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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 / DMC-FX40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and image quality are on the whole positive. The performance and lens also get good views. There are mixed opinions on the battery and shutter, and some have doubts about the low light performance and reliability.

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features, energy, reliability, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 / DMC-FX40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic DMC-FX48 Review


MIAMI, FL (January 27, 2009) - Panasonic today expanded its popular LUMIX FX digital cameras series with the introduction of the 12.1-megapixel DMC-FX48, which features a 25mm ultra-wide-angle LEICA DC lens and a powerful 5x optical zoom (equivalent to...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48


In many ways, the 12.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 is an exciting camera. It's got a compact build, tons of features, and an easy-to-use interface with big icons and large text. Add in powerful zoom and HD video capture and you have the makings...

Compact design. Wide-angle lens with 5X zoom. Captures HD video. Easy-to-use interface

Expensive. Some pictures can look soft. LCD shows considerable amounts of motion blur. Noticeable shutter lag

The pricey Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 offers a lot of features for a point-and-shoot camera, but its image quality falls short, particularly under bright light.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 First Impressons Digital Camera Review


Introduction The Panasonic DMC-FX48 is a point-and-shoot capable of 720p HD video capture. It's a slightly more advanced point-and-shoot than many an entry-level model, though you obviously won't be getting the same level of control that you...

• HD Video • Some advanced options for a point-and-shoot • Comes with some good editing and playback options • Price • Somewhat unintuitive for beginners • Basic-looking interface clashes with handsome body design


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 Review


Panasonic brought us one of our favorite cameras of 2008 in the Lumix FX35, but a subsequent update, the FX37, left us wishing for more performance improvements.

Compact and light ; Good build quality ; Good lens performance

Softer images ; No Vivid setting in iA

ISO 800 is predictably and significantly worse than 400, with the biggest single hit to noise levels coming between 800 and 1600. Of course, you can make the argument that the FX48 is crowding 2 megapixels more resolution on the same sized sensor as...

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Panasonic LUMIX FX48 -


After the award-winning Panasonic LUMIX FX36 and FX38, we take a look at the latest FX48 to see how the newcomer fares.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48


I bought this camera as a replacement for my Optio S5i that was getting long in the tooth. After a few weeks with the FX48, I've gotta say it's a good replacement and a decent compromise on features. I was looking for something that turned on and ...

The videos come in mov format, which could be better ; The vid quality is good, just the file size is a bit big ; Sometimes has trouble focusing in low-light situations

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48


I bought this camera mainly because of its ultra wide angle lens. I used to own a Panasonic FX30, which had an 28mm lens. I was already satisfied with that model, but this one has a 25mm and I like it even better. I also like the 5x zoom; it comes in...

None yet

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48


I own a Pentax K-20D plus sigma 70-200 2.8 hsm and pentax 16-50 sdm lenses. I was looking for a P&S camera to use in occasions where my reflex is unusable (sport activity, everyday shooting, party with friends). Found the FX40 very good. Fast focus,...

Maybe missing some kind of grip in the front right, so to handle the camera with only one hand. Impossible to use the zoom if you dont hold the camera with left hand

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 / DMC-FX40


alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 / DMC-FX40 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

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 12MP Digital Camera with 5x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD (Silver)Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 12MP Digital Camera with 5x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD (Black)Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 12MP Digital Camera with 5x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD (Silver)

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All I can say is wow


This camera has been far superior than I ever would have thought. The trip to Tuscany offered many a good camera shot and this camera captured it all with great ease. No battery distorted pictures. Nice job Panasonic. You did not...

Product Specifications

The FX48 features an enhanced iA mode that includes Face Recognition, a function that "remembers" registered faces. When there's a familiar face in the frame, it optimizes the focus and exposure so that the face is in sharp focus and bright. iA mode also activates a host of functions that make it easy to get great shots. The 25mm wide-angle lens in this super-compact camera captures greater area of an ordinary 35mm lens, making it ideal for shooting group photos indoors or wide landscapes outdoors. The 5x optical zoom pulls distant subjects up close, and the exquisite rendering of the Leica DC lens lets you capture nuanced, expressive photos.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.33''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Panasonic DMW-BCF10
Battery Type:Panasonic DMW-BCF10


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No