- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.5" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 640 x 480 video
- 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
- 150g - 95 x 53 x 22mm
- Announced January 2009
- Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FX40
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic FX48 summary
Panasonic FX48 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally introduced on January of 2009. It uses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-FX40" in other countries.
The FX48 is scored #205 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1157 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. You should look at our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.
Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.
Panasonic FX48 history
The Panasonic FX48 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can take a look at all previous and more recent models as well as important specifications.
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Panasonic FX48 Gallery
You can check the FX48 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic FX48 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Panasonic FX48 based on criterias that are often considered important in a digital camera.
Panasonic FX48 Sensor info
The measurement of the sensor in the Panasonic FX48 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and supports a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. This ISO can also be extended digitally to a high of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.
The picture below illustrates the FX48's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The FX48 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic FX48 dimensions
Panasonic FX48 weighs 0.33 pounds (150 grams / 5.29 ounces) and features external size of 95mm x 53mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Panasonic FX48 is less heavy when compared to various competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Below is a visual of the Panasonic FX48 alongside a soft drink to help you have a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will provide the button arrangement on the FX48.
Panasonic FX48 Lens info
The FX48 offers a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 25-125mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not significant but it will surely be helpful in a few situations.
At the widest 25mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.8 making it quite slow and not ideal in low light occasions and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to up the ISO giving you noisy shots. On the tele end, 125mm comes at f5.9 making it fairly sluggish and you will need to use slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic FX48 Connectivity
The FX48 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer images and oftentimes alter camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Some applications even give a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.
Panasonic FX48 Video info
The max video resolution in the Panasonic FX48 is 640 x 480 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful by today's standards. You really should strive for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not have a mic or headphone port which means that you have little control over your sound. It is probably best to look into an alternative camera if you need decent sound in your videos.
Panasonic FX48 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing for the Panasonic FX48 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.
Panasonic FX48 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FX48 houses a 2.5 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specifications regarding Panasonic FX48 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be rather beneficial in bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.
Panasonic FX48 Shutter info
Panasonic FX48 has the ability to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/3000s.
Panasonic FX48 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic FX48 boasts only integrated flash with no external flash support.
Panasonic FX48 Autofocusing info
Panasonic FX48 boasts just Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which can be handy for portrait photography.
The Sensor boasts 11 focus points to choose from. Panasonic FX48 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option is useful in low light or you want to have more exact control on focusing.
Panasonic FX48 Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the maximum (470) battery life in this group of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:
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Panasonic FX48 for various kinds of photography
The following illustration indicates a rundown of the Panasonic FX48 for various kinds of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic FX48 Portrait photography advice
The Panasonic FX48 gets a points tally of 27 which is low, meaning that it is not very good to use for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files along with the option to work with external flash.
Panasonic FX48 as a Street photography camera
Having a modest score of 57, the Panasonic FX48 is reasonably suitable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Panasonic FX48 as a Sports photography camera
A low sports photography points tally of 25 indicates the Panasonic FX48 is not very good for photographing sports. A camera should have good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic FX48 Travel photography factors
Weight is really crucial when buying a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic FX48 gets a reasonable 58 as a travel camera which is fairly suited to purchase for your journeys.
Panasonic FX48 Landscape photography details
In case you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FX48 with it's low score of 33 as a landscape camera is not very good amongst it's competitors.
Panasonic FX48 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging should come with a moving screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic FX48 is not very good for vlogging as it comes to a low rating of 31.
Panasonic FX48 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the FX48, here is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The chart listed below gives you an overview of the FX48 compared to it's highest scored rivals shown previously.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To check out a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.