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Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
44
Overall
38

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 Key Specs

Panasonic FX90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 102 x 56 x 22mm
  • Introduced August 2011
Panasonic LX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-90mm (F2.0-3.3) lens
  • 271g - 110 x 65 x 43mm
  • Revealed December 2011
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic LX3
  • Newer Model is Panasonic LX7
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Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Panasonic FX90 versus Panasonic LX5, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are built by Panasonic. The resolution of the FX90 (12MP) and the LX5 (10MP) is very well matched but the FX90 (1/2.3") and LX5 (1/1.63") boast different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The FX90 was launched 3 months prior to the LX5 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a in-depth comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the FX90 matches up vs the LX5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX90 over the Panasonic LX5

 FX90 LX5 
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX5 over the Panasonic FX90

 LX5 FX90 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing

Common features in the Panasonic FX90 and Panasonic LX5

 FX90 LX5 
RevealedAugust 2011December 2011Similar age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Display resolution460k460kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera often, you'll need to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX90 has got outer measurements of 102mm x 56mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Panasonic LX5 has sizing of 110mm x 65mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") along with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs).

Check the Panasonic FX90 versus Panasonic LX5 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the FX90 compared to the LX5.

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the FX90 and LX5 is 95 and 88 respectively.

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to visualize the difference between sensor measurements merely by looking at specifications. The visual here will give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the FX90 and LX5.

Plainly, both of these cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The FX90 because of its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field tougher and the Panasonic FX90 will give greater detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos more aggressively.

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic LX5 Portrait photography highlights
21
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
41
has manual focus
saves RAW files
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FX90
Street photography with Panasonic LX5
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus by touch
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
59
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
heavier than average in class (271g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Sports photography features
Panasonic LX5 Sports photography features
30
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
low battery power (200 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic LX5 Travel photography highlights
60
provides focus by touch
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low battery power (200 per charge)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
59
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (271g)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Landscape photography info
Panasonic LX5 Landscape photography info
36
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
low battery power (200 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
52
has manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX90 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic LX5 as a Vlogging camera
34
quite wide (24mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone jack
29
pretty wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic socket
heavier than average in class (271g)
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Panasonic FX90 vs Panasonic LX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX90 and Panasonic LX5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-08-26 2011-12-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.63"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 44.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 24-90mm (3.8x)
Max aperture f/2.5-5.9 f/2.0-3.3
Macro focus range 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 4.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.90 m 7.20 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD AVCHD Lite
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
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 149g (0.33 pounds) 271g (0.60 pounds)
Physical dimensions 102 x 56 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") 110 x 65 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 41
DXO Color Depth score not tested 19.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.8
DXO Low light score not tested 132
Other
Battery life 200 photographs -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $227 $294