Panasonic FX90

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 102 x 56 x 22mm
  • Released August 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
34
Overall
35

Panasonic FX90 summary

Panasonic FX90 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally introduced on August of 2011. The camera houses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The FX90 stands at #107 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #913 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. Please look at our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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Panasonic FX90 history

The Panasonic FX90 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH10 front thumbnailPanasonic FH10
FX90 vs FH10
26-130mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-F5 front thumbnailPanasonic F5
FX90 vs F5
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FX90 vs FH8
24-120mm
F2.5-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FX90 vs FH6
24-120mm
F2.5-6.4
14MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FX90 vs FH7
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX9024-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FX90 vs FX78
24-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FX90 vs FH2
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FX90 vs FH25
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FX90 vs FH5
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FX90 vs FH27
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FX90 vs FX700
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FX90 vs FX75
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FX90 vs FH1
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FX90 vs FH22
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FX90 vs FH3
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FX90 vs FH20
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FX90 vs FS25
29-145mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FX90 vs FX580
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FX90 vs FX48
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FX90 vs FZ28
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009

Panasonic FX90 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Panasonic FX90 based on aspects which are generally regarded as important in a digital camera.

comes with HDMI support
features focus by touch
good minimum ISO (80)
has built in flash
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
pretty good screen size (3")
provides tracking focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
touch screen
cannot use external flash
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of headphone jack
lack of mic jack
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (12MP)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no manual focus
no manual mode
no shutter priority
not so great battery life (200 CIPA)
pixelated screen (460 k dot)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.5)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.9)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
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Panasonic FX90 Sensor specs

The specification of the sensor on the Panasonic FX90 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the FX90's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The FX90 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FX90 dimensions

Panasonic FX90 weighs in at 0.33 pounds (149g or 5.26 ounces) and features external dimensions of 102mm x 56mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Panasonic FX90 is less heavy compared to other competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Panasonic FX90 next to a soda so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button layout on the FX90.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FX90 Lens details

The FX90 has got a built in lens giving a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't outstanding however it would certainly be invaluable in some cases.

At it's widest 24mm, it will have an aperture of f2.5 which will be fairly sluggish and not good in low light circumstances and you will probably find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also need to up your ISO which causes noisy images. For the long end, 120mm comes with f5.9 making it really sluggish and you may have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FX90 Connectivity

The FX90 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send files and at times alter settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Several apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Panasonic FX90 Video details

The highest possible video quality on the Panasonic FX90 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality gives a great balance in video quality vs file size but 1080p won't give you much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic and headphone port which means that you have zero control over your audio. It is probably best to have a look at another model in case you want good audio in your videos.

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Panasonic FX90 Weather Sealing

Panasonic FX90 does not have environment proofing so rainy conditions may ruin the camera.

Panasonic FX90 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FX90 is equipped with a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 460k dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you can easily set focus points plus change settings with your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic FX90 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are pretty valuable.

Panasonic FX90 Shutter details

Panasonic FX90 has the capability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Panasonic FX90 Flash and Hot shoe details

Panasonic FX90 boasts just inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.

Panasonic FX90 Autofocus details

Panasonic FX90 boasts only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and exact compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

It supports 23 focus points to pick from. Panasonic FX90 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to switch focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Panasonic FX90 lacks manual focus. Manual focus can be good in low light occasions or you need to have more exact control on focus.

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Panasonic FX90 Battery life

The battery life on the Panasonic FX90 is fashioned to last for 200 shutters with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is less as compared to its competitors. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Panasonic FX90 for specific forms of photography

The following graph gives a outline of the Panasonic FX90 for specific forms of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Panasonic FX90 Portrait photography factors

The Panasonic FX90 receives a rating of 22 which is lousy, meaning that it is not really good for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files together with the capability to use off-camera lighting.

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lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Panasonic FX90 Street photography details

Having a very good rating of 63, the Panasonic FX90 is a fine choice to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Panasonic FX90 Sports photography info

A lousy sports photography score of 31 suggests the Panasonic FX90 is not really good for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
max frames per second low (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
no phase detect AF

Panasonic FX90 Travel photography highlights

Size is pretty critical when picking a travel camera. Overall, the Panasonic FX90 gets a modest 60 as a travel camera which is somewhat suited to take on your holidays.

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features focus via touch
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery life (200 CIPA)
low megapixels (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.5)

Panasonic FX90 Landscape photography advice

In case you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic FX90 with it's lousy score of 36 as a landscape camera is not really good amongst it's competitors.

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quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
no manual exposure
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
terrible battery pack (200 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Panasonic FX90 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera should offer a moving display, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Panasonic FX90 is not really good for vlogging as it gets a lousy rating of 34.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic socket

Panasonic FX90 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the FX90, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart just below gives you an overview of the FX90 versus it's highest ranked competitors shown previously.

These are some more cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2011-08-26
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
23
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.5-5.9
Macro focus range
3cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
Resolution of screen
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology
TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
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
Features
Minimum shutter speed
60 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.90 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
149g (0.33 pounds)
Physical dimensions
102 x 56 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
200 pictures
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
One
Launch pricing
$227