Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9



Features & Controls


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

The all-glass Lumix DC VARIO ELMARIT 3x zoom lens is equivalent to a 35-105mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It has a F2.8 to F5.0 maximum aperture and is constructed of 7 elements in 6 Groups (with 3 Aspherical Lenses.) The lens is protected by a built-in shutter whenever the camera is powered down.

Jitter from shaky hands is the biggest single cause of blurry shots. LUMIX cameras help solve this problem with advanced MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) technology. A built-in gyrosensor detects any hand-shake and a signal is relayed to a high precision control circuit built into the Venus Engine Plus LSI, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the O.I.S. lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. Panasonic's highly evolved Venus Engine Plus LSI makes this process even faster and more accurate. This helps extend the MEGA O.I.S. correction range more than 3 steps below (slower than) the shutter speed that is generally considered to be the limit for handheld shooting.

The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system has selectable 1 point, 1 point high speed, 3 points high speed, 5 points and Spot options and works in Single-AF or Continuous-AF mode. It has an AF-assist lamp for low light focusing. The normal focus range is 50 cm (1.64 ft) - infinity. Macro closeup range is: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele 30 cm (0.98 feet) - infinity.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

The large 2.5-inch color LCD has 207,000 pixels of resolution and is used for framing, review and menu operations. It offers 100% frame coverage and about 80% more pixels than previous Lumix camera LCDs. Press the Display button for more than 1 second to enable Power LCD mode to brighten or dim it. Real time histograms can be displayed when desired. There is no optical viewfinder.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

The built-in speedlight features Auto, Auto Red-eye reduction, Slow-sync Red-eye, Fill and Forced Off modes. The flash range in Wide angle is from 0.98 - 13.1 ft. (0.3 - 4.0m), in Telephoto it covers from 0.98 - 7.2 ft. (0.3 - 2.2m) at ISO Auto.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

Controls on the back:

The Mode Dial (see below).



The 4-way selector in Record mode toggles the flash mode when pressed "Right." When pressed "Up" it adjusts exposure compensation. Press "Left" to activate the Self-timer and press "Down" to use the Quick Review mode to examine the last image captured. In Playback mode the 4-way selector is used to select images and in both record and play is used to navigate the menu screens. The MENU button calls up the menu system. The DISPLAY button toggles the amount of overlay information shown on the LCD, when held for more than a second it brightens the display. The Drive mode button selects normal or sequential shooting mode, in playback it is for deleting images.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

Controls on top include the Power on/off button. The combination shutter release and zoom lens control ring. The zoom ring is used in playback to enlarge the image or display an index page. The button to the right of the shutter release turns the image stabilizer on/off. Below that is the Mode Dial.

The Mode Dial has positions for:

    Movie - Capture motion JPEG with audio, length is limited only to available memory.

    flower icon - Macro close-up mode

    heart icon - Simple "point-n-shoot" mode

    camera icon - The automatic point-n-shoot mode

    arrow icon - Playback of still images, movie or audio notes

    SCN - Scene: Settable for Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle





Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9




The A/V Out port sends the video to a television set, the video format is user selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. This is also the USB 1.1 data I/O port, it is Mass Storage compliant and also supports the PictBridge direct-print standard.

An optional AC power adapter or external battery pack can be connected to the DC IN port.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

The DMC-FX9 is powered by a proprietary 3.7v 1150mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery. Fully charged it provides power for up to 270 frames with flash used 50% of the time (CIPA standard).



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

Still images and movie clips are stored on removable Secure Digital cards. Panasonic supplies a 32MB SD card. We tested it with a fast and spacious SanDisk Extreme III 1GB SD card.



Recording Capacities (approx.)

Aspect Ratio
Capacity
Still Image Motion Image
Image Quality
Pixels
6M
3M
2M
1M
0.3M
640 x 480
VGA
320 x 240
QVGA
10 fps 30 fps* 10 fps 30 fps

4:3
16MB Fine 4 9 14 22 69
25 sec
5 sec
82 sec
25 sec
Standard 9 17 28 41 110
32MB Fine 10 19 30 46 145 58 sec 16 sec 175 sec 58 sec
Standard 20 37 59 86 230
64MB Fine 20 39 62 94 290 120 sec 38 sec 360 sec 120 sec
Standard 41 75 120 175 480
128MB Fine 42 79 125 190 600 250 sec 82 sec 740 sec 250 sec
Standard 83 150 240 350 970
256MB Fine 82 150 240 370 1,170 490 sec 160 sec 1,440 sec 490 sec
Standard 160 290 470 690 1,900
512MB Fine 160 300 480 730 2,320 980 sec 320 sec 2,870 sec 980 sec
Standard 320 590 940 1,370 3,770
1GB Fine 320 610 970 1,470 4,650 1,970 sec 660 sec 5,700 sec 1,970 sec
Standard 640 1,180 1,880 2,740 7,550
2GB Fine 660 1,220 1,920 2,920 8,780 4,020 sec 1,350 sec 11,700 sec 4,020 sec
Standard 1,280 2,360 3,610 5,120 12,290


Aspect Ratio
Capacity
Still Image
Image Quality
Pixels
5M
2,816 x 1,880
2.5M
2,048 x 1,360

3:2
16MB Fine 5 10
Standard 10 19
32MB Fine 11 21
Standard 22 41
64MB Fine 23 44
Standard 46 84
128MB Fine 47 89
Standard 93 170
256MB Fine 92 170
Standard 180 330
512MB Fine 180 340
Standard 350 650
1GB Fine 360 680
Standard 710 1,310
2GB Fine 740 1,360
Standard 1,420 2,560


Aspect Ratio
Capacity
Still Image
Image Quality
Pixels
4.5M
2,816 x 1,584
2M
1,920 x 1,080

16:9
16MB Fine 6 13
Standard 12 25
32MB Fine 13 28
Standard 26 54
64MB Fine 27 58
Standard 54 110
128MB Fine 56 115
Standard 110 220
256MB Fine 105 230
Standard 210 430
512MB Fine 210 450
Standard 420 860
1GB Fine 430 910
Standard 850 1,720
2GB Fine 870 1,800
Standard 1,700 3,410




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