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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 499 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the value for money and lens. The screen and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the sensor. There are some critical reviews about the exposure and features.

portability, usability, screen, lens, value for money

shutter, viewfinder, features, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 Review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 is an extremely compact digital camera, measuring just 9.4cms wide and 2.4cms deep, which means that you can carry it in a trouser pocket without...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 is a stylish, well made and ultra-compact camera that you can carry with you wherever you go. The FX12 takes some of the best elements from the rest of the FX series,...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12


clean images. handy and very well built. value for money

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12


Excellent video. Good overall point&shoot camera. Metall case (mine is black) with small dimensions (almost same as canon ixus) x3 laica lens, OIS (optical stabilizer), SD (and SCHC) cards and all that for 120€ (offer). Used it for a week and here is...

1. White Ballans not accurate, I think it spoils colors (on sun it has a more blue effect). Need manual adjustment but dont offer compensasion. it has only prefix (suny, cloudy etc). It has no +, - (worm, clod) on WB:-(. On my sunny Country I use WB...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12


The construction is good except that I think the small door for the AV plugs will need to be handled with care. It takes great pics and is extremely affordable. I can't believe I got image stabilization for such a steal. Images are a little soft if...


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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 (gustabod, 25 Dec 07)


great little camera, the one to carry when I don't want to lumber a DSLR and lenses. Easy to use, great IQ, fun to compose with the B&W and Sepia settings, plus nice punchy color settings. Handy travel go anywhere camera, fits into a shirt pocket,...

Function dial a bit flimsy compared with the very solid construction of the rest of the camera

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 (jondextan, 4 Aug 07)


i bought this p&s as a compact carry-all camera incase i can't carry my 30D (2 of em). I am so pleased overall as it is an exact (almost) camera as my friend's Leica C-Lux2 for 1/4 of the price. :D even the IQ is similar. I am also excited that it...

nothing so far, i just wish the package-in-box included a pouch. too bad i can't ; manually adjust the aperture and shutter speed, but heck, i can do both in my 30D

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12


alaTest has collected and analyzed 276 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

portability, performance, screen, usability, value for money

responsiveness, shutter, viewfinder

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12S 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12K 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12S 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)

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very good


it will fit in a pocket

this cam is small but it has a lot of features it takes great pictures and has rec feature for widescreen tvs

none so far

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Check the COMBO box


After informing Newegg of my mistake they sent me the SD card for free and taking care of the shipping. That is incredible Customer Service!

This is perfect for my daughter. She wants a cute little compact she can fit in her purse. We have owned the big brother of this... the Panasonic Lumix 10.1MP camera and I can tell you that it takes incredible shots. I'm sure this one will be just the...

When I purchased this item it came with a free complimentary 1GB SD card as a combo option. I forgot to check the "COMBO" box on the item page and didn't receive it

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Great Camera!


Just get it, great price and great little camera.

Excellent little camera, small for anyone who just wants performance in a small package. Black! looks professional. 7.2 MP

Zoom could be a little more but w/e

Product Specifications

The camera is equipped with the Intelligent Image Stabilizer, which combines MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. MEGA O.I.S. lets even inexperienced users take sharp, clear pictures without any blurring due to handshake. When snapping photos of an actively moving baby or pet, Intelligent ISO Control automatically prevents blurring caused by subject motion. Combined with high 7.2-megapixel (DMC-FX12) resolution and the high-performance Venus Engine III image processor, Intelligent Image Stabilizer ensures beautiful results every time. With its advanced image-rendering performance, the LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 3x optical zoom lets you create clear, beautiful, expressive photographs. And when you want to bring your subject closer, simply use the 4.5x (DMC-FX12, 35mm equivalent: 157mm) Extra Optical Zoom. This conveniently small camera has huge potential. Enjoy a high-performance camera without having to make highly complicated settings. The DMC-FX12 features a Scene Mode function that lets you choose from among 20 modes, including the newly added SUNSET and PET. It also has a Simple Mode for super-easy shooting in most conditions. The Mode Dial makes it easy to switch between shooting and viewing modes, so you can snap a picture and enjoy viewing it right away.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

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


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 / Panning / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset / Underwater


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.0
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.2Megapixel

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1250 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None