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 #112 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and overall #1118 out of 1422 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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Panasonic FP2 family
The Panasonic FP2 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the complete list underneath.
Panasonic FP2 Gallery
You can look at the FP2 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Underneath is a shot of the Panasonic FP2 next to a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view under will show you the button design on the FP2.
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.
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.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.
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.
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 29 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.
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.
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.
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 57 for a travel camera which makes it fairly suitable to take with you on your journeys.
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.
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.
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.