Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Review: Connected and Capable

by Andy Stanton Reads (31)
Editor's Rating
7.75

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 7
    • Features
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.75
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Compact, stylish camera
    • Effective Wi-Fi
    • Quick performer
  • Cons

    • Awkward submenu interface
    • Some overexposure
    • Tiny zoom lever

Quick Take

The FX90 offers Wi-Fi connectivity and equally as important, some very nice image quality. We had some minor complaints about menu interface and ergonomics.


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 is a small, thin, elegant camera that offers some interesting features. Chief among them is built-in Wi-Fi, which enables the wireless transfer of photos and movies to a computer, audio/visual device (such as a smart TV or Blu-Ray player) or directly to a photo sharing or social website such as Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or YouTube.

Panasonic Lumix FX90

This can be done at a Wi-Fi hotspot or through a smartphone, even when Wi-Fi access is not available. While many digital cameras are compatible with a Wi-Fi-enabled memory card, there are only a few cameras on the market offering Wi-Fi that is part of the camera itself.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 is a small, thin, elegant camera that offers some interesting features. Chief among them is built-in Wi-Fi, which enables the wireless transfer of photos and movies to a computer, audio/visual device (such as a smart TV or Blu-Ray player) or directly to a photo sharing or social website such as Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or YouTube.

This can be done at a Wi-Fi hotspot or through a smartphone, even when Wi-Fi access is not available. While many digital cameras are compatible with a Wi-Fi-enabled memory card, there are only a few cameras on the market offering Wi-Fi that is part of the camera itself.

In addition to Wi-Fi, the Lumix FX90 has a high-quality Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens with 5x optical zoom ranging from a very wide 24mm through 120mm (35mm film camera equivalent) and a fast f/2.5 maximum aperture, a 3.0-inch, 460k-dot touch screen LCD, a 12.1 megapixel sensor and full HD movie ability in AVCHD format.

I carried the camera with me to various places in the Washington, D.C. area, enjoying the holiday season. It seemed that everyone was taking pictures. While I saw many Point and Shoot cameras and DSLRs, most of the devices were smartphones, which do not take great looking pictures but have the advantage of being able to transmit photos. This underscores the logic behind giving a camera Wi-Fi ability. Let’s see how the FX90 fared.


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