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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 352 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and value for money. The usability and lens are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the performance. The contrast and zoom get critical opinions.

portability, lens, usability, value for money, image quality

shutter, features, manual adjust., zoom, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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DMC-FX100

 

Panasonic's nicely designed, elegantly styled Lumix DMC-FX100 is a near-twin to the Lumix DMC-FX55. Both are reasonably small and light, though they won't slip comfortably into a shirt pocket.

Smooth, precise lens mechanism Solid construction

Pricey for a pocket camera Short labor warranty (90 days)

The DMC-FX100 is a pleasing package--solidly constructed, with flexible, user-friendly controls and a high resolution for really big prints

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100

 

This feature-rich camera delivers sharp 12-megapixel photos and is the first of its kind to offer a wide-angle 28mm lens.

Good picture quality ; Optical image stabilization ; Two widescreen modes

Runs slowly when loaded with 12-MP images ; Noisy images at even low ISO settings

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 (Silver)

 

Panasonic follows the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it logic by keeping the body design essentially the same as that of their other FX-series cameras. The 3.6x optical, 28mm-to-100mm (equivalent), f/2.8-to-f/5.6 zoom lens extends from the front of the...

Wide-angle 3.6x optical zoom lens; Intelligent ISO mode; optical image stabilization.

Noisy images above ISO 400; sluggish shot-to-shot and startup-to-first-shot times.

If you absolutely must have a 12-megapixel compact camera, the DMC-FX100 isn't a bad choice, but you can find better performing cameras with lower pixel counts for the same money.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC FX100

 

The Panasonic Lumix FX100 is a solid camera with many features. The 12.2 megapixel sensor creates excellent images again and again. This compact camera is a great addition to your camera collection and one you should consider taking on every vacation...

12.2 megapixel sensorEasy to use interfaceExcellent image detail28mm Wide angle lens

No manual controls

The Panasonic Lumix FX100 offers a high-resolution, distortion free...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100

 

The ultra-compact camera arena is a crowded one. Can the DMC-FX100 keep up with the competition? Find out now in our review

Very good photo quality at lowest ISO settings (though see issues below) ; Wide-angle 3.6X optical zoom lens ; Optical image stabilization ; Ultra-compact metal body, comes in two colors ; Large, sharp 2.5" LCD display; screen visible outdoors and in...

Noise reduction smears details when ISO is 200 or above ; Corner blurriness, redeye are both problems ; 720p movie mode only 15 frames/second ; High sensitivity mode not terrible useful ; No optical viewfinder ; Flimsy door over battery/memory card...

In conclusion, I like the Lumix DMC-FX100, and can recommend it. At the same time, I'd say that the 12 Megapixel resolution is overkill for the vast majority of people, and that buying one of the lower resolution Panasonic ultra-compacts would be a...

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The $400 12.2-megapixel camera has a 2.5-in. LCD, 3.6x zoom lens, optical image stabilization, burst mode and more

 

The $400 12.2-megapixel camera has a 2.5-in. LCD, 3.6x zoom lens, optical image stabilization, burst mode and more

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Lumix DMC-FX100 digital camera

 

The Panasonic DMC-FX100K is streamlined enough not to baffle novice users, but even seasoned shutterbugs ought to consider this is as a backup to their SLR or DSLR.

Easy-to-navigate interface ; Wide-angle lens ; 12-megapixel sensor ; Good detail and exposure

No manual controls ; Mediocre battery life

Serious shutterbugs may be disappointed at the lack of manual exposure controls, but in our Macworld Lab tests, there was little reason to second-guess the camera's calculations. The DMC-FX100achieved Good scores for image and flash quality, and Very...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 Digital Camera Review

 

Available in silver, black and gold, (each colour is metallic), Panasonic Lumix DMC-F100 comes in a stylish design of the a sleek, slim elegant body. As for the size, it's not the smallest camera out there, but it fits into your smallest pockets. It...

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"The best camera I ve ever owned!"

 

- has great anti-shake feature - your pictures NEVER blur!! (I have tried Sony & Canon before, and no other camera lived up to its anti-shake promise!)

- a little heavier than other cameras (but that doesnt matter at all to me, because its so awesome with its other features)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100

 

Nice large CCD sensor with 12.2 megapixels. Built like a champ.

Unexceptable noise at ISO 400 and above ; Distortion at wide angle is visible

Product Specifications

The DMC-FX100 ushers in a world of photographic quality by capturing high-resolution, distortion-free images with the 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens, and sending that rich picture information to the large, 1/1.72" 12.2-megapixel CCD. This camera renders every image - from the natural scenery and delicate flower petals you encounter while traveling, to the glistening eyes and lustrous hair of your loved ones - in glamorous, exquisite detail. The sweeping angle of view offered by the 28mm wide-angle lens and the rich gradation of the 12.2-megapixel resolution combine for the very first time in a compact model to further expand the enjoyment of shooting photos. With high, 12.2-megapixel resolution even the slightest blurring or noise is visible. This is why Lumix uses the Intelligent Image Stabilizer to suppress blurring, and employs the multi-task image-processing engine, Venus Engine III, to reduce noise without lowering resolution. MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses hand-shake to give you crystal-clear photos at night and in dimly lit party rooms, while keeping the mood intact. The advanced MEGA O.I.S. in the DMC-FX100 can even separate hand-shake from other types of camera movement to raise both the detection precision and corrective effect. Intelligent ISO Control detects subject motion and compensates for blurring, so you can clearly capture sports action, moving animals, and small children playing indoors. And Venus Engine III enables high-sensitivity recording with full resolution all the way up to ISO 1600. The maximum sensitivity of the Scene Mode's High Sensitivity mode has been raised to ISO 6400 to allow shooting in nearly total darkness. When using the High Sensitivity mode, the built-in flash reaches as far as 16 m, letting you capture clear images even in dim lighting. Lumix's acclaimed Scene Mode function now includes a Hi-speed Burst mode for even greater versatility. The mode shoots up to 8 frames per second at high speed. By selecting a mode from among the 20 Scene Mode settings, such as Sunset, Scenery or Night Portrait, the camera automatically sets the parameters for optimum image quality. The Mode Dial also includes settings such as Motion Picture Mode and a Macro Mode for shooting objects like flowers up close. Just select the mode that matches your shooting situation. Enjoy viewing crisp High Definition 1920 x 1080 pixels photos with a 16:9 aspect ratio on your living room's large-screen HDTV. Imagine the smiling faces of family and friends, and images of memorable moments, covering the screen with clarity and power. Let the high-resolution images of your large-screen HDTV transform the room into a photo gallery, and gather around to share the excitement.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Panasonic CGA-S005

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1in
Height:2.1in
Weight:5.2oz
Width:3.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-FX100/DMC-FX100PLK
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.6
Max Focal Length:21.4mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Gold/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.72"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.8 mm ( 1/1.72 ) / 14.8 mm ( 1/1.72" )
Sensor Resolution:12Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1250 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 6400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None