Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12

The camera is equipped with the Intelligent Image Stabilizer, which combines MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. MEGA ...

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Review of "Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12"

published 20/11/2007 | costas1234
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Pro Clear Pictures, Liquid Crystal Display, three times zoom.
Cons Small internal memory. No real disadvantages
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"panasonic lumix dmc-fx12"

I paid one hundred Pounds for this camera, which I considered to be a good bargain.

Within two hours of charging the camera's battery the camera delivered good quality clear images.

The Liquid Crystal Display is a bit small and also the Internal Memory is slightly limited. So therefore a additional add on is going to be needed by buying a one or two giga byte Memory Card, which costs about fifteen to twenty Pounds.

The camera contains a playback System Built-In which allows users to view Picture shot's that have previously been captured, and easy navigation back to the pictures that were previously captured.

When the camera is in simple mode the quality of the Pictures are not so high when the camera is being used. The camera has built in flash, and a red eye and also the user has the ability to turn the flash off if needed.

Also there is a light scene feature that allows the user to take shots dependant on light conditions. There is a Sun, Cloudy, Dark symbol which is straightforward to operate.

The user has the additional benefit for being able to see the pictures they have taken within a slideshow. The pictures can be deleted by pressing the function button. The picture size, quality I.S.O limit aspects can all be varied to enable for better pictures.

The camera has a print mode which allows the shots taken to be connected to the printer. This would mean using the built in software which is a bit cumbersome to set up. Alternatively the compact card can be placed into the desktop for fast reviewing and printing.

This System actually determines if the subject you are trying to capture on camera is moving and, as necessary raises the I.S.O setting and shutter speed according to how fast the subject is moving and the light conditions.

The camera also has a shock absorber, which means if it drops the camera might scratch a little but it wont break or shake inside so that the components malfunction.

The quality of the Picture's are very clear, no blurry images or distorted, and it also offer a three times zoom facility to get close up images.

The software compact disc includes a lumix simple viewer one point two e, which is suitable for both Mac and Windows desktop's. Once the compact disc is installed, the user needs to place the memory card of the camera into the Universal Serial Bus and from then you will see the pictures that have been taken on your camera. The compact disc is straightforward and does not take more than four minutes to successfully install.

For one hundred Pounds the camera is a great value purchase, I honestly can not think of a disadvantage for this item. My sentiment is buy.

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Product Information : Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12

Manufacturer's product description

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.

Product Details

Product Description: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12EB-S - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12EB-K - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12EG-K - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12EG-S - digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12EF-K - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 7.2 Megapixel

Lens System: Leica 3 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 17.4 mm - f/2.8-5.0

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1150 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.4 cm x 2.4 cm x 5.1 cm

Weight: 125 g, 153 g

Colour: Silver, Black



Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Available Body Colours: Black, silver

Sensor Resolution: 7.2 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 7,380,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 7,200,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 5

Digital Video Format: QuickTime

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Enclosure Colour: Silver, Black

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 1250

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, party/indoor, night portrait, PET, scenery, food, fireworks, night scene, panning, Underwater, sports mode, sunset, candle, beach, snow, high sensitivity, starry sky, soft skin, baby1, baby2, aerial photo

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Cloudy, daylight, shade

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 60 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: Leica 3 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 17.4 mm - f/2.8-5.0

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 - 105mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 5cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 6 groups / 7 elements

Features: Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 5 m

Additional Features

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, resizing an image


Type: 2.5" LCD display

Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, LUMIX Simple Viewer, Photo Fun Studio

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS X

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Included Accessories: Battery charger, battery case, hand strap, USB cable, audio / video cable


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1150 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed: 27 MB

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: JPEG 3072 x 2304 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 1280 x 960 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 2048 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1360 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 1728 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080

Video Capture: QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 848 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 10 fps ¦ QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 10 fps ¦ QuickTime - 848 x 480 - 10 fps

Included Memory Card: 27 MB

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 9.4 cm

Depth: 2.4 cm

Height: 5.1 cm

Weight: 125 g, 153 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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