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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9

We've given the DMC-FX9 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

The next generation of Panasonic ultra compact cameras. The Panasonic DMC-FX9 improves upon it's predecessor, the FX8, with 6 megapixels, image stabilization, and Panasonic's 'extended optical zoom' feature. This feature allows for optical zooming beyond the standard limit, trading megapixels in exchange for distance (up to 4.1x at 3MP on the FX9). The sharp, 2.5" LCD is great for previews, but also for use as a built in photo album.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • manual and program exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-400
  • lithium battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: DMCFX9K
  • UPC: 037988985272
  • Release Date: Jul 20, 2005

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Has anyone had the LCD screen go blank on them? (Melanie Peterson — 07/13/2009)

Mine is so dim now I can hardly see anything on it - making it useless. Has anyone else had this problem? Can it be fixed? I've liked the camera up until now......

  • 2.0 out of 5
broken shutter?? (amy — 09/17/2007)

My camera took great pictures untill a shutter or something inside broke and it can not see anymore. Apparently, after reading about so many others,these cameras have a major defect!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Stop whining about broken displays. Mine broke, too... (Tim Cardella — 08/11/2007)

... and it's my fault for carrying it in my pocket without a case. If you press the display against keys or other items in a pocket, backpack, or purse hard enough it's going to get broken if the camera isn't protected. I did a Google search for "Panasonic camera repair" and found a place that will fix it for $161 including shipping. I'm getting it fixed because it's a great camera. Then I'll be a little more careful about how I carry it around. Those people who calim "it just broke" need to be responsible for their actions.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Oh just great, untill the screen breaks (Judith — 06/02/2007)

I am so disappointed with this camera, 2 days before leaving on a 3 week European tour. I turn it on the the screen is cracked, It hasn't been dropped or mistreated in anyway. Photography is my favourite thing in the world, and now I'm stuck without a camera in Europe. Just perfect. Panasonic better replace it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Broken LCD also (Emily — 05/24/2007)

I loved the camera and it was one of the best cameras I have ever owned. However, my LCD screen broke but Panasonic won't cover it. I would have recommended it, but this is a major flaw.

  • 1.0 out of 5
My screen broke too :( (Joel English — 03/28/2007)

Dont buy this camera, they are great until the screen breaks for no reason. The worst this is i told all of my friends to buy these and now there screens are breaking also.

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD BROKEN!! (Jenna — 02/21/2007)

this was probably the best camera i've ever owned until the lcd screen broke. the screen cracked for no reason. i was looking at some pictures i had taken the night before and my screen was fine. 10 minutes later i turn it back on to show my friend and the screen was cracked, for absolutely no reason at all. and upon reading around i found that this is a very common problem with this camera and ALL of the lumix model cameras. i do NOT recommend this camera unless you dont mind throwing $350 away.

  • 5.0 out of 5
a great camera (maria amme — 02/13/2007)

if you are thinking about buying this camera, i think it would be a great idea. If you need a camera that is not to expensive, and at the same time takes fantastic photos i can only say.. buy it! it has a lot of good functions and the pictures gets really good.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great but broke (Diania — 01/29/2007)

This is by far the best camera I've ever used but the button fell off and I can't find anyone to fix it. Panasonic won't because I don't have the warranty anymore.

  • 1.0 out of 5
My screen broke too! (Barbara — 01/15/2007)

I absolutely LOVED this camera, until the LCD screen broke. I was plugging it in to download pictures, and when I turned it on the LCD had a huge crack across it. I was totally confused until I read the other reviews. I really could not figure out how I could have broken it. Really disapointed to hear that Panasonic is not taking care of this problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
superb (dheeraj — 11/14/2006)

i have never seen such a teriffic camera stored in a small piece of metal., i would say its the best in its class!!! ., simply mindblowing .,

  • 1.0 out of 5
Design flaw with screen (belgenova — 11/09/2006)

Same problem. LCD broke and Panasonic is not covering it, despite evidence of design flaw. Shame on them!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Who is my FX9 origin? (Thai duc Khai — 10/18/2006)

I just had a new FX9 bought in Vietnam. Its is very easy to use and give me good quality pictures. But I do not know where it come because at the bottom of this I do not see some thing like "made in Japan" or some thing like that, I see only some japanese word but I do not know Japanese. I do want to know where is my FX9 manufactured.

  • 2.0 out of 5
broken lcd (kelly — 08/28/2006)

this camera is nice although i went to use my camera and took it out of the case and the lcd was shattered inside. this, i find has been a problem of many others. panasonic is not taking responsibility for this poor design of the display that apparently breaks from the right side to the camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Miraculous technology in impossibly small package (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Six megapixels, a Leica lens, antishake technology, rapid-fire sequential picture taking capability, quick battery recovery for flash, and unprecedentedly large viewing screen add up to an incredibly effective camera package. A convenient picture mode wheel near firing button enables quick selection of movie, sports, closeup,simple, complex, and view modes. Lack of viewfinder is the tradeoff for viewing screen that occupies nearly whole back of camera. This turned out to actually have an advantage. After practice I could be just as accurate as viewfinder by just aiming - and much faster than using viewfinder.

I am a bit worried by one of the reviewers who claims poor service. But I cannot imagine how two reviewers could have gotten "fuzzy" pictures, given the antishake technology, and the longstanding Japanese emphasis on product testing. Maybe the problem is "one or two star user capability" not problem with product.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Small, elegant and powerfull (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned several digital cams and usually go for small ones so I can always have it with me. This one replaces the pentax Optio S4, and I am very happy. Very easy to use and access all the features, image stabilzation, amazing screen, and great pictures. For the money, this one's a winner!

  • 5.0 out of 5
the best little camera on the market (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I should first start by saying that I have long been a fan of Panasonic products.

In this case, I am a big fan of this particular product. I have been taking pictures for 37 years, and I have used mostly professional film equipment.

In the last year I have purchased three digital cameras: the Canon 20D, the DMC-FX9 and the the Lumix FZ30. I love using all three of the digital cameras, but I especially love the DMC-FX9 because of its size and the high-quality results it produces.

The automatic focus works very well. The color rendition is excellent. Ease of operation and handling is marvelous. And it fits anywhere. Battery life is also good. I take this camera out with me every time I leave the house, just in case there is a picture out there worth taking.

Let me also add that this is the most bang you will get for your buck — plus a viewing screen that you cannot find on other digital cameras costing thousands of dollars more.

You want a little camera that performs like a big one? This is it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Go buy the one you really want (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I never write these reviews but I bought this for my wife for her birthday. We went on a cruise the next week and I took 200 pictures. It never focuses correctly and if you are indoors forget it. The pictures look like 1000's of little dots. I was upgrading from a 2 megapixel camera we have had for 5 years. I also brought that one and ended up taking all the pictures that were important with that one. When I came home I took another 200 pictures on every setting possible inside, outside, up close, far away. It doesn't work. Cosco took it back GOOD FOR THEM! and I bought a 8 megapixel kodak from them the same day.

  • 3.0 out of 5
question (Lobachev — 03/27/2006)

The description speaks that the camera has function of slow shutter. Please give more detail information about it. Can I do photos from screen if the picture frequency to be ~ one for 40 sec?
By the rest of the functions the camera I think to be quite well for me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Easy to use, VERY SMALL! Stunning 2.5inch LCD, image stabilisation superb, pictures are great. Previously I had a Sony DSC P92 which delivered good shots in good light but in poor light, forget it, the pics were blurred and the flash took ages to recharge. The Panasonic is a totally different story, great pics and flash recovers in a couple of seconds. Also the Pana uses SD cards which are much cheaper, more standard and smaller than the Sony Memory sticks.

Buy it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Panasonic refuse to repair/replace defective LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Panasonic USA/UK and Worldwide Warranties and service on their products not worth the paper they are written on.
Don't buy inherrant design problem with LCD on FX7, FX8 and FX9 LCDs.

Panasonic cannot be relied upon to honour their responsibilities under USA or International Warranties.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome if you know how to work it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this little power house is always ready to take a candid photo, a beautiful sunset, or a cute child.
6 megapixels-plent of oomph to enlarge the phots. Some of my best work I took with this little guy. neat feature has a grid in the display you can turn on and off with a flick

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camara & BEST option for $300 price range (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camara last November & put this on a test during my vacation at Nepal. The result is Fantastic. It's a real value for money.

The picture quality is very good even when I set it up for 3MP or 2MP. Night pictures, Candle light pictures, Sunrise, Sunset all kinds of scenary came very much naturally with the best quality I could think off.

Batary life is also good. When my friends other digital camara with AA size battaries were unable to function in cold weather (2/3degree Celcius) the Lithium battary of my Panasonic FX-9 gave me an excellent service for 5/6 days without charging.

  • 3.0 out of 5
not happy. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

got this camera for x'mas. very sleek design but the image quality is terrible, even with the highest setup and vivid mode, images are not sharp at all. i am happier with my Olympus Camedia.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Bitchen package - (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Picked up at Costco for 299 w/ 256 SD card. Intelligent design and system, I won't go on much, but it's my 8th digital camera, and I will always go Panasonic from now on, this baby ROCKS!!! happy happy happy