Panasonic DMC-FX100

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ PhotoReview (29 November’07)

The Panasonic DMC-FX100 (announced: 12 July’07) is a 12.2 MP digital point-and-shoot camera features 3.6 x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-100mm), MEGA O.I.S. (optical image stabilization), ISO 80-6400, and 2.5″ Polycrystalline TFT LCD screen. The camera measures 96.7 x 54.0 x 24.5 mm (3.80 x 2.13 x 0.96 inch) and weighs 176 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.39 lb). (Full Specs)

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Panasonic DMC-FX100 Reviews

PhotoReview reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX100 and writes;
“Pictures taken with the test camera looked sharp and detailed, with accurate colours and a wider than average dynamic range. Exposures were very well positioned and provided a good balance between highlights and shadows. Shots were sharp from edge to edge and distortion was limited to very slight barrelling at the widest angle of view. No vignetting was observed.”
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TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX100 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix FX100 is a difficult camera. While it has excellent build quality, good performance and an exceptionally fine lens, its usefulness is limited by image noise problems. As it is it is hard to recommend it over the slightly cheaper FX33 (or even the FX55), which has a very similar range of features, better image quality and a lower price.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX100 and writes;
“I was able to take a single shot in 0.35 seconds and five in 12.66 seconds. With the flash on times increased to 0.51 seconds for a single shot and 13.89 seconds for five photos. These are reasonable times, but could be better…The Panasonic DMC FX100 is well worth taking a close look at if you are interested in a tidy, compact digital camera that takes a good photo.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacWorld reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX100 and writes;
“The Panasonic DMC-FX100 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. Especially as a vacation take-along, this lightweight camera will produce consistently pleasing images.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX100 and writes;
“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 better idea. You’ll get the same features, better photo quality and performance, and it’ll cost less too. Thus, unless you’re printing billboard-sized ISO 80 prints, I’d take a look at the DMC-FX33 and DMC-FX55 instead.”
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LaptopMag reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX100 and writes;
“Advanced photographers will appreciate the FX100’s sharp resolution, brilliant color palette, and customizable settings, but the noise at even low ISO levels is disconcerting. For most users, we’d recommend opting for fewer megapixels and better quality. The Olympus Stylus 780, with its shadow-adjustment technology for low-light situations, manages a very reasonable 7.1 megapixels and a 5X zoom (compared with 3.6X on the FX100) for $100 less.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX100 and writes;
“With good focussing and metering, plus easy-to-hand exposure compensation and scene modes, it’s possible to get some very nice, detailed images. The portrait scene mode works equally as well, brightening and rounding out skin tones without making them softer – though there’s a mode for that as well. Colour reproduction is good and as long as you generally stay under ISO400 then the noise issues shouldn’t impact the image quality significantly.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Panasonic DMC-FX100 and writes;
“The good: Wide-angle 3.6x optical zoom lens; Intelligent ISO mode; optical image stabilization. The bad: Noisy images above ISO 400; sluggish shot-to-shot and startup-to-first-shot times. The bottom line: 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.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Panasonic DMC-FX100 Samples

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Panasonic DMC-FX100 User Manuals (PDF)

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– Download Panasonic DMC-FX100 User Manual in English (PDF – 6.5 MB)
– Download Panasonic DMC-FX100 User Manual in Spanish (PDF – 1.7 MB)
– Download Panasonic DMC-FX100 PC Connection Guide (PDF – 1.2 MB)

Panasonic DMC-FX100 Press Release

Beautifully designed and packed with high-end features, Panasonic is pleased to announce the new DMC-FX100, an eminently worthy addition to the Lumix line of advanced digital cameras. The world’s first 12.2-Megapixel digital camera with 28mm*1 wide-angle lens – the FX100 offers the outstanding performance of a 28mm wide-angle lens and a 12.2-Megapixel CCD in a sleek body. A superior camera with extraordinary expressive power, the DMC-FX100 is a highly sophisticated proposition.

Broaden your outlook and get the big picture

The FX100 is equipped with a newly developed 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO ELMARIT lens featuring f/2.8 brightness and a 3.6x optical zoom*3 plus a 12.2-megapixel CCD. Developed specifically for the DMC-FX100, this Leica DC lens gives users the creative power to capture stunningly true-to-life high-resolution images with extraordinary resolution, detail and clarity. The 28mm wide-angle lens opens up a plethora of photographic opportunities, allowing photographers to easily capture a large group of people, or expansive architectural structures and landscapes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The wide-angle lens is particularly helpful in situations where you cannot step back or move away from a subject – ideal for shooting group portraits in a small room for example. To further add to its appeal, Panasonic has managed to pack the advanced 28mm wide-angle lens and large CCD into a sleek, slim body.

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