Design and Features
The Panasonic Lumix FX90 is a neat looking ultra compact camera that comes equipped with an f2.5 ultra-wide angle 24mm Leica lens with a 12 megapixel high speed CCD sensor, 5x zoom as well as a 460k dot resolution touchscreen. You’ll also notice that it has a one touch record button that’s used for capturing videos in AVCHD format, at resolutions of up to full HD.
The key feature here is the camera’s wireless functionality, that isn’t really stellar, unfortunately. Don’t get us wrong though, as it does exactly what it’s meant to do when it comes to its setup. It seems that it’s unnecessarily complicated, which isn’t a good thing if you’re trying to convince users to go for this camera rather than a more user-friendly smartphone.
While photo quality is better than what you’d get from a phone’s camera, the FX90 offers the said performance only if you take pictures in a well lit environment. When at and under ISO 200, the camera captures some great photos, but as soon as you go over ISO 200, you’ll start to notice color noise such as yellow blotches that decrease the image quality. Not to mention that the noise reduction makes subjects seem unusually soft. So if you’re looking for a point and shoot camera that could do a good job indoor without making use of a flash, then this camera might not be the best choice.
When it comes to outdoor and well lit environments, the picture quality is actually very good, with rich, natural and eye pleasing colors. Since the camera is equipped with a ultra-wide angle lens there’s a chance you’ll notice some barrel distortion in pictures as well as videos. In terms of video quality, it’s a little better than what you’d get from an HD pocket video camera, which is to say it’ll be ok for Web use and TV viewing (provided you’re not too demanding).
The provided shooting options are aimed at users who prefer to take pictures in auto. When you get to the Mode menu you’ll notice Panasonic’s Intelligence Auto that handles just about anything for you. You’ll also find Normal Picture mode that offers you the most control over the final results with settings for color effects, white balance, ISO, exposure compensation and focus.
The Lumix FX90 boasts a f2.5 ultrawide angle Leica lens and manages to deliver overall good shooting performance when it comes to this class of device. It’s equipped with built in Wi-Fi that gives you the possibility to make backups of your pictures and movies on your PC, or transfer them to your phone or your Panasonic AV device, not to mention uploading them to sharing sites or wherever you wish.
This model’s Wi-Fi setup isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world to manage, and it might even annoy some people. During our tests we noticed that the picture quality is less than impressive, something which is somewhat dissapointing given the camera’s price.
Even though the addition of Wi-Fi to a point and shoot camera is ultimately a step forward when it comes to competing with smartphones, the Panasonic Lumix FX90 does have its share of downsides.