Panasonic has introduced an upgraded feature set for its Lumix line with the introduction of the FX90.
Aimed primarily at users who want to share their photos online but want better quality images that a smartphone can produce. The most prominent feature of the FX90 is WiFi capability in conjunction with a new service called Lumix Club, a cloud-based service accessible via smartphone and your PC, as well as posting pictures directly to Facebook, Picasa, or Flickr and movies directly to YouTube.
The built-in Wifi capabilities of the FX90 allows users to skip buying a Eye-Fi WiFi capable SD card and provide overall better integration of the wireless feature set. The 802.11b/g/n internal capability of the camera allow it to connect to home networks as well as any WIFI-capable iOS or Android device.
Inside the FX90 boasts a 12.1 MP 1/2.33 inch CCD image sensor with 5x optical zoom and true optical image stabilization. The effective zoom range is 24mm on the wide end to 120mm on the zoom. Because the image stabilization is optical, Panasonic included an Active Mode option which provides correction even while shooting video.
Menu options are controlled via the 3 in LCD touch panel on the back, along with physical controls for zoom, shutter and movie recording.
Pricing and availability will be announced in early September. Panasonic’s Lumix Club is expected to go online the first week of September as well.