- 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
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
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 #1215 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personal criteria.
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.
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Panasonic FP1 Gallery
You can look at the FP1 from several angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Underneath is a image of the Panasonic FP1 alongside a softdrink to help you have a sense of its size.
The top view underneath will illustrate the button arrangement on the FP1.
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.
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.
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.
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.