Panasonic FP2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • 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 FP2 summary

Panasonic FP2 is Panasonic's Ultracompact camera initially announced on January of 2010. The camera includes a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The FP2 comes in at #108 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and overall #1143 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should use our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Below is a graph of different factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic FP2 family

The Panasonic FP2 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the complete list underneath.

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Panasonic FP2 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Panasonic FP2 based on aspects which are typically considered essential in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
flash built-in
in built lens has zoom (35-140mm 4.0 x zoom)
MP count good (14MP)
very good minimum ISO (80)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have mic port
does not have Time Lapse recording
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
heavier than competition (151g)
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
low frames per second (5.0 fps)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
no aperture priority
no external flash support
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
screen is fixed
screen is small (2.7 inch)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.9)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
wide angle not good (35mm)
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Panasonic FP2 Sensor features

The Panasonic FP2 features the Venus Engine IV processor chip. The spec of the sensor on the Panasonic FP2 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and features a native ISO range of 80 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath shows the FP2's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The FP2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FP2 dimensions

Panasonic FP2 weighs around 0.33 lb (151 grams / 5.33 oz) and features exterior proportions of 99mm x 59mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Panasonic FP2 is weightier as compared with its competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Panasonic FP2 next to a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2 dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button design on the FP2.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FP2 Lens features

The FP2 includes an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 35-140mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which is not very good but it would certainly be convenient in a few situations.

At it's widest 35mm, it offers an aperture of f3.5 which is somewhat sluggish and not great in low light situations and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also need to increase your ISO giving you noisy pictures. At the long end, 140mm comes to f5.9 making it very sluggish and you will have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FP2 Connectivity

The FP2 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send pictures and at times change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Panasonic FP2 Video features

The max video quality on the Panasonic FP2 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should shoot for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body does not have a mic or headphone port which means that you have got absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for an alternative model should you need good audio in your video clips.

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Panasonic FP2 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Panasonic FP2 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Panasonic FP2 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FP2 includes a 2.7 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Panasonic FP2 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy in sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic FP2 Shutter features

Panasonic FP2 can shoot continuously at 5.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Panasonic FP2 Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic FP2 includes just built in flash with missing external flash support.

Panasonic FP2 Autofocus features

Panasonic FP2 includes only Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & exact as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The AF system includes 9 focus points to select from. Panasonic FP2 does not have manual focus. Manual focus ability can be good in low light situations or you want more exact control on focusing.

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Panasonic FP2 Battery life

The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the maximum (320) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Ultracompact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Panasonic FP2 for different forms of photography

The following diagram presents a rundown of the Panasonic FP2 for different forms of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Panasonic FP2 Portrait photography factors

The Panasonic FP2 gets a score of 28 which is lousy, and means the camera is not very good for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files and option to utilize external lighting.

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sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Panasonic FP2 Street photography info

Having a reasonable score of 55, the Panasonic FP2 is fairly adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competitors (151 grams)

Panasonic FP2 as a Sports photography camera

A lousy sports photography points tally of 35 indicates the Panasonic FP2 is not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs great focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Panasonic FP2 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is extremely crucial in buying a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic FP2 gets a reasonable 56 for a travel camera which makes it fairly suitable to take with you on your journeys.

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decent MP (14MP)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (151 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Panasonic FP2 Landscape photography details

When you're planning to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FP2 with it's lousy rating of 33 as a landscape camera is not very good compared to it's rivals.

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image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode

Panasonic FP2 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic FP2 is not very good for vlogging as it comes to a lousy score of 25.

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image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing mic jack
heavier than competition in class (151 grams)

Panasonic FP2 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the FP2, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the category of Ultracompact.

The line graph underneath offers you a summary of the FP2 compared to it's top scored rivals mentioned previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may have a look at as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Venus Engine IV
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.90 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
151 gr (0.33 pounds)
99 x 59 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at release