Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 Review

Overall 39
Imaging 0
Features 6
Size 91
Price 0

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/2.5" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 1000 (Expands to 6400)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 98 x 55 x 22 mm
  • Weight: 132 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-FS42 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Apr 17, 2009. This model is a Ultracompact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Ultracompact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #457 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #978 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 137 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 1000
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 With Other Cameras in Ultracompact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Ultracompact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 has the following external dimensions 98 x 98 x 22 mm (38.58 x 21.65 x 8.66″) with the weight of 132 g.

The typical weight for average Ultracompact type cameras is 137g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 22mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 — 22 mm
Min: 13 mm
Average: 20 mm
Max: 33 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 — 132 g
Min: 87 g
Average: 137 g
Max: 221 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 has the following ISO range 80 - 1000 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 6400.

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42. However, if you are looking specifically for a Ultracompact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 features a 10.0 MP 1/2.5" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.5" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-FS42 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-FS42 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-FS42 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 7. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 8. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (98 x 55 x 22 mm)
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1/2.5"(5.744 x 4.308 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 18. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 can be called a 18 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1000)
  • Small size (98 x 55 x 22 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 14. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (132 g)
  • Small size (98 x 55 x 22 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 20. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 can be called a 20 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1000)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-FS42
Announced Apr 17, 2009
Body Type Ultracompact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6.3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.5"
Sensor Dimensions 5.744 x 4.308 mm
Sensor Area 24.74 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 1,000
Max Boosted ISO 6,400
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 132 g
Physical Dimensions 98 x 55 x 22 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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