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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 12MP Digital Camera with 5x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD (Silver)

3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • 12.1-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-size prints
  • 5x MEGA image-stabilized optical zoom; 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica DC lens
  • Record High Definition (1280 x 720p) motion images at 30 fps
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode; Face Recognition feature
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: FX48 Silver
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12 MP
  • Optical Zoom: 5 x
  • Maximum Aperature Range: F2.8 - F5.9
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Product Description

Color: Silver

Product Description

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 Digital Camera - Silver DMCFX48S Digital Cameras

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Panasonic's 12.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-FX48 features a 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica DC lens and a powerful 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 25mm to 125mm on a 35mm film camera), yet its slim profile makes it convenient to slip into a pocket. With a 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom, users can capture nearly double the viewing space at the same shooting distance compared to standard 35mm cameras, thus the FX48 can photograph images with great width and depth. The FX48 also features Face Recognition, a new technology to Panasonic’s proprietary advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) mode.

The FX48 features iA mode, a system of technologies, such as MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Auto Focus (AF) tracking, Intelligent Exposure and Intelligent Scene Selector, that engage automatically, without the user having to adjust any settings. Panasonic’s advanced iA also adds Face Recognition, a feature that recognizes individual faces, making it a "personal verification system" in the digital camera. With the Face Recognition feature, a user can give AF and auto exposure priority to a single person in a group, ensuring that a particular person’s face will be focused and exposed beautifully.

With Face Recognition, when a familiar face is recorded several times, the camera will prompt the users to register the face. Once registered, if the familiar face appears in the frame again, the camera will display the name specified for that person and prioritize focus and exposure so that the registered face is bright and sharply focused. During registration, the user can change the icon that indicates when the registered subject is in focus and the person’s age can also be registered. When children less than three years-old are registered, the camera will automatically switch to the Baby scene mode when the child is in the frame. Furthermore, in playback, users can choose to display only photos that contain a specific registered face using Category Playback, so organizing and archiving photos by person becomes much easier.

Panasonic’s newly developed Venus Engine V integrates these advanced functions and controls the camera’s operation with high speed, high performance, and low-power consumption. Beyond the power of the conventional imaging engine, the Venus Engine V has twin CPUs to boast approximately 2.4x processing capability. The Venus Engine V improves its energy efficiency by 16 percent, when compared to the Venus Engine IV, thus extending the battery life to 350 pictures (CIPA).

The DMC-FX48 can also record High Definition (1280 x 720p) motion images at 30 fps. And, using the DMW-HDC2 component cable (optional accessories), the video can output directly to a television, such as a Panasonic VIERA HDTV, for easy playback.

Other features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 include:

  • A bright 2.5-inch, 230,000-dot resolution Intelligent LCD that provides high resolution and a wide viewing angle.
  • New Panorama Assist scene mode allows users to shoot a number of consistent photos, either vertically or horizontally, by aligning them according to a guide that overlaps the screen. Then using those photos and the bundled PanoramaMaker software, users can create dramatic panoramic images.
  • High-Speed Burst (Speed Priority) that fires off approx. 10 shots per second.
  • Macro Zoom function lets users pull subjects even closer to capture dramatic close-up shots by using the 3x digital zoom in the wide-angle.
  • Bundled PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 software that features a Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in photos stored on the computer, allowing the user to easily sort files by the people photographed. Using the software, motion pictures can also be uploaded directly to YouTube.


Product Information

Color:Silver
Product Dimensions 3.7 x 0.9 x 2.1 inches
Item Weight 5.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
Manufacturer Panasonic
ASIN B001QFZMA6
Item model number FX48 Silver
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3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #39,867 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#4,152 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com January 27, 2009

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I gave this DMC-FX48 a Thanksgiving weekend test and it failed miserably.

The key problem? The ultra wide lens creates ultra distortion on the ends of the frame. I tried shooting my mother and sister on a Harley and they looked like rubber comic book characters on a bat bike. I'm not kidding. If I were laying down on my back shooting the sky, I'm sure the wide view would look simply amazing. But not for everyday shots, folks. 35mm is a much more natural view for a human being's eyeball. Oh, you're a realtor? Then maybe tone down and go for a 28mm instead to get those interior shots completed.

The video? HD was lousy as compared to my little Canon SD780 (which is ironically lousy for stills) - very grainy or nousy even as camera tries to adjust itself. However, these LUMIX cameras seem to shoot much better via WVGA video.

I returned it and have had much better results with a NON-wide angle lens camera with no HD video for only $110 and its the Panasonic DMC-FS7. I was shocked and still am. Macro also looks better on the FS7 which has outperformed a handful of cameras I tested it against at more than 2x its price. This includes testing shots in AUTO mode, outdoor, indoor, sports, sunset and video in VGA & WVGA.

Good luck! Finding the right camera can be a never ending search....
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
A lovely little camera that I bought for my wife at a good price that takes sharp, bright pictures. It is extremely easy to use and my wife is constantly delighted with it. On the other hand, in light of the high current price and the advances in later cameras (especially the increased telephoto ranges and superior anti-shake programs) it might be worthwhile checking out later models such as the lumix fh-25 or fh-27 or the lumix zs-1.
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Color: Silver Verified Purchase
Purchased this as a pocket camera. I have a DSLR, sometimes portability is key. It starts up relatively fast, focuses quick, and is almost always ready for the next shop. Only gripe is charging, it doesn't use a mini-USB. One has to remove the battery or use the proprietary AC adapter.

The pictures are great. It was a great purchase for us.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
This is the 3rd Lumix camera in my household. I wanted a truly pocket'able camera for my hiking & biking activities.

My choice came down to the Canon SD1300IS and this FX-48. After reading all the reviews and from my own good experience, I picked the Lumix. So far, I have been using for taking outdoor and indoor shot and the picture quality is superb.

The iA setting get most of the exposure etc right most of the time.

Highly recommend this little gem.
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By James Duke on April 16, 2014
Color: Black
I have owned two Panasonic Lumix cameras. The first one developed black spots on the screen. After returning for repair for the same problem three times, and more than 5 total hours on hold and talking with worthless customer service representatives, they finally replaced it. All work was under warranty, but each time I was without a camera for a month. The replacement camera was a different model Lumix. It failed within a year. This time it was an auto focus issue on zoom. I was advised that the replacement camera only had a 90 day warranty. I purchased the lumix primarily because of the zoom lens. DO NOT PURCHASE OR YOU WILL BE SORRY!
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Color: Silver
I really like the FX48. It's very portable, exposure control and color are great, and the 25mm wide angle lens is amazing. The images are very pleasant to look at. But if you're into really analyzing image detail, images are quite soft, especially in the corners or along the right edge depending on where within the 5X zoom range the lens is. You're not getting anywhere near 12 megapixels worth of image detail, but unless you plan to crop areas out of your photos, you don't really need 12 megapixels of detail anyway. If this camera had a lens with better sharpness I would have rated it 5 stars.

Another annoyance is that Panasonic's new firmware does not allow cheaper aftermarket batteries to be used. You're stuck with pricy Panasonic batteries, or one option in aftermarket batteries that I found that work (bestbat dot com).
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Color: Silver Verified Purchase
I'm a DSLR junkie and needed a compact camera that I could bring with me anywhere and take decent shots. This is the camera! Love the image quality as well as the look and feel of the camera. Would give a perfect review, but the lcd on the back is blurrier than my t1i, which is understandable given the price difference of the two bodies.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I recently had to replace my previous Lumix which fell in the swimming pool. I loved that camera so I was keen to get the latest Lumix FX. I am generally happy with this camera but with a couple of reservations. Its design is super - its so tiny and the quality of the hardware is great. I recently took it on holiday to a hot and humid country, carried it around in my pocket and never had an issue with it. I am especially impressed with the quality of the HD movie - hard to believe such a tiny camera takes such good movies, the sound and picture quality are both good. Of course there's no zoom feature but thats a small price to pay for the convenience of not having to carry around a camcorder.

The only area I am a little disappointed with is the image quality. The pictures are coming out dark and with a yellow hue even though I have tried to program the white balance several times. I've compared it to pictures I took with the old Lumix in the same light situations and locations and the pictures are dark and a different color. Also the picture quality when taking shots without flash were excellent on my old Lumix but not quite so good on this one and I'm not sure why. Overall I'm happy with this purchase and still willing to give it a chance while I spend more time working with the settings and options.
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