
"The Panasonic FX90's stills are, like its FX70 predecessor, decent shots with plenty of warm, vibrant colours. Closer inspection may not reveal them to be the most detailed around subject edges due to JPEG processing, and higher ISO settings will produce an amount of image noise that appears grain-like in the frame. Overall the FX90 produces a solid se..." More »
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Panasonic DMC-FX90 Camera Recent User Reviews
Sent it back, Timothy Crump "Sandwiches make poor bookmarks" - Jan 10 2013
I bought it for my wife because it is supposed to upload photos to Facebook via Wi-fi. It wouldn't connect to the Wi-fi in the store, but we wanted to try at home.....wouldn't work there either....finally gave up, and bought a different brand, which worked very well, and was more user friendly. No doubt a good camera.....just didn't work for us....
Great little camera with a ton of extra features, Stephen Scouten - Jun 27 2012
Have had this for about a week now and think it is a great point and shoot camera. It has a ton of extra features, not all of which I will use, that seem to be very easy to use. For the price I feel like this camera is a great deal for a high quality point and shoot....
Do not waste your money!! Terrible wi-fi, terrible software. So-so camera, at best., M. Cawley "Coffee freak" - Dec 30 2011
I was looking for a decent digital point-and-shoot with wi-fi capabilities, because frankly, I never seem to get around to wiring up my old P&S and downloading all the pictures and videos, than uploading them to Flickr, Facebook, or youtube. I wanted a camera better than the one on my cel phone, but with the ease of uploading my cel gave me. Unfortunately, the Lumix...
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