Conclusion: 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 resolution LCD screen, have been fully addressed in this new model, and the new high speed focus system is a real improvement too.
Pros: 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, bright, high resolution screen, Improved movie mode, now up to the standard for this class of camera, Reliable exposure and focus, Image stabilization, Good battery life, Histogram in record and playback mode, full on-screen exp...
Cons: 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 problems and blown highlights when shooting in very bright light, Some focus problems in low light, Size and design makes camera shake more likely, Flash not very powerful, Easy to accidentally press buttons you don't mean to
Conclusion: 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 is not something you'll see on many ultra-compact cameras. The FX9 can shoot indefinitely at 1.4 FPS using its infinite continuous mode.
Pros: 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
Cons: No manual controls, Low FPS rate for "infinite shooting", Flimsy battery/card cover, Red-eye, Some soft photos, No movie zoom
Summary: 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 diminutive camera boasts a large 2.5-inch color LCD, fully automatic exposure and numerous scene modes for fun and easy picture taking in all kinds of settings and situations.
Excerpt: Renowned as a manufacturer of quality kit, encompassing everything from vacuum cleaners to TV sets and beyond, Panasonic is nevertheless not one of the names that first springs to mind when you're thinking of cameras. Far more photographically famous is the Leica logo that graces the lens of the FX9, but the build quality of the rest of the camera is of an equally high standard.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 ($400) may look
like just another ultra-compact camera, but it's more than that. This camera
actually has an optical image stabilizer inside the lens, which helps reduce
the effects of "camera shake". The FX9 and its siblings plus the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 are the only compact cameras on the market with this very useful
Pros: 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; good low light focusing, Very good continuous shooting mode, Above average battery life, Nice VGA (30 fps) movie mode, Live histogram in record mode, Easy to use, especially in simple mode
Cons: 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
Excerpt: $769 4.5 stars digital camera has a 6 megapxel sensor and a 3x Leica zoom lens. The focal length of the lens is 35–105mm film equivalent. The is small, with a face area the same as a credit card and it is 25mm thick. Construction is metal. There is a 50mm LCD screen which is the only viewfinder the camera has. As with all such pseudo viewfinders it is impossible to use in bright sunlight.
Pros: The camera has image stabilisation and in use the so-called Mega Optical Image Stabiliser works extremely well. A digital photography novice used the FX9 to take consistently good pictures indoors with the ISO set to 200 and without using the flash. Exposure, white balance and focus are spot on and the camera is as responsive as a film camera with no suggestion of shutter lag. The FX9 has switchable aspect ratios of 4:3 (the full sensor area), 3:2 (the proportions of ...
Cons: The camera has image stabilisation and in use the so-called Mega Optical Image Stabiliser works extremely well. A digital photography novice used the FX9 to take consistently good pictures indoors with the ISO set to 200 and without using the flash. Exposure, white balance and focus are spot on and the camera is as responsive as a film camera with no suggestion of shutter lag. The FX9 has switchable aspect ratios of 4:3 (the full sensor area), 3:2 (the proportions of ...
Summary: : The Panasonic Lumix FX9 is a very stylish ultra compact digital camera that provides very good 6 megapixel images. The camera improves on the FX7 with a high resolution screen, much better battery life, more megapixels, and much better video mode, yet is available for less that the FX7 was. The camera is very good, with good image quality and very good features.
Pros: Very good image quality, Very compact and stylish with a solid metal body (will easily fit in pockets), Built in "Mega Optical Image Stabilisation" allows blur free low-light photos., 2.5" screen is good with a high resolution (207,000 pixels), 16:9 aspect ratio available, Fast continuous shooting mode, Good detail, Good movie mode, Good macro mode
Cons: High noise (ISO200 and above looses detail), Flash can over-expose images, Small memory card, Purple fringing slightly higher than average