Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 Review

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Review posted 12/22/2006

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One of several new "FX" series Lumix cameras for 2006, the DMC-FX07 is a sleek and very pocketable 7-megapixel camera that features a high-quality Leica 3.6x optical zoom, Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilization as well as Intelligent ISO Control (IIC), both of which help reduce image blurriness caused by subject movement, camera shake, etc. 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 FX07 also lets you choose between three aspect ratios (4:3 PC, 3:2 TV, 16:9 HD) in Still record mode and two (4:3 PC, 16:9 HD) in Motion Image (Movie) mode. This model utilizes SD, SDHC, and MMC 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 320 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-FX07 Features:

  • 7-megapixel imager with 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • 3.6x Leica zoom lens, equivalent to 28-102mm on a 35mm camera
  • Optical image stabilization to prevent camera shake and blurring
  • 1-point and 3-point high-speed, 9-point AF system
  • Macro focus with autofocus down to 5 cm
  • Large 2.5-inch high-resolution TFT color monitor
  • Auto, Simple, Movie and 19 scene modes
  • ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250; High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200)
  • 3fps Burst, AE Bracketing and Timelapse modes
  • QuickTime movies, 30fps or 10fps 640x480/320x240 or 848x480 using 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • SD/SDHC/MMC card storage
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge Direct-Print compatible
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 is available in black, silver, blue, or red finish, with an MSRP of US$349.95.

Physical Views

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

The DMC-FX07 compared in size to a standard CD disc.

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The DMC-FX07 and the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS.

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Lumix DMC-FX07 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/2.5", 1/2.5" CCD Primary Color Filter
7.38 total megapixels
7.2 effective megapixels
f = 4.6 - 16.8 mm (35mm Equiv.:28-102mm)
7 elements in 6 groups (4 Aspherical lenses/4 Aspherical surfaces)
Aperture Range Wide: F2.8/F8 (2 steps)
Tele: F5 - F16 (2 steps)
Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio:4.4x for 5 Mega, 5.5x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 1Mega, 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio:5.5x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio:5.5x for 2 Mega
Zoom Optical : 3.6x
Digital: 4x (Max. 14.6x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom) (Max. 21.9x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1/Mode2)
Focusing Area 9-area focusing/3-area focusing/1-area-focusing/Spot-focusing
Focusing Range Normal: 50 cm(1.64 feet) - infinity
Macro/Simple/Motion picture: Wide 5 cm(0.16 feet) / Tele 30 cm(0.98 feet) - infinity
AF-Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity AUTO/100/200/400/800/1250
High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)
White Balance AUTO/Daylight/Cloudy/Shade/Halogen/White set
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, ±2 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3EV - 1EV Step, 3 Frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Modes Normal (Program), Simple, Macro, SCeNe (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Food, Fireworks, Party, Candle Light, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial photo, Baby 1 & 2, Snow, High Sensitivity, Self-portrait, Underwater), Movie, Playback
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec.
Motion Picture: 1/30 - 1/20000sec.
Self Timer 10 sec./2 sec.
Picture Adjustment Natural, Standard, Vivid
Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Recording Image Size 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
3,072 x 2304 pixels
2,560 x 1,920 pixels
2048 x 1536 pixels
1600 x 1200 pixels
1280 x 960 pixels
640 x 480 pixels

3:2 Aspect Ratio:

16:9 Aspect Ratio:

Image Quality Fine/Standard
Recording file format Still Image: JPEG (design rule for camera file system), DPOF corresponding
Still Image with Audio: JPEG (design rule for camera file system) + QuickTime Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Motion Image
Quick Time Motion JPEG)
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640x480 or 320x240
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848x480
(Max. recording time depends on SD Card capacity.)
Burst Shooting Mode Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 8 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 6 images
Still Image Rec.
with Audio
5 sec
Audio Dubbing Max.10 sec.
Built-in Flash AUTO, AUTO/Red-eye reduction, Forced ON (Forced ON/ Red-eye reduction), Slow sync./Red-eye reduction, Forced OFF

Range: approx. 1.97 feet (60 cm) - 13.1 feet (4.0 m) at wide angle using ISO Auto
High Sensitivity mode: 2.62 feet (80cm) to 18.7 feet (5.7m) at wide angle

Viewfinder LCD monitor only
LCD Monitor 2.5" Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (207K Pixels)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Recording Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, Multimedia Card
Microphone Yes
Speaker Yes (Only for beep sounds)
Interfaces DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), USB 2.0 Full speed
Direct Print PictBridge
Power Supply Li-ion Battery Pack CGA-S005A (3.7v 1150mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger DE-A11 (110-240V AC) (Included)
AC Adaptor (110-240V AC) Optional
Battery Life
320 pictures
(CIPA standard*)
Dimensions (WxHxD)

94.1mm x 51.1mm x 24.2 mm (3.7 in. x 2.0 in. x 0.95 in.)
(Not including protruding parts)

Weight (Approx.) 132g (4.66 oz) (Body only)
160g (5.64 oz) (with Battery and SD Memory Card)

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer.)

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