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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 front
Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
35

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 Key Specs

Panasonic FX48
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 53 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2009
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FX40
Panasonic FX90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 102 x 56 x 22mm
  • Released August 2011
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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic FX90, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are produced by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FX48 (12MP) and the FX90 (12MP) is very close and both cameras offer the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The FX48 was brought out 3 years earlier than the FX90 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise summation of how the FX48 scores vs the FX90 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX48 over the Panasonic FX90

 FX48 FX90 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX90 over the Panasonic FX48

 FX90 FX48 
ReleasedAugust 2011January 2009Newer by 31 months
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic FX90

 FX48 FX90 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to travel with your camera often, you'll need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FX48 comes with physical measurements of 95mm x 53mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") along with a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FX90 has dimensions of 102mm x 56mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic FX90 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have chosen at that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the FX48 vs the FX90.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FX48 and FX90 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be tough to see the gap in sensor dimensions just by researching a spec sheet. The image here may provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the FX48 and FX90.

As you can see, the 2 cameras feature the identical sensor size and the identical MP so you should expect comparable quality of photos however you have to consider the release date of the cameras into account. The more aged FX48 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Portrait photography features
Panasonic FX90 Portrait photography features
27
includes face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
21
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Street photography features
Panasonic FX90 Street photography features
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
62
image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch focus
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Sports photography details
Panasonic FX90 Sports photography details
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
30
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (200 per charge)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Travel photography advice
Panasonic FX90 Travel photography advice
58
flash built-in
pretty wide (25mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
60
supports touch focus
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
not so great battery pack (200 shots)
resolution not great (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FX48
Landscape photography with Panasonic FX90
33
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.5")
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
36
decently wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
manual mode not possible
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
not so great battery pack (200 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX48 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FX90 as a Vlogging camera
31
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone socket
34
decently wide (24mm)
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone socket
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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic FX90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic FX90
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90
Also called as Lumix DMC-FX40 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-01-27 2011-08-26
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-125mm (5.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.5-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/3000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m 5.90 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 150 grams (0.33 lb) 149 grams (0.33 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 53 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 102 x 56 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 200 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $325 $227