There must be hundreds, if not yet thousands, of different digital cameras available - so how does anyone decide what to get? And why bother with FX1?
It cost £100 new, when I bought it as a superceded model 2 years ago, which was irresistable then, and I hardly used my bigger 'better' camera ... Read review
"...contender at the holiday/family level
The Panasonic Brand
Maybe it is a bit like Oxford and Cambridge in the boat race, or cars, with each person having somehow absorbed a brand loyalty which is hard to justify under closer scrutiny. My own preference is for Panasonic and I imagine that this is because of the solid feel and apparent infallibilty of the cameras of this brand which I have ..."
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Manufacturer's product description
Panasonic Lumix 6 megapixel DMC-FX01 digital camera is the latest addition to the award winning FX series, which boasts a whole host of features including a 28mm wide angle LEICA DC lens with 3.6x optical zoom, all encompassed within a beautifully slim and compact design - thanks to the incorporation of an Extra High Refractive Index Lens.This new lens allows photographers to easily capture a large group of people, or expansive architectural structures and landscapes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The lens part of the DMC-FX01 comprises of seven elements in six groups, incorporating four aspherical lenses to generate high optical performance.The DMC-FX01 incorporates the Venus Engine Plus LSI, which allows you to take 320 pictures on one charge, providing high performance image processing while consuming only 70% of the energy compared with the Venus Engine II. Spontaneous moments can easily be captured thanks to a 1.6 second start up time and a 0.005 second shutter release time lag (the time taken between pressing the button on the camera and the photo being taken.)The DMC-FX01 really will work hard to ensure you capture every moment important to you. The various Auto Focus methods can be selected according to the shooting environment and the position of the subject: 5 point, 3 point high-speed, 1-point high speed, 1-point normal-speed and spot. The remarkably quick AF response time, especially in the 1-point high speed AF mode, achieves outstanding focusing with both speed and precision. Panasonic has also included an AF assist lamp, providing further assistance in low light situations where focusing can be difficult.In addition to standard VGA (640x480) motion image recording, the DMC-FX01 also records stunning full-size movies in wide-aspect VGA (840x480) at 30fps, enabling you to view your recordings on a widescreen television.The Lumix DMC-FX01 boasts a 207K pixel high resolution, 2.5" large LCD. The pixel-mixed readout method performed by the CCD automatically increases the brightness level of the live image on the LCD, which greatly facilitates shooting in low light situations.