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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 is an ultra compact and stylish digital camera that features 7.2MP resolution, a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm film camera) with image stabilization, and a large 2.5-in. LCD. New for the FX Series is a redesigned grip for more secure one-hand holding.

The FX12 features the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) system to fight against hand-shake, the major cause of blurry images. In addition, the FX12 compensates for the other major cause of blurry images --subject movement -- with the Intelligent ISO Control function which detects subject movement and adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions automatically. Together, they form Intelligent Image Stabilizer.

Venus Engine III in the FX12 allows high-sensitivity recording up to ISO 1250 at full resolution with an improved noise reduction system which maintains high resolution.

Like dates on your pictures? A new Date Stamp feature allows you to select from Baby and Pet mode to print the age of a child or pet by inputting the birthdate in advance.

Battery life is approximately 350 pictures on a single charge (CIPA standard).

The FX12 is compatible with the optional marine case DMW-MCFX07 which is safe to a depth of 40 meters.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 is an easy-to-use entry-level take-anywhere ultra compact digital camera with image stabilization. Depending on your country, it may be available in black and silver.

The Panasonic FX10 is similar to the FX12, except it has 6.0MP and costs about US $100 less.

Panasonic FX12
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12US | CAN | UK | Lumix Site JeansPocket Certified  
  Camera Effective Pixels 7.2 Megapixels  
  Image Sensor 1/2.5", 7.38 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter  
7 elements in 6 groups (3 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)  
  Focal Length f = 4.6 - 16.4 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28 - 100 mm)  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3.6x for 5 Mega, 4.5x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.0 / 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4.5x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4.5x for 2 Mega
  Digital Zoom 4x (Max. 12x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom) (Max. 18x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)  
  Aperture Wide: F2.8 / F8.0 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.0 / F14.0 (2 steps)
  Focusing Area Normal: 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity
Macro / Simple Mode / Intelligent ISO / Motion Picture: wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele 30 cm (0.98 feet) - infinity
  AF Metering 1-point / 1-point high speed / 5-point  
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  Focus Auto Focus System, Normal / Macro (Dial)  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1250
(High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set  
  Exposure Program AE  
  Scene Modes Dial: Normal Picture, Simple, Macro SCN (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Underwater, Sunset, Pet), Motion Picture, Playback, Print, Intelligent ISO  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at Simple Mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
  Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec  
  Auto Review 1 sec / 3 sec  
  Review 1x / 4x / 8x  
  Color Mode Black & White, Sepia, Natural, Standard, Vivid  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Image Quality Fine / Standard  
  Recording Image Size

Still Image

4:3 Aspect Ratio:
3,072 x 2,304 pixels,
2,560 x 1,920 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
1,280 x 960 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels

3:2 Aspect Ratio:
3,072 x 2,048 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels

16:9 Aspect Ratio:
3,072 x 1,728 pixels,
1,920 x 1,080 pixels


Motion Picture*
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes  
  Real-time Histogram Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory 27 MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Date Stamp Yes  
  Built-in Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
0.3 - 5.0 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.8 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD 2.5" TFT LCD (115 K Pixels)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
  Playback Mode 25 - thumbnail display, 9 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Image rotation, Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favorite pictures Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, DPOF print setting  
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese  
  Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMedia Card  
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7 V, 1,150 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
  Battery Life (Approx.) 350 pictures
(CIPA standard**)
  Included Accessories

- Battery Charger
- Battery Pack
- Battery Carrying Case AV Cable
- USB Connection Cable
- AC Cable
- Strap
- CD-ROM: LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio - viewer -, ArcSoft (PhotoImpression, PhotoBase, PanoramaMaker), USB Driver

  Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D) 94.1 x 51.4 x 24.2 mm /
3.70 x 2.02 x 0.95 in.
  Weight (Approx.) 125 g (0.28 lb)
153 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.34 lb)
  MSRP US $229.95  

* In Motion Picture Mode, when you set the picture quality to [30 fps VGA], we recommend using a high speed SD/SDHC Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** Shooting conditions: 23 °C (73.4°F) with 50 % humidity; LCD on; using Panasonic SD/SHDC Memory Card; starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; and temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature).

•The battery life differs depending on the condition stored or used or environment.
•The number of recordable pictures varies depending on the recording interval time. If the recording interval time becomes longer, the number of recordable pictures decreases. •Operating Temperature:32 °F– 104 °F(0°C–40°C)
•Operating Humidity: 10%–40%
•Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
•Design, functions, and specifications are subject to change without notice.
•Some sample images [on the Panasonic website] are simulated.
•Some accessories are not available in some countries.
•Availability of models and colors may differ depending on the country.
•Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the LUMIX models, colors, and optional accessories that are available in your market.

- Main Parts and Controls

- Sample Images

- 360° View

- Optional Accessories

- Underwater photography with LUMIX

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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