Panasonic FP1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 151g - 99 x 59 x 19mm
  • Released January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic FP1 overview

Panasonic FP1 is Panasonic's Ultracompact digital camera originally released on January of 2010. It comes with a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The FP1 is rated #133 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #1219 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personal criteria.

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Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic FP1 history

The Panasonic FP1 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can look at all past and newer models as well as key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP5 front thumbnailPanasonic FP5
FP1 vs FP5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP7 front thumbnailPanasonic FP7
FP1 vs FP7
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP3 front thumbnailPanasonic FP3
FP1 vs FP3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP1 front thumbnailPanasonic FP135-140mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP2 front thumbnailPanasonic FP2
FP1 vs FP2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP8 front thumbnailPanasonic FP8
FP1 vs FP8
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS12 front thumbnailPanasonic FS12
FP1 vs FS12
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FP1 vs FS15

Panasonic FP1 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic FP1 based on features which are usually seen as essential in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in lens has zoom (35-140mm 4.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
very good min ISO (80)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW support
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
more heavy than competition (151 grams)
no external flash support
no external microphone port
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no manual control
no manual focus
no Timelapse function
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
slow frames per second (6.0 frames/s)
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
wide angle not great (35mm)
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Panasonic FP1 Sensor specs

The Panasonic FP1 is run by the Venus Engine IV processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Panasonic FP1 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and gives a standard ISO range of 80 - 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath shows the FP1's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The FP1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is outlined in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FP1 dimensions

Panasonic FP1 weighs in at 0.33 pounds (151g or 5.33 ounces) and the physical size of the camera is 99mm x 59mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Panasonic FP1 is heavier as compared with its competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Panasonic FP1 alongside a softdrink to help you have a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button arrangement on the FP1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FP1 Lens details

The FP1 offers a fixed lens having a focal range of 35-140mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which might not be ideal however it might be very helpful in a few cases.

At it's widest 35mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.5 making it really sluggish and not great in low light situations and you will likely find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You would also have to raise your ISO setting producing noisy images. At the long end, 140mm comes at f5.9 which is quite slow and you may have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FP1 Connectivity

The FP1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send files and sometimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Certain apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Panasonic FP1 Video details

The highest video resolution in the Panasonic FP1 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should try to get a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone socket which means you have got absolutely no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to consider an alternative model if you want good audio in your videos.

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Panasonic FP1 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Panasonic FP1 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Panasonic FP1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FP1 comes with a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs regarding Panasonic FP1 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really helpful during sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic FP1 Shutter details

Panasonic FP1 continuous shooting rate is 6.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.

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Panasonic FP1 Flash and Hot shoe details

Panasonic FP1 boasts just built in flash lacking external flash ability.

Panasonic FP1 Autofocusing details

Panasonic FP1 boasts only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise as compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

It comes with 9 focus points to select from. Panasonic FP1 has no manual focus. Manual focus is good during low light situations or you require more accurate focus control.

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Panasonic FP1 Battery life

The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest (320) battery life within this range of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Ultracompact cameras with the best battery life:

Panasonic FP1 for varying styles of photography

The following graph presents a overview of the Panasonic FP1 for varying styles of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic FP1 Portrait photography details

The Panasonic FP1 receives a points total of 21 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really good to use for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support and option to use external lighting.

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manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Panasonic FP1 as a Street photography camera

With a modest points total of 55, the Panasonic FP1 is somewhat appropriate for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
more heavy than others in class (151 grams)

Sports photography with Panasonic FP1

A really bad sports photography score of 25 means the Panasonic FP1 is not really good for shooting sports. A camera should have fantastic tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (6.0 fps)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Panasonic FP1 Travel photography details

Weight is pretty crucial when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic FP1 gets a decent 50 as a travelling camera which is fairly suited to purchase for your vacations.

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has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors in class (151 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)

Landscape photography with Panasonic FP1

For anyone who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FP1 and it's really bad rating of 28 as a landscape camera is not really good among its rivals.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Panasonic FP1 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera ought to offer a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Panasonic FP1 is not really good for vlogging as it gets a really bad score of 25.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone socket
more heavy than competitors (151 grams)

Panasonic FP1 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the FP1, below is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the category of Ultracompact.

The line graph here provides you an overview of the FP1 versus it's highest ranking rivals shown earlier.

These are various other cameras you may see as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Venus Engine IV
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-140mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
151g (0.33 lbs)
99 x 59 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Launch cost