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Panasonic DMC-FX90 firmware v2.0 makes Wi-Fi functions smarter

By dpreview staff on May 29, 2012 at 18:50 GMT

Panasonic has release firmware v2.0 for its DMC-FX90 Wi-Fi compact, adding a series of features to allow its use with smartphones. The FX90, launched in August 2011 featured the ability to upload images to smartphones, but the latest firmware adds the option to remotely view the camera's live view, zoom the lens and trigger the shutter. These features, which can be used with the associated iOS and Android smartphone apps, bring it into line with the latest 'smart cameras' from Samsung.

Links are also provided to download the latest versions of the iOS and Android apps.

Comments

Total comments: 10
Loring von Palleske
By Loring von Palleske (Jun 1, 2012)

WiFi is the future for point and shoot.

Doesn't actually bring it in line with Samsung however.

No WiFi direct, no file sharing to DLNA enabled TVs, no auto PC backup, no direct upload to the cloud, no email, no direct upload to social networking sites.

All in all a nice camera but DPR overstates its wifi capabilities a little.

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FeliciaCorrine
By FeliciaCorrine (May 31, 2012)

It gives you new uses for the camera like trapping rare birds or animals which are otherwise difficult to capture.

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Heather Protz
By Heather Protz (May 30, 2012)

That's great. Remote viewing is of great help.

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trevmar
By trevmar (May 29, 2012)

From the upgrade notes:

** "MOTION PICTURES CANNOT BE RECORDED" **

Panasonic used to be at the top of the heap for movie recording with P&S cameras. This, and the 30 minute FullHD limitation, have me looking elsewhere.

I can't believe Panny would throw away their lead in video technologies..

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Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (May 30, 2012)

Wireless streaming Full HD video would empty the battery of the FX90, long before you even were able to shout your "I can't believe..."
Have you seen the battery draining effect of the current camera integrated GPS receivers? And those are not transmitters, which you would require in a camera for WiFi.

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spidermoon
By spidermoon (May 30, 2012)

30 mn limit it's for avoid tax. And that also there is not video in, for camera with video-in, you pay more tax :(
Maybe the next DMC feature a dc-in, and why not a usb powerd camera, like my phone, so you can use all hungry power feature.

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Vlad S
By Vlad S (May 29, 2012)

Really wish they included tethered operation with µ4/3 cameras, even if only through USB cable.

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Rambalac
By Rambalac (May 30, 2012)

WiFi is in some sort easier than USB

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (May 29, 2012)

Why no Wi-Fi and no app for m43 cameras?

Remote control would - to me - make the swivel LCD redundant AND available on the cameras where it is not included.

Literally all lenses are zoom by wire: the cameras should be able to even allow zooming via such remote control app.

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Felix E Klee
By Felix E Klee (May 29, 2012)

Is there an API that exposes this functionality for custom apps? How about Samsung?

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Total comments: 10