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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX9 Review

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Reader Score: 8.76 (out of 10)
DPReview has just posted their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9. "Following on from the FX7, which was one of the best-selling cameras of last year, Panasonic launched the 5.4 million-pixel FX8 and two months later, the 6.4 million-pixel FX9. The FX8 was a fairly disappointing upgrade which did little but address the appalling battery life of the original. As well as incorporating the improvements in the FX8, the FX9 increases the pixel count, improves the screen and adds a couple of new scene modes. Check our our concise review and see how it fared."

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Trusted Reviews 8.00  06-30-06 Read Full Review
Review: 'I wish it were possible to know exactly what a camera is really like just from looking at it; my job would be so much easier. Although actually thinking about it I wouldn’t have a job at all. Let’s face it, I’m here to be massively disappointed about a new camera so you don’t have to be.

Take this Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 for example. Seldom have I seen a more attractively designed camera. Like most of the Lumix range it looks functional but elegant, with a slightly retro and almost art deco style to it. Just 24mm thick and weighing only 155g fully loaded, it is small and light enough to slip into a shirt pocket. It is available in either black or silver. MO< Although it looks great, performs well and has the Leica name above the lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 fails to deliver the expected picture quality, especially considering the cost when compared to many other 6MP ultra-compacts. A very disappointing camera from a company that can do better."

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CNET Reviews 7.75  11-29-05 Read Full Review
The 6-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9, available in either all-silver metal or silver metal with black accents, is a slim, beautifully built pocket camera that weighs just 5.3 ounces with battery and SD card and boasts Panasonic's Mega OIS optical image stabilization. Usually reserved for cameras with long zooms-the FX9's is only 3X, with a 35mm-film equivalent range of just 35mm to 105mm-the stabilization allows you to capture sharp images at slow shutter speeds without a tripod or flash. The camera is also a snappy performer speedwise, but photographers with a critical eye will pause at the less than stellar photo quality.

If you predominantly take snapshots at parties, concerts, bars, or other dimly lit indoor venues, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9's image stabilization makes it a great choice. Daylight denizens, however, may be frustrated by the artifacts that become visible in brightly lit shots.

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DCResource 7.60  09-13-05 Read Full Review
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 may look like just another ultra-compact camera, but it has one feature that none of the competition has: image stabilization. Most people thing that's only useful for ultra zoom cameras, but that's not the case at all. The FX9's OIS system will give you sharper photos in lower light conditions than a camera without it. That, along with the FX9's other nice features, makes it a camera that I can definitely recommend.
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Cameras.co.uk 5.50  11-25-05 Read Full Review
The Panasonic DMC FX9 is a six megapixel digital camera with a three times optical zoom lens. It is a very sleek and stylish model and is just about small enough to fit into any pocket. One of the main attractions of the DMC FX9 is its ease of use. Therefore this camera is likely to appeal to anyone who is looking for a simple point and shoot model, but is prepared to pay more for the attractive design and build quality. This camera also offers optical image stabilization.

If you are looking for a stylish, easy to use digital camera then the Panasonic DMC FX9 is well worth a close look. It performs well in just about all situations and you are unlikely to find a much more straightforward camera.

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DigiCam Review -----  12-12-05 Read Full Review
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. There are only one or two problems that may put you off buying this otherwise excellent camera - they are: high noise and high noise reduction that reduces details, and higher than average purple fringing. However, the positives far outweigh the negatives and I would definitely recommend this digital camera!
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Imaging-Resource -----  03-27-06 Read Full Review
Review: "With the rather minimalist styling that seems to be a hallmark of the company's Lumix series, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 offers a stabilized Lumix DC Vario Elmarit 3x optical zoom lens. Measuring 3.7 x 2.0 x 0.95 inches (94.1 x 50.5 x 24.2 millimeters), the DMC-FX9 weighs approximately 5.36 ounces (152 grams) with the battery and storage card installed. The Lumix FX9's all-plastic, matte-silver body helps keep the camera's weight down. Small enough to slip into your shirt pocket, the FX9 should be able to go wherever you do. An accompanying wrist strap adds a sense of security when shooting with the camera.

The Panasonic Lumix FX9 is a good little camera, and clearly one of the best bargains on the market for an optically stabilized digital camera. It just missed being named a "Dave's Pick," but it deserves your serious consideration if you're looking for a unique camera at a great price. You really can't match its combination of 6 megapixels, 3x zoom and optical image stabilization for anywhere near its price."

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