Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9


Review posted 12/8/2005

Introduction & Physical Views


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The Lumix DMC-FX9 is a sleek and very pocketable 6-megapixel camera with a high-quality Leica 3x optical zoom that features Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, a feature that counters shaky hands, the main culprit for blurry pictures. This diminutive camera boasts a large 2.5-inch color LCD, fully automatic exposure and numerous scene modes for fun and easy picture taking in all kinds of settings and situations.

The FX9 also lets you record VGA movies at 30 frames per second. New to the FX series is audio playback capability, so you can enjoy both the video and the sound of your movies, right from the camera. The FX9 utilize SD memory cards, which can be used with Panasonic Diga DVD recorders for easy playback and transfer to DVD-R discs or DVD-RAM discs.

Powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery that delivers up to 270 shots per charge, you're always ready to capture that special moment. USB connectivity with Windows and Mac computers and PictBridge compatible for direct printing with any PictBridge enabled photo printer.


Major DMC-FX9 Features:

  • 6-megapixel imager with 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • 3x Leica zoom lens, equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera
  • Optical image stabilization to prevent camera shake and blurring
  • 1-point and 3-point high-speed, 5-point AF system
  • Macro focus with autofocus down to 5 cm
  • Large 2.5-inch high-resolution TFT color monitor
  • Auto, Simple, Movie and 14 scene modes
  • 3fps Burst, AE Bracketing and Timelapse modes
  • QuickTime movies, 30fps or 10fps 640x480 or 320x240
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • 32MB Secure Digital card
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge Direct-Print compatible
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery






Physical Views

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

The DMC-FX9 compared in size to a standard CD disc.




Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

The 8-megapixel DMC-LX1 and the DMC-FX9.




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Specifications

  DMC-FX9 DMC-FX8
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
7 elements in 6 groups (3 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
7 elements in 6 groups (3 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2) MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)
Zoom
Optical: 3x
Extra Optical:
4:3 Aspect:
4.1x (for 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.0 / 0.3 Megapixels)
3:2 Aspect:
4.1x (for 2.5 Megapixels)
16:9 Aspect:
4.1x (for 2.0 Megapixels)
Digital: 4x ( Max. 12x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom) (Max. 16.4x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Optical: 3x
Digital: 4x ( Max. 12x combined with Optical Zoom)
Focal Distance f = 5.8 - 17.4 mm (35 mm Equiv.: 35-105 mm) f = 5.8 - 17.4 mm (35 mm Equiv.: 35-105 mm)
Focusing Area Normal: 50 cm(1.64 feet) - infinity
Macro / Simple: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele 30 cm (0.98 feet) - infinity
Normal: 50 cm(1.64 feet) - infinity
Macro / Simple: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele 30 cm (0.98 feet) - infinity
AF Metering 1 point / 1 point high speed / 3 points high speed / 5 points / Spot 1 point / 1 point high speed / 3 points high speed / 5 points / Spot
AF Assist Lamp Yes Yes
Camera Effective Pixels 6.0 Megapixels 5.0 Megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.5", 6.37 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter 1/2.5", 5.36 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Focus Auto Focus System, Normal / Macro (Dial) Auto Focus System, Normal / Macro (Dial)
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Halogen / White Set,
White Balance Adjustment (150 K step, -1500 - +1500 K) (except for Auto Set)
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Halogen / White Set,
White Balance Adjustment (150 K step, -1500 - +1500 K) (except for Auto Set)
Exposure Program AE Program AE
Exposure Button - -
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (at Simple Mode) Yes (at Simple Mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple Intelligent Multiple
Scene Mode Dial:
Normal Picture, Simple, Macro, SCN (Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Self-portrait, Soft Skin, Food, Baby, Starry Sky, Candle Light), Moving-image, Playback
Dial:
Normal Picture, Simple, Macro, SCN (Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Self-portrait, Soft Skin, Food, Baby), Moving-image, Playback
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec. (Starry Sky Mode:15, 30, 60 sec.) 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Aperture Wide: F2.8 / F5.6 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.0 / F10.0 (2 steps)
Wide: F2.8 / F5.6 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.0 / F10.0 (2 steps)
Self Timer 10 sec. / 2 sec. 10 sec. / 2 sec.
Auto Review 1 sec. / 3 sec. / zoom 1 sec. / 3 sec. / zoom
Review 1x / 4x / 8x 1x / 4x / 8x
Picture Adjustment Natural, Standard, Vivid Natural, Standard, Vivid
Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard), DPOF corresponding
Picture with Audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)+ QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard), DPOF corresponding
Picture with Audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)+ QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Recording Image Size
Still Image
4:3 Aspect: 2,816 x 2,112 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
1,280 x 960 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels
3:2 Aspect: 2,816 x 1,880 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels
16:9 Aspect: 2,816 x 1,584 pixels,
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Motion Image
4:3 Aspect: 640 x 480 pixels,
320 x 240 pixels
Still Image
4:3 Aspect: 2,560 x 1,920 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
1,280 x 960 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels
16:9 Aspect: 2,560 x 1,440 pixels,
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Motion Image
4:3 Aspect: 640 x 480 pixels,
320 x 240 pixels
Image Quality Fine / Standard Fine / Standard
Motion Image*
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)
4:3 Aspect:
640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels
30 fps, 10 fps
(Max. recording time depends on memory card capacity.)
4:3 Aspect:
640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels
30 fps, 10 fps
(Max. recording time depends on memory card capacity.)
Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames/sec. or 2 frames/sec.
Full-Resolution: Max. 8 images (Standard Mode) / Max. 6 images (Fine Mode)
Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames/sec. or 2 frames/sec.
Full-Resolution: Max. 5 images (Standard Mode) / Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes (Depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression) Yes (Depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Still Image Rec.
with Audio
5 sec. 5 sec.
Audio Dubbing Max. 10 sec. Max. 10 sec.
Real-time Histogram Yes Yes
Composition Guide Lines Yes Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes Yes
Auto Angle Detection Yes Yes
Flip Animation - -
Economy Mode Yes Yes
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On / Off
0.3 - 4.0 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.2 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On / Off
0.3 - 4.0 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.2 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
LCD Monitor 2.5" Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (207 K Pixels)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode
2.5" Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (114 K Pixels)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode
Playback Mode 25 / 16 / 9 - thumbnail display, Zoomed playback (16x max.), Image rotation,
Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable),
Playback of favorite pictures,
Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, DPOF print setting
9 - thumbnail display, Zoomed playback (16x max.), Image rotation,
Slide show (the frame-to-frame time is adjustable),
Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, DPOF print setting
OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese(Traditional), Chinese(Simplified), Russian, Japanese
Varies according to the models of your sales area.
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese(Traditional), Chinese(Simplified), Russian, Japanese
Varies according to the models of your sales area.
Recording Media SD Memory Card, Multimedia Card SD Memory Card, Multimedia Card
Microphone Yes Yes
Speaker Yes Yes
Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB
Direct Print PictBridge PictBridge
Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7 V, 1,150 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7 V, 1,150 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
Battery Life*1
(Approx.)
270 pictures
(CIPA standard**)
300 pictures
(CIPA standard**)
Included Software LUMIX Simple Viewer, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, USB Driver LUMIX Simple Viewer, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, USB Driver
Dimensions (Approx.)
(W x H x D)

94.1 x 50.5 x 24.2 mm
(3.70 x 1.99 x 0.95 inch)
(Not including protruding parts)

94.1 x 50.5 x 24.2 mm
(3.70 x 1.99 x 0.95 inch)
(Not including protruding parts)

Weight (Approx.) 127 g (0.28 lb) (Body) / 155 g (0.34 lb) (with Battery and SD Memory Card) 127 g (0.28 lb) (Body) / 155 g (0.34 lb) (with Battery and SD Memory Card)

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer.)




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