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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 566 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and design. The usability and screen are also appreciated. The features and sensor get less positive opinions, and there are some mixed comments about the energy efficiency and storage.

portability, screen, usability, design, battery

shutter, viewfinder, focus, sensor, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9


The original FX7 was announced in July 2004 and went on to be one of the best-selling cameras of last year thanks to its winning combination of cool styling, compact dimensions, big screen and image-stabilized Leica lens. After a fairly disappointing...

High resolution, clean images ; Excellent color - vivid but natural ; High quality construction, lovely design ; Good edge-to-edge sharpness ; Reliable white balance ; Feels fast and responsive ; High speed focus near class-leading performance ; Big,...

Visible noise reduction effects at ISO 160 and above ; Noisy at ISO 400 (better than previous generation, however) ; Some vignetting at F2.8 ; Results a little soft at F6.3 and over ; No manual control of shutter speed or aperture ; Occasional exposure...

The DMC-FX7 (and it's minor upgrade, the FX8) were deservedly popular pocket cameras with a unique selling point; an image-stabilized Leica lens. The only serious issues we identified when reviewing the FX7, namely poor battery life and a low...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9


The Lumix DMC-FX9 is a sleek and very pocketable 6-megapixel camera with a high-quality Leica 3x optical zoom that features Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, a feature that counters shaky hands, the main culprit for blurry pictures. This dimin

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Digital Cameras - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Camera Modes and Menus Record Mode: In Record mode, the camera can capture still images or movies, with a range of options available through the Settings menu. The Exposure Mode dial sets the exposure control mode. The Lumix FX9's LCD menu -- accessed...

Optical stabilization helps greatly for hand holding the camera in dim lighting, Very good battery life, Accurate LCD viewfinder, Fairly fast startup/shutdown, Good macro focusing capability, Optional histogram displays in both record and playback...

Little manual control, Less than optimal ergonomics, Poor flash and low light performance, Auto and Incandescent white balance are way too warm, Some softness and chromatic aberration in the corners, High image noise at ISO 400

Panasonic has been an interesting player in the digital camera market for the last few years. The 6.0-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 adds a little more interest by steadying its 3x zoom with Panasonic's MEGA optical image stabilizer. Panasonic is...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30


If you're ready to learn about this slick little camera, I'm ready to tell you. Read on

Compact metal body, comes in two colors ; Good photo quality (see issues below) ; Optical image stabilization ; Robust performance, especially with a high speed SD card ; Large, high resolution 2.5" LCD; screen is visible in low light ; AF-assist lamp;...

Images on the soft side; some purple fringing ; Redeye a problem ; No optical viewfinder ; Needs more manual controls ; Flimsy plastic door over memory card / battery compartment ; Tiny 16MB card included

If you want a capable and compact point-and-shoot camera, I'd recommend taking a look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9. It's not without its flaws, but its large screen, image stabilizer, good photo quality, fancy movie mode, and easy-to-use menu system...

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Panasonic Lumix® DMC-FX9 Digital Camera Pro Review


I give the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 the thumbs up. I love the size and build and the convenience of being able to take it everywhere.

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Panasonic Lumix FX9


This is how small the FX9 is compared to other cameras:

Ultra-compact and stylish ; Great battery life ; Optical image stabilization ; Excellent LCD (Sharpness AND visibility) ; Extremely fast ; Unlimited continuous shooting ; Excellent movie mode ; User friendly ; Good photo quality

No manual controls ; Low FPS rate for "infinite shooting ; Flimsy battery/card cover ; Red-eye ; Some soft photos ; No movie zoom

The Panasonic Lumix FX9 is a great camera: 6 megapixels, a 2.5 inch LCD, great battery life and best of all, optical image stabilization. The 2.5 inch LCD has a significantly higher resolution than the one on the FX7/FX8 and is a lot brighter too. OIS...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 digital camera


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 is a 6 megapixel compact digital camera with features that set it apart from other popular compact cameras. When we first picked up the FX9, we noticed how easily it fit in the hand and how large and vibrant the 2.5” LCD...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 is good value for the money. It really sets itself apart with optical image stabilization, allowing good image quality even in low light situations. It also has a powerful processor for a good burst-mode capability, smart...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9


LCD backlight troubles. Seems to be a very fragile camera

It seems that this camera is very fragile. I encounter ; problemes with the LCD Backlight and found out a lot of ; users had troubles witht this camera LCD or LCD backlight

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 (silver)


Fine product when new.... but doesn't last! I bought the camera NEW in box 1.5 years ago, have taken care of it (barely a scratch) and all of a sudden it jammed and is now unresponsive to anything other than On/Off. When I spend money like this, I...

shiny and small

made to break - look up "planned obsolescence

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 (digikurage, 6 Sep 07)


Construction: 4.5 coz the battery door is a bit fragile, other than that, it is rare to find cameras in this price range still Made In Japan. Features: you can't ask for more on a compact camera like this except I really want the 28mm wide angle which...

Video clip will stop itself after 3mins if you use a regular speed SD card, but on a Panasonic Pro High Speed 2GB, I could take video clips as long as I want (up to the card capacity)

Product Specifications

The DMC-FX9 features a 2.5" diagonal high-resolution LCD monitor - surprisingly large for such a compact camera. This high-quality, 207,000-pixel display makes it easy to see your subject. For easier viewing when shooting outdoors on a sunny day, press the Power LCD button to boost the backlighting by about 40%. In addition to displaying the settings in large, easy-to-understand text, the large, 2.5" diagonal screen with 230,000-pixel resolution lets you show up to 25 thumbnail images at once. This makes it easier to search for, and organize, the photos you take. Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. Panasonic doesn't expect everyone to have hands of stone when taking pictures - that's why Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-FX9 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working - all you'll see are the outstanding results! Select the AF setting from Spot, 1-point (normal or high-speed), 3-point high-speed, and 5-point. The 1-point normal setting solves the "image-freezing" that used to happen while focusing on fast-moving subjects, and makes them easier to track. Furthermore, the new 1-point high-speed mode slashes conventional AF time to about 1/32. High-speed auto focusing has finally come to the compact digital camera. Plus, the AF Assist Lamp helps when focusing in low lighting. Thanks to the Venus Engine Plus's release time lag of only 0.008 second, the FX9 is super-fast. You can snap consecutive shots at 3 frames per second with full resolution. And with Unlimited Consecutive Shooting, you can keep shooting until the memory card is full. This slim camera features a 3x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 35 to 105mm) with 7 elements in 6 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses. The Extended Optical Zoom, which minimizes the image degradation that normally occurs with digital zooming, gives you up to 4x zooming power. Plus, you can use the 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom together to produce a maximum of 12x zooming power.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD 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:Baby / Candle / Fireworks / Food / Macro / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft / Sports mode / Starry sky

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


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:6Megapixel

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):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None